agriBusiness Startup Weekend

Overview :

As a part of agriBusiness BootCamp 2017, Nepal’s first Agribusiness Startup Weekend Kathmandu was organized by Nepal Entrepreneurs Hub on 7-9th April 2017, at SAP Falcha, Kathmandu.It followed the proven model of Startup Weekend where everyone pitched their startup idea and received feedback from their peers. Teams formed around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) which was then taken to a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend concluded with final presentations in front of judging panel which constituted of entrepreneurs and business experts.

 

 

Meet, Pitch & Team Up

The first day of agriStartup Weekend initiated with a brief introduction from the facilitator of agriBusiness Startup Weekend Mr. Brijendra Rochan Joshi (Co–Founder, NEHUB). Mr. Suman Shakya (Consultant, World Bank Group) then presented on “What Pitch Really Was” and how one must present in a limited time (60 secs).

After Mr. Shakya’s presentation the stage was handed over to Mr. Anil Chitrakar. Mr. Anil Chitrakar (social entrepreneur) recognized as one of the 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1993 and the co-founder of Himalayan Climate Initiative) gave a brief presentation about possibilities that could develop our nation.

The pitching session soon followed and all the participants pitched their ideas within a minute. Participants voted for the best ideas excluding theirs and a cross functional team was formed. The environment was enthusiastic and filled with innovative mindsets. The first day of the weekend ended with the selection of Top 10 ideas.

S.No Startup Idea Ideator
1 Goat Cheese Farming Sarthak Lohani
2 Sitake Mushroom Farming Anupama Aryal
3 Banana Wine Production Suresh Simkhada
4 Step Up Agriculture Processing Center Santosh Pathak
5 Professional Bee-Keeping at Baitadi Tarka Raj Panta
6 Taja Fruit Ripening center Sabin Dahal
7 Kiwi Farming Anil Bhattarai
8 Morringa Production Sandeep Raut
9 Ecoplates Bidur Koirala
10 Tatopani Ko Rosemary Usha Thapa

Learn & Work

The second day of agriBusiness startup weekend was devoted in preparation of final presentation and mentoring from the mentors. Resource person having an expertise in different domains of business were also there to help the participants. Mentors came in throughout the day for the mentoring session.

 

Present & Choose

The final day of the agriBusiness Startup Weekend was focused on the preparation of the presentation. Participants had to pitch their idea in front of the juries at the evening. All ten teams worked thoroughly with their team members and resource persons visiting the available mentors. A mock presentation session was held by NEHUB in preparation for the Final Pitching.

The final session of agri Startup Weekend was the main event which was moderated by Mr. Brijendra Rochan Joshi. Sharing his valuable experiences, Mr. Joshi gave words of encouragement to all the teams and wished them the best. The jury members of the finale were:

  1. Mr. Sunil K.C (CEO, NMB Bank)
  2. Mr. Pradip Maharjan (CEO at AEC, FNCCI)
  3. Mr. Gagan Pradhan (Managing Director, Himalayan Java).

The program finally ended with the announcement of finalists for the agricultural boot camp 2017. The 5 finalists those were able to present their ideas and stand out in the evaluation criteria were Mr. Brijendra Rochan Joshi then handed the floor to Mr. Sunil KC for the closing remarks.

Mr. KC described the overall atmosphere of the agriBusiness startup weekend and praised that all teams and participants were quite hardworking and had independent thoughts. He further thanked the organizing committee in conducting a wonderful program comprising of people from across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

The following teams were awarded by the esteemed jury members.

Led by Mr. Tarak Raj Pant 55 years old resident from Baitadi, Professional Bee Keeping centre plans to commercialize and produce organic honey in Baitadi. Mr. Pant envisions to replace traditional beehives and modernize it. He also plans to promote Baitadi as a key center for Honey production. This idea plans to produce honey infused with medicinal and other aromatic herbs and packet in sachets. Me Tark Raj Pant has knowledge in local medicinal and religious herbs. Honey from Baitadi has its unique flavor and quality which can be used as a competitive advantage over other products. Idea Lead: Mr. Tarka Raj Pant Team Members:Mr. Saban Kumar KC, Mr. Dhiren Rai & Mr. Laxman Singh Rokkaya

43 years old Mrs. Usha Devi Thapa is the team leader for Tatopani ko Rosemary.Tatopani ko Rosemary revolves around the idea of producing rosemary, a herb with tremendous health benefits in Sindupalchowk region and distribute it to restaurants around Kathmandu valley. Not only to distribute rosemary to restaurants in kathmandu, Mrs. Thapa also plans to make oils, performs and other edible spices out of it. Tatopani Ko Rosemary’s idea is to process (washing, drying) Rosemary and supplying it to its target markets. The target market for the product are restaurants around Nepal and China. Having established connections in China they plan to sell rosemary through their personal connection. Idea Lead: Usha Thapa Magar Team Members: Mr. Sadandanda Subedi, Ms. Nilima Shrestha, Mr. Hemanta Thapa Magar

Eco Plates.Co invisions to produce utensils from BetelNut“Supari” beetlenut to produce different disposable utensils. Beetlenut is abundantly found in the Terai region of Nepal especially in Jhapa.. They plan to bring out environment friendly utensils and substitute the traditional plastic utensils that are widely used in restaurants around Kathmandu. Utensils made from Betel – Nut are environment friendly, affordable, durable and disposable. Moreover it is recyclable and it follows the golden rule of Reduce, Recycle & Reuse. Idea Lead: Bidur Koirala Team Members: Mayank Dhakal

Step Up Agriculture Processing Unit is focused on post harvesting vegetable, processing it and distributing it. Processing of vegetables include blanching and freezing, drying etc.Working under the participatory approach Step Up Agricultural Processing Center plans to replace the stereotype “Sukutis” found in markets and produce “Sukutis” with dried Cauliflower, Cabbage & Brinjal. Idea Lead: Mr. Santosh Pathak Team Members:Mr. Sundar Raut, Ms. Hritika Johi, Mr.Arun Gupta

Through the use of modern technology, Taja Fruit Riping Center plans to cultivate fruits and vegetables without the use of chemical fertilizers. The key focus of Taja Fruit Riping centre would be to produce a higher quality of fruits and vegetables and distribute it to markets. The work done by Taja Fruit Riping Center would align with their vision of “Promoting Healthy Eating Habits amongst Nepalese”. Taja Fruit Ripening Center plans to establish processing centre, package and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables. Idea Lead: Mr. Sabin Dahal Team Members:  Mr. Nabin Paudel, Mr. Raju Ramtel

Judges

Mr. Gagan Pradhan
Mr. Gagan Pradhan
Mr. Pradip Maharjan
Mr. Pradip Maharjan
Mr Sunil KC
Mr Sunil KC

Mentors

Rahul Saini
Rahul Saini
Mr Umanga Pandey
Mr Umanga Pandey
Mr Karmath Dangol
Mr Karmath Dangol
Ms Sushama Sharma
Ms Sushama Sharma
Ms Sunita Nhemaphuki
Ms Sunita Nhemaphuki
Mr Bibek Shrestha
Mr Bibek Shrestha
Mr Damber Khanal
Mr Damber Khanal
Ms Ritu Pradhan Malla
Ms Ritu Pradhan Malla
Mr Binoy Sharma
Mr Binoy Sharma
Mr. Sanam Chitrakar
Mr. Sanam Chitrakar
Mr. Narottam Arya
Mr. Narottam Arya

Organizers

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