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Our eight entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have arrived for the Spring 2015 Jolkona Catalyst program. Jolkona Catalyst is a three-week, mentor driven accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. During the next three weeks, they will work with mentors and coaches to hone their business models and learn how to scale their impact.

Our eight entrepreneur feature is Ferdous Mottakin, Founder & CEO of Offroad Bangladesh. Offroad Bangladesh is a crowd-sourced platform that engages international travelers and connects them to destinations in Bangladesh and services provided by locals.

Ferdous Mottakin’s Bio 

FerdousFerdous has travelled throughout much of Bangladesh. He is proud of the beauty and rich history that Bangladesh had to offer and yet found that information about the wonderful places he visited is not readily available. As he got to know various areas of the country and the people who lived there, he felt these areas would greatly benefit from an increase in tourism and that this increase would ultimately help lift their economy.

Ferdous started Offroad Bangladesh, a crowd-sourced platform that engages travelers and connects them to destinations throughout Bangladesh and to services provided by locals. In doing so, he hopes this will mean new income sources and in particular will give youths of this area a chance to engage in these economic activities giving them opportunities that would only be available if they left their communities.

Ferdous holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC. Aside from his love of travel, Ferdous also enjoys checking out new movies and spending time with his 3-year-old son.

Our eight entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have arrived for the Spring 2015 Jolkona Catalyst program. Jolkona Catalyst is a three-week, mentor driven accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. During the next three weeks, they will work with mentors and coaches to hone their business models and learn how to scale their impact.

Our seventh entrepreneur feature is Shazeeb Islam, Founder & CEO of Social Business Youth Alliance Global. Social Business Youth Alliance Global is a non-profit organization designed to train youths interested in launching their own ventures.

Shazeeb Islam’s Bio 

Khairul IslamDuring his time in university, Shazeeb was greatly inspired by the work of Dr. Muhammad Yunus and the concept of social businesses that strive to solve societal issues in a sustainable way.

In 2013, he and seven other students who shared his passion created Social Business Youth Alliance Global, a non-profit organization that trains youths interested in launching social businesses.

To date they have inspired more than 2000 young people and have helped launch 3 successful social businesses.

Shazeeb Islam holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Dhaka. You may find Shazeeb playing cricket on his free time and visiting new places.

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @jolkona for updates as their accelerator begins!

Our eight entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have arrived for the Spring 2015 Jolkona Catalyst program. Jolkona Catalyst is a three-week, mentor driven accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. During the next three weeks, they will work with mentors and coaches to hone their business models and learn how to scale their impact.

Our sixth entrepreneur is Dr. Neelima Das, CEO of the Green Emancipation. The Green Emancipation promotes healthier living and to lift families out of poverty.

Dr. Neelima Das’ Bio 

Neelima2As a public health professional, Dr. Das has a keen interest in bringing to light the significant role natural medicine can have in improving the lives of families who have little or no income. Apart from the health benefits of employing natural medicine in preventive care and as treatment for other ailments, growing the herbs and plants used in these natural medicines provides an entrepreneurial opportunity and source of income to many poor families in Bangladesh.

Dr. Das founded Green Emancipation to promote healthier living and to lift families out of poverty. She and her team have spent the past few months compiling needed research and information on plants, herbs and growing methods and plan to make it available on their online platform and future smart phone app.

Dr. Neelima Das has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi University. She also holds a Master of Health informatics and Master of Public Health degree. She enjoys listening to music and singing and has had guest appearances on radio talk shows to speak on topics related to health and development.

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @jolkona for updates as their accelerator begins!

Our eight entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have arrived for the Spring 2015 Jolkona Catalyst program. Jolkona Catalyst is a three-week, mentor driven accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. During the next three weeks, they will work with mentors and coaches to hone their business models and learn how to scale their impact.

Our fifth entrepreneur feature is Mehraab A. Anwar, Vice President of Footsteps Foundation. Footsteps Foundation is a youth-based volunteer organization whose mission is to empower youth in Bangladesh to improve their communities. 

Mehraab A. Anwar’s Bio 

Mehraab AnwarMehraab, our youngest Catalyst, is proud to be representing an organization whose mission is to empower the youth in Bangladesh to improve their communities. At a young age, he saw firsthand the illness that resulted from lack of clean water and which motivates him to find more youths who want to actively create change.

Footsteps reaches out to youths and trains them to engage in events and initiatives that tackle important social, national, environmental issues. Through his work with Footsteps, Mehraab hopes to set an example for others who aspire to have a positive impact in Bangladesh.

Mehraab Alam attended University of South Florida majoring in marketing and management. He is currently taking a short break to focus on Footsteps. Mehraab enjoys many hobbies and can be seen behind a camera taking pictures or video or engaging in public speaking to share his experiences with others.

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @jolkona for updates as their accelerator begins!

Our eight entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have arrived for the Spring 2015 Jolkona Catalyst program. Jolkona Catalyst is a three-week, mentor driven accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. During the next three weeks, they will work with mentors and coaches to hone their business models and learn how to scale their impact.

Our third entrepreneur feature is Debojit Saha, Co-Founder & CEO of Shurokka. Shurokka makes low-cost, high-quality disposable sanitary napkins that are subsidized by garment factory owners and distributed by approachable women who also provide valuable education related to personal hygiene to female factory workers.

Debojit Saha’s Bio 

debojit sahaDebojit was running a market research firm while pursuing Bachelors in Business Administration degree at Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka.  One of his projects at the firm was to study the cost efficiency of Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh.

During his research he visited various RMG factories and he found that women had the highest rates of absenteeism, further investigation uncovered a significant issue that afflicts all female garment workers. The high cost of sanitary products often dispensed at male run stores led female garment workers to make their own sanitary pads from remnant fabric.

These makeshift solutions are not properly washed or dried causing infection or other issues that prevent them from going to work. Debojit wanted to solve this problem and he eventually co-founded Shurokka, which makes low-cost, high-quality disposable sanitary napkins that are subsidized by garment factory owners and distributed by approachable women who also provide valuable education related to personal hygiene to female factory workers.

Debojit holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Dhaka with a major in finance and a minor in marketing. When he can find some free time, Debojit enjoys traveling and photography as well as exploring new restaurants with friends.

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @jolkona for updates as their accelerator begins!

Our eight entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have arrived for the Spring 2015 Jolkona Catalyst program. Jolkona Catalyst is a three-week, mentor driven accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. During the next three weeks, they will work with mentors and coaches to hone their business models and learn how to scale their impact.

Our second entrepreneur feature is Ataur Rahman, Founder & CEO of Amar Desh Amar Gram (“my country, my village”). Amar Desh Amar Gram puts the power of technology directly into the hands of farmers by providing eommerce training and an online marketplace for them to sell their goods.

Ataur Rahman’s Bio 

atuar rahmanAtaur studied Computer Networking at University of Bedforshire in England but wanted to apply his skills in a meaningful way.

Upon returning to Bangladesh in 2009, he worked with minority groups of independent farmers and village producers providing low cost ecommerce services. With a mission to reduce poverty in villages outside of Dhaka, Ataur founded his venture.

By setting up needed information and communication technology in these villages and establishing training centers that are run by local youth, Amar Desh Amar Gram puts the power of technology directly into the hands of farmers and their families providing ecommerce training and an online marketplace for them to sell their goods.

Ataur Rahman holds a Bachelors of Science Honors degree from University of Bedfordshire. He enjoys doing research and learning from subject matter experts as well as traveling and spending time with family

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @jolkona for updates as their accelerator begins!

Our eight entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have arrived for the Spring 2015 Jolkona Catalyst program. Jolkona Catalyst is a three-week, mentor driven accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. During the next three weeks, they will work with mentors and coaches to hone their business models and to learn how to scale their impact.

Stay tuned as we introduce you to our first cohort from Bangladesh! 

Our first entrepreneur feature is Adnan Hossain, CEO & Founder of It’s Humanity Foundation. It’s Humanity Foundation is a non-profit focused on providing free basic education to underprivileged children and business training to adults that allows them to transform a crafting skill into a viable source of income.

Adnan Hossain’s BioAdnan Hossain's Profile Picture
Since his youth, Adnan’s family had a tradition of distributing winter clothing to remote villages in Bangladesh. On one of his trips to a northern village of Bangladesh he met a woman and was impressed by her traditional handmade crafts. He got to know others in that village with the same skills that made these beautiful handmade goods as a pastime.

Adnan learned that these talented crafters did not have the means to send their children to school and was prompted to start his venture.

Adnan Hossain holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from BRAC University with a major in marketing and a minor in human resource management. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading and learning about history, culture and food.

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