The export idea contest “Rise High Bangladesh”, jointly organised by The Daily Star and Crown Cement, has successfully completed its 'journey'

Extensive campus activation programmes and campaigns in different media platforms generated an overwhelmingly positive response from students, and over 100 teams from various universities across the country participated in the contest. The competition proved to be a useful platform for youngsters eager to showcase their creativity to take Bangladesh forward in the global export market.

Three finalists were shortlisted for the final round based on both jury board's score and online votes. Finalists pitched their innovative ideas before the Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Annisul Huq and an expert panel of jurors, comprised of some of the most prominent business leaders and practitioners in the country. The esteemed jury adjudged Brains of Castamere, the team representing the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University, the

champion for its project proposal on bio-plastic goods, a material made from sugarcane. They won a trip to Malaysia as their reward. Inspirebels from North South University (NSU) and Team Unpredictable from Rajshahi University (RU) secured the second and third position, respectively.

The Rise High Bangladesh initiative also honoured three notable entrepreneurs and professionals for their contribution to carve out a place for Bangladesh on the global stage. The individuals honoured are Fazlur Rahman Khan (posthumously), famous Bangladeshi-American structural engineer; Rafiq Azam, internationally acclaimed architect; and Osama Bin Noor, co-founder of Youth Opportunities.