YY PITCH DAY

The YY Goshti team selected 6 promising social business entrepreneurs who attended a week long boot camp. The Boot Camp included workshops, exposure visits, and mentorship to shape up & transform their ideas into a viable social business. This culminated into the YY Pitch Day, where the 6 social businesses were launched by YY Goshti. The top 6 Entrepreneurs were required to use all they had learned and make a compact business plan and pitch their social business ideas in front of judges and an eclectic audience of investors, social business leaders, young entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and more. After their pitch, they faced questions from the judges as well as the audience.

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The business pitches were ranked based on social impact, sustainability, scalability, innovation and financial stability. 2 winners were declared by the end of the program and granted seed capital – a winner selected by the judges and another by the audience. Avijtrik won the Judge’s Choice Award, while EcoTerrace won the People’s Choice Award. The ceremony ended with a networking dinner where all the attendees had a chance to meet and greet.

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ENTREPRENEURS ATTEND YY BOOTCAMP

After a rigorous screening process, 6 entrepreneurs were chosen to attend YY Bootcamp held from April 24-29, 2016. It is an intensive training program where selected participants received 60 hours of training and participated in exposure visits to see how existing businesses function. Moreover, the Bootcamp required participants to live on-site for a week and be subjected to a strict academic regime. They were housed at Krishibid Institute Complex, Khamarbari, Farmgate, Dhaka.

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They received intensive training and mentoring facilitated by seasoned Social Business Experts, Academicians, and Entrepreneurs. They learned extensive courses on Social Business, Marketing, Branding, Product/Service Development and making their ventures financially sustainable. They also visited existing social businesses to get a better idea about how such businesses are run successfully. Most importantly, YY Goshti provided them the means to build a refined social business plan with all elements to turn their ideas into a successful business. They were also provided pitch coaching and assisted in building a professional pitch deck to present to investors.

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