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.

 

YY Goshti is collaborating with Frontier Innovators as a Regional Advisory Group Member.

YY Goshti is collaborating with Frontier Innovators as a regional advisory group member. Frontier Innovators is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange, and delivered by SecondMuse is in the lookout for innovative businesses in the Asia-Pacific that are delivering impact through their work that supports the Sustainable Development Goals. Winning businesses will receive grant funding and tailored support, along with access to advisors, potential partners and investors.

Frontier Innovators are businesses that are leading by example.  15 of these businesses will get access to funding and access to resources to grow. Finalists from each region will also be provided with access to training and mentoring opportunities to help them grow. Whether you are an established business, a growing startup with an innovative product or service, or a social enterprise with a business model – if your work benefits people in the Asia-Pacific, apply now for your chance to win a package of funding and tailored support.

Through this important partnership we will be helping Frontier Innovators target high potential applicants, and align their work with local organisations already working with local entrepreneurs. By joining the Frontier Innovators Advisory Group, YY Goshti is helping great local businesses and unlock pathways to sustainable growth.

YY Pitch Day 2017 held in Dhaka

The YY Pitch Day was the culmination of the first phase of Blue Gold Innovation Challenge. It was held on April 2, 2017 at EMK Center from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Top 12 Entrepreneurs showcased their social innovations for funding to start commercial operations. An eclectic audience of social business experts, development sector representatives and entrepreneurs attended the event.

The event started with an introductory session about BGIC’s journey so far, by Mr. Boudewijn Sterk, Manager Innovation Fund. This was followed by a short speech by Mr. Shazeeb M. Khairul Islam, President of SBYA Global and the Program Coordinator of BGIC, where he talked about what the event aims to do. After the introductory speeches, the official presentation session began. The 12 entrepreneurs pitched their business in 3 minute slots, followed by 3 minute question and answer sessions. The participants were scored by a panel of judges as well as the audience. The panel consisted of Ms. Hasin Jahan, Country Director, Practical Action; Mr. Najmul Huq, CEO of Grameen Uniqlo and Mr. A.S.M. Shahidul Haque, Private Sector Development Expert, Blue Gold Program.

Salman Sadek, Founder of Tomalu, Syed Sadhli Ahmed Roomy, Founder of FarmVest,Tanjia Akter Tanu from Tanu’s Strawberry Farm and Gourab Sarker, Co-founder of Sunfarm were the winners of the Pitch Day and now are building their ventures with financial and strategic support from the YY Goshti & Blue Gold Program.

A business of commercial harvesting of Pomato seedlings – a hybrid form of potato and tomatoes using grafting method to produce a new kind of crop that can be grown readily in coastal areas.

A sustainable model farm to grow vegetables like broccoli, capsicum, cherry tomatoes,
strawberries and lettuce, as well as 2500 chickens, whose eggs and meat will be packaged and sold to locals through super shops/stores.

An e-commerce matchmaking platform for farmers where customers directly crowd fund the farmers by booking their crops in advance. Firmest aims to ensure that farmers can have proper market price for their crops.

A business of using the intercropping method to harvest sunflowers, extracting oil and advancing supply chain development, and using sun-flower crops to reduce
soil salinity.