Bangladeshi Young Entrepreneurs Exchange Program
Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of BRAC University, partnering with the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, and U.S. Department of State; hosted a 5-week entrepreneurs exchange program in the United States.
After conducting a pre-assessment of the most important industries and businesses in Bangladesh that have the most potential to stimulate the thriving entrepreneurial community in the country, 12 young Bangladeshi entrepreneurs from a variety of professions were recruited for each of the two U.S. exchanges. They visited the U.S. in two wavesâ€”April/May 2012 and November/December 2012.
This program, funded by the U.S. State Departmentâ€™s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairsâ€™ â€œProfessional Fellowsâ€ program, injected Bangladeshi emerging young entrepreneurs in entrepreneurial development, small and family-owned businesses and business education into working small businesses in Oklahoma and associate them with one of Americaâ€™s leading universities.
The program aimed to provide professional experience and training that will nurture the young entrepreneurs’ talent, and prepare them for more responsible leadership positions in their businesses, their communities and society in general as they return to Bangladesh. In addition, the program provided U.S.-based small business people and educators an opportunity to collaborate with their Bangladeshi counterparts as they participated in a 2-day exchange to Dhaka in November.