For the first time, a total of nine Bangladeshis have made the "Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2021" list.
Launched in 2011 by the business magazine Forbes, the annual list picks movers and shakers of different industries among thousands of candidates who are under the age of 30, with 30 honourees selected for each of the 10 categories.
From 2016 till 2020, a total of nine Bangladeshis got themselves listed for their outstanding work. This year alone, nine Bangladeshis got listed for their work in three sectors: enterprise technology, social impact, and retail and e-commerce.
The nine are Mir Sakib (28), founder of the start-up Cramstack; Shehzad Noor Taus Priyo (24) and Motasim Bir Rahman (26), co-founders of the start-up Gaze; Shomy Chowdhury (26) and Rijve Arefin (26), co-founders of non-government organisation Awareness 360; Ahmed Imtiaz Jami (27), founder of Obhizatrik Foundation; Rizvana Hredita (28) and Md Zahin Rohan Razeen (22), co-founders of the start-up Hydroquo+; and Morin Talukder's (27), co-founder of e-commerce venture Pickaboo.
Sakib made the list in the enterprise technology category for Cramstack, which helps industries with its natural language-driven search interface to analyse and visualise data.
Shehzad and Motasim's Gaze has been making waves in the last couple of years. Gaze builds software intermediaries called APIs for visual recognition, with artificial-intelligence supporting features like spoof-proof face recognition, optical character recognition (OCR) and object recognition.
Shomy and Rijve's NGO Awareness 360, based in Kuala Lumpur, now has 1,500 volunteers in 23 countries and reached 1,50,000 people with their campaigns on personal hygiene basics such as handwashing, water-filtration and sanitation.
To work with underprivileged children, Jami founded Obhizatrik Foundation. So far, his foundation, with the help of 3,500 volunteers, has supported one million people for poverty elimination, education, health and nutrition, human rights issues among other issues.
Rizvana and Zahin's initiative Hydroquo+ provides AI-powered water-management solutions that report on the quality of the water, identify leakage and provide forecasting of demand based on usage.
Pickaboo, co-founded by Morin, is renowned in Bangladesh for listing quality products and ensuring fast delivery. It was one of the first few start-ups to offer EMI and same-day delivery.