Pathfinder: A platform for empowering
digital entrepreneurship

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"My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.”

- Steve Jobs

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Our Vision

We are a social enterprise helping to catalyze innovation, growth and business opportunities in the digital economy. To empower and inspire the next generation of technology entrepreneurs regardless of background.

Pathfinder will work with you from ‘concept to value’. We specialise in the digital and green economy transformation which all businesses can benefit from, leveraging public and private sector resources. Pathfinder will create a complete strategic roadmap for each phase of your business, connecting you with people having relevant skills. Whether your dream is to build an innovative healthcare mobile app or a cutting-edge fintech solution and everything in between, we are here to give you an extra hand.

The Platform

Enable

Pathfinder Innovation Incubator Hub. Providing mentorship and guidance on business plan development, strategic roadmap, financing and launch.

Learn

Pathfinder Entrepreneurship and Technology Academy offering online courses on key skills needed to develop and launch start-ups and scale existing.

Finance

Start-ups in the UK and Bangladesh struggle to raise funding and Pathfinder aims to overcome the lack of risk capital by developing a Business Angel Network.

Our Services

The strength of Pathfinder Hub resides in the wealth of experience and knowledge our members possess. And the willingness of our investors and sponsors to back businesses from disadvantaged communities and disenfranchised social groups.

The Pathfinder Hub business model accesses and utilizes the capability of our members to build and then deliver quality business training programs to targeted beneficiaries. Provide a digital framework for Pathfinder members and investors to mentor and financially support start-ups or growing businesses through our website portal. To be a financially viable company where Pathfinder Hub costs and expenses are serviced through training fees, member fees, private sponsors, grants and awards.

Pathfinder Hub delivers professional, practical learning programs and workshops to community based entrepreneurs and businesses. To provide mentoring, a support platform and access to investor funding, empowering that business to succeed in today’s digital economy.

Pathfinder Hub partnering with Doing Biz For Yourself in May 2022 piloted the ‘Business Accelerator’ program in Manchester, helping community businesses create their professional business plan. An aid in managing the business, describing its goal and the products or services it wishes to deliver. To explain the unique business value proposition, why it exists and its purpose. Indetifying the buisness customer base and the required resources in terms of logistics, material, labour and partners needed to deliver its goal. The program is a series of practical workshops producing a living business plan and then presented to Pathfinder Hub investor network to fund the businesses. The program successfully provided funding for five particpating businesses.

Who we are

“Pathfinder has been started by a group of British Bangladeshi technology entrepreneurs with a passion for helping start-ups and the next generation unlock the opportunities in the innovation economy. They see the massive potential in both the UK and Bangladesh to think differently and unleash power of digital to empower the next wave of businesses.”

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Membership

Whether you are interested in providing your skills and knowledge to empower people in the local community, acting as a mentor for a startup, perhaps you’re a socially responsible investor willing to fund a community-driven business or have a great idea to bring the private and public sector together in delivering a solution to a problem faced within the ethnic minority community, women or young adults. Pathfinder Hub membership gives you access to a rich ecosystem of like-minded community leaders, professionals and businesses.

The new member site provides a directory of who’s who, public blogs, group and private chatrooms to share, collaborate and expand ideas; gain access to investors and professionals to help turn a concept into a reality. Members are free to attend Pathfinder industry-specific events, access research papers and view Pathfinder initiatives. Our current membership fee for 2022/23 is £100 per year. Membership fees help finance our drive to provide better quality and coverage of services to the ethnic minority communities, women or young adults and to maintain the Pathfinder Hub digital platform.

If you are interested in joining Pathfinder Hub please register by clicking register. To all our existing members’ thank you for your continued support and patronage, please login.

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Meet our team

Bashir Ahmed

Chairman of Pathfinder
Bashir Ahmed, is an entrepreneur and prominent figure within the British-Bangladeshi business diaspora in the UK and Europe. He is the Current President of British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry of United Kingdom and actively involved in trade and commerce related issues in Europe and Bangladesh. Bashir Ahmed was founder Chairman & Managing Director of Kohinoor of India Holding Group in Netherlands since 1981 was owning the largest chain of Indian- Bangladeshi Restaurants and the famous awards winning Indian restaurant the Kasturi restaurant and Catering at Aldgate, London since 2001.

Ifty Islam

CEO, Pathfinder
Ifty Islam is the Co-founder and Chairman of Infiniti Tech, a UK technology company, and Asian Tiger Capital, a Dhaka based Investment banking firm. Ifty is passionate aboutthe potential of technology and digital entrepreneurship as being the foundation for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He is also committed to building a bridge and synergies between the UK and Bangladesh digital economies.

Anwar Ali, OBE

Vice Chairman, Pathfinder
Social entrepreneur, devoted family man, Co-Founder and highly motivated CEO of Upturn Enterprise Limited. With over 20 years management experience leading teams that make a difference to people, communities and business; proven business judgment, strategic capability; leadership and management experience with the ability to influence all stakeholders and empower and motivate individuals to achieve the individual and collective business goals. Proven track record of managing multi-functional teams in FTSE 100 environment and more recently the social economy sector. Anwar is highly capable, possessing both strong strategic and operational skills (specialist in social enterprise, business strategy & growth). Anwar carries extensive academic and professional qualifications (MBA, PG Dip (DMS), CMgr FCMI, MCIM, MIoEE). Operationally, he has extensive stakeholder, senior management and project management skills – which is based on 20 years’ successful experience of running multi-functional teams, managing publicly funded projects and developing socially focused business programmes, transforming lives and communities across the Northwest and beyond.Motivated by challenge and the desire to make a difference to people, supporting communities and delivering a commercial social offer to businesses.