- January 8, 2016
- Posted by: bangladeshinnovationforum
Shameem Ahsan is a VC & PE Investor, Co-Author – Startup Kingdom, Startup ecosystem builder and Policy Expert. He has been helping founders create social impact by converging business, tech and innovation to solve socio economic problems in emerging economies. He has played a pivotal role in the implementation of major policy changes related to the ICT sector in last one decade.
Shameem is a General Partner of Pegasus Tech Ventures, a US$ 1.6 billion fund. Located in Silicon Valley, USA, Pegasus Tech Ventures provides funding to innovative startups around the world. With more than a dozen multi-million dollar funds under management, Pegasus Tech Ventures focuses its investment in IT, Health IT, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Robotics, Big Data, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, FinTech and Next Generation Technologies.
Pegasus has invested in over 180 startups in the United States, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Some of the prominent USA startups in the Pegasus portfolio include SpaceX, Airbnb, Quibi, 23andMe, SoFi, Bird, Vicarious, Genius, H2O.ai, Affectiva, and Color.
He is serving as Chairman of Venture Capital & Private Equity Association of Bangladesh (VCPEAB). He is founder and President of TiE Dhaka. He is also a Director of Rajshahi Kings, a popular T20 cricket team of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which reached the final of BPL’2016 by participating for the first time.
He has been lauded many times for his significant contributions to the growth and development of the ICT industry–he has received the “Best Young Entrepreneur” award from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh at Dhaka Chamber of Commerce Business Award; he was voted “Top Outstanding Young Person in Bangladesh” by JCI. He is a member of the Prime Ministers Digital Bangladesh Task Force from the private sector, which is the highest policy making body to monitor and implement the vision of building Digital Bangladesh.