Daffodil International University yesterday launched the third season of its scholarship programme for young entrepreneurs as part of its effort to create 500 startups in the next five years.
The university's entrepreneurship department initiated the talent hunt and scholarship programme—Are you the next startup?—in December last year.
Promising youths are selected from across the country under the programme.
They will be provided with different sorts of assistance to help them become successful entrepreneurs, officials of the university said at a press conference in the capital's National Press Club. Five received the scholarships in the first season last year.
Twenty young minds win scholarships in the second season. The top eight received full scholarship of Tk 8 lakh each, six received 75 percent of the fund and six won 50 percent. “We are overwhelmed with the response of youth of the country. I hope the event will get more success in the years to come,” said Syed Maruf Reza, head of the entrepreneurship department of the university.
“The winners will attend a four-year graduating course in the department of entrepreneurship in the university. They will also be guided by the top professors of the university.”
Sabur Khan, chairman of the trustee board of the university, also spoke.