Startup Weekend Women

Overview :

With the success of first ever Startup Weekend Kathmandu 2013, Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub took the initiation to organize Startup Weekend Women Edition with the spirit to support women empowerment in the field of entrepreneurship. The event was themed Startup Weekend Women Edition but it was not only confined to women participants. The event was organised from 5th July 2013 to 7th July 2013 at Islington College, Kamalpokhari.
Out of the total 58 participants, there were 40 female participants and 18 male participants. Each Startup Weekend is different, it is diverse and a melting pot of people from different walks of life. Professionals gel together with a single passion to do things in a better way which is going to change the way we do things in future. When we have believers in the same rooms with determination, 54 hours is all it takes.
Schedule of the event was :

Meet, Pitch & Team Up

The first day of the event was dedicated to “Meet, Pitch, and Team Up”. Out of the total 41 pitched ideas 30 ideas were pitched by women and 11 ideas pitched by men. Out of these pitched ideas, 11 were selected based on voting by the registered participants and cross functional teams were formed. The ideas selected were geared towards solving some pressing issues in our society. The top 11  ideas along with the Ideators are as follows:

S.No Startup Idea Ideators
1 Butta Sheela Bogati
2 Saybuhe Komal Kadmiya
3 Sakcham Seema.S.Sunuwar
4 BloodPlus Garima Sapkota
5 Yatra Swapnil Sneham
6 Floating Restaurant Megha Gupta
7 Notify Me Dipen Lama
8 Preveshdwaar Sudha Bhandari
9 SMSMart Abhibandu
10 Startup Nepal Kavi Joshi
11 Upload it Get it (UIGI) Kajal Khadka

Learn & Work

The second day of the weekend is usually idolized for learning and working on the selected ideas. Participants pitched their startup ideas to local entrepreneurial leaders with 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 Weekend 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 final pitching was for 5 minutes followed by 3 minutes of question answer from the jury. .

All 11 participants pitched their ideas in front of the judges and 5 finalists were able to stand out in the evaluation criteria.. The five finalists were:
The idea behind, “BUTTA”, is to crowdsource the design for the t-shirts business that they already have. The designer gets market of the designs, sale of the design which adds to the revenue from the design and a percentage of profit from the sale of the t-shirt goes to the designer. This creates a platform for the designers to share his design and get paid where all the other operational activities would be handled by the company. Team leader of “BUTTA” is Sheela Bogati.
“SAYBIHE”, allows you to custom plan your wedding or any life events. It takes care of miniscule details of the process along with your requirement for the parties. These emotional moments which is a big part of the timeline in your life, family and friends. The event is planned and executed in fashion which allows the perfect combination of the ceremonies, parties followed by pictures and videos which makes the memories long lasting. The idea is to target the niche market of NRN, affluent class of residents in Nepal. Team leader of “SAYBIHE” is Komal Kadmiya.
“SAKCHHAM” revolved around developing services and resources to deal with proper grooming environment for fresh graduates and also building a bridge in the internship program. The idea is to provide a facilitator for these talented but raw mind which allow them to guide them around the responsibilities in the job and their optimal execution. This allows the person to excel in short period of the time making them “SAKCHHAM” in their respective field. Team Leader of “SAKCHHAM” is Seema S. Sunuwar. Along with the winning ideas, there were eight more ideas which won the initial round of voting to be worked upon on over the weekend. Here are the details in the alphabetical order.
This projects revolves around the social cause by helping solve the blood shortages by addressing the various verticals of the supply chain in Blood Supply Management in Nepal. The first is to address the blood shortage which would be addressed by awareness campaign for encouraging the blood donation, second addressing the information flow in the supply chain which allows to locate the blood in different life stages so that not a single drop of blood that has been donated goes to waste. Team Leader of “BloodPlus” is Garima Sapkota.
Have you ever waited for the bus or any public transport without knowing when it will arrive? Introducing, “Easy Yatra”, which will solve your problem, they have an app to locate the public vehicles via GPS and also you can send an SMS to find the nearest public transport and it’s ETA. The initial public transportation it wants to deal with is, “SAJHA YATAYAT”. Team leader of “Easy Yatra” is Swapnil Sneham.

Judges

Ms Puja Tandon
Ms Puja Tandon
Ms Barsha Shrestha
Ms Barsha Shrestha
Mr Anand Bagaria
Mr Anand Bagaria
Mr Karmath Dangol
Mr Karmath Dangol

Mentors

Mr Anand Tuladhar
Mr Anand Tuladhar
Ms Annette Tingstrup
Ms Annette Tingstrup
Ms Shikha Shrestha
Ms Shikha Shrestha
Ms Deepa Shakya
Ms Deepa Shakya
Mr Ranjit Acharya
Mr Ranjit Acharya
Mr Umanga Pandey
Mr Umanga Pandey
Mr Anil Chitrakar
Mr Anil Chitrakar
Ms Jo Hill
Ms Jo Hill

Organizers

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