The Bangabandhu Innovation Grant (BIG) 2023, organized by the Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), has awarded BDT 7 crore to 52 local startups. Out of 6,846 applicants, the top 52 startups received grants in the third iteration of BIG 2023. The event’s grand finale took place in Dhaka on June 17, 2023.
The joint winners for the Best Startups were “Fabric Lagbe Ltd.” and “Markopolo.ai,” each receiving a grant of BDT 1 crore. Additionally, the remaining top 50 startups were awarded grants of BDT 10 lakh each, totaling BDT 5 crore. The program aims to support the startup ecosystem and promote innovation in Bangladesh.
During the event, Mr. Salman F Rahman highlighted the initiatives taken to provide freelancers with ID cards for accessing various opportunities, including bank loan facilities. Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, State Minister, ICT Division, emphasized the division’s support for startups and its goal of creating employment opportunities for three million young women in the startup sector by 2025.