With the intent to capacitate Agro-Based MSEs, LightCastle Partners, in association with BFP-B (Business Finance for the Poor-Bangladesh), SFSA (Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture) and VIPB (Venture Investment Partners Bangladesh Limited) as consortium partners under SMARTCAP conducted roadshows and a boot camp program in Rangpur and its neighboring sub-districts. The first phase of the event was a 3-day roadshow held from the 21 to 23 of January in sub-district villages of Rangpur. A total of 6 road shows were conducted in a period of three days by the consortium team to invite people for joining the boot camp.
More than 300 farmers showed up in the road shows and many of them were eager for joining the Boot camp. The interested farmers were invited and given details about the program by representatives of LightCastle Partners and Syngenta Foundation. The Roadshows were conducted by two teams to reach two locations a day, the teams traveled to Mirganj Haat, Darowani Textile, Paglapir, Kutubpur, Aftabganj and Cheradangi.
The 300 prospective agri-entrepreneurs attended these roadshows for learning and moving to the next phase of the SMARTCAP program.
After much preparation; on the 24 of January, “SMARTCAP Boot Camp” was held at BLC (BRAC Learning Center) in Darshana, Rangpur. The event saw more than 50 prospective ag-entrepreneurs come with enthusiasm to learn and become business owners. The participants learned about the ways to increase the productivity, division of capital, provision of loans and tactics which would help raise capital and expand their business. The consortium team took key one-on-one interviews with the participants to evaluate them and their business acumen. The day ended with the participants leaving the Boot Camp with fresh ideas and strategies, which would help their future enterprises to succeed, for years to come. The consortium interview panel short listed 28 Ag-entrepreneurs for the 45 day accelerator program scheduled to be held on the 1st and 3rd week of February.