Startup Weekend Tourism

Overview :

Laying low beneath the warmth of  mighty himalayas, our country Nepal is blessed with scenic beauty of captivating Himalayan range. Thousands of tourists flock in during key season to witness the beauty that our country has to offer. Earnings from tourism is definitely one of the biggest contributor to Nepal’s GDP. One of the famous tourist hub in our country Pokhara has been attracting tourists from all over the world and it’s also not a secret that most of the tourist coming into Nepal is Pokhara centric.

Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub (NEHUB) organized its third Startup Weekend in Pokhara on the theme Startup Weekend Tourism to mark World Tourism Day 2013 which was observed on 27 September. The event was also the first of its kind to take place outside Kathmandu in Pokhara. The venue for the weekend was Anand Business Hotel, Pokhara.

The schedule for the event was :

Meet, Pitch & Team Up

For Startup Weekend Tourism, a total of 50 participants (11 female, 39 male) participated, out of which 33 participants were from Kathmandu, 13 from Pokhara and 4 represented other districts including Dolpa, Lamjung, Biratnagar and Butwal. A total of 27 pitches, were made on the first day and 9 teams were formed, through voting.  These nine teams worked throughout the weekend.

The list below gives you a basic introduction to the top ideas on Startup Weekend Tourism:

S.N Startup Ideas
1. Best Price Room
2. Couch Surfing
3. Link’O
4. National Blood Donors Directory
5. Problems! Tell us
6. QR Click
7. Rentific It’s Terrific
8. Tourcult
9. YouAssist

Learn & Work

Local mentors and domain experts came throughout the event to coach the teams through the planning process. The team detailed their idea into a business plan. The team presented their ideas in front of the coaches for the feedbacks and comments.

Present & Select

The final day of the Startup Weekend Tourism 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:

  1. Best Price Room
  2. Rentific It’s Terrific



Mr Birendra Kumar Mishra
Mr Birendra Kumar Mishra
Mr Ashok Palikhe
Ms Laura Watson
Ms Laura Watson


Ms Catrin Froehlich
Ms Catrin Froehlich
Mr Amrit Tuladhar
Mr Amrit Tuladhar
Ms Deepa Shakya
Ms Deepa Shakya
Mr Karmath Dangol
Mr Karmath Dangol