For many years, companies from Europe and the United States have made great profits from charging Western world prices for products and services they have sourced from the East. Likewise, new businesses in the West have found the costs to start their business to be prohibitive; thanks to those same companies.
The IceFire Portfolio looks to break the mold and bring the worlds of Eastern talent and Western new business requirements together. So, designers and marketing talent from Eastern countries get fairer payment, while new young businesses get fairer prices. We are also intending to foster talent and skills in Eastern countries.
Carmichael College, Rangpur
As part of our IceFire Initiative, we are looking to instigate a number of Scholarships. While tuition costs in Bangladesh are not high, they can be expensive for families on very low incomes. We will pay the tuition costs for 4 students entering college in the coming year, to study English, Web and Graphic design or online marketing. We will do the same in 2023 and 2024. This will cover the tuition payment for the full time of their studies. So, in 2024, there will be 12 students studying and receiving IceFire Scholarships.
We would also hope to provide our Scholarship students with paid work experience in our office. We have already awarded one scholarship, to Arafat Mia, who will join the new intake to study English. He is currently working in IceFire’s Rangpur office gaining first-hand experience.
Carmichael meets IceFire
To ensure that our Scholarship is awarded to the most deserving people, we decided to partner with a college, which would help us choose the Scholarship recipients. Since our presence is in Rangpur, it made sense to partner with a Rangpur college. With its history, traditions and enviable reputation, Carmichael College was the obvious choice. We are very proud to be associated with such an illustrious institution.