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Biggest Tech-Entrepreneurial Celebration Kicks off

Microsoft Young Bangla Summit 2018 starts off today through the Microsoft Young Bangla Internship Program for the September batch at Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB).
With a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, in 2015 Microsoft joined hands with country’s largest youth network Young Bangla and introduced a series of initiatives to contribute in building Digital Bangladesh. With evolving technology throughout the world, this initiative opened a door for the youth of Bangladesh to experience latest technology, even at the grassroots.

In order to prepare the university students to face the technological uncertainty of the future job market, Microsoft Young Bangla Partnership has introduced an Internship program to promote tech-entrepreneurship throughout the country. This internship program is specially designed for the youth of Bangladesh consisting of 4 sessions before the final pitch. This internship program is actually a Team Based Ideation process where Interns passing out are prepared to start their own business and create more employment opportunities for others in future.

In the first session teams are directed to find a real life problem that affects people most in Bangladesh. The basic idea is to make them learn and understand how to choose their market, what the market needs and why it always works like this.

The second session takes the interns into the world of business and technology. They already have a problem that they would like to solve using/innovating some technology. By the third session interns learn that they all are here to build their own startup to shape the future. This session is where the real paper work starts. The target is to guide the teams in preparing their Business Proposal and pitch deck.

The Final Pithcing session hosts a pitching for the teams where experts and judges evaluate the team’s work and shows them the gaps they have in their work so that those gaps can be filled up before the final pitch.

After completion of the internship selected teams are invited to pitch in front of investors, guests and professional judges. Top teams receives seed fund from Microsoft to build their MVP. Other teams also become a part of Microsoft – Young Bangla community through being enrolled in various initiatives taken by both Microsoft and Young Bangla. The certification of the internship is also done by the end of the internship but the experience they receive through this program helps them reshape their career with tech-entrepreneurial skills.

In 2016 and 2017, a total 750 students received this internship opportunity where the top 3 teams received seed funding worth TK 5 lakhs each. In 2018, 600 Students got enrolled in the March batch and 750 more in the September batch. This partnership is celebrating the completion of 2,100 youth enrollment through this internship program in the Microsoft Young Bangla Summit 2018.

The sessions will be held on 3rd and 4th October where 5th October the demo pitching will take place with a Guidance session by Sonia Bashir Kabir, MD, Microsoft Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan & Laos before the Summit on 6th. These programs will be held at the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh from 10AM to 4PM.
Earlier, Microsoft in partnership with Young Bangla trained 400 youth throughout the country on Service Engineering to decentralize service based solutions for simple and basic technological problems in grass roots.

Organizations recognized by Young Bangla as Joy Bangla Youth Award winners in 2015 and 2017 received Microsoft Young Bangla Computer labs known as ‘tech-hub’. So far 7 organizations in 7 different districts has a tech-hub of their own, empowered with computers laptops, printer, scanner, projector, router and plenty of training resources. So far 6,000 of grassroots students have received ICT based skills development training in these Tech-hubs.

Microsoft Young Bangla Partnership is proud to announce the completion of building 64 Tech-hubs in 64 Districts right after the announcement of Joy Bangla Youth Awards 2018’s Results.

This partnership has also empowered the Government Initiatives like: Sheikh Russell Digital Labs where so far Young Bangla has trained 51,000 high school students in 46 districts under the Microsoft Digital Literacy program where they learned about basic computer, Microsoft office, Windows Operating System, Internet and Troubleshooting.

63 Young Bangla Youth Achievers from different organizations and initiatives were made Brand Ambassadors of Microsoft including more than 50 female achievers.

Apart from creating new startups, this partnership has also facilitated existing renowned startups like: Augmedix, Sheba.xyz, Soulshare and Priyoshop. More than 200 youth got the opportunity to get recruited as a Scribe in Augmedix where the target is set to create 10,000 Micro-entrepreneur across the country through sheba.xyz.

This partnership has also opened the window for the youth to become expert trainers from Young Bangla platform through all the categories of Microsoft Innovative Educator Program. This program will also include the school/college teachers to join the community of Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. This initiative will enable opportunity for the trainers and educators of Bangladesh to share their vision through a global platform and using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes. MIE Experts work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on the effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers, provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.

This partnership also has a target to increase the number of technological inclusion upto 1 crore more in Bangladesh by 2018 through Each One Teach One program.

This partnership has just completed its first phase and more amazing opportunities are yet to come for empowering the youth building Digital Bangladesh.