Bangladeshi startup gets into Microsoft Startup Founder Hub program

Bonik, aims to democratize technology and incubate digital inclusion for more than 100 million small businesses

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Bonik, a startup aiming to democratize technology and incubate digital inclusion for more than 100 million small businesses in emerging economies such as Bangladesh, has been accepted to the Microsoft Startup Founder Hub. 

The program, run by the global tech giant, supports selected high-potential startups to grow from an idea to exit, helping them leverage the cutting-edge innovation of Microsoft and its global reach, technical know-how, and business footprint. 

The benefits of the program include access to Microsoft’s Cloud Platform with up to $350,000 in benefits including GitHub Enterprise, Power BI, Microsoft 365 and other perks. .

It’s a founder-first program that delivers the technology, go-to-market, and community benefits needed to catalyze startup success like the Bonik app — an easy-to-use SaaS tool for mobile commerce management in Bangladesh — that wants to shape the next-generation digital commerce landscape and bring digital inclusion to small businesses.

“We’re excited and honored to be accepted for this amazing program from Microsoft. Bonik is aiming to build the next Shopify for small businesses in emerging markets like Bangladesh where we’ll be enabling merchants to create and run their own e-commerce stores right from smartphones with no technical background,” Salman Saafi, founder of Bonik, told Dhaka Tribune. 

According to Salman, the services and support that Microsoft for Startups provides will enable Bonik to scale its technology and business in order to onboard more small merchants in the market faster.

The founders will get dedicated mentoring from business and technical experts of the Microsoft network as well as access to their flagship startup programs. 

Previously, global startups like Miro, Mural, ObserveAI have been part of the prestigious program.

Bonik is building a mobile-first, no-code digital tool for small businesses to get online in minutes from smartphones and run online businesses without thinking about managing technology.

According to Salman, Microsoft looks to support innovation-driven companies as part of its mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more and is heavily invested in artificial intelligence and driving technology that builds a responsible approach to AI. 

Microsoft has been heavily involved in making technology accessible to increase diversity and inclusion around the globe and hence chose Bonik for the project.

On a mission to empower small businesses towards digital transformation to create exceptional impact in the economy of Bangladesh and beyond, the startup is currently trying to raise a pre-seed fund to fuel its growth and scale-up journey, its founder told Dhaka Tribune.

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