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Today, the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Bangladesh - South Asia 2023 Semester!

If you want to build a startup in Dhaka and could use expert training and feedback, then apply to the Dhaka Founder Institute today, or attend a free event.

Those who apply by the Early Admissions Deadline (Feb 12, 2023) will have their application fees waived (typically $50), and if you enroll by the Early Deadline you are also eligible for Founder Institute Fellowships.

Since launching in Dhaka in 2015, the Founder Institute has helped launch several promising companies in the region, and our efforts in Dhaka have also been profiled by several high profile media channels.

To celebrate the launch, the Dhaka Founder Institute will several free startup events for the general public, where you can meet top entrepreneurs and learn more about the program:

  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 10:30pm, Feb 09, 2023 (Asia/Dhaka):
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • [Restricted] Venture Trailblazers, featuring Tim Draper (VIP Event) on 10:30pm, Mar 06, 2023 (Asia/Dhaka):

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more - like Udemy, Realty Mogul, iCarsClub, Itembase, goplaceit, and Appota. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200 cities and 95 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Running the Founder Institute's efforts in Dhaka are local startup leaders Nayeem Ashrafi, and M Asif Rahman.

In addition, some of Dhaka's top entrepreneurs will mentor founders in the program, providing them with expert training, feedback, and evaluation. The list of mentors for the Bangladesh - South Asia 2023 includes:

  • Aabith Sabeer: Founder/CEO,
  • Abdullah Al Noman: Senior Product Manager, Pathao
  • Adnan Khan: Head of Truck Operations, Ticket & Ride at Shohoz, Shohoz
  • Afshin Moayed: Partner, Razor Capital
  • Ahamed Nishadh: Tech for Development Lead, UNDP and Citra Social Innovation Lab
  • Ahamed Faheem: CEO, Adrotec
  • Ahmed Fahad: VP at Product, Pathao
  • Ahmed Numan: Manager, Customer Experience, Ooredoo Maldives
  • Ahmed Irfan: Founder, Innovation Quotient
  • Ahmed Azaan Hassan: Co-founder/CTO, Ewity, Inc
  • Ahmed Yaamin Mohamed: Co-Founder, Spark Hub
  • Aishath Adnan: Leader, FI Maldives
  • Alagan Mahalingam: CEO, Rootcode Labs
  • Al Farooque Shubho: CEO & Mastermind , Zantrik Limited
  • Ali Haris: Product Manager, LottieFiles and Co-Founder & CEO, Payer
  • Allen Hossain Selima: Director, BetterStories & Ambassador, Seedstars
  • Aloka Gunasekara: Director - Startup & Business Ecosystem Innovation, YouLead / IESC
  • Aminath Shooza: Product Development and Innovation Manager, Dhiraagu
  • Aminath Ali: Ambassdor, WEDO, Co-Founder, SCEAM, Manager, Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives
  • Amit Damani: Founder, Vista Rooms
  • Amit Saberwal: Founder and CEO, RedDoorz
  • Amithe Gamage: Co-Founder, Quantum Leap
  • Anayet Rashid: CEO, TruckLagbe
  • Anayet Rashid: Founder & CEO, Truck Lagbe
  • Anita Ghazi Rahman: Founder & Partner, The Legal Circle
  • Anjali Malhotra: Founder & CEO, C-Xcel
  • Anjana Somathilake: Founder, Nuclei Technologies & CTO, InsureMe
  • Anna Lindbäck: CEO & Founder, Startup Strats
  • Anurag Maloo: Regional Director - Asia Pacific & VP - Global Partnerships & Business Development, Seedstars
  • Armin Zaman Khan: Founder,
  • Arshad Uzair: Founder, BESolution
  • Arunoda Susiripala: Founder and CEO,
  • Arushad Ahmed: Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Javaabu Pvt. Ltd.
  • Asanka De Mel: CEO, LOVI Ceylon
  • Ashok G: CEO & Co-founder, STARTUP360 India
  • Ashok Verma: Founding Partner/CEO, nVentures
  • Ayami Wanasinghe: Regional Director - South Asia, Founder Institute
  • Ayesha Ratnayake: Co-Founder, Show & Tell
  • Ayman Sadiq: Founder & CEO, 10 Minute School
  • Bernard Arulanandam: Consultant, Innovation/Entrepreneurship, PwC Sri Lanka
  • Bhanuka Harischandra: Founder/Chief Growth Officer, Surge Global
  • Bijon Islam: CEO and Co-Founder, LightCastle Partners Ltd
  • Breity Sabrin: CEO, Just Storys Ltd.
  • Chalinda Abeykoon: Managing Partner, nVentures
  • Chamara Peiris: Founder and CEO, Next Digital Innovations (Pvt) Ltd -
  • Chamira Jayasinghe: Founder & CEO, Arimac Digital
  • Chandika Jayasundara: Co-Founder & CEO, Cinergix
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Chris Foltz: Entrepreneur In Residence, Founder Institute + Responsible Solutions Ltd + IRG 100 CMO's & Change Agents
  • Daoud Ghannam: Founder & CEO, uMake Coworking
  • Dhanika Perera: Founder/CEO, Bhasha & PayHere
  • Dhanish Athif: Co-Founder and COO, MyBump Media
  • Didar Islam: Managing Director
  • Dinushka Medagoda: Founder/Managing Partner/CEO, eLawyers
  • Dr. Pallavi Singh: IP and Technology Lawyer and Consultant, Founder, Episteme Legal
  • Dulitha Wijewantha: Founder/CEO, Cabbage Apps
  • Eedham Rasheed: CEO, Hologo World Inc
  • Enosh Praveen: Founder, Arteculate
  • Eranda Ginige: Founder/Director, Social Enterprise Lanka
  • Fahim Ahmed: CFO, Pathao
  • Fahim Mashroor: CEO, Ltd.
  • Fareeha Shareef: Co-founder and Managing Partner, FJS Associates LLP
  • Fathhi Mohamed: Co-Founder, DishServe & PickMe
  • Fathmath Neesha: Leader, FI Maldives
  • Fayaz Hudah: Founder, Spiralation & Board Member (Sri Lanka), Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
  • Gabriel Yohendran: Founder, Founder Institute
  • Gajan Vinothan: Founder CEO, Stripes & Checks Inc.
  • Gayantha De Zoysa: Founder, Strive & CTO, Healthnet
  • Hanah Tran: Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, FHH Ventures
  • Hariharan Padmanaban: Director SE Asia / Africa , Hyla Mobiles ( An Assurant Company ) USA
  • Harinda Fonseka: Founder & CEO, Gudppl
  • Harsha Purasinghe: Founder and CEO, Microimage
  • Hasanga Abeyaratne: Founder & CEO, Amplifyn
  • Heminda Jayaweera: COO, SLINTEC & Co-Founder, Venture Frontier Lanka
  • Heshan Fernando: Founder & CEO, oDoc
  • Hifnaz Jiffrey: CEO/Co-Founder, Yoho
  • Hiraash Thawfeek: CTO, Multiplier
  • Hussain Jinan: CEO, SparkHub
  • Hussain M. Elius: Founder & CEO, Pathao
  • Hussain Elius: Founder, Pathao
  • Hussain Shafiu: Managing Director, Arcils
  • Ibrahim Inaz: Owner and Co-Founder of Kalhu Odi, CEO of Jobsicle
  • Imran Zahir: Director, AI Think Lab
  • Imthiyaaz Hassim: CEO/Co-Founder, SIXER Tech Private Limited
  • Indika De Zoysa: Vice President, Huawei Technologies Lanka
  • Indu Nanayakkara: Social Media Consultant, Speaker & Trainer | Country Lead, Women Will
  • Iranthi Gomes: Co-founder and CEO, Serviceform
  • Ish Anand: Founder CEO, Business Doctors India
  • Ismadi Ismail: Senior Manager - Corporate Finance and Valuations, PwC Sri Lanka
  • Iyaz Waheed: President, Universal Foundation
  • Janeeth Rodrigo: General Manager, IdeaHell & Derana Macroentertainment
  • Janne Saarikko: Director, Food Ecosystems Accelerator, Founder Institute
  • Jatin Kataria: Founder & CEO, InMeSta
  • Jayomi Lokuliyana: Co-Founder & CEO, zMessenger
  • Jehan Wijesinghe, Unicorn Factory
  • Joe Lenora: CTO, Vudoir Hub & Founder, We Are Designers
  • Jonathan Abeywickrema: Director, Lanka Impact Investing Network (LIIN)
  • Josh Hinkle, Forecastr
  • Kanchana Senanayake: Founder/Managing Partner, JK Chambers
  • Kanishka Weeramunda: Founder, PayMedia & DirectPay
  • Karolis Panckevicius: Analyst, Blue Orange Agency
  • Karolis Pranckevicius: CEO, Blue Orange
  • Kavi Raj Joshi: Founder & Managing Director, Next Venture Corp
  • Keerthi Kodithuwakku: CEO, Jendo Innovations
  • Keshni Morar: Managing Director, Founder Institute and InvestABLE
  • Keshni Morar: Director, Founder Institute and InvestABLE
  • Kirthisri Wijeweera: Head of Knowledge & Research/Senior Economic Advisor, UNDP SDG Innovative Finance
  • Kishan Nadarajah: Principal, BOV Capital
  • Kokularajah Sundararajah: Chief Executive Officer / Director, Genesis Global Group (Moderator/Host)
  • Lahiru Pathmalal: Co-Founder & CEO,
  • Lavina Ramkissoon: Africa's Voice - Chairperson and Director #aiMom, Founder Institute
  • Lien Keerthisinghe: Founder/CEO, LienKay Design Solutions
  • Love Yadav: General Partner, Lion Ventures
  • Mafaz Ishaq: CEO, Innovation Quotient
  • Mangala Yapa: Former Chairman , Board of Investments Sri Lanka
  • Mangala Karunaratne: Founder and CEO, Calcey Technologies (
  • Manoj Ranaweera: Founder & CEO, Techcelerate
  • Matiullah Rahmaty: Founder/President , BrightPoint Consulting Services
  • Mike Soertsz: Founder, Drifter
  • Minhaz Anwar: Founder and Chief StoryTeller, BetterStories Limited
  • Mohamed Thoyyib: CTO, WOLFCOM Enterprise
  • Mohamed Shamheel: CEO, Loopcraft
  • Mohamed Jailam: CEO and Managing Director, Javaabu Pvt Ltd
  • Mohammed Mafaz Ifharm: Co-founder/Chief Story Teller, Show & Tell
  • Murad Hassan: Regional Director Key Accounts, APAC, Agoda
  • Murtaza Tajbhoy: Chief Strategy Officer, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc.
  • Naail Abdul Rahman: Managing Partner, Intellea Partnership
  • Najiba Wajiha Mahboob: CEO, Toureela
  • Naresh Abeyesekera: Founder and CEO, SECQUORO
  • Nasif Nm: Evangelist & Community Lead, FI Kochi
  • Nathan Sivagananathan: Co-Founder, Hatch
  • Nattu Adnan: Co-Founder & CTO, Lottiefiles
  • Neeraj Saxena: Managing Partner, XScale
  • Nesh Sooriyan: Founder | Growth, Bamboo Blockchain
  • Nevindaree Premarathne: Senior Manager - Startup Ecosystem Development, ICTA
  • Nevindee Amarasinghe: Founder, Good PR
  • Niki Gomez: Founder, Maximise Me
  • Nilendra Weerasinghe: Chief Corporate Advisory Officer, NDB Investment Bank Limited
  • Nilushi Thenuwara: Deputy General Manager - Business Development, DIMO
  • Nio Liyanage: Founder & CEO, Launchr
  • Nishan De Silva: Founder,
  • Paloma Lecheta: Regional Director - LatAm, Founder Institute
  • Prakat Khati: Attorney and Managing Partner, Artemis Law
  • Prassanna Pathmanathan: Founder & CEO, Ultimma Consulting
  • Pravin Jayasinghe: CEO, SkyEye
  • Priscilla Alexander: Co-founder, ArthurAI
  • Rahmathullah Abdulfaththah: Co-Founder & CTO, Solid Tree Private Limited
  • Ramesh Shanmuganathan: Executive Vice President / Group CIO, John Keells Holdings
  • Randhula De Silva: Founder/CEO, GoodLife X & Director - Programs and Partnerships, Hatch
  • Ravihans Wetakkepotha: Founder, HypeHash
  • Revan Weerasinghe: Legal Consultant, SLINTEC (Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology)
  • Ridwan Hafiz: Founder & CEO, Go Zayaan
  • Rishabh Singhi: Founder/CEO, Dishserve
  • Rohan Jayaweera: Assistant Vice President, John Keells Holdings & Co-Founder, Antyra
  • Rohantha Athukorala: CEO, Clootrack
  • Roshaan Ranasinghe: Founder at Tribefunds, Director, Gradient Alliance
  • Ruwindhu Peris: Managing Director, Stax
  • Saiba Singh: Manager, Accenture, Ex- KFC, Ex-Google & Founder, Sugar Rush
  • Sajini Jayawardena: Marketing/Innovation Strategy Consultant, Program Manager, Google Business Community
  • Sam De Silva: Co-Founder, Common Edge & Advisor, Loki Network
  • Sameer Sortur: Founder & CEO , SquareCircle Global
  • Sanjiv Ahangama: Founding Partner, Third Lane Ventures
  • Sarinda Unamboowe: CEO/Managing Director, MAS Kreeda
  • Sayyed Ahmad Masud: CEO, Change Mechanic
  • Semal Luthra: Co-Founder & CEO, HomeTree Coworking
  • Senela Jayasuriya: CEO, Women Empowered Global
  • Sharanyan Sharma: Founder, Extreme SEO Internet Solutions
  • Sharmilan Somasundaram: Co-Founder & CEO, Niftron
  • Shazif Adam: Co-Founder — Designer & Illustrator, Encreare
  • Shihan Anwer: CEO, Ortus Capital (Pvt) Ltd
  • Shuaib Yusoof: Founder, Likuid Ventures
  • Simon Turner: Founding Partner, Groundbreaking, Managing Director, FI Ghana
  • Srishti Jain: Co-Convenor, Startup Jalsa
  • Suhartha Weragoda: Chemist | Executive - Technology Transfer, SLINTEC (Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology)
  • Tamasha Fernando: Senior Manager - Startup Ecosystem Development, ICTA
  • Teesha Wickramatunga: Founder/CEO,
  • Thanuja Ranasinghe: Co-Founder / CEO, Company NameBetterBiz Global (Private) Limited
  • Tharindu Dassanayake: Founder & CEO, ShoutOUT Labs
  • Thariq Hamad: Co-Founder & CEO, FieldR - Match Analyzing Tool
  • Uthpalie Thilakaratna: Co-Founder, Tracified
  • VIDUSHAN CHERNEKA: Founder, Elon Venture Catalysts
  • Vinav Bhanawat: Founder, Build From Zero
  • Waseem Alim: Founder & CEO, Chaldal
  • Wishanth Wijesinha: Assistant Vice President - Head of John Keells X, John Keells Holdings
  • Yasisurie Kiribandara: CEO/Head of Creative, Yasisurie Kiribandara Couture
  • Yatan Blumenthal Vargas: Co-founder, Berlin Hardware Accelerator
  • Yusra Aziz: Founder & CEO, SecondTeam/Podi Jobs
  • Zia Ashraf: Founder & COO, Chaldal

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is the most challenging and effective step-by-step startup launch program for talented and motivated aspiring entrepreneurs. If you are serious about launching a startup, the Founder Institute can give you the structured process, constant feedback and evaluation from expert mentors, and global network of entrepreneurs you need to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.

We hope you will join us in Dhaka and launch a company in 2018.

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