Down the Memory Lane: Startup Weekend Kathmandu 2014

Down the Memory Lane: Startup Weekend Kathmandu 2014

Lalit Basnet - Aug 07, 2017


Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 700 past events in 100 countries around the world and Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub has been a pioneer institute in introducing and organizing Startup Weekends in Nepal. 

Every Startup Weekend events follow the basic model, anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub organized Startup Weekend Kathmandu 2014 from 12 Sept - 14 Sept 2014 at SAP Falcha, Kathmandu. Vying for the top position, 52 entrepreneurs participated in the event. Prizes to be won on Startup Weekend Kathmandu 2014 were,

First Prize

Free company registration worth NRP 20,000 from StartupWeekend Kathmandu

Six Month Kathmandu Post for 6 months for all the members

3 sessions of mentoring from Suman Shakya from One Planet Solution on business planning

3 sessions of mentoring from Karmath Dangol on Technical Development

3 sessions of mentoring from Pravin Raj Joshi on Technical Development

3 sessions of mentoring from Ravi Phuyal on Business Planning

Second Prize

2 sessions of mentoring from Suman Shakya from One Planet Solution on business planning

2 sessions of mentoring from Karmath Dangol on Technical Development

2 sessions of mentoring from Pravin Raj Joshi on Technical Development

2 sessions of mentoring from Ravi Phuyal on Business Planning

The sponsors for Startup Weekend Kathmandu 2014 were;

Platinum Sponsors:  Islington College, Rooster Logic

Silver Sponsors: King’s College

Contributing Sponsors: Mercantile, KFA Business School, Writeweavers, Beed.

The official media partner for the event was The Kathmandu Post.

The first day of the event was allotted for the participants to pitch their ideas. Following the pitching session, participants took part in the voting process to cast their votes. Upon the conclusion of voting session, 10 teams were formed, the list of these 10 ideas are as follows.

The list of ideas is as follows:

  1. Data Lab
  2. Source My Work
  3. MeroArtha
  4. V-Track
  5. Rental Nepal
  6. Lishn
  7. RitiRiwaj
  8. Tihoon
  9. Organic Fertilizer & Raw Materials Management
  10. Himalayan House of Treasure

Data Lab
Team Members: Nijel Shrestha, Shritesh Bhattarai, Raghav Thapa, Avishek Singh

Idea:
With their robot that works automatically named ‘Maduka’, crawls and extracts all the data from everywhere possible. Data Lab is a one stop data processing solution that collects, analyzes and extracts the useful information that is required on a day to day life. Apart from that, their other service “Tathya” processes the data and extracts the useful information from it.

Source My Work

Team Members: Bobby Basnet, Saurav Bajracharya, Sajesh Khadgi, Sameer Maharjan, Sujan Parajuli

Idea:

Source my work aims at providing the B2B solution to the business agents in need of several services by creating a platform where they can find the professionals to outsource their work to which can be either product or staff outsourcing.

MeroArtha

Team Member: Sushil Shrestha, Saurav Karki, Michael Bocker- Larsen, Supriya Koirala

Idea:

Their company motto being ‘Smart spender, live richer’, the team of MeroArtha concentrates on making people realize that they need to spend wisely. The concept of this company is to collect receipts from consumers and the one who has paid the lowest cost will eventually win a gift hamper from the sponsors. In this case, the sponsors are the companies whose products are featured.

V-Track

Team Member: Binita Shrestha, Bikram Adhikari, Safalta Shrestha

Idea:

Travelling in Kathmandu is usually a hassle and the passenger has to wait for a public vehicle for a very long period with no time schedule. V-Track has a plan of tracking all the public transportations through GPS system installed in them. With the help of an App, the passengers will be able to check the current status of the public vehicles that they are in need of.

Rental Nepal

Team Member: Love Shankar Shrestha, Kishor Maharjan, Regan Maharjan, Akriti Bhusal

Idea:

The RentalNepal app will allow people looking for accommodation in Kathmandu to find a perfect house that will fit their requirements.  RentalNepal will let the user search for a rented bungalow, flat or a single room. It will also allow brokers to post places to rent. They are focusing on decreasing the gap between the landlord who is supposed to provide the rent people who are in need of a room, flats or apartment. They ensure the renter with proper people who have a sound background and eventually helping to minimize any difficulties between them.

Lishn

Team Member: Surit Bhattarai, Aayush Shrestha, Ashok Basnet, Bibek Subedi, Dinesh Subedi

Idea:

Lishn is a local music streaming application that ensures the music you get is FREE and also legal at the same time. For Artists, Lishn is a platform to share her/his music among listeners and get paid directly for it. The artists will make money with every play of her/his song on the app.

No Middle man! No Labels! No Distributors!

RitiRiwaj

Team Member: Manish Shrestha, Ashim Sitaula

Idea:

With time, the strong culture that we Nepalese abide by is fading off. We often don’t know what items are necessary for a holy ritual or we are lost when it comes to what step comes after what. The Hindu calendar is flooded with festivals and this new app, RitiRiwaj will help you overcome these obstacles and keep your culture and rituals alive. This app will give you a basic structure of how the rituals must be conducted apart from letting the users know what item is required to conduct it along with the stores that have the availability for the same.

Tihoon

Team Member: Sanchita Pant, Deepa Rai, Bipin Gaire, Dipesh Gorkhali, Namisha Bhattarai

Idea:

Tihoon which is another name for vegetables in Nepali is an idea which will sell organic, affordable and hygienic lunch that has a Nepali taste for working professionals. While working, Tihoon team believes that there are not many options to eat healthy food that they can rely on.  They are pitching an idea for a Nepali lunch set that is organic, healthy and hygienic appetizing to your tummy as well a supporting a social cause which will be served in Taparis. The social cause here revolves around training and employing women who are under privileged and deserve to get a social status in the society with a decent job that will fulfill their basic necessities. They are also aiming at providing a special menu for the ones who want to opt for a diet.

Organic fertilizer and raw materials management

Team Member: Sunita Thapaliya, Shilu Pradhan, Shraddha Kunwar, Preeti Kaur, Romil Bhattarai

Idea:

The main idea that revolves around Organic fertilizer and raw materials management is collecting the decomposable waste from households and convert them to organic fertilizers. They aim on spreading the message of separating the biodegradable waste from the non- biodegradable waste which will eventually solve the garbage issue in Kathmandu.

Himalayan House of Treasure (Import/Export Platform)

Team Member: Pratik Shrestha, Himanshu Goyal, Mrinal Jhas, Mingma Sherpa, Pankaj Pandey

Idea:

The Himalayan House of Treasure aims at working as a platform for the Import and Export that is done in Nepal by fair means. The main objective of Himalayan House of Treasure is to promote the Nepalese products which are not getting the exposure that they deserve in the market by working as a broker where international buyers are willing to purchase the same.

The second day of the weekend was devoted to mentoring from the mentors to validate their business idea. Mentors having an expertise in different domains of business were present throughout the day to help the participants. Day 2 focused on business validation, market research, growth potential, customer validation among others. Following are the list of mentors who came in throughout the second day.

  1.       Anil Chitrakar (Social Change Maker, Architectural Heritage Expert)
  2.       Narottam Aryal (Educator)
  3.       Mahesh Swar (AGM, Kantipur Publication)
  4.       Vidhan Rana (Founding Partner, Biruwa Ventures)
  5.       Bibhushan Bista (Co-founder and CEO, YoungInnovations Pvt. ltd.)
  6.       Sakar Pudasaini (Technologist, Educator, Founder of Karkhana)
  7.       Sanam Chitrakar (Partner at Biruwa Ventures)
  8.       Bal K Joshi (Co-Founder, thamel.com)
  9.       Rupesh Krishna Shrestha (Rock star, Assistant Professor)

The final day of the Startup Weekend Kathmandu 2014 focused on the validation and work on towards the final pitch to the panel of judges. Mock pitching session was held in front of mock judges which gave the participants the feel of the final pitch and also provided them with the suggestion where they can improve.

Participants pitched their idea in front of the jury members at the evening. All ten teams worked thoroughly with their team members and resource persons visiting the available mentors.

The final pitching session was moderated by Mr. Brijendra Rochan Joshi. The pitch was for 5 minutes followed by 3 minutes of question answer from the jury.

The jury members of the finale were:

  1.       Resta Jha (Executive Chairman of KFA)
  2.       Karmath Dangol (VP Engineering, CloudFactory.com)
  3.       Niraj Khanal (Director at One To Watch)

The Top 2 ideas of Startup Weekend 2014 were;

  1. Organic Fertilizer & Raw Materials Management
  2. Lishn

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