YY Goshti was created in 2016 when we decided to create jobs for ourselves and for our friends, take care of our food and for our families and share whatever resources we had to help our entrepreneurial friends start their own social businesses. We were a bunch of twenty-something fresh graduates who believed in the power of Social Business. In four years, 36 youth from our goshti (family) has created 1,108 jobs and improved the lives of 80,819 Bangladeshis. Now we want to change the lives of a million!

We are the ‘weavers’ of today’s social business world connecting people, groups, or organizations to bring out social change for a better village, community, country, and planet.

Our four month long program is designed by social business leaders and investors to help early stage social entrepreneurs to be ready to launch their minimum viable product and raise the needed seed capital.

"YY Goshti energizes everybody, helps everybody to think differently, think fresh, bring out new ideas, who knows one of these ideas will completely change the world"

Professor Muhammad Yunus

2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Founder of Grameen Bank

OUR PEOPLE

Lamiya Morshed has been the executive director of Yunus Centre, the global hub for the social business activities of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Her experience with social businesses span over 23 years. As the Chairman of the Board, she ensures that the board is effective in its task, setting and implementing the company’s overall strategy & direction.

Lamiya Morshed
Chairperson

Shazeeb has 6 years experience of working with social businesses and startups globally. He works full time at YY Ventures Limited as the Managing Director and is responsible for the growth and performance of the company. He is also the Founder of Social Business Youth Alliance (SBYA), a leading youth movement for social business and was the Founding CEO of YGAP in Bangladesh, an International Development not-for-profit that back impact entrepreneurs with solutions to local problems in Australia, Asia and Africa.

Shazeeb M Khairul Islam
Founder

Highlighting the importance of startups in the fast growing economy, Akkie Okma contributes to their progress by offering training and mentoring in the development of business plans, pitching their businesses to investors and building supporting networks. Akkie leads our overall mentoring strategy and loves spending quality time with our incubatees.

Akkie Okma
Technical Advisor
Khalid Hossain
Director
Tazin Shadid
CEO

Fairuz Aniqa is the Communications Associate at YY Goshti. She has previously worked as a youth collaborator for several youth organizations.

Lamia Hafiz
Community Engagement Manager

A marketer by heart, Tanzeem believes that everyday and everyone has something to offer. He is in-charge of our growth and is an expert in creating unconventional and cost-efficient channels to kickstart & manage entrepreneurship programs. He has working experience with Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.

Tanzeem Noor
Programs Lead

"YY Goshti is the future of now. What one does not make alone, many create at YY Goshti. It is the best playground to tackle things differently and with joy."

Hans Reitz

Co-Founder, The Grameen Creative Lab

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