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 ๐Ÿš€ #StartKoro. Bootcamp will allow you to learn from the best of the best ๐Ÿ˜ฎ local and international mentors, attend workshops, build your product, pitch in-front of VCs, and scale/launch your startup.

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 win exciting prizes and support to scale up. In every session, 3 participants will win entrepreneurship related book sets worth thousands of taka.

#StartKoro 2020 Success Stories

โ€œOut of all the participants of Start Koro 2020, 2 projects were funded by FNF Bangladesh, 3 supported by bdapps, 3 got Facebook ads credit by Facebook, 1 startup became a finalist in UNDP Youth CoLab accelerator and 1 project won global Facebook Online Hackathon by Facebook.โ€

2021 Focus Areas

๐Ÿš€ Tech Startups / 4th Industrial Revolution (AI, AR, VR, Blockchain)
๐Ÿš€ Female Economy & f-Commerce
๐Ÿš€ Social Impact Startups
๐Ÿš€ Freelancer to Entrepreneur

Videos

#StartKoro Season 2 Video Series: 5 Networking Tips for Startup Founders

Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and when done correctly can yield great results for years to come. Check out the video on how to increase your exposure through networking. Visit https://youth.digital/startkoro2/ for more updates #StartKoro2 #Preneurlab #fnfbangladesh #StartKoro

Posted by Preneur Lab - Tech for Social Good on Monday, 21 June 2021
StartKoro Season 2

Check out this video to know the 5 main reasons why startup fails. Visit https://youth.digital/startkoro2/ for more updates #StartKoro2 #Preneurlab #fnfbangladesh #StartKoro

Posted by Preneur Lab - Tech for Social Good on Wednesday, 30 June 2021
StartKoro Season 2

Sucess stories guves us inspiration to move forward. Check out this video to know the top 5 succesful startups around the world. Visit https://youth.digital/startkoro2/ for more updates #StartKoro2 #Preneurlab #fnfbangladesh #StartKoro

Posted by Preneur Lab - Tech for Social Good on Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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Prizes & Benefits


๐Ÿš€ Top 5 startups will get support to register a business or to register trademark or get legal support.

๐Ÿš€ In every session, 3 top active participants will win Entrepreneurship related book set as gifts. That's 8x3 = 24 winners!

๐Ÿš€ Top 20 participants will be invited in a physical bootcamp (if COVID restrictions lifted)

๐Ÿš€ Top participants will get Access to Regional Ecosystem and mentorship from UNDP Youth:CoLab

๐Ÿš€ Participants will get the opportunity to participate in Appmaker+ : No Code App making Workshop by Robi Axiata Limited

๐Ÿš€ Top participants will be prepared for global accelerators via bootcamp.

๐Ÿš€ Top 3 winners will get 1 years access of OFC.AI from Preneur Lab

FAQs

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 โ€œNew Normalโ€?

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 including startups, f-Commerce owners, ideators, business professionals, designers etc.

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 top startups will be selected?

A jury board will decide the winners evaluating the overall participation in the event and the pitch sessions. The criteria of top participants will be 1. Innovation in Idea 2. Scalability and Impact 3. Skills & Strength 4. Consistency and Engagement in the Bootcamp

Organizers

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Preneur Lab

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

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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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UNDP Youth Co:Lab

Youth Co:Lab positions young people front and center in order to solve the regionโ€™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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Appmaker+ by Robi Axiata Limited

Appmaker+ by Robi Axiata Ltd is Bangladesh's only no-code Android app creation platform that will enable non-developers to step into the roles of a digital creator and bring their ideas to life!

Sessions

Session 1 Startup 101 : Building a Scalable Business from Scratch Mustafizur Rahman Khan, Founder, Startup Dhaka 16 June 6.30pm
Session 2 Scaling Up f-Commerce and Startup Mahadi Hasan Sagor, Managing Director, Geeky Social 17 June 8pm
Session 3 Journey of a Tech Product Sadafuzzamani (Sadaf), Product Manager, bKash 19 June 8pm
Session 4 Pitching & Storytelling Sohan Haidear, CEO, Smartifier 28 June 8pm
Session 5 Investment Readiness for Startups Shawkat Hossain, Investor 1st July 8pm
Session 6 Create an App in 10 Minutes Md Altamis Nabil & Mir Reaz Uddin, Appmaker+ 5th July 7pm
Session 7 Data, Analytics and Marketing Basics TBA TBA
Session 8 Funding and Legal TBA TBA