Startup Chattogram recently organized their first idea generation contest called ‘Explotion.’ It was aimed at young and aspiring future entrepreneurs to help them foster their business ideas into a concrete reality. Their goal was to provide a global platform to the local startups of Chattogram. The contest mainly focussed on three different idea categories- health, information & communication, and business.
In a brief interview with Entreur, Arafatul Islam Akib, the founder of Startup Chattogram, said,
The ideas were excellent and presentable, but we don’t want to limit those to just ideas. Our judges took notes of a few to help them implement those in real life. We plan to provide them the mentorship they need to reach execution and scalability.
The participants submitted more than 65 ideas, and only ten got selected for the pitching round. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the pitching session continued at a Zoom conference with all the participants and judges. The judges were Mehdi Reja, Sabbir A Ferdoush, K.A.M Rashedul Mazid, Ebne Sayeed Md. Imtiaz and Ahmed Saif Reza. They all have expertise in their respective fields and provided excellent suggestions to all the participants. Rits Browser, the title sponsor of the event, also loved the idea of such startup idea contests, and they plan to do it more often to help support the startup community. The winner of the contest got BDT 50,000 Tk and a chance to be a part of the Startup Chattogram Incubation. Three of the winners were Medicare (1st), USF (2nd), and Change Scope (3rd).
To ease the hurdles of new startups in Chattogram, Akib founded Startup Chattogram in 2018. Since then, they have organized over 35 such events and worked with 50+ startups. Team Entreur envisions a better ecosystem for startups in Chattogram, which we gladly share with Startup Chattogram.