Startup Weekend Global Battle 2013
Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub organised Startup Weekend Kathmandu Global Battle 4th edition. The Event was organised in Nepal with 54 participants as SAP Falcha, Kathmandu. The event was organised from 22nd November to 24th November 2013. The winners of the event were to be competing in the international stage with winners from other countries.
The schedule for the event was :
Meet, Pitch & Team Up
The venue was packed to the brim with nervous participants waiting for the clock to strike 5. Suman Shakya, one of the organizers, was center-stage discussing tips and strategies. 51 registered participants were waiting for their turn to pitch their ideas to garner votes. There’s competition right from the very beginning. All ideas did not see the light of the 54-hour battle. After a quick pitching sessions, teams were formed around the ideas with the highest votes. Following is the list of top ideas on Startup Weekend Global Battle.
|Bucket List||Bobo.com.np||Urban Innovation Hub||Sitaico|
|E-Tickets in Nepal||Wedding Plan||Finding Public Toilet||Momo Trail|
|Samadhan||DoCoPoCo.com||Visual Google Analytical Setup Tool|
Learn & Work
During the second day, the participants discussed about their startup ideas to local entrepreneurial leaders which provided them an opportunity for critical feedback. Mentors and coaches were called to help the teams groom their ideas and guide the teams through their planning process.
Present & Select
The final day of the Startup Weekend Global Battle 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 the worked thoroughly with their team members and resource persons visiting the available mentors.
The winning ideas were:
|DoCoPoCo.com||E-tickets in Nepal||Finding Public Toilet|
Mr Ranjit Acharya is a well-known name in the field of advertising in Nepal. With an experience of more than two decades, Mr. Acharya is the founder, owner and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prisma Advertising. He also resides as the Director of Media Hub and Managing Director of Neel Barahi Films. Besides being an entrepreneur, he is also a motivational speaker and has been training students to managers on personal growth and development under the program named “Success Mantra”. He also pens down this thoughts in creative way in lyrics which is distributed in form of music
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).
Prasanna leads DFID Nepal‘s Access to Finance Programme that focuses on delivering integrated access to financial services for vulnerable populations. Prasanna has 10 years of experience in banking & formulating strategies, building partnerships & teams, designing, managing & evaluating result driven products & services.
Shashi’s earlier experience includes private sector industrial financing in Nepal with Nepal Industrial Development Corporation (NIDC). Shashi headed South Asian Development Fund (SADF) Secretariat for two years when it was in Nepal, taking over from Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) , India and handed over to National Bank of Pakistan. Shashi also served as visiting faculty at Institute of Engineering. Tribhuvan University, and Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) for teaching Technology & Innovation Management (TIM) and Decision Support Systems (DSS) respectively. Shashi is Chairman at Knowledge Holding International Pvt. Ltd. (K-Hint) , Vice President at IT Professional Forum (ITPF), Nepal, Currently Shashi is working partly with infoDev, The World Bank, for promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship over the sectors of ICT and Agriculture in Nepal. Shashi holds Masters of Engineering in Planning and Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and Bachelors of Engineering from IIT Roorkee, India.
Bibhusan has had local, regional and international experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, software development, information and communication technologies for development, research and innovation for more than a decade. He is the coordinator for Mobile Social Networking in Nepal, a community of practice for mobile entrepreneurship in Nepal that was initiated in 2011 with support from infoDev, The World Bank. At present, he is also involved in Open Data movement to promote transparency and accountability together with different national and international stakeholders. He has worked with Bellanet/IDRC in the areas of Technical Innovation and was also associated with SAP International to strengthen technical capacity of the network, leading research and innovation wing of Bellanet Asia for more than five years. He was a key member of research team that carried out national level research on Public Access to Information communication venues in Nepal for University of Washington, Seattle in 2009.
He is also a part time lecturer at Kathmandu College of Management.
Ms Deepa is a development practitioner, a private sector development consultant and a lecturer at Kathmandu University affiliated colleges. Currently she is working as a Consultant for the Regulatory Reform Project at International Finance Corporation, Nepal. She has worked for business enterprises as well as development/social sector organizations since 2001 on several aspects such as situation analysis and research, knowledge management, planning and management of project activities, mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion, socio-economic analysis, brand articulation and other management and social aspects.
She holds a Master degree in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University and a Master degree in Development Studies from East West University, where she was conferred with a Gold Medal for academic excellence.
Mr Anand has carved a name out for himself in Agri-business, Investment Banking and retailing . He has an acute acumen in analyzing which has lead Nimbus Holdings surpass the targets, becoming one of the most successful in Agriculture sector in Nepal and a success story to Corporate businessman in Nepal with substantial appetite for growth in and out of Nepal. Nimbus Holding focuses on Animal Health & Nutrition, Farming, Solvent extraction, Polywoven fabrics, Agri Input Trading, Investment Banking, LPG Bottling and Distribution and trading. He is also MD at Probiotech Industries Pvt.Ltd.
Mr Vidhan finished his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics in 2008 from Hope College in Michigan, USA. After graduation he worked at Whittaker Associates, Inc., a market research firm. At Whittaker, Vidhan worked with several state and local economic development agencies. He has provided guidance and support to small businesses and medium size enterprises on issues of employment generation. Vidhan established a research division for Whittaker Associates in Nepal in October 2010, and Biruwa Ventures in July 2011 to support aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams of starting their own ventures.
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.