Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator 2018 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 11, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:23 PM, March 11, 2018

Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator 2018

Opportunity for emerging social entrepreneurs involved in changing lives in Bangladesh

Spark* Bangladesh is running its fifth Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Programme, in partnership with Build Bangladesh and YGAP, Australia, in Dhaka in April 2018.

Spark* Bangladesh works to improve the lives of people living in poverty by accelerating start-up social enterprises and supporting them as they grow their businesses and make greater positive changes in their communities. The organisation operates in four different countries, and has supported 356 entrepreneurs so far, who have significantly changed over 4,72,637 lives to date.

The Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator will bring together eight to ten emerging social entrepreneurs for five intensive days and provide entrepreneurship training from April 15 to 20, 2018, which would be led by world class facilitators. With a powerful and practical curriculum, Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator aims to unlock the potential of each start-up venture. Entrepreneurs would learn how to refine their business models, and ultimately, become better equipped to improve the lives of people living in Bangladesh through their ventures. Many alumni entrepreneurs refer to the Spark* Accelerator as a ‘life-changing’ experience.

Beyond the Accelerator, the entrepreneurs are provided with six months of ongoing support from Spark*, to help them establish their models and scale their venture. This includes regular business and strategy support from the Spark* team, access to free graphic and web designers, pro-bono legal support, assistance with tracking impact and multiple injections of small funding to encourage innovation and growth. Further down the line, continued growth is encouraged through access to larger funding and investment, as well as, connections to impact investors, global organisations, and strategic partners within Spark*’s network of international partners are also offered.

Spark* Bangladesh is now supporting startups like BloodFriend, a mobile app that connects blood donors and patients; DaktarBari, clinics that provide healthcare services to the disadvantaged people; BiofilBangladesh, environment friendly toilets for the rural and local community; Leaping Boundaries, a soft and hard skills training center for Madrassa girls of Bangladesh and many more.



To know more about Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator 2018, visit:

sparkinternational.org

or,

sparkinterational.org/spark-bangladesh

or,

facebook.com/sparkbangladesh

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