The Bank of Maldives BML opens applications for the BML Startup Grant for 2023.

The BML Startup Grant is a program for emerging entrepreneurs to win grant funding to start or grow a business in the Maldives. The Bank said that this year, two winning businesses will be selected to win MVR 500,000 each. The Bank will provide mentoring support for the winners to successfully implement their plans.

Speaking about the Grant, BML’s CEO and Managing Director, Karl Stumke said that with the Startup Grant, BML will continue to support the flourishing startup community in the country, helping to create opportunities for young businesses to thrive.

We are seeing the successful implementation of last year’s winning business ideas under the close mentorship and guidance of our SME team; and we look forward to receiving innovative, sustainable ideas for this year
Karl Stumke, BML’s CEO and Managing Director

BML said interested candidates must send their application by midnight on 2nd July 2023.

It said that the winners will be selected through a competitive evaluation process comprising two stages.

During the first stage, business plans will be evaluated to shortlist applicants. The selected applicants will be required to present the business plan to an evaluation committee in the final stage.

The BML Startup Grant was first launched as part of the series of 12 high-impact monthly community initiatives to celebrate the Bank’s 40th anniversary. Through the Grant, the Bank funded four businesses last year.