General Description

What is the University Innovation Hub Program?

The University Innovation Hub Program is an incubation initiative by Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) under the ICT Division, financed by the World Bank. It nurtures innovative ideas and startups within universities, including students, faculty, and alumni.

It aims to nurture technology-driven innovations and facilitate the commercialization of these innovations by forming startup ventures or registering intellectual property rights.

Who can participate in the University Innovation Hub Program?

The program is open to university students, graduates, researchers, and alumni from specific universities who are keen to bring in technology-driven innovations. Teams must be from the same university. No mix and matching.

What are the benefits of participating in the program?

Participants will receive foundational training in innovation and entrepreneurship, mentorship from industry experts, access to resources like co-working spaces and technical tools, and opportunities for networking, prototype development, and possibly seed funding for their ventures.

Our Vision

  • Universities produce high quality graduates with innovations with intellectual properties.
  • A continuous pipeline of innovators and entrepreneurs joining the economy to achieve Smart Bangladesh golas by 2041.

Our Program

Our program, funded by the World Bank and executed by a consortium led by UPMCS Malaysia, is meticulously designed to ensure a comprehensive transfer of knowledge to participating universities. We focus on:

  • Facilitating innovation teams based in universities to discover innovative problem-solving ideas with proper business case.
  • Providing access to Innovation Challenge Labs for process of ideation, design, prototyping/ proof of concept, minimum viable products (MVP) and commercialization.
  • Bridging the gap between industry and academia.
  • Offering pre-seed and seed funds for prototype and MVP development.
  • Ensuring intellectual property rights protection.
  • Facilitating enrollment into the Smart Bangladesh Accelerator, the largest accelerator program in Bangladesh.

Our Strategy

  • Local Context Analysis: We understand the unique strengths, weaknesses, and priorities of each participating university.
  • Digital Platform: Our state-of-the-art SaaS ensures efficient management of cohorts, mentors, and industry leaders.
  • Physical Facilities: Each university hub is equipped with co-working spaces, product development labs, learning areas, and pitching theaters.
  • Innovation Challenge Lab: Our program is divided into prototype, MVP, and commercialization stages, ensuring comprehensive mentorship throughout. These phases will be supported by state-of-the art labs.
  • Collaboration: We believe in the power of collaboration. From inter-university partnerships to industry-academia collaborations, our network is vast and varied.

Our Commitment to Gender Equality

We are dedicated to breaking barriers. Our program ensures at least 20% of participants are women, and we provide additional mentorship and support to female-led innovation teams.

Our Legacy

UIHP is more than just a program; it's a movement. We are committed to ensuring the sustainability of our hubs, fostering an innovation culture across all universities, and equipping the next generation of leaders with the tools they need to succeed.

Certificate Course on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This is a 24-hour certificate course designed to build awareness and skills in innovation and entrepreneurship among students from all disciplines. It aims to prepare students for entrepreneurial roles and career development.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

The Entrepreneurship Lecture Series is a set of 10 lectures organised across participating universities, focusing on various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. These lectures are delivered by renowned national and international innovators and founders.

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Innovation Cohort

he Innovation Cohort is an exciting part of the University Innovation Hub Program tailored just for you – the creative thinkers, the dreamers, and the doers. It's where your ideas get to see the light of day, transforming from mere thoughts into tangible, market-ready innovations.

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Our Vision

Universities produce high quality graduates with innovations with intellectual properties.

A continuous pipeline of innovators and entrepreneurs joining the economy to achieve Smart Bangladesh golas by 2041.

News & Updates

Varendra University Hosts Inspiring Briefing Session for University Innovation Hub Program

 Varendra University (VU) successfully launched the briefing session for the upcoming cohort of the University Innovation Hub Program (UIHP) on T...

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July 11th, 2024, 06:00:pm
University Innovation Hub Program Launches Successful Online Session for Innovation Cohort 1 at BSMRSTU

 The University Innovation Hub Program (UIHP), a flagship initiative under the Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem Development Proj...

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July 13th, 2024, 02:00:pm
Successful Briefing Session for University Innovation Hub Program at BRAC University

The University Innovation Hub Program (UIHP) marked another milestone with a successful briefing session held at BRAC University on July 1, 2024. Orga...

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July 1st, 2024, 10:00:pm