Nagad, a mobile financial service provider in Bangladesh, has won the “Fastest to Unicorn Award” at Bangladesh Startup Summit 2023 for becoming a unicorn startup only in four years of its launch.
Tanvir A Mishuk, founder and managing director of Nagad Limited, received the award from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inauguration ceremony of the summit at InterContinental Dhaka on Saturday, said a press release.
“Today we have got the recognition of the dream, with which we embarked on our journey, from the honourable prime minister. We cannot ask for anything else,” said Mishuk.
“The home-grown company has come this far because Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed always inspired us to dream big. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to him,” he noted.
“I believe Nagad will become the first decacorn company in Bangladesh,” he added.
Startup Bangladesh Ltd, a venture capital company of the ICT Division, organised a two-day event that brought together startups, enterprises, venture capitalists, angel investors, regulators, think tanks, and experts from various countries.
A total of eight organisations received awards in eight categories at the award-giving ceremony.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, Md Shamsul Arefin, chairman of Startup Bangladesh Ltd, and Sami Ahmed, managing director and CEO, were present.