Urban Innovation Challenge is happening!

BRAC is hosting the first Urban Innovation Challenge of Bangladesh, aiming to incubate 5 startups that will lead the future of the major urban regions of the country.

The slogan “Our Cities, Our Solutions” is a big shout out to the youth of Bangladesh to finally start taking charge for that traffic jam they sit through everyday, the severe lack of information they face when it comes to jobs,  the toxic air that the slum kid breathes in!

What are we doing Right Now?

We are reaching out to university campuses and startup communities, inspiring thousands of youth to come up with realistic solutions that are simple and scalable. We are all geared up for a grand launch on October 28 and flood your homepage with #uic2016 hashtags!

Can BRAC People Apply?

Yes ofcourse the BRAC staff can apply. So start working on that business model canvas you once heard of. Start looking for some fun toolkits online, and keep an eye on the blog for more!

What do I get?

We got a range of offerings for you and your startup! If your idea is through, you will get the following… and more…:

1  Develop and test your solution with the world’s biggest development organisation.

2 Access to BRAC facilities and support from BRAC staff in your city

3 In-person guidance from successful entrepreneurs currently leading the sectors in Bangladesh

4 A 5-day, in person urban bootcamp to understand the problem on the ground and interact with your potential clients

5 Virtual sessions with international experts on human-centred design, prototyping and business development

6 Up to BDT 500,000 per team in seed funding from BRAC and linkage to investors

We have ideo.org as our Knowledge Partner, Beatnik as our Digital Engagement Partner and The Daily Star as our Media Engagement Partner

Follow the UIC facebook page for more updates!




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Masrura Oishi is an over-thinker and procaffeinator. In her free time, she pretends to be a philosopher and does some development work for BRAC Social Innovation Lab. She invests her insulin pumped energy into reading, writing, traveling and living!

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