SMARTCAP Season 2 Accelerator Program for Ag-Entrepreneurs

February 27, 2019

After the successful completion of the SMARTCAP Boot Camp, held on 24 January 2018; Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B), in association with Venture Investment Partners Bangladesh (VIPB), Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture Bangladesh (SFSA Bangladesh) and LightCastle Partners, moved forward in organizing the next phase of the event by holding the “SMARTCAP […]

SMARTCAP Season 2 Road Show and Boot Camp

February 27, 2019

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 […]

First Phase of Unnoty Roadshow Program Completed

February 26, 2019

With the goal to improve the ag-sector landscape of the country and strengthen the role of women entrepreneurs and SMEs based in the rural regions; ACDI/VOCA (Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance) and LightCastle Partners, in association with SACO (Social Advancement Community Organization) held a 2-day roadshow in the district of […]

ACDI/VOCA and LC Impact contract signing ceremony

February 25, 2019

Agriculture contributes 20% to Bangladesh’s GDP but employs 45% of the workforce. Approximately 80% of the working population involved in agriculture are employed in SMEs. However, the overall SME support ecosystem is underdeveloped with a handful of services and misaligned incentives.  As a result of this immature system, Ag-SMEs receive little market-relevant business development support, […]

Multisectoral Dialogue on Safe Water

January 10, 2019

Realising the need to facilitate the proliferation of inclusive business models such as Drinkwell and Folia Water, Pureit brand of Unilever Bangladesh and the Innovation Hub of the UNDP jointly hosted a roundtable in Dhaka on “SDG 6 Multi-sectoral Dialogue on Safe Water” in Dhaka, on November 29, 2018. The round table discussed the existing […]

Corporate Connect: A Capacity Building Program to Strengthen Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses

January 9, 2019

On January 7th, an inaugural event was hosted in Dhaka, Bangladesh to mark the start of a capacity building initiative “Corporate Connect: Strengthening Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses”- a technical advisory project implemented by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group and The Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh. This inaugural event was targeted […]

LightCastle Partners with UNCDF jointly organizes seminar on Digital Financial Services in Agriculture

December 27, 2018

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and LightCastle Partners jointly organized a seminar on “Promoting Digital Financial Services in Agriculture: The Next step” on the 18 December 2018, at The Westin Dhaka. The event was graced by dignitaries and industry professionals from banks, NBFIs, venture capitals, impact investment funds, NGOs, development organizations and private sector […]

Diversification: From pulses to golden fiber

November 20, 2018

Hasib Matubbar is a young entrepreneur from Kanaipur Bazaar, Faridpur. He is involved in raw jute trading in the local jute mills. In one of the sessions by Unnoty; an accelerator program of LC Impact. He came to know about product diversification and decided to work for diversifying his portfolio. Group: Jute Trader Group 1 Original […]

Agricultural diversification at its best, from vegetables & pulses to jute

November 20, 2018

Towhidul Islam works for a Non-Governmental Organization named Prantojon, which mainly operates throughout the southern region of the country. The organization he works for selected him as a representative of its own in the accelerator program, Unnoty; an accelerator program of LC Impact. From this program, he fully came to understand the idea of designing […]