The virtual launching ceremony of the 5th Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) organized by Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Bangladesh chapter was held on 9th September at 3 pm. Honorable state minister of youth and sports, MD Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP inaugurated the event by giving the welcome address. In his remarks, he mentioned the proactive role our government is currently playing to provide jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth made unemployed by the Covid-19 situation. He encouraged EO for undertaking such initiative and commented on the role entrepreneurship can play in economic development in overcoming the economic shocks caused by the pandemic.
The ceremony was attended by an array of the country’s top academicians. Prof. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed Dean (Acting), School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). Dr. Charles C. Villanueva Vice President Academics Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Director, IQAC, American International University – Bangladesh, Professor Imran Rahman Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees & Dean, School of Business, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Guest of Honor, Rajnikanth Rajagopal, EO Coimbatore GSEA Expert, were the guests who spoke at the inaugural session.
Prof. Dr. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed, SBE’s Dean (acting) reflected upon some important issues in his speech. He said that he believed in the potential of IUB’s students to follow the entrepreneurial path and become job creators rather than job seekers. He considered Entrepreneurship as a positive agent of change, innovation and wealth creation in the economy and our society. Which is exemplified by Silicon Valley, California where even failed entrepreneurs are thought of as warriors or heroes, and stories of entrepreneurial failures are told as a badge of honor and achievement. He also observed that to be a successful entrepreneur, one must be a student throughout their life and must continuously learn while building a business or a company. He also thanked EO for partnering with IUB in this event and creating this platform to showcase our student’s entrepreneurial ideas.
Professor Imran Rahman, Dean, School of Business, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh also expressed his views at the event. He articulated the need for Entrepreneurship education for the students at the primary and secondary level of education. He thought that our students are capable of accomplishing and doing more things than we give them credit for. The closing remarks were given by the GSEA Co-Chair Ahmed Imtiaz Hassan. Students at the School of business and entrepreneurship, IUB, faculty members from all partner universities including IUB, and members of entrepreneur’s organization (EO) also attended this program.