Women Entrepreneurs Gain Valuable Insights at Mental Health Workshop Organized by BreakBite and NSU

Women Entrepreneurs Gain Valuable Insights at Mental Health Workshop Organized by BreakBite and NSU

Successful Completion of 6th Physical Workshop on Mental Health at NSU Campus

Date: June 3, 2024
Location: North South University Campus

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a key component of the We-Fi project under the World Bank, successfully conducted its 6th physical workshop on Mental Health on June 3, 2024, at Audi 801, North South University Campus. Organized by BreakBite in collaboration with North South University, this workshop is part of our ongoing efforts to support and empower women entrepreneurs.

Trainers and Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Farzana Nahid, Assistant Professor, Dept of Marketing and International Business, NSU
  • Dr. Mahmuda Muhsina Bushra, Psychotherapist, City Hospital
  • Ms. Samira Rahman, Lecturer, Dept of Marketing and International Business, NSU

Session Moderator:

  • Tilka Farzana, Lecturer, Department of Marketing, NSU & Partner, Wed Window

Dr. Farzana Nahid, the keynote speaker, highlighted the significant benefits of mental health awareness. She shared real-life experiences from her work as a counselor, demonstrating its impact on both personal and professional lives. Dr. Nahid emphasized the importance of prioritizing self-care as an essential tool for helping our loved ones.

Dr. Mahmuda Muhsina Bushra, a psychotherapist and trainer consultant with over 20 years of counseling experience, focused on women’s well-being and the importance of stable mental health. She conducted a mini meditation session, teaching women about self-love and techniques to overcome guilt, fear, and negativity. In her question-and-answer session, she addressed various issues affecting women in society and family. Her guidance and insights are expected to enlighten women entrepreneurs, benefiting them and encouraging a healthier lifestyle.

Another panelist, Ms. Samira Rahman, mentioned that mental health is a state of well-being that enables people to cope with stress. As she explained, stress is not always harmful; moderate stress can enhance task completion and problem-solving by providing energy and a sense of urgency, thus improving focus. This type of positive stress, or eustress, fosters resilience and helps maintain balance through anticipation and excitement. She also discussed effective stress management strategies, such as maintaining a daily schedule with planning apps or calendars, to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed and to improve overall well-being.

The workshop saw the active participation of 60 women entrepreneurs who shared their personal challenges and difficulties faced in their entrepreneurial journeys. Prominent figures such as Mr. Asif Ahnaf, CEO of BreakBite, Ms. Rakshanda Samin, Coordinator of WeFi project and Adnan Ahmed, CMO of BreakBite, were also present at the session, demonstrating their support for this vital initiative and engaging with the participants.

This workshop emphasized the importance of mental health and well-being for women entrepreneurs, equipping them with tools and techniques to manage stress and improve their overall mental health. The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, as part of the We-Fi project, continues to dedicate itself to empowering women and creating a supportive community for their growth and success.

Understanding Burn Rate: The Lifeline of Your Startup’s Financial Health

Understanding Burn Rate: The Lifeline of Your Startup’s Financial Health

What is Burn Rate?

Burn rate is a critical financial metric for startups, representing the rate at which a company spends its capital to cover its operating expenses before generating positive cash flow. It essentially measures how quickly a startup is “burning” through its cash reserves.

Types of Burn Rate:

  1. Gross Burn Rate: The total amount of cash a company spends each month on operating expenses, including salaries, rent, utilities, and other overhead costs.
  2. Net Burn Rate: The amount of cash a company loses each month, calculated as the total revenue minus total expenses. This figure is more critical as it indicates how long a company can sustain its operations with its current cash reserves.

Why Burn Rate Matters:

Burn rate is a key indicator of a startup’s financial health and sustainability. It helps entrepreneurs and investors understand how long a company can operate before it needs to secure additional funding. A high burn rate can indicate potential financial distress, while a low burn rate suggests efficient management of resources.

How to Calculate Burn Rate:

  • Gross Burn Rate: Total Monthly Operating Expenses

    Gross Burn Rate=Total Cash Spent Over a Period/Number of Months in the Period

  • Net Burn Rate: Monthly Net Loss

    Net Burn Rate=(Total Cash Spent Over a Period−Total Revenue)/Number of Months in the Period

Example Calculation:

Let’s say your startup spends $50,000 per month on operating expenses and generates $10,000 in monthly revenue.

  • Gross Burn Rate: $50,000 per month
  • Net Burn Rate: $50,000 (expenses) – $10,000 (revenue) = $40,000 per month

Managing Your Burn Rate:

  1. Monitor Regularly: Keep a close eye on your burn rate by tracking your expenses and revenue monthly. Regular monitoring helps in making timely adjustments.
  2. Cut Unnecessary Costs: Identify and eliminate non-essential expenses. Consider downsizing office space, renegotiating vendor contracts, or cutting discretionary spending.
  3. Increase Revenue: Focus on strategies to boost sales and revenue. This could include enhancing your marketing efforts, expanding your customer base, or upselling to existing customers.
  4. Extend Runway: Consider ways to extend your financial runway, such as securing additional funding, applying for grants, or deferring certain expenses.
  5. Optimize Operations: Streamline your operations to improve efficiency. This might involve adopting new technologies, automating processes, or improving team productivity.

Communicating Burn Rate to Investors:

Investors often ask about a startup’s burn rate to gauge its financial health and runway. Be prepared to discuss your current burn rate, the measures you’re taking to manage it, and your plans for future financial sustainability.

Example Question from Investors:

  • Investor: “What is your current burn rate, and how long is your runway?”
  • Entrepreneur: “Our current gross burn rate is $50,000 per month, with a net burn rate of $40,000 per month. With our current cash reserves of $500,000, we have a runway of approximately 12.5 months. We are actively working on increasing our revenue and reducing non-essential costs to extend our runway further.”

Understanding and managing your burn rate is crucial for the survival and growth of your startup. By keeping a close watch on your expenses and finding ways to increase revenue, you can ensure that your startup remains on a sustainable financial path.

Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center: Successful Online Q&A Session on Customer Support & Communication

Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center: Successful Online Q&A Session on Customer Support & Communication

Successful Online Q&A Session on Customer Support & Communication

Date: May 28, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM, Dhaka

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a key initiative under the We-Fi project of the World Bank, successfully hosted an enlightening online Q&A session on Customer Support & Communication on May 28, 2024. The session, led by Abdur Rahman Shawon, Founder and CEO of Pendulum Motion, provided invaluable insights and strategies aimed at enhancing the customer service practices of women entrepreneurs.

Speaker:
Abdur Rahman Shawon, Founder & CEO, Pendulum Motion

The discussion began with Abdur Rahman Shawon sharing his journey of establishing a customer service business. He emphasized the critical importance of understanding what “customer” and “service” truly mean. Shawon prompted participants to reflect on their interpretations, setting the stage for a deeper exploration of effective customer service strategies.

Key discussion points included:

  1. Customer Service Strategy: Shawon explained that a robust customer service strategy is essential for any business aiming for long-term success. He discussed the importance of having clear protocols and procedures in place to handle customer interactions efficiently.
  2. Customer Behavior: Understanding customer behavior is crucial for providing tailored support. Shawon highlighted techniques to read and respond to customer needs, emphasizing empathy and active listening.
  3. Necessity of Loyal Customers: Shawon underscored the value of loyal customers, explaining how they can become brand advocates. He shared strategies to cultivate loyalty through consistent, high-quality service and personalized engagement.
  4. Turning Negative Experiences into Positive Ones: Shawon provided actionable steps to transform a negative customer experience into a positive one. He stressed the importance of quick resolution and genuine apologies, which can often turn a dissatisfied customer into a loyal one.
  5. The Principle that “Customer is Always Right”: Shawon elaborated on this principle, explaining that while it may not always be literally true, treating customers with utmost respect and consideration can significantly enhance their experience.
  6. Adding Extra Value: Shawon discussed ways to add extra value to the customer experience, such as through personalized follow-ups, exclusive offers, and thoughtful gestures that exceed expectations.

The session was highly interactive, with several women entrepreneurs actively participating and sharing their experiences.

Shimul Mojlish (Rupban):
Business: Hand Painting & Rickshaw Painting
Issue: Providing extra gifts to customers to add value.
Discussion Points: Shawon advised that gifts are not always valuable. He emphasized the importance of understanding the customer’s mind and providing what they truly value, rather than generic gifts.

Hasna Jahan Rini (Agro Product):
Business: Desi Masala
Discussion Points: Rini shared her approach to customer engagement and the strategic use of gifts based on purchase history. Shawon commended her personalized approach and suggested refining it based on customer feedback.

Farhana:
Issue: Feeling shy to repeatedly reach out to customers for advertising products.
Discussion Points: Shawon addressed her concerns, highlighting that overcoming hesitation is crucial. He suggested appointing a representative if she feels uncomfortable, ensuring that customer engagement remains consistent.

Sathi Parvin (Shopno Ghuri Lifestyle):
Business: Bedsheets
Discussion Points: Parvin shared her success in using Facebook business groups for customer support. Shawon encouraged her to continue leveraging social media and to keep learning and adapting her strategies.

Shawon also shared insights from his experiences in the Western business world, where employees handling customers often sign documents committing to the principle that “Customer is always right.” He explained that this mindset fosters a culture of respect and attentiveness towards customers, which is crucial for business success.

During the session, Shawon highlighted a few effective stress management strategies, such as maintaining a daily schedule with planning apps or calendars, which can significantly reduce feelings of being overwhelmed and improve overall well-being.

The session concluded with an engaging Q&A where Shawon addressed various issues affecting women entrepreneurs, providing tailored advice and actionable strategies. This session highlighted the critical role of effective customer support and communication in building a successful business.

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center remains committed to empowering women entrepreneurs through such valuable learning opportunities, fostering a supportive community for their growth and success.

Financial Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs: Insights from Business Support Center’s Workshop

Financial Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs: Insights from Business Support Center’s Workshop

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Successful 5th Physical Workshop on Financing and Investment at NSU Campus

Date: May 2, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: North South University Campus

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a pivotal initiative under the We-Fi project of the World Bank and organized by BreakBite in collaboration with North South University, successfully conducted its 5th physical workshop on Financing and Investment on May 2, 2024, at the NSU Campus. The workshop, led by Mr. Mirza M Ferdous, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance & Accounting at NSU, attracted over 120 women entrepreneurs eager to enhance their financial acumen.

The primary objective of the workshop was to address questions submitted by the participants. The organizers carefully filtered, combined, and rephrased these queries into seven broad questions covering various aspects of financial management. A secondary goal was to respond to any additional questions from the audience at the end of the presentation.

The workshop began with a concise yet comprehensive overview of financial management, breaking it down into three functional areas: operations, investments, and financing. Given the workshop’s time constraints and scope, it was emphasized that the main focus would be on the subject of “risk.”

Understanding Risk: Risk was redefined not as a negative concept associated with loss, but as the idea of uncertainty, described mathematically as “we don’t know exactly what will happen in the future.” This concept of risk was a recurring theme throughout the workshop, with various facets of risk and risk management discussed in detail.

Detailed Q&A Session:

  1. Current Financial Trends: The first question addressed current trends in the financial and investment landscape, emphasizing the need for digitization. The discussion highlighted the importance of maintaining clear digital records for businesses to be eligible for financing opportunities, detailing the steps towards achieving digitization.
  2. Capital Structure and Cash Flow Optimization: The second and third questions focused on capital structure and cash flow optimization. The relationship between enterprise value, equity, and debt was explained, followed by an in-depth overview of cash flow management.
  3. Sources of Funding: The fourth question explored various sources of funding, highlighting their characteristics and pointing out unreliable sources to avoid, such as “shomobai shomities.” The significance of digitization and structured record-keeping was reiterated.
  4. KPIs and Financial Health: The fifth question, primarily academic, dealt with key performance indicators (KPIs) for measuring a business’s financial health. The discussion centered around the cash conversion cycle, cash ratio, and revenue growth, making it easy for the audience to grasp.
  5. Risk and Exit Strategies: The last two questions involved a detailed discussion on risk and exit strategies. Revisiting the concept of risk, the workshop drew connections between uncertainty and all the questions addressed.

The workshop saw active participation from the audience throughout, with the speaker encouraging questions. The Q&A session extended beyond the workshop, with participants seeking investment advice, clarifications on business structures, and discussions on various savings instruments. The workshop was engaging, beneficial, and well-received by all participants, providing valuable insights into financial management and fostering a deeper understanding of risk and its implications.

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, supported by BreakBite, continues to play a crucial role in helping women navigate the complexities of financial management and investment, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed for sustainable growth.

Successful Online Q&A Webinar on HR Strategy by WSME Business Support Center

Successful Online Q&A Webinar on HR Strategy by WSME Business Support Center

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Successful Online Q&A Webinar on HR Strategy by WSME Business Support Center

Date: April 27, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Mentor: Shabnin Rahman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, NSU

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a key initiative under the We-Fi project of the World Bank, successfully hosted an enlightening online Q&A webinar on HR Strategy on April 27, 2024. The webinar was led by Shabnin Rahman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at North South University, and focused on innovative human resource strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

In her opening statement, Shabnin Rahman highlighted the financial hardships commonly faced by SMEs, which often hinder their ability to invest in attractive HR strategies. However, she emphasized that SMEs could implement effective HR strategies without incurring significant expenses. The webinar covered crucial HR topics, including:

  1. Hiring Strategy
  2. Training and Development Strategy
  3. Retention
  4. Employees’ Expected Behavior & Ethical Issues

The discussion was highly interactive, with many women entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and plans for managing and utilizing their workforce. Rahman provided practical examples and insights, illustrating how SMEs can adopt HR strategies without a designated budget.

Hiring Strategy: Rahman explained that hiring can be done cost-effectively. She suggested leveraging networks to search for employees, offering incentives to team members, and instituting a “day in the life” program to assess candidates’ passion for the job. Ms. Shahina agreed, noting that entrepreneurs could indeed hire without significant expenses by following these strategies.

Training and Development: Due to financial constraints, women entrepreneurs often cannot hire expert workers and must train their employees from the ground up. Rahman emphasized the importance of a proper training and development strategy, especially when the business is on the verge of expanding and introducing new products.

Retention: Entrepreneurs expressed concerns about retaining employees after investing in their training, as trained workers often leave for better-paying jobs or start their own businesses. Rahman offered several key points to enhance employee retention:

  • Make workers feel connected to the business.
  • Ensure employees feel like an essential part of the team.
  • Foster a team-oriented environment without hierarchical barriers.
  • Always pay employees on time and maintain a safe, healthy working environment.
  • Provide small perks, such as free beverages and occasional team meals.
  • Offer moral support and reasonable financial advances when needed.

Ethical Issues: Rahman addressed concerns about employees engaging in unethical practices, such as sharing product designs and sensitive business information. She advised dealing with such issues professionally by terminating unethical employees promptly and ensuring that employees do not feel indispensable.

During the webinar, Rahman shared insights from the Western business world, where employees handling customers sign documents committing to the principle that “Customer is always right.” This practice fosters a culture of respect and attentiveness towards customers, which many participating entrepreneurs found valuable.

The session was highly productive, providing women entrepreneurs with practical HR strategies and fostering a deeper understanding of effective workforce management. The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center continues to empower women entrepreneurs by offering valuable resources and insights through such webinars.

In-Depth Online Q&A Session on Business Growth Strategy by WSME Business Support Center

In-Depth Online Q&A Session on Business Growth Strategy by WSME Business Support Center

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: In-Depth Online Q&A Session on Business Growth Strategy by WSME Business Support Center

Date: April 20, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Mentor: Tilka Farzana, Lecturer, Department of Marketing, NSU & Partner, Wed Window

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a key initiative under the We-Fi project of the World Bank and organized by BreakBite in collaboration with North South University, successfully hosted a comprehensive online Q&A session on Business Growth Strategy on April 20, 2024. The session, led by Tilka Farzana, Lecturer in the Department of Marketing at North South University and Partner at Wed Window, provided invaluable insights into strategic business growth for women entrepreneurs.

Tilka Farzana began the discussion by sharing her inspiring journey of starting her own café, The Red Window Gulshan. She narrated how she nurtured her dreams and turned them into reality, emphasizing the importance of following one’s dreams and passion, listening to one’s heart, holding on to dreams, and nurturing them to grow. Farzana encouraged the participants with the mantra: “Never give up… start & restart!”

The session covered several critical growth strategies, including:

1. Market Penetration: Farzana discussed ways to increase market share within existing markets through competitive pricing, marketing efforts, and customer loyalty programs. She emphasized the importance of understanding customer needs and delivering consistent value.

2. Product Development: Strategies for innovating and improving products were highlighted. Farzana stressed the need for continuous research and development to meet evolving customer preferences and stay ahead of competitors.

3. Market Development: Exploring new markets and customer segments was a key focus. Farzana advised on identifying potential markets and tailoring products and marketing strategies to suit the new audience.

4. Diversification: The importance of diversifying product lines and services to spread risk and create new revenue streams was discussed. Farzana shared examples of successful diversification strategies.

5. Target Market Identification: Farzana explained how to effectively identify and target specific customer segments. She underscored the importance of market research and data analysis in crafting targeted marketing campaigns.

6. Value Proposition: Crafting a compelling value proposition that differentiates the business from competitors was a critical discussion point. Farzana highlighted the elements of a strong value proposition, including unique benefits and competitive advantages.

7. Team Building: Building and nurturing a strong team was emphasized as a cornerstone of business growth. Farzana shared strategies for recruiting, training, and retaining talented employees, even with limited resources.

8. Investment Options: Various investment options for business expansion were explored. Farzana discussed the pros and cons of different financing methods, including bootstrapping, venture capital, and loans.

9. Cost Leadership: Strategies for achieving cost leadership through efficient operations and cost-effective resource management were covered. Farzana explained how maintaining low costs can provide a competitive edge.

10. Cross-Selling: The benefits of cross-selling related products and services to existing customers were discussed. Farzana provided practical tips for implementing cross-selling strategies to increase revenue.

An intensive discussion took place with several women entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and challenges:

Rosy (Nurjahan Begum):
Business: Sharee Baksho & Panchfuron – Ma er ranna recipe
Issues: Time management, delivery issues, and products easily copied by competitors
Discussion: Strategies for team building, resource utilization, cloud kitchen investments, funding, and budgeting were explored.

Yasmin Sultana – Jessore:
Business: Nandonik Shomahar & Nandonik Bhoj
Issues: Challenges with the business model
Discussion: Focused on refining and improving the business model for better efficiency.

Bornali Chakraborty – Mymensingh:
Business: Bornali’s Cuisine
Issues: Large market size, need for resources, and team building
Discussion: Addressed strategies for acquiring resources and building an effective team.

Roksana Parvin – Pabna:
Business: Roksana r ranna r Moshla
Issues: BSTI issues and cross-border e-commerce
Discussion: Solutions for compliance with BSTI regulations and expanding into cross-border markets.

Rahaitul Jannat Rakhi:
Business: Girly Boutique – Maslin products
Issues: Slow sales progress, high production costs, pricing challenges, payment methods, quality of clothes, branding
Discussion: Strategies for improving sales, reducing costs, effective pricing, and enhancing branding.

Aditya Yasmin:
Business: Moshla
Issues: BSTI issues and cross-border e-commerce
Discussion: Similar to Roksana, focused on regulatory compliance and market expansion.

Nadira Parvin:
Business: Homemade Moshla
Issues: Delivery personnel, delivery costs, expansion and growth
Discussion: Solutions for managing delivery logistics and strategies for business expansion.

Fatema Akhter Akhi:
Business: Maria Fashion House
Products: Customized dresses, clothes, and potential expansion into male products
Issues: Market expansion, business growth, and investment for an outlet
Discussion: Explored avenues for market expansion and securing investments for a new outlet.

Farzana also highlighted the importance of delivery companies specifically catering to home businesses and discussed the scope of exporting, including dealing with BSTI issues and cross-border e-commerce. She provided practical advice and actionable strategies tailored to the unique needs of each participant.

The session was highly productive, offering women entrepreneurs a platform to discuss their challenges and receive expert guidance on business growth strategies. The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center continues to empower women by providing essential resources and insights through such interactive sessions.

The E-Commerce Boom During Eid-ul-Fitr: A Record-Breaking Celebration

The E-Commerce Boom During Eid-ul-Fitr: A Record-Breaking Celebration

As Bangladesh celebrated Eid this April, alongside the Bengali New Year, the e-commerce sector witnessed unprecedented growth, marking a significant milestone in digital commerce. According to a recent study conducted by BreakBite eBusiness , in collaboration with e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB), the total e-commerce transactions in March soared to BDT 4,600 crore, with digital payments via credit and debit cards reaching a record high of BDT 1,740 crore.

This year’s Eid festival, falling on April 11th, closely followed by the Bengali New Year on April 14th, provided a unique boost to sales, particularly favoring locally made products. This surge in demand is reflected in the delivery of an average of 7 lakh products daily throughout March, culminating in a staggering 2.5 crore products delivered from March 1st to April 6th. Comparatively, last year’s e-commerce transactions during the Eid festival totaled BDT 3,700 crore, indicating a robust 25% growth year-over-year.

Interestingly, approximately BDT 2,800 crore of the overall BDT 4,500 crore transacted came from Cash on Delivery (COD) and Mobile Financial Services (MFS) transactions. This shift underscores the growing reliance on and trust in digital payment solutions, though COD remains a significant player in the e-commerce payment landscape.

The demand spectrum this year saw electronics, particularly air conditioners and refrigerators, leading the categories as the summer season approaches. The second most popular category was Bengali fashion wear, reflecting the cultural significance of the Eid and Bengali New Year celebrations.

Top Sellers and Market Dynamics

In the electronics segment, leading platforms included Daraz , Pickaboo.com , BDSHOP.COM , Startech, Smart, Singer Bangladesh Ltd , Walton Group and RANGS eMART . Meanwhile, the fashion category was dominated by BRAC-Aarong and Deshi Dosh brands, with a notable portion of sales driven by Facebook commerce (f-commerce) entrepreneurs and Food and grocery delivery led by foodpanda & Chaldal .

With over 8,000 e-commerce companies active during this period and around 2 lakh f-commerce entrepreneurs participating, the market composition highlighted the significant contribution of f-commerce to the industry, accounting for 55% of total sales.

Local Manufacturing and Logistics Partners

The recent dollar crisis and international trade challenges have inadvertently bolstered the local manufacturing sector, with consumers increasingly opting for Made-in-Bangladesh products. Logistics played a pivotal role in meeting the delivery demands, with Steadfast Courier Limited and Pathao covering 40% of deliveries. Other notable logistics partners included REDX , DEX, Sundarban Courier Services Pvt. Ltd., Paperfly , Bili , Bahok Courier Limited , and more.

Digital Payments Leading the Way

The digital payment landscape was led by bKash Limited , Nagad , SSLCOMMERZ , aamarPay , alongside other banking operators facilitating transactions through VISA, Mastercard, and Amex, highlighting the diverse payment preferences of the Bangladeshi consumer.

Conclusion

This Eid season’s e-commerce boom not only signifies a shift towards online shopping in Bangladesh but also reflects the growing confidence in digital payments and the preference for locally manufactured products. As the industry continues to evolve, the insights from BreakBite eBusiness Ltd. and e-CAB’s study offer valuable foresight into the future of e-commerce in Bangladesh.

Asif Ahnaf

CEO, BreakBite eBusiness Ltd.

Finance Secretary, e-CAB

BreakBite and NSU Guide Women Entrepreneurs in Creating Compelling Pitch Decks

BreakBite and NSU Guide Women Entrepreneurs in Creating Compelling Pitch Decks

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a key initiative under the We-Fi project of the World Bank and organized by BreakBite in collaboration with North South University, successfully conducted its third workshop focused on Business Presentation and Pitch Deck on March 6, 2024. The workshop, led by Mr. Samuel Mursalin, faculty member from the Management Department at North South University and Coordinator of NSU Startups Next, provided invaluable insights into crafting effective pitch decks tailored to different audiences.

The workshop aimed to equip women entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to create compelling pitch decks that effectively communicate their business ideas and strategies to potential investors, partners, and stakeholders. Mr. Mursalin emphasized the importance of storytelling, market analysis, and business model considerations in creating a successful pitch deck.

Key Highlights of the Workshop:

1. Crafting an Effective Pitch Deck: Mr. Mursalin began by discussing the key components of an effective pitch deck. He highlighted the importance of having a clear and concise structure, with each slide serving a specific purpose. The recommended number of slides and their content were discussed in detail, with practical examples provided to illustrate best practices.

2. Storytelling Content: The workshop delved into the art of storytelling, which is essential for engaging the audience and making the pitch memorable. Mr. Mursalin explained how to craft a compelling narrative that includes:

  • An engaging introduction
  • Team building strength
  • The unique solution provided by the business
  • Product demand and market analysis
  • Go-To-Market Strategy
  • Business model considerations

3. Practical Examples: Participants were shown practical examples of successful pitch decks to help them understand the structure and content better. Mr. Mursalin provided detailed explanations on each example, highlighting what made them effective and how the attendees could apply similar techniques to their own presentations.

4. Q&A Session: The workshop included a long, interactive Q&A session where participants had the opportunity to ask specific questions about their pitch decks. Topics covered included how to answer investors’ questions, the right gesture, posture, and attitude required during the pitch, and strategies for making a strong impression. This session allowed for personalized guidance and helped address the unique concerns of each entrepreneur.

The workshop saw active participation from the attendees, who appreciated the practical advice and personalized feedback provided by Mr. Mursalin. The insights gained from this session are expected to significantly enhance the participants’ ability to create effective pitch decks, ultimately aiding in securing investment and advancing their business ventures.

Participant Feedback: The participants expressed their gratitude for the comprehensive and insightful workshop. They highlighted the value of learning from an experienced professional and the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many noting that the skills and knowledge gained would be instrumental in their entrepreneurial journeys.

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center continues to empower women by offering valuable resources and insights through such interactive workshops. The center remains committed to supporting the growth and success of women-led SMEs by providing tailored support and expert guidance.

Successful Mentorship Session on Business Finance and Loan Processing by WSME Business Support Center

Successful Mentorship Session on Business Finance and Loan Processing by WSME Business Support Center

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a key initiative under the We-Fi project of the World Bank and organized by BreakBite, successfully conducted an informative mentorship session on Business Finance and Loan Processing on February 27, 2024. The session featured esteemed specialists Mr. Monir Hossain, Senior Vice President and Mirpur Road Branch Head at UCB PLC, and Mr. Asif Ahnaf, Finance Secretary at e-CAB. The event saw the active participation of 37 women entrepreneurs eager to enhance their understanding of business finance and loan processing.

The webinar focused on a range of critical topics, including UCB’s alternative investment subsidy scheme, freelancing financial issues, spouse guarantor issues in pursuing loans from banks, export logistics, Islamic finance schemes, and e-CAB membership. The session provided a platform for participants to raise their questions and gain expert advice on various financial matters.

Key Discussion Points and Participant Queries:

  1. Nusrat:
    • Queries: e-CAB membership, Mukti Fund – BB Women Financing Initiative, loan process, TAX submission issue, LTD, business canvas, spouse guarantor issues with Bangladesh Bank (BRPD)
  2. Hasina Khanom:
    • Queries: Work order finance, freelancing-based finance issues, spouse guarantor issues, seeking contact with Mr. Monir Hossain for further guidance
  3. Najiba Wajiha Mahboob:
    • Queries: e-CAB membership, freelancing-based finance issues, seeking further advice from Mr. Monir Hossain
  4. Mohsena Munna
    • Queries: Islamic finance, profit-sharing models, equity-sharing models, financial and regulatory compliance documents
  5. Nasrin Akter Mila
    • Queries: Export logistics, jute fiber business, 50% TT, Monash University research
  6. Farida Easmin NARI
    • Queries: Export logistics, factory development
  7. Nazma Rahman Rozy
    • Explored strategies for securing business loans and managing financial risks

Participant Feedback: Participants expressed their gratitude for the comprehensive and insightful session. They appreciated the opportunity to engage directly with experienced financial specialists and receive tailored advice for their unique business challenges. The session was highly productive, offering practical solutions and empowering women entrepreneurs with the knowledge to navigate financial complexities effectively.

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center continues to empower women by providing essential resources and insights through such interactive sessions. The center remains committed to supporting the growth and success of women-led SMEs by providing tailored support and expert guidance.

Unlocking Digital Potential: Women Entrepreneurs Webinar on Marketing Strategies

Unlocking Digital Potential: Women Entrepreneurs Webinar on Marketing Strategies

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Successful Mentorship Session on Digital Marketing by WSME Business Support Center

Date: February 20, 2024
Specialists:

  • Mr. Moshiur Rahman, CEO, Wow Digital
  • Mr. Shah Poran, CEO, Overlay Asia
    Participants: 17

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center, a key initiative under the We-Fi project of the World Bank and organized by BreakBite, successfully conducted an insightful mentorship session on Digital Marketing Q&A on February 20, 2024. The session featured esteemed specialists Mr. Moshiur Rahman, CEO of Wow Digital, and Mr. Shah Poran, CEO of Overlay Asia. The event saw active participation from 17 women entrepreneurs eager to enhance their digital marketing strategies.

The webinar focused on several critical aspects of digital marketing, including Facebook page boosting issues, marketplace sustainability strategies, and website design. The session provided a platform for participants to raise their questions and gain expert advice on various digital marketing challenges.

Key Discussion Points and Participant Queries:

  1. Najiba Wajiha Mahboob:
    • Business: Tourism
    • Query: How can I generate more customers for my tourism business?
    • Discussion: Strategies for enhancing online visibility and attracting more customers through targeted digital marketing campaigns.
  2. Nazma Rahman:
    • Query: Facebook boosting and traffic issues.
    • Discussion: Effective techniques for boosting Facebook posts and increasing traffic to social media pages.
  3. Nusrat Khan:
    • Query: Sales strategy.
    • Discussion: Developing and implementing effective sales strategies to drive business growth.
  4. Farhana Munmun:
    • Query: General digital marketing strategies.
    • Discussion: Broad insights into digital marketing practices and tools.
  5. Hosne Ara Khan Ruma:
    • Query: Website design.
    • Discussion: Best practices for creating user-friendly and engaging websites that convert visitors into customers.
  6. Momtaz Begum:
    • Query: Digital marketing techniques.
    • Discussion: Strategies for leveraging digital marketing to enhance business performance.
  7. Saira:
    • Query: Digital marketing tools.
    • Discussion: Overview of essential digital marketing tools and their applications.
  8. Santonu Nokrek:
    • Query: Marketplace sustainability strategy.
    • Discussion: Sustainable practices for maintaining and growing an online marketplace.
  9. Shara Binte Hamid:
    • Query: Facebook page boosting issues.
    • Discussion: Solutions for optimizing Facebook ads and improving engagement rates.
  10. Sharlina Alam:
    • Query: Digital marketing strategies.
    • Discussion: Tailored advice on enhancing digital marketing efforts.
  11. Rubina:
    • Query: BSTI-related issues.
    • Discussion: Addressing specific regulatory concerns impacting digital marketing.
  12. Papia Sultana Poly:
    • Query: Digital marketing strategies.
    • Discussion: Personalized guidance on improving digital marketing tactics.
  13. Papia Sultan:
    • Query: Effective use of digital marketing tools.
    • Discussion: Practical advice on selecting and using digital marketing tools efficiently.
  14. Dilruba Husna:
    • Query: Facebook page boosting issues.
    • Discussion: Insights into improving Facebook ad performance.
  15. Tania Shopno:
    • Query: Digital marketing optimization.
    • Discussion: Techniques for optimizing digital marketing strategies for better results.
  16. Jinia Afrin:
    • Query: Website design and digital marketing.
    • Discussion: Creating a cohesive digital presence through effective website design and marketing strategies.
  17. Waresa Khanam:
    • Query: Digital marketing strategies.
    • Discussion: Comprehensive advice on leveraging digital marketing for business growth.

Participant Feedback: Participants expressed their appreciation for the comprehensive and practical advice provided by Mr. Moshiur Rahman and Mr. Shah Poran. They valued the opportunity to engage directly with experienced digital marketing specialists and receive tailored guidance on their unique business challenges. The session was highly productive, offering practical solutions and empowering women entrepreneurs with the knowledge to navigate digital marketing complexities effectively.

The Women Entrepreneurs Business Support Center continues to empower women by providing essential resources and insights through such interactive sessions. The center remains committed to supporting the growth and success of women-led SMEs by providing tailored support and expert guidance.