Two startups from Grameenphone Accelerator, SHEBA.xyz, and Cramstack, are going to represent Bangladesh at the Digital Winners Asia (DWA) in Singapore.
The winner’s selection session was held today (June 12) at GPHouse. A high-level jury panel comprising of leading investors, corporate leaders and startup advisors heard 12 pitches and recommended the two top teams to Singapore. The Digital Winners Asia event is a competition among the startups from Telenor-wide accelerator participants.
Of the two winners from Bangladesh SHEBA is a service platform for solving day-to-day household problems, while Cramstack’s platform connects to business’ data sources and allows business to put their queries about the data in plain English to get analytics and predictions instantly. In Singapore, they will compete with the representatives from Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Thailand.
The focus of the Digital Winners Asia is to support local startups to expand regionally. The winning team at Singapore event will receive an expansion fund of worth 100,000 Norwegian Kroner or approximately BDT 10 lakh. This is a platform created by the Telenor Group for its accelerators in Asia in countries like Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Grameenphone Accelerator participants are participating in the event for the second year.
Congratulating the winners, Grameenphone CEO Michael Foley said, “Bangladesh is only at a crux of digital empowerment and has already shown immense potential in the digital arena. With talented youths like you leading the way we are certainly on the right path in unlocking that potential in the shortest time. This is why Grameenphone is proud to host events like Digital Winners that encourage more youth to be a part of a digital transformation that the entire world is undergoing.”
A large number of Startups enthusiasts attend the highly interactive selection event at GP House. They also contributed to the jury process by voting “yes” or “no” live during the pitches.
This year Telenor Group has signed up a partnership with Slush Singapore, a student-driven non-profit movement that facilitates founder and investor meetings. The Digital Winners Asia event is scheduled for September alongside the globally acclaimed Slush Startup conference in Singapore.
This alignment will enable all participating startups to potentially pitch at the Slush main event, meet a global roster of investors and international startup peers in addition to being able to pitch to a DWA panel at Telenor Group regional office in Singapore.