GP Accelerator Graduates Of 2016 Batch
Grameenphone Accelerator organized and hosted the Demo Day for their latest graduates from the second batch of the program at the GP House in Bashundhara.
The second batch of graduating startups were:
Cramstack’s platform connects to business’ data sources and allows business to put their queries about the data in plain English to get analytics and predictions instantly. Their goal is to become a platform that would simplify data access for people with a non-technical background and help business become more data driven. The idea is a fundamentally different approach to business intelligence in that it is a search driven platform, thus cutting down the time to process large database from days to hours, to a few seconds.
BuzzAlly is a marketing and engagement service that helps brands to connect with end-users over a missed call. Phone numbers are placed on billboards and in ads. Consumers opt into ads by dialing a number and hanging up before the call connects. The customer will then receive text messages or calls or IVR with ads in them i.e. in BuzzAlly admin panel you can select a number to run your missed call based campaigns. When a person gives a missed call to this number the system reacts with a return SMS or an IVR Call or a Callback service. The output is the creation of the connection.
Socian is an Artificial Intelligence oriented Social Media Analytics Platform. It helps businesses understand and analyze user posts given on Social Media in a cost effective way. At the same time, companies can compare with competitors to find where they are standing by using Socian’s service. Socian is unique from other competitors as they are the only Analytics company that works with Bengali data. They are aiming to take the Bengali language to the next step in the global context. Socian’s platform supports 81 languages, whereas most companies offer analysis in English language only.
Ghuri is a marketplace for travelers who want to travel within or out of Bangladesh. It helps customers to make a perfect travel plan, based on the available deals on hotel rooms, air tickets, tour packages, transports, and attractions. In addition to local and foreign trip management, Ghuri is now coming up with an exciting offer for 1 or 2 day trip around Dhaka. The startup will handle these events personally allowing customers to customize them as much they want.
CMED is a cloud-based smart health monitoring system for Bangladesh. The system is low-cost, portable, and sensor devices are wirelessly connected to the central system, which is connected to a cloud. The cloud is used to store all information about the patients and diagnosis. They also developed intelligent algorithm to automatically screen different health parameters to perform basic diagnosis and make decisions. That will able to monitor health condition of individuals in rural areas where health services is inadequate. Health Workers run the system and provide basic health advice using cloud based medical system. In an advance and complex (in case of emergencies) health conditions the system will connect to specialist for expert opinions and also guide for next steps. The system uses wirelessly interconnected smart devices also connected to a cloud for data storage and keeping health record. The system will perform regular health monitoring and create awareness on health.
These startups had the opportunity to share and present their business ideas in front of an audience consisting of over 100 people tha had investors, professionals and senior officials from GP and SD Asia along with the operating partner of the program, Bikroy.com.
When asked about their experience in the GP Accelerator Program, Mir Md. Nazmus Sakib, CEO & Co-Founder of Cramstack stated,
“As a B2B service, making connections are particularly important, especially in Bangladesh. We wanted to create connections and get exposure. That’s one of the main reasons why we applied to the program. Also, we wanted to validate our ideas and take things to the next level.”
The honorable State Minister of the ICT division in Bangladesh, Zunaid Ahmed Palak was also present at the event as the chief guest, who expressed his excitement in regards to GP’s initiative to nurture new and innovative startups saying,
“I am excited to see the level of maturity and diversity of ideas the GP Accelerator graduates have presented with. I welcome the leadership being provided by the corporates like Grameenphone.”
CEO of Grameenphone, Mr. Petter B. Furberg shared his optimism in regards to the progress achieved by the startups this year,
“As a thought leader in the digital space in Bangladesh, we will continue to play an enabling role to boost the start-up eco-system in the country.”
Kazi Mahboob Hossain, Head of Transformation at Grameenphone, added
“It takes an eco-system to raise a startup and we are grateful to a host of partners, mentors, Grameenphone colleagues and the startup community as a whole for the huge support to the GP Accelerator Program.”
Minhaz Anwar, Head of GP Accelerator, laid out the motto of the GP Accelerator program,
“The ambition for GP Accelerator is to ultimately help create 50 scalable global businesses from Bangladesh by 2021 and help few of them to be on track to become Bangladesh’s first set of unicorns.”
Grameenphone launched the ‘GP Accelerator’ back in October 2015 in partnership with SD Asia in search of the top outstanding tech startups in Bangladesh. After successful completion of their first batch, the program began working on the 2nd batch from August of this year, where startups had to go through a tough selection process which involved application review, face-to-face interviews and demo presentations. The selected startups are then given appropriate training over a 4 month period to help them grow. Each of the startups from the batch are provided with 11 lakh taka funding and a work space at the GP House.