Ujjwala is a mission-driven incubator catering to women entrepreneurs and professionals in growth-oriented service sectors in Bangladesh and fostering a nurturing environment for the development of sustainable women-led enterprises. By H1-2018, Ujjwala’s holistic set of transformative experiences (skill-based training, business strategy & operations management support and networking) would touch the lives of 1,000+ women entrepreneurs and professionals across 20+ districts and all 6 divisions of Bangladesh.
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Ujjwala is a social enterprise that aims to address the gender gap in the economic landscape of Bangladesh. The organization advances the agenda of women empowerment through the following solutions :
# Skill-based training that creates more sustainable women-led enterprises and greater job opportunities for women
# Growth strategy and operational improvement support to help women entrepreneurs scale up their business
# Mental Health training for self-confidence boosting and better customer orientation & servicing
# Networking opportunities to help budding women entrepreneurs and professionals receive guidance and mentoring from experienced leaders in their industry
Ujjwala has both its incubator cell and training hub (with built-in Lodging & Boarding facility) located in Dhaka. It also reaches women entrepreneurs and professionals outside of Dhaka through mobile training centers located in each of the divisions of Bangladesh.
In its initial phase, Ujjwala will be focused upon building the capability of women entrepreneurs and professionals in the Beauty and Grooming arena, with the goal to gradually expand into other growth oriented service sectors of Bangladesh.
The training curriculum encompasses a unique 360 degree approach that comprehensively addresses the development needs of women entrepreneurs and professionals operating in the economic landscape of Bangladesh.
Founder & Chairman
A business leader with over 2 decades of diverse work experience, spanning 4 different geographies and multiple functions. His core expertise lies in the FMCG space wherein he has spent more than 10 years in leadership roles of heading businesses and managing P&L. In his last outing, he was the MD & CEO of a publicly listed company in Bangladesh.
Now, as an independent Business Strategist, he partners organizations in their pursuit for growth and excellence, assisting them gain through value transformation initiatives while also facilitating businesses reboot after failed strategies.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
An accomplished Beauty & Grooming Expert, a successful Business Entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience. Her Beauty Salon, “Red Beauty Parlor & Salon” is one of the biggest grooming enterprises of Bangladesh.
A respected personality, known for her contribution to the development of this sector through her association as Director of Beauty Service Owners Association of Bangladesh, Expert Trainer for SME Foundation, she has also managed to create a niche for herself through her shows, “Magical touch with Afroza” & “Nari Shomodhan Shutro”, both on television and radio.
Co-Founder & Non-Executive Board Member
Experienced professional with track record of providing analytical and strategic advisory support to organizations across multiple industries (media & entertainment, clean tech, international development, etc.) and geographies (New York, Boston, Dhaka). In her past role as a Consultant at World Bank Group, Upoma helped to design advisory services to support financial institutions in expanding financial access among women. She was also a recipient of the Diamond Award at HSBC Young Entrepreneurs Award in Hong Kong.
We support women entrepreneurs and professionals in their journey to sustainability and growth. If you wish to learn more about how Ujjwala’s transformative solutions can help you and your enterprise reach the next level, please fill out the form and we’ll be in touch.
Ujjwala is also seeking to partner with other organizations and businesses that want to create a positive impact on the thriving community of women entrepreneurs and professionals in Bangladesh. Please reach out to find how a partnership with Ujjwala can help your goals.
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