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 Bangladesh 

Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh leverages social innovation and entrepreneurship to create a new generation of Bangladeshi leaders and empowers them to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Launched in 2018, Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh has quickly become one of the most active chapters of Youth Co:Lab across Asia and the Pacific. Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh works closely with multiple stakeholders across the country including government, civil society and the private sector, to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem and policy environment to better enable young people to take the lead on new solutions that will help meet the SDGs. Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh is a widely-trusted platform for sharing knowledge and evidence-based insights, providing capacity development training on 21st century skills, global networking opportunities and business incubation support for youth-led startups and social enterprises based in Bangladesh.

At present Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh has three key components i.e., the National Dialogue, the Springboard Programme and the Movers Programme, which are working to:
●    Promote policy dialogue for youth innovation and entrepreneurship
●    Provide mentorship and funds to youth-led impact enterprises
●    Facilitate 21st century skills development and SDG awareness


Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh also commissions research, exploring scopes and recommending ways to promote youth entrepreneurship across the nation.

 Our Impact in Bangladesh 

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500000+

560

7632

Impact Enterprises Supported

Lives Impacted

National Dialogue Delegates Engaged

Young People Upskilled

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$10000

Report on State of Youth Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Commissioned

Grants Awarded

 National Dialogue 

The Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh National Dialogue brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, young business leaders, and representatives from the government, private sector, NGOs, academia and social incubators to share knowledge and influence policy initiatives on youth entrepreneurship and encourage social innovation leading to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2018

Accelerator Bangladesh: National Dialogue to Foster the Startup Ecosystem in Bangladesh

2019

Accelerator Bangladesh 2.0: National Dialogue to Foster the Startup Ecosystem in Bangladesh

National Dialogue 2020

2020

Accelerator Bangladesh 3.0: National Dialogue on Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem into the Next Decade

 Springboard Programme 

The Springboard Programme of Youth Co:Lab Bangladesh is a platform for young social entrepreneurs to contribute towards achieving the SDGs through tailored mentorship and wide-ranging national and global networking opportunities.


Since 2018, there have been four Springboard Programmes. Over 50 startup teams and impact enterprises have taken part in intensive boot camps for improving their pitching, story telling, impact measurement and management skills. Avijatrik, one of the winners from Springboard Programme Cohort 1.0, also won the Youth Co:Lab Social Innovation Challenge Award in the Community Development category at the Second Youth Co:Lab Summit held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, for empowering local communities through tourism. Most recently, the Top Three teams of Springboard Programme Cohort 4.0 were awarded $10,000 in grants and a tailored six-month mentorship programme.

 Springboard Startups in the News 

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 Startups Showcase 

Borac Energia

 

Tackled issue: lack of environmentally friendly energy sources

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Borac Energia produces recycled Li-ion Batteries which are cost-friendly, with the goal to replace harmful Lead-acid batteries. Besides perfecting their recycled Li-ion Batteries, they have also built their own E-Bikes and developed affordable Solar and Wind energy systems and Solar Boat Motors.

 Movers Programme 

Launched in Bangladesh in December 2019, the Movers Programme is a grassroots movement of youth volunteers who develop SDGs awareness, entrepreneurial mindset, and 21st-century skills by conducting workshops. The Movers Programme uses a train-the-trainer approach and works with key community partners to target harder-to-reach groups to make sure that no one is left behind.

The first Movers workshop in Bangladesh took place in December of 2019, with only 20 participants. Since then, the Movers Programme in Bangladesh has gone on to upskill the most number of young people across Asia Pacific, over 7500, through mostly online workshops focusing on the development of Digital Literacy, Soft-skills and Global Citizenship.

Metrics:

  • 24 Community Organizations Engaged

  • 1600 Marginalized Community Members Mobilized

  • 7632 Young People Upskilled

Nadia Momen, Movers Envoy

"Movers Programme is the platform where people can nurture their professional behaviour and skills. It helps me build a huge community network all around Asia and the Pacific. By joining the movement, I have learned how to mentor and speak confidently, facilitate a session, and take action. For me, the Movers Programme is a lifelong learning process."

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 Partners 

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Information and Communication Technology Division

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Startup Bangladesh Limited

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Islamic Development Bank

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PreneurLab

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The Earth

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Light Castle Partners

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YGAP

 Partnerships and Collaborations 

If you are keen to know more about the Youth Co:Lab initiative in Bangladesh and would like to explore partnerships and collaborations, you can write to us to Mr. Mahmudul Hasan (mahmudul.hasan@undp.org)