Varendra University [VU]
Published On : November 20th, 2023 11:34:09 am
Do you have an Idea to Change the world? Want to take that Idea to the next level? Apply now!
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Semester is Coming to your University!
Do you want to create a new online revolution? Do you and your friends have genius ideas locked away? Want to learn how to make them a reality? Apply for the ‘Smart Unibator’ program coming to YOUR UNIVERSITY!
The ‘Smart Unibator’ program offers an unparalleled opportunity for university students to immerse themselves in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. It is tailored to ignite the creative minds of young innovators, providing substantial support and resources for the discovery and development of groundbreaking business ideas.
NO CODING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
[Apply for Innovation Cohort]
Key features of the program include:
Innovation Hub Access: A comprehensive platform for ideation, design, prototyping, and proof of concept, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to bring your ideas to life.
Funding Opportunities: Access to pre-seed and seed funds, crucial for transforming your innovative ideas into tangible prototypes or minimum viable products (MVPs).
Global Insights: Unique opportunities to engage with and learn from global and national leaders in innovation and startups, offering invaluable perspectives and guidance.
Extensive Networks: Connect with national and global corporate and startup networks. This access facilitates partnerships and serves as a vital link in bridging the gap between academia and industry.
IPR Learning and Support: Comprehensive learning resources and support for the protection of intellectual property rights, ensuring your ideas are safeguarded.
Academic Credit: Earn credit for the completion of the innovation and entrepreneurship semester, integrating academic achievement with practical experience.
Smart Bangladesh Accelerator Enrollment: An exclusive opportunity to join the largest accelerator program in Bangladesh. This includes access to larger funding pools and market access through partners like Startup Bangladesh Limited, StartupBootCamp, Microsoft, and more.
This program is not just an educational journey; it's a launchpad to the forefront of innovation, providing the tools, resources, and networks necessary to turn visionary ideas into reality. Whether your passion lies in technology, business, or social change, this program is your stepping stone to making a significant impact in the world of startups and beyond.
YOUR UNIVERSITY is one of the 10 universities with an Innovation Hub. A total of six cohorts of 10 - 15 teams will be run in the university over a period till December 2025.
Who can apply?
A team of 3-5 students, alumni, or faculty members of any discipline.
A team, who do not run only for grades, but have a hunger for solving a real-life problem with innovation and forming a startup.
No coding experience required!
We are especially looking for teams which are women-led or have women involvement.
What is the composition of the program?
The program will run over a period of 4-5 months with average 4 hours of commitment per week from the participants of the Innovation Cohort.
Phases and Content of Innovation Cohort
Bangladesh aspires to develop a robust innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for a flourishing economy to keep pace with the dynamics induced by 4IR. Bangladesh High-tech Park Authority [BHTPA] has launched the ‘University Innovation Hub Program’ titled ‘Smart Unibator’ for building 10 innovation hubs in 10 universities that will serve as the foundational block for the ecosystem above. The hubs are going to function as epicenters for raising greater awareness of the importance of innovation, nurturing a culture of innovation, inculcating an entrepreneurship mindset, and promoting a collaborative environment, and openness among students, graduates, researchers, and faculty members within and around participating universities. The hub will also strive to break stereotypes, which traditionally block entrepreneurship development processes, especially gender biases.
Some Key features of the Program [for all 10 universities together]
Registration and idea submission Deadline: Please check your respective universities deadlines!
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