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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 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.

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

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