26th October, 2017, AIUB Department of Management and HRM organized a seminar on “The Rapid Transformation of Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh”. This was a joint initiative undertaken by lecturers,Ms. Kishwar M Chowdhury and Ms. Nusrat Huq, for the students of the Entrepreneurship Development course, to inspire their creativity in formulating new and unique business ideas. The primary aim of the seminar was to create student awareness on the changes in the Entrepreneurial scene in Bangladesh by featuring start-up stories of two recent entrepreneurs, each from a different industry.
The opening speech was delivered by respected Ms. Farheen Hassan, Director of the BBA Program, Faculty of Business Administration, AIUB; who discussed the importance of industry exposure in enriching student learning experience. It was followed by a speech by Mr. R. Tareque Moudud FCMA, Director of OPA, who welcomed the guest speakers and encouraged the students to seek inspiration from the start-up stories of the speakers. The program emceeing was done by the course lecturers themselves.
The first speaker of the seminar, Mr. Rubaead Tanver Ferdous, Managing Director of Flow Digital Ltd. took the stage and commenced his presentation with a brief introduction to his company. After an elaborate informational session on the services and milestones of Flow Digital Ltd, Mr. Tanver went on to discuss the journey of his venture covering several relevant topics in Entrepreneurship such as opportunity recognition, prerequisites of building a new venture, the hurdles and the constraints, and the importance of tenacity and thoroughness in the initial stages of a start-up.
The second speaker to take the stage was Ms. Anika Rabbani, Founder of YOGANKIA, an entrepreneurial venture in the Health and Wellness industry, who elaborately discussed the growing potential of aspiring entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. Ms. Rabbani shared her experiences with the students and inspired them to stress on the importance of observing trends and acknowledging social problems when trying to come up with new business ideas.
Both the speakers demonstrated the growing potential for diverse start-ups and emphasized on the need to think outside the box when formulating business ideas. With the inter-class business plan competition scheduled to be held during the final term, the student participants were inspired to think beyond the traditional start-up ideas and focus on unique ideas to be featured in the exhibition.
Ms. Samia Shabnaz,Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Faculty of Business Administration, thanked the speakers for their contribution and handed over certificates and tokens of appreciation to the speakers, Mr. Rubaead Tanver Ferdous and Ms. Anika Rabbani respectively.