Pathfinder: A platform for empowering digital entrepreneurship

Inspire... Motivate... Catalyse...

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.

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

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.

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.”

Meet your 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.
Mr. Ahmed has a hotel management back ground and wide range of investments in Europe, UK and in Bangladesh, including aviation, property, food processing and financial institution. He is the Founder Chairman of Rock Asset management Limited of Bangladesh and Prospect gaze limited and has investment in many other institutions and has eye for innovative ideas and breakthrough projects.

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.

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