Following on from successes in Africa and the Indian sub-continent, The IceFire Portfolio launches its global Initiative in war-torn Ukraine.
In recent years, a new breed of entrepreneur has begun to emerge – one who is committed to bridging the East-West divide and ensuring that the benefits of global trade are shared more equally. One such company is IceFire, which was founded by Richard Freer with the aim of connecting Western businesses with high-quality suppliers in the Far East.
For many years, companies from Europe and the United States have made great profits by charging Western world prices for products they source in countries like China or Japan. Likewise, new businesses located to our side of things – such as yourself- can now enjoy these same savings thanks largely due to their efforts at sourcing goods overseas with lower costs than what we’re used to here!
We are proud to be working with Icefire’s man-on-the-ground, Evan Smelov. Evan brings a vast experience and an array of contacts. We aim, in some small way, to bring a little hope for the future to this proud land and its people. We are already looking at scholarship possibilities, while helping new businesses to plan for a more certain future. IceFire’s dedicated representative in Kyiv offers new businesses free web sites and hosting, some marketing help and promotion to follow. It’s a tiny drop in a huge ocean, but maybe brings the possibility of a future to some who hardly dare hope.
The IceFire Portfolio is a forward-thinking company that bridges Eastern and Western cultures. Our aim? To provide fair pay for designers, marketers, or any other creative professionals from an underrepresented region in comparison with their western counterparts; we also seek to foster talent by bringing together people of diverse backgrounds working on projects both large (like start-ups) as well small scale such local businesses looking at international markets where there are no competitors yet – it’s all about creating new opportunities!
We are looking to provide four scholarships for students entering college next year. The tuition costs in Bangladesh can be expensive, but with our help, they’ll only need the funds for their English or Web Design courses, which will make it easier financially for them! We’re doing something similar again after that – 2023 & 2024 also see us providing support through these grants so everyone has an equal shot at success regardless of background.
These four new scholarships will pay the Registration fees and Books for English, Web Design or Marketing majors entering university in 2019-2021; they’ll be paid again next year when it’s their turn to take up one of these programs at IceFire!.
We are so excited to have been awarded our first scholarship! To celebrate this moment with us, we will be giving Arafat Mia an opportunity that most students never get – paid work experience in one of Ice Fire’s offices. He has already started working here as part of the new intake and is currently based out of Rangpur where he can gain valuable insight into what it takes for success within his field while also getting some hands-on time with things like filing taxes or dealing directly with client engagements
As a part of our initiative to provide scholarships for the most deserving people, we partnered with an esteemed college in Rangpur. With its history and enviable reputation as one of the top colleges in this region, Carmichael College would be a perfect choice!
We are thrilled about being able to work alongside such a highly respected institution which has helped shape many brilliant minds over time.