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08:22 PM, October 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:25 PM, October 16, 2019

BUP hosts Mind Propeller

Bangladesh University of Professionals, one of the best business schools, across the nation hosted Mind Propeller on October 1, 2019.

It was the debut event of the infant club, the Human Resource and Leadership Club (HRLC), a press release said today.

The daylong event was mainly to motivate and assist students to initiate business startups by experience sharing and QA sessions by extremely successful startup founders.

Eleven speakers from acclaimed organizations and start-ups attended the program with chief guest Brig Gen Wasim Ul Haq.

The audience were very much engaged by the eloquence of the speakers.

Ibrahim Mohiuddin, the co-founder of Hungry Naki, brought in the point of necessity of innovation ‘Do not compete, have uniqueness’ and discussed on the building of a business model i.e. the profit acquiring process as well as the necessity to have a strong, integral and cooperative team.

The issue on the strategic planning and process lead of Sheba.xyz, Istiaque Ahmed shared about their tremendous journey of reaching over nine thousand flat owners by their own Sheba Bondhu app. Ending by discussing on innovative business ideas.

Then came one of the founders of countrywide popular ride sharing app, Pathao. Before stepping into the business, while reading about future startups, Kishwar Hashemmee uttered to himself ‘If they can do it, I can too’ which lead him to create Pathao with 5 rides per day to 150000 rides in two years! He believes transformation is necessary and a lot of energy is required, commitment is not enough. He eventually left Pathao in December 2018 to start his new business, Klaudia. 

The cofounders of Safewheel, Anas Makki and Rafiq Islam shared about their goal of ambulance services in rural areas faster than burger deliveries!

‘Find a problem which can be solved!’ said the cofounder of Analyzen, the first digital marketing motto by Ridwan Hafiz.

He said that planning is a very crucial step and ideas must not be started without any strategy. He added that finding the right person at the right time is important.

The marketing director of IDLC, Jane Romel talked about how organizations fail due to the lack of owner involvement and how nonbank financial organizations work.

The IM of Avishkar Nazmul Karim also talked about how adapting to new technology is important and how difficult it is to install them.

According to him, a startup can be done by picking any social problem, making it into a solution, create a model and scale it.

The session continued with the insightful discussion on financing new venture by Shadman Rahman, lead specialist, product Innovation, Grameenphone and Afsana zarin Nabila, Business Development Manager, Shopup.  Shadman Rahman eloquently pointed out how a Facebook or blogs can be a steppingstone for future business leaders while Nabila mentioned about the SMEs, women entrepreneurship. Differentiating between start-up and traditional business, they drew conclusion of their session with basic tips for the entrepreneurs.

Last but not the least, the CEO of Shopway, Firoz Ahmed Plabon, said that taking business decisions using only intuitions is not wise.

He talked about how he got the idea of this grocery delivery service and shared some of his future and making the bazaar wala bhai into an app based intermediate. Just like the others, he also emphasized on technology.

The program was not only a platform for the speakers, this event was the gateway for the students, to learn and solve their unique queries.

Mind Propeller ended with the phenomenal idea pitching presentation by the top three finalist team.

MedixQ achieved the crest for the best stratup idea by bringing home Tk 10,000 net worth check along with the possibility to have an internship right away!


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