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22nd November 2014

Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka

Time   Title  Speaker
9:00am –9:55am Registration & Networking
10:00am-10:05am Welcome Remarks by Startup Dhaka 
10:05am – 10:20am Morning Keynote Presentation: Invest in Bangladesh NOW?
  • Zarif Munir
    Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group
10:20am – 10:35am Fireside Chat: Telecommunications' Impact on Startups and Businesses
  • Vivek Sood
    CEO of Grameenphone
  • Moderated by Mustafizur R Khan
    Founder & CEO of Startup Dhaka
10:35am – 10:50am Keynote Speech
  • Nirvana Chaudhary
    Managing Director, Chaudhary Group
    The Chaudhary Group (CG) is Nepal’s largest business house that has now expanded globally, operating in over 32 countries around the world and has offices in over 18 countries. 
11:00am – 11.10am Break & Networking 
11:10am – 11.25am Startup Dhaka – Present & Future Mustafiz, Fayaz & Samad
11.30am – 11:40am Bangladesh Startup Showcase – Solaric
  • Founded : 2012
  • Brief : Solaric is a leading provider of circuitry for Solar Installations
  • Headquarters : Bangladesh
  • Moderated by Fayaz Taher
11:45am – 12:00pm Brief Presentation by Fenox Venture Capital & Golden Gate Ventures 
12:00pm – 12:35pm Panel Discussion: Building the Startup Investment Culture in Bangladesh – Entrepreneur & Investor’s Perspective
  • Abul Nuruzzaman
    Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley based Venture capital firm focused on investments in USA and Asia
  • Jeffrey Paine
    Founding Partner at Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage seed fund for startups in Southeast Asia
  • Kyle F. Kelhofer
    Country Manager, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, IFC
  • Dean Mathew
    Laxmi Capital & Patch of Land
  • Moderated by Sajid Rahman, Board member and Advisor in Financial Services, Energy and Technology
12:35pm – 12:45pm Bangladesh Startup Showcase – Jaago Online School
  • Brief : Creating access to remote areas in the country through Online schools
  • Headquarters : Bangladesh
  • Moderated by Zarif Munir
12:50pm – 2.00pm Lunch Break & Networking 
2.00pm – 2:15pm Fireside Chat with Kamal Kader, CEO of bKash– Story of mobile money
  • Founded: 2011
  • Brief: Becoming world’s largest mobile money service with1 million daily transactions worth US$30 million of transactions per day
  • Headquarter: Bangladesh
  • Capital Raised: A U.S.- based company called Money in Motion LLC invested the initial minority 49 percent shares in bKash.3 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined as minority investors in 2013 and 2014, respectively, with BRAC Bank retaining 51 percent ownership.
  • Moderated by Mustafizur R Khan
    Founder & CEO of Startup Dhaka
2:20pm – 2:45pm Fireside Chat – Role of accelerator in creating investment ready startups  
  • Kalsoom Lakhani
    Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate
  • Ejaj Ahmad
    Founder, BYLC
  • Moderated by Samad Miraly
    Co-founder of Startup Dhaka
2:50pm – 3:20pm Panel Discussion: Mobile Money & Online Payment  
  • Faria Samreen Nizam
    Head of Marketing Sales, Loosemonkies, Payza Bangladesh
  • Mark West, Head of Customer Support, Ericsson
  • Muhammad Abul Khair Chowdhury, Head of Projects & Process Management, financial services, at Grameenphone Ltd.
  • Moderated by Saleh Anam
    Senior Business Leader Vice President at Master Card
  • Q&A
3.25pm – 3:55pm Fireside Chat: Ecommerce Learning’s
  • Alan Garcia, Co-Founder & COO, Gemroc
  • Giulio iloyannis, Managing Director at Zalora Malaysia
  • Samuel D. Bretzfield
    Co-Founder Direct Fresh
  • Moderated by Zarif Munir
    Managing Director & Partner, BCG
3:55pm – 4:15pm Tea Break & Networking 
4:15pm – 4:50pm Panel Discussion: The Role of Traditional & New Media in Promoting the Startup Ecosystem
  • Reza F Chowdhury, Co-founder, AlleyWatch, USA
  • Martin Pasquier, Founder and managing director of Agence Tesla Asia
  • Asim Haneef, Director of Development BAMYAN Media, Egypt.
  • Tareen Hossain, Executive Director, ClickIttefaq.com
  • Moderated by Mustafizur Khan, CEO & Founder of Startup Dhaka
  • Q&A
4:50pm – 4:55pm Bangladesh Startup Showcase: Augmedix
  • Founded : 2012
  • Brief : Augmedix is an application, built for the Google Glass platform, that improves the access to healthcare information that in a timely manner.
  • Headquarters : USA
5:00pm – 5:25pm Panel Discussion: Common Problems Startups are facing
  • Riyad Husain
    CEO, Magnito Digital
  • Bijon Islam
    CEO, Lightcastle Partners
  • Shehzad Noor Taus
    CEO, Incogmito
  • Mahenaz Chowdhury
    CEO & Founder of Buckets Engineer
  • Moderated by Anita Ghazi Rahman, Founder & Partner of The Legal Circle
5:30pm – 6.00pm Panel Discussion: The Need for Local Corporates to engage with Startups to drive innovation


  • Dan Mozena
    United States Ambassador to Bangladesh
  • Sakhawat Hossain
    Managing Director of Western Marine Shipyard
  • Farooq Sobhan
    President and CEO of the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI)
  • Nabeel Ud Daulah
    Managing Director Dird Group
  • Rajeeb Samdani
    Managing Director Golden Harvest Group
  • Moderated by Fayaz Taher
    Co-founder of Startup Dhaka & CEO of Fortuna
  • Q&A
6:00pm – 6:10pm Networking Break 
6:10pm – 6:25pm Part 1 Lighting Round Pitch Session & Investor Activity 10 companies get to pitch 1 min to the audience and investors as a mock pitch.
6:25-6:45pm Part 2 – Investor Activity
  • Each investor will get a check. Startups that pitch will try to get mock check money from investors
6:45pm – 6: 55pm Top 3 companies who raised highest money will do a 2 min lighting round pitch with 3 slides 
6:55pm – 7:10pm International Investors will give a brief Feedback to the Startups in General 
7:10pm – 7:15 Closing remarks by Startup Dhaka 
7:15 – 7:45PM Networking 


Billionaire Basics – Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director, Chaudhary Group

Raising fund for your business – Jeffrey Paine, Founding Partner at Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage seed fund for startups in Southeast Asia

Silicon Valley Best Practices - Kyle Kling, Vice President of Business Development at Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley based Venture capital firm focused on investments in USA and Asia

How to innovate in Business – Zarif, BCG

Investing, Advising and getting funded – Story told by Bobby Liu, Co founders, Startup Asia & Hub.IT

How to get your startup funding ready – Kalsoom Lakhani, Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate 

Managing an commerce business - Giulio iloyannis, Managing Director at Zalora Malaysia,

Managing digital & social media marketing – Riyad Husain, Magnito Digital

How Big Data can help your business  - Bijon Islam, Light Castle Partners

How branding & PR can help your business – Mustafizur Khan, Startup Dhaka

Insights from New York Startup community - Reza Chowdhury