BIG is an initiative under iDEA project that aims to build a Startup Ecosystem in the country and plans to provide a grant to 100 Startups to encourage innovative ideas from Young Entrepreneurs. The iDEA project, from March 16, 2020 to November 2020 has approved grants of Tk.10 lakh to each of the 32 startups through the project selection committee.

We aim to cross borders and reach the International ICT Community alongside Local Startups. Foreign startups will be able to participate through an international roadshow. Through “BIG” young entrepreneurs i.e. new innovative ideas of startups will be encouraged to build a startup ecosystem in the country and establish this event as a flagship program at the international level.

There will be 3 main focus in 2020 and 2021 for BIG including - University and Stakeholder Activation Campaign, a TV reality show and an International road show. Bangladesh's Public-private educational institutions, inventors, professionals, startups institutions, High-commissions and embassies of different countries along with startups from hundreds of different local and foreign communities and clubs and trade associations delegates will be taking part in this event.

This initiative will be organized by the Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) project along with Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA), A2I, Startup Bangladesh Limited who have been added as an event partner. As private partners, we will also have different trades associations including BASIS, BACCO, BCS, ECAB, ISPAB, BIJF and TMGB.

Last but not least, through this event Bangladesh will be re-presented as a prosperous and aspiring country in the world stage of ICT.

To know more about the project, please visit: https://www.idea.gov.bd