Social Business Short Course completion certificates presented to the students of Eastern University

Second batch of students from the Short Course on Social Business of Eastern University participated in a certificate giving ceremony at Yunus Centre on Wednesday. Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus presented the certificates to the students, and had an hour long discussion with the group as well as the Pro VC and faculty of Eastern University on the growing activities around social business academia.

Six New Businesses Launched at the 329th Social Business Design Lab

Yunus Centre Press Release (August 20, 2016)

Investments into six social businesses were announced on Saturday at the 329th Social Business Design Lab. The six young entrepreneurs, children of Grameen Bank borrowers are seen in the photo with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Photo: Yunus Centre

The 329th Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 20th August 2016 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 150 participants from national and international organizations attending.

Since the Labs began in January 2013, over 7,500 projects have been presented in the last 329 Lab programs, of which 7,400 projects have been approved for equity funding investments ranging from taka one lakh to five lakh for Nobin Udyokta projects. 

The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Prof Yunus welcomed the audience and updated on the progress of the social businesses operating in Bangladesh and around the world. He also shared, in context of his recent participations in Olympic events in Rio, about the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) interest to work together with Yunus Centre to take the social business movement forward across the world through National Olympic Committee operating in each country. Professor Muhammad Yunus was the keynote speaker for IOC’s annual conference on the role of social business and sports in transforming communities.

At the lab, Grameen Danone presented a brief update of the company. Grameen Danone started its journey back in 2006 as a social business joint venture between Grameen and French dairy giant Danone to address the chronic malnutrition among the children in the country through production and sale of a specially fortified yogurt. Grameen Telecom Trust also provided an update of its activities in support of independent social businesses and Nobin Udyokta projects. 

Afterwards, six new Nobin Udyokta business plans were presented at today's Lab. All Nobin Udyokta businesses, presented at the Design Lab are from Grameen Bank borrowers’ families. These six plans included Nishbetganj Shatoranji Hostoshilpo by Ms Amina Begum who has a shatronji or handmade rug business seeking equity funding to expand her business. The next plan was Mozaffor Classical R Banshi by Mofazzal Mondol whose craftsmanship for making indigenous bamboo flute impressed the audience. The business has already exported its flutes to the United Kingdom and Tunisia. The entrepreneur's father is talented flutist and performed a short recital for the participants at the Lab. Champa Rani of Shoikot Bop, a specialty product made of waste cloth materials to clean rusty steel. She wants to realize her dream of becoming self reliant and presented the business plan for her unusual product at the Lab. Two other plans were by Mst. Morsheda Khatun and Mst. Eshrat Zahan Champa in support of theor tailoring and garments business. The final project was Afroza Kutir Shilpo by Afroza Begum which produces handmade baskets to carry fruits and vegetables.

All business plans were presented and discussed in detail. Those were then presented in groups for further review. All six projects were approved for funding by their groups. The projects are joint ventures with Grameen social business fund and their progress will be monitored on .

Professor Yunus thanked the participants for the innovative social businesses and noted that it was exciting that so many ideas were now business reality.  Professor Yunus also invited participants to join next Social Business Design Lab which will take place on 20 October 2016.

Caption for image Two: Participants of the 329th Social Business Design Lab are seen with the Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the Olympic torch. The 329th Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place today on 20th August 2016 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium.Photo: Yunus Centre

Yunus returns home among joyful colleagues holding Olympic Torch

Yunus Centre Press Release

Dhaka, August 11, 2016

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus returned to Dhaka. His colleagues gave him a rousing welcome.

He addressed the welcoming crowd to share his experiences at the mega global event. He narrated the experience of being the Olympic Torchbearer and of addressing the annual meeting of the International Olympic Committee. He also briefed them about progress made by Yunus Social Business Brazil, a social business company which operates in 13 states out of 27 states in Brazil. They just launched a social business fund of USD 10 million in the presence of Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Professor Yunus took pictures with his colleagues in his Olympic uniform holding up the Olympic Torch and displaying the three fingers for three Zero goals that he is promoting globally.

Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

Professor Yunus Joins IOC President to Welcome Refugee Olympic Team

Yunus Centre Press Release (August 12, 2016)

Photo Caption: Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with three members of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) including Rose Lokonyen a track athlete from South Sudan after their welcome to the Olympic Village by the IOC on August 3, 2016. Photo: Lamiya Morshed/Yunus Centre.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was especially invited by IOC President Thomas Bach to join him in the flag raising ceremony of the Refugee Olympic Team at the Olympic Village on August 3. He joined in the official ceremony to welcome the team into the Village and to witness the  flag raising of the Refugee Olympic Team along with five other teams that evening.

There are ten athletes who form the Refugee Olympic Team from South Sudan. Ethiopia, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo participating in athletics, judo and swimming during the Rio 2016 games. The flag that was raised for them was the Olympic Flag. Rose Lokonyen the track athlete from South Sudan recognized Professor Yunus and came over to take a photo with him.

Professor Yunus sat through the ceremony flanked by Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, and Jacques Rogge, the former President of the IOC, in an exclusive program inside the Olympic Village. Professor Yunus was earlier given a tour of the Olympic Village and facilities courtesy of the IOC.

Dinner in Honour of Yunus by Mayor of Paris

Yunus Centre Press Release (August 10, 2016)

With Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and three time Olympic gold medallist Tony Estanguet at a dinner hosted by the Mayor in honor of Professor Yunus on August 7, 2016

Mayor Anne Hidalgo hosted a dinner for Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. The dinner took place at the magnificent Club de France, the French Olympic House during the Rio 2016 games. During the dinner she requested Professor Yunus to advise her on addressing the problem poverty in St Denis, the northern poor section of Paris city. She invited the top executives of  National Olympic Committee (NOC) to join in the dinner.

She requested them to put the support of the NOC to collaborate with Yunus to make his work successful. This work will also include helping the retired athletes to find dignified professions. She invited  Professor Yunus to visit Paris soon to discuss the details of the collaboration. Professor invited the Mayor to visit Bangladesh to attend Social Business Day in June, 2017 to get an orientation on the social businesses around the world.

The dinner was joined by the top executives of the National Olympic Committee including Mr Tony Estanguet, Co-President of the Paris 2024 Candidate Committee and three time Olympic gold medallist canoeist, Etienne Thobois, the CEO of the Committee for Candidate city of Paris for 2024, They were also joined by the President and Vice President of the French National Olympic Committees.

Mayor of Paris invited Professor Yunus to come to Paris as her guest to familiarize himself with the problems of St Denis, and hold meetings with all stakeholders to design a social business program  to transform St Denis.

Professor Yunus assured the Mayor that he would try to visit Paris soon. He also informed her that he would be in Paris on November 9-10 for the Global Social Business Academia Conference. He would plan to spend some additional days in St Denis.

Photo Caption 2: Guests at the dinner by Mayor of Paris in Honor of Professor Yunus on August 7 including from left to right Lamiya Morshed, Anne Hidalgo Mayor  Prof Yunus  Etienne Thobois, President of Candidate City Paris 2024, NIcolas Hazard CEO Comptoir D'Innovation Fund, Tony Estanguet (French triple gold medallist canoeist) Hans Reitz Christina Jaeger tellyseries