| Meet the Top 15 Impactors |
Last week we welcomed 31 Impactors to a two-day workshop on Design Thinking and Business Modelling. The Impactors learned how to apply empathy and other design thinking concepts to build user-friendly, feasible ventures. In addition to working individually with mentors, Impactors discussed their ideas, prototypes and business models with 6 fantastic external mentors who joined on the last day to provide valuable advice. The Toru Team and the external mentors used these interactions to learn about the entrepreneurs, the solutions to the problems that they are addressing and the viability of their ventures. After an extensive selection process, the top 15 Impactors who will move forward with our programs.
Let’s meet them!
Biotech Bangladesh is working on waste management by recycling used cooking oil to biodiesel. The biodiesel can be used in any kind of diesel engine and is more efficient than the mineral diesel.
Black Shoot has redesigned manholes, created an app and control board to solve problems related to water sanitation. The system alerts concerned authorities when a manhole is uncovered and provides positioning of pipe blockages. The manholes contain an in-built, easily accessible cleaning system and a water level regulating motor.
HeadBlocks is developing an AI-based automatic Bangla number plate detection and recognition software using custom machine learning and deep learning model.
“We got to refurbish our business model, which was not in a proper shape.”
ItsOkay Bangladesh is a website that bridges those who need help and those who provide help in fighting mental illness. The assistance is rooted in empathy and aspires to create resilience in mental health in Bangladesh.
“For beginner entrepreneurs like us, the one to one mentorships are much needed – which we got here [from Toru].”
– ItsOkay Bangladesh
JOTNO is an interactive healthcare facility that utilizes modern connected technology & telecommunications. JOTNO will provide digital health communication services to rural & urban communities.
“The exceptional thing [about Toru] was the close-knit guidelines and grooming they provide.”
– Jotno Healthcare
Mars Limited provides weather advisory services through accurate weather forecasting. The services lead to timely awareness and improve response to natural calamities keeping lives, crops, and property safer.
Muthopay is a payment service for both online and offline payments. Payments can be made at zero cost to users, from all around Bangladesh, across multiple platforms and with no internet connectivity. Muthopay hopes to increase convenience by reducing third-party involvement for faster and easier transactions.
“Here we discovered flaws we never thought about before … and found other enterprises we can potentially collaborate with.”
The digital parking platform provides a way to find, reserve and pay for parking using an app and e-wallet. Users can find parking spaces at their convenience and parking owners can benefit from underutilized assets.
“We received help from well known and knowledgeable facilitators.”
Project: Decent Wastepreneurs
Project: Decent Wastepreneurs is a regular and on-demand waste and recyclables picking service. People can keep their communities clean with the inclusion of waste pickers into the system. Additionally, decent jobs are created in the informal sector, mostly for women.
“It’s a very safe space to expose the ideas, talk about it, and get feedback… We gained clear visions about moving forward with our ideas.”
– Project: Decent Wastepreneurs
Shuttle is an app based pick & drop service for women to help women in Bangladesh commute safely and comfortably. Female only microbuses are provided where women share rides only with other female passengers.
Smart Lab sells a gas leakage detector that can detect both the LPG gas used in cylinders and propane supplied to households. Detectors can drastically reduce accidents by monitoring and alerting users if gas is detected at a risky level.
“The opportunity to collaborate with brighter minds has made us more confident and stronger.”
– Smart Lab
Solar Powered Micro Irrigation Boat
The solar power irrigation boat can be used in rivers in rural areas to water winter crops. The boat uses surface water and solar energy for irrigation. The boat can be repurposed for recreation. The movable irrigation system can be easily used by farmers.
Study Buddy sells AR Books, IOT Hardware and Games to help parents and educators of kids with learning disabilities and difficulties by introducing an alternative learning platform online that will match their unique learning methodologies.
“[We learned] how to look into competitors and see what makes us different.”
– Study Buddy
Women Robotics Research Team
The “Women Robotics Research Team” has developed an emergency security device and a public platform to provide security to women. The device acts as an alarm, messages contacts, records audio and alerts authorities when the distress button is pressed. The device is in conjunction with other community programs ensuring the safety of women.
Wreetu educates adolescent girls, garments workers and community members about puberty and menstrual hygiene. Engaging workshops, interactive comic books, and reusable sanitary napkin are part of the efforts to build up a health-conscious Bangladesh.
Impactor program is a year-long business incubation program for entrepreneurs who want to transform their idea, early form of a product or an early stage business into a successful business enterprise with a social impact. The program is supported by Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft Bangladesh, The Daily Star, IPDC, Annisul Huq Foundation, Startup Bangladesh and North South University.