Banglalink aims to promote economic growth through digitization by supporting entrepreneurial ventures of young tech entrepreneurs. The platform is designed to identify and grow innovative digital ventures. Till now Banglalink IT incubator has incubated 16 startups working in various sectors.
The program has a rigorous selection process to select the startups that have high impact potentials.
This IT Incubator project is a part of VEON’s commitment towards the society that it operates in and Banglalink Digital Communications Ltd. is committed to provide its incessant support in the growth of IT sector and digital leadership in Bangladesh market. The project is a joint collaboration of Banglalink and Bangladesh hi Tech Park Authority (BHTPA), ICT Division.
To know more, visit: incubator.banglalink.net
Learn from the Start-ups
Banglalink’s vision is to empower innovation and encourage entrepreneurial mind-set. The connection between classroom learning and how it translates to the real-world can often be lost. In order to increase engagement and motivation - and instil innovation as a value for students, Banglalink has launched “Learn from the Start-ups”, a new platform to equip and educate students on the entrepreneurial mind-set and motivate them to think outside of the box. As a debut program, 14 students participated in the program. The students worked in micro projects with the start-ups, engaged in the events and got a taste of “life in a start-up”. This provides a great opportunity to take back the learnings to their classrooms.
SDG Hackathon- “Code for a Cause 1.0”
The Banglalink SDG hackathon- “Code for a Cause” is designed to fully align with Banglalink’s vision to empower innovation and encourage young people to come up with solutions to tackle socio-economic problems through digital initiatives. It focused on five SDGs - Quality Education, Gender Equality, Industries, Innovation and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action. More than 100 participants enthusiastically participated in teams.
To know more, visit: https://sdghackathon.banglalink.net/
As a company, Banglalink has always valued innovation and adopted non-traditional ways of accomplishing work. Banglalink arranged the Start-up Expo to drive employees towards innovation and ignite the light of curiosity among them. The program was inaugurated by the CEO of Banglalink, Erik Aas and it was sponsored by the CXOs of Banglalink. The top six team pitched their game changing ideas, and brought them to life. They showed their whole journey of how they came this far. They showed prototypes of their products, and beta tested their software with the employees. Also, there was a fun session, quiz session and interactive session for all. Product demonstration stalls were there to light the spark of innovation among the employees.
White Paper: Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystemp
VEON commissioned grassroots research into the digital entrepreneurial environments in Russia, Ukraine, Algeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The aim was to analyze each ecosystem by a number of factors, including internet and smartphone penetration, ICT talent, regulation, customer base, education and the investment available. The research highlights the role of mobile operators in supporting a digital entrepreneurial ecosystem.
As part of the study, consultants AT Kearney interviewed VEON senior managers, as well market stakeholders, entrepreneurs, universities and business schools, investors, accelerators, ICT corporations and government representatives.
Learn how Bangladesh can build a world-class digital ecosystem by downloading the white paper:
Banglalink launched Digigeek meet-up as a platform to educate, inspire and engage these aspiring young digital entrepreneurs. The meet-up is a great networking and learning platform for the youth aspiring “to be digital entrepreneurs”. More than 200 entrepreneurs participated in his meet-up till December, 2018. This network and sharing platform is a great way to spend time with fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and other players in the ecosystem over a cup of coffee.
The initial success of Banglalink was based on a simple mission: “Bringing mobile telephony to the masses”, which was the cornerstone of Banglalink’s strategy. With customer experience being Banglalink’s core focus, digitalization has become a necessity to update the way customers engage, communicate, and operate. Digital Literacy program, launched by Banglalink, has run across all the districts of Bangladesh. Strategically, this program has run through the BSSPs (Banglalink Sales and Service Points) since these sales points are located in almost all the major places in Bangladesh.
Around 3,200 sales service executives dedicatedly worked to deliver the training. This first-of-its-kind program in Bangladesh has trained around 120,000 customers around the country. Around 36,000 customers out of 85,000 non-internet users started using internet regularly. This signifies the impacts of the program.
Customers got to know about the benefits of using platforms such as Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube etc. Additionally, customers were given the training on using Banglalink self-care. This has been playing an instrumental role, since the trained-up group could test out the digital products using the free data they received after registering on self-care. The main challenge of the program was to connect with the customer segment selected for this program. Since a formal setting along with usual learning materials would not work for this segment, Banglalink partnered up with GSMA to utilize their learning materials and localized them to match customer profiles.
Disaster Relief & Emergency Response
Banglalink has been actively engaged in supporting the affected people in various natural calamities by participating in several relief distribution initiatives throughout the country.
Banglalink Digital Communications Ltd., with the support of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society completed relief distribution to the landslide affected people of Bandarban and Rangamati region in June 2017.
Banglalink also engaged in disaster relief distribution in the flood affected areas in September 2017. Banglalink partnered with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society to distribute relief items to more than 5000 families who were affected and suffered from the flood.
Zero Rating of Government site
Banglalink, as part of its commitment towards digitization of the nation and global digital transformation trend, has enabled free access for its subscriber to 25000+ government sites, which is allowing the Banglalink subscriber to avail digital citizen services from various government sites. Through this initiative, the agenda of bridging the gap of digital divide and access to information of mass population is enhanced as Banglalink subscribers can easily access to different government sites, apply online for different government & citizen services and download different forms and publications including text books.
Banglalinkwas the proud sponsor of National Hackathon, the largest nationwide programming contest of the country. This hackathon is creating the platform for young programmers to unleash their potential and giving them exposure to the arena of real programming arena. More than 240 participants applied, and 27 (71 Participants) teams got selected in the SDG Hackathon. After a rigorous 24-hour long coding, a judge-panel consisting of eminent IT experts and Banglalink high officials declared the Top Three teams assessing the merits of their proposed plans and designs. The winners will receive partnership opportunities from Banglalink after the assessment of the feasibility and scalability of their proposed initiatives
ICT Support for Underprivileged Children: Computer Lab Set Up
To remove the curse of illiteracy from society and to enlighten the students who will become the hope of tomorrow, Banglalink has successfully set up computer labs in 270 underprivileged schools at different parts of the country in 2011. The computer labs are equipped with PC, laptop, internet modem, multimedia projector, speakers and microphone. Now, the newly established computer lab is offering them a ray of hope. If anyone just walks into some of these computer labs, a buzz of activities can be seen in an otherwise unexciting establishment of learning, and stories of lives being transformed can be witnessed. This is how Banglalink is ’Making difference’ and in the process, aiding the government in achieving its vision of ’Digital Bangladesh’.