BGIC Winners from Khulna Cohort: Three Social Businesses to join YY Goshti Incubator

The Pitch Day of Blue Gold Innovation Challenge – Khulna cohort took place at Tiger Garden International Hotel on October 22, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The event was hosted by Shah Waseef Azam, Program Manager of YY Goshti. It was followed by a welcome remark from Shazeeb M Khairul Islam, CEO of YY Goshti. Later the audience witnessed an hour of presentations from the 7 finalists. Each finalist got 5 minutes for presenting their business plan and 2 minutes for Q&A session. The event was attended by 55+ people. The audience included students, teachers, stakeholders, innovators, entrepreneurs, NGOs and local people. The Jury panel had Mr. Amirul Hossain, Project Coordinating Director (PCD), BWDB, Mr. S.M. Ferdous, District Seed Certification Officer, DAE and Mr. Alamgir Chowdhury, Deputy Team Leader, TA team. The Blue Gold team was also present there to ask questions to the finalists and give them their valuable insights and feedbacks. The event came to an end with concluding remarks from Mr. Amirul Hossain, Project Coordinating Director (PCD), BWDB. He talked about the immense possibilities of entrepreneurs working in polder areas and how they can improve the lives of people giving them employment opportunities. The winners were then announced and they got certificates from the BGP team and the YY Goshti team. The winners are following:

ALOE FARM – With a motto of “everyone deserves to drink organic”, the entrepreneur Rajoana Jannat will produce organic aloe vera juice for the people of khulna region. This product will have social impacts by providing organic nutritious drinks to health conscious people and empowering rural women of khulna polder area economically by letting them produce aloe vera and the juice.

REGEN – Fahim Uddin Shuvo produces best quality vermi compost by collecting and recycling food waste concentrating on commercial kitchens aiming to contribute towards a clean and better city and providing low lying land farmers better fertilizers.

SMART POULTRY FARM – Abdullah Al Musabbir wants to start a poultry consultant and service providing company, Tech-Gen, which will launch smart poultry farm service providing bio-gas based electricity production plant, fertilizer production system, automatic temperature and humidity controlling system to the poultry farmers at the cheapest cost.

However this not the end,  in fact this is the starting of a new and much more exciting journey where their commitment and dedication towards their initiative can make a lot of differences. YY goshti will now assist them with office space, pro-bono services, mentorship, business development process, creative and web development services, strategic consultancy and partnership

From Intern’s Diary

By Ozair Ahmed

Every person needs a starting point in their life, which shows them the way and inspires them to achieve greater things in life. YY Goshti has been that starting point in my life. I have always been a person who had big dreams, enormous aspirations. But I was confused, I didn’t know where or how to start. Then YY Goshti happened. I have been working at YY Goshti since this year. Since then it has been a journey of exploring my abilities. Before YY Goshti I tried my luck in various places. But lack of experience always came in the way. YY Goshti is different. Here people aren’t judged on the basis of experience, age or educational qualifications, rather this place always has vacancy for people who are dedicated, passionate, hardworking and most importantly people who aspire to make a change.

At the beginning of this internship I believed I would be vested with small work or “unimportant” to be precise. But in a short span of time I realized things work differently here. I was amazed by the level of confidence people at YY Goshti had on me. I was being assigned to projects only experienced people are supposed to do but as I already mentioned “things work differently at YY Goshti”. Usually all this confidence and responsibility are supposed to feel like a pressure. But my feeling about all this was different. For me it was all about realizing what I am capable of, the responsibilities I can bear. It isn’t like I never made mistakes but people here makes sure your mistake isn’t only a mistake but a lesson you learn from.

YY Goshti isn’t just a work place for me rather it’s a place where I am growing every day. Thanks to the people here who makes sure every day I leave this place leaning something new, exploring a new ability of mine. YY Goshti is helping me grow confidence in myself and making my own identity. It has given me the opportunity to do things people of my age dream of. One of the key elements of building a successful future is building key networks. Since the day I joined here I am being introduced to people who I believe are going to play significant role in building my future.

Since my appointment here at YY Goshti I have been associated with different projects. My first ever project here was Social Business Youth Summit 2017. Being a part of this prestigious event was a breakthrough for me as it was a platform where this journey of learning and exploring myself began. After three months of dedication and hard work witnessing a successful event was truly inspiring.

YY Goshti is not only about desk work. Few months back we had a trip to Khulna for the Blue Gold Innovation Challenge. During this visit we perceived idea state social entrepreneurs. We came through lots of amazing business ideas and we are going to start working with them in a few weeks. Currently I am associated with a project with UNDP. Besides I am also working with YY Camp which is a creative workshop for school students and a lot of other exciting projects. This is one thing about YY Goshti, it has tons of exciting projects lined up for its interns.

YY Goshti is more of a home than a workplace where you grow every day with the support of an amazing team amidst fun and enthusiasm. I am truly glad being a part of this beautiful and passionate family and thankful to YY Goshti for helping me build self-confidence and creating my own identity.

 

BGIC got Finalists for its 2nd Cohort in Khulna

The Blue Gold Innovation Challenge has got its top ten finalists from Khulna region that will compete for the Blue Gold Innovation Fund to launch their social businesses in the coming week. They will attend the Innovation Camp and Pitch Camp in Khulna and present their business ideas in front of the judges on the Pitch Day.

The Blue Gold Innovation Challenge (BGIC) is a social business incubation program organized by YY Goshti in collaboration with Blue Gold Program (BGP). The BGIC promotes innovative social entrepreneurship and challenges young people of coastal Bangladesh to design sustainable business solutions.

List of Selected Finalists:

  1. Rajoana Jannat
  2. Nirodh Paul
  3. Abdullah Al Noman
  4. Shourov Barua
  5. Mortoza Morshed
  6. Khairul Alam
  7. Fahim Uddin
  8. Ananda Kumar Biswas
  9. Tasnimul Rifat
  10. Abdullah Al Musabbir

The finalists have been chosen based on their credibility, innovation in business, scalability and feasibility. Finalists will be attending the ‘Innovation Camp’ from October 16-19, 2017 to be held in Khulna. This will help them learn the ins and outs of social business development. The participants will get the opportunity to work with facilitators where they will receive at least 30-35 class hours. The entrepreneurs will also receive 10-12 hours of pitch coaching on October 21-22, 2017. The outcome of this Camp will be a pitch deck ready to be presented in front of investors for each finalist. The sessions will culminate in live Pitch Day in Khulna on October 22, 2017 where the participants will make a final presentation of their ideas in front of a panel of judges and an audience of relevant stakeholders. The winners will get the chance to incubate their businesses and build them into prototypes ready for scaling up. They will be able to access small seed capital to prototype their product/services. YY Goshti will work with them in one-on-one advisory sessions to help them along their prototype building phase.

YY Goshti and Blue Gold Program are excitedly looking forward to working with these aspiring idea stage social businesses.