Startup Weekend Disaster Preparedness and Response
Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub in embarked upon the entrepreneurial journey of organizing StartUp Weekend Disaster Preparedness and Response with the vision of revamping Nepalese economy post earthquake. Like all international Startup Weekend, the event followed the same basic model consisting of a 54 hours long ecstasy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
Schedule of the event was :
Meet, Pitch & Team Up
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.
|2||Keep Nepal in the News|
|4||Pictogram Reference Card|
|5||Bring Tourists Back to Nepal|
|7||Network for NGO|
|8||We – Connect|
|9||Raise Your Voice|
|10||Start the Conversation|
The second day of the weekend was devoted on 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.
Presents & Select
|1||Breakfast Served at the Cafeteria|
|2||Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)|
|5||Gut Check & Presentation Preparation|
|8||Judging and Awards|
|9||Wrap Up followed by Dinner|
The final day 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 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 winning ideas were:
- Network For NGO
- Brings Tourist Back to Nepal
- Pictogram Reference Card
Currently Tshering is the Country Director for Childreach Nepal– a local charity works in partnership with local communities to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education, and child rights and protection in Nepal. He strongly believes in Public Private Partnership and practicing Evidence Based Practice to create new knowledge while making difference. He played one of the key roles in creating and implementing Idea Studio Nepal: a platform to encourage and empower entrepreneurs to solve social and economic issues faced by the country in joint initiative of UNICEF Nepal, Kathmandu University, Meeting Point and other private companies and TV channels and also Graduate Students Research Grant, supporting 20 graduate students towards their thesis and providing supervision. Furthermore, Tshering has been selected as a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Sumnima has extensive experience in child protection issues, child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children, street children, trafficking in women and children, child participation and children in armed conflict. She has conducted and published various researches on the issues of child rights and child protection. She is also one of the pioneers of online child protection in Nepal. As an expert on child protection issues in Nepal, she is engaged in policy advocacy on child rights. As a founding member of CWIN-Nepal, Sumnima has been working passionately towards these causes for the past 27 years in various capacities within CWIN. She currently serves as an Executive Coordinator, overseeing overall management, supervision and monitoring of all programmes of CWIN-Nepal. Sumnima is a board member of ECPAT International representing South Asia, member of AATWIN (Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children) and core committee member of Women’s Network for Peace (Shanti Malika) and founder member of Women in Policy Advocacy Alliance (WlPAA).
Prior to joining CloudFactory, Mr Karmath held leadership positions at two of the top software outsourcing companies in Nepal after returning from the US where he lived with his family for over a decade. In the States he was an Engineering Contractor at Google Inc and also worked at eBay Inc. as Senior Manager of Internet Marketing Solutions. Karmath holds a degree in Bachelors of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Beside this he was startup co-founder of NextAction.net (now datalogix.com), a direct marketing company that provides a cooperative database for acquisition marketing to over 700 catalogs (competes with Abacus Direct, a division of DoubleClick).
Mr Anil has spent the past two decades working as a conservationist, environmental leader, and senior Ashoka fellow in Nepal. An engineer by training, Anil pursued graduate work in energy planning at the University of Pennsylvania and then joined the Kathmandu municipality. His projects and organizations have received numerous awards and grants, and he is presently working to scale his work on a solar lighting system for rural villages in Nepal. He was also part of the team that implemented the National Conservation Strategy for Nepal, preserving its globally unique natural endowment. He is recipient of the prestigieus Ashoka Fellowship, the Rolex award and the Silicon Valley Tech Award. In 1993 he was recognized as one amongst 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum in Davos.