What is #StartKoro?

#StartKoro is a virtual bootcamp for innovators, developers, designers, ideators, and entrepreneurs. Startups have always been hard. Even when you think you are putting in your best. The pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, creating difficult conditions for businesses and enterprises and also for startups. But in every crisis lies great opportunity if we are innovative. This is the time for you to roll up your sleeves and join 🚀 #StartKoro. Bootcamp will allow you to learn from the best of the best 😮 local and international mentors, attend workshops, build your product, pitch in-front of VCs, and launch your startup or MVP.

Why You Should Join?

The 8 sessions and 2 workshops of #StartKoro will be conducted by local and international expert mentors. You will learn from their experince and be able to build your product. There will be 1:1 mentoring, networking and collaborating opportunities. Organizers will offer access to funding, access to global network and further support. Top participants will get opportunity to pitch infront of VCs and exciting prizes.

Prizes & Benefits

🚀 Top 3 winners will get in total $1500 USD ads credits from Facebook DevC

🚀 Participants will be able to win prizes worth in total 1,50,000 BDT from FNF COVID-19 Hackathon

🚀 Top participants will get Access to Regional Ecosystem and mentorship from UNDP Youth:CoLab

🚀 Participants will get the opportunity to participate in bdapps workshop entitled "bdapps: Apps & Service monetization through Telco API" and bdapps Online Hackathon. Top 10 Hackathon participants will get monetization opportunities for their app & services on bdapps.

🚀 Top 3 winners from bdapps Online Hackathon will get 3Lac, 2Lac & 1Lac BDT equivalent promotional credit for their respective apps/services.

🚀 Participants will get the opportunity to win $21,000 from Facebook Online Hackathon

🚀 Participants with products for micro-merchants and fintech will get mentoring support from UNCDF

🚀 Top Participants will get recognition and support from Startup Bangladesh

🚀 Top 3 winners will get 1 years access of OFC.AI from Preneur Lab


Do I need to have a startup to apply?

No. You just need to have the passion to build a product or startup to join the bootcamp.

Is it mandatory to have COVID-19 related ideas or startups?

No. You can have any kind of product idea that you want. As a major pandemic is going on, there will be ideas on new normal innovations but any innovation is welcome.

What is “New Normal”?

New Normal is a term that refers to the new way of doing things following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is this a hackathon?

This is a bootcamp but this will prepare you to land to 3 hackathons after the bootcamp.

Do I need to be a coder or CSE graduate to be a part of this?

No. Anyone can join and start building a product.

Do I need to have a group or team to join?

At this moment you can join individually. Later, you can form teams or continue as individual as well.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes. Winners of the demo day will win prizes. All participants completing the whole bootcamp will receive a certificate. You have to make sure you attend the sessions online.

How the winners will be selected?

A jury board will decide the winners from the pitch session. The criteria of winning will be 1. Innovation in Idea 2. MVP Readiness / Demo 3. Scalability and Impact 4. Skills & Strength 5. Consistency and Engagement in the Bootcamp


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Facebook DevC Dhaka

Developer Circles from Facebook is a program designed to create locally organized communities for developers. These communities are meant to educate and provide a forum for discussion and knowledge sharing around topics that are top-of-mind for developers in a particular market.

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Preneur Lab

Preneur Lab is a "technology for social good company" working to empower young people, women and entrepreneurs.

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UNDP Youth Co:Lab

Youth Co:Lab positions young people front and center in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges. Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship. Youth Co:Lab has been implemented in 25 countries and territories across Asia Pacific.

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UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

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Startup Bangladesh

Startup Bangladesh by ICT Division is the platform to create a national entrepreneurship ecosystem to enable Bangladesh to innovate faster, create new opportunities, develop technical skills and help realize the vision of Digital Bangladesh.

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bdapps by Robi Axiata Limited

bdapps is a platform presented by Robi Axiata to developers and content providers to use the Robi Axiata Limited & Airtel Bangladesh network based features via shared APIs and monetize their efforts. You can be a Digital Entrepreneur on Bangladesh’s Largest Mobile Application Platform “bdapps”.


Session 1 StartKoro 101 + Building a Product June 6
Session 2 Innovation, Sustainability and Impact June 8
Session 3 Identifying the Right Problem to Solve + Business Model Canvas June 12
Session 4 Prototyping June 12
Session 5 Creating MVP June 13
Session 6 Data, Analytics and Marketing Basics June 19
Session 7 Funding and Legal June 19
Session 8 Pitching & Pitch Deck June 20
Session 9 Finale : Demo Day June 22