Startup Weekend Women
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:
|6||Floating Restaurant||Megha Gupta|
|7||Notify Me||Dipen Lama|
|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. .
- TEAM BUTTA – WINNER
- TEAM SAYBIHE – FIRST RUNNERUP
- TEAM SAKCHHAM – SECOND RUNNERUP
- TEAM BLOODPLUS
- TEAM EASY YATRA
With over 10 years of working experience in the corporate world, Puja is currently building and managing the fund management business at Business Oxygen). Business Oxygen is a venture fund providing risk capital to small and medium enterprises in Nepal through structured equity and quasi-equity instruments. A co-founder of beed, and with varied exposure in corporate advisory and diagnostics, project feasibilities, business development, deal structuring and legal documentation, Puja has anchored management consulting at beed for last 5 years. She is a Company Secretary by training, and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Barsha has been in the banking sector for almost three decades starting her career with NABIL Bank. She was the Head of Privilege Banking in NABIL Bank prior to joining CEDB. CEDB is the first national level development bank and perhaps the only Bank in Asia to have a focused developmental agenda towards harnessing the nation’s abundant natural resources in addition to uplifting the standards of living of the people of Nepal. Barsha represents the bank in Clean Village Microfinance and CEDB Hydro Fund Limited as a Director. She is also Director of Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation and Director – Membership Development at the Rotary Club of Kasthamandap. She serves as the vice-chairperson of We for Women and Convener of Women Entrepreneur and Professional Forum of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) . She is an active member of ASMAN, executive member of Nepal-Denmark Friendship and Cultural Association and of Nepal-USA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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.
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).
Anand has very strong governance, leadership, management, and contingency planning skills. His strengths include the ability to build relationships and with extensive experience apply contemporary management practices in a range of organizations. He also has an extreme passion to teach and train management skills to the younger generation who are preparing to embark on the journey of success and failure.
The last 10 years Annette Tingstrup has worked as a consultant in concept development, branding, design and identity with a main focus on understanding and fulfilling the underlying needs. Annette is M Sc. Consumer Behavior, Marketing and Business Administration, Italian Interpreter and Interior Designer. Her main experience is from media, design and as VP for Carlsberg Brewery, responsible for global marketing. In Nepal, Annette and her husband are entrepreneurs starting up Tings Tea Lounge & Lounge Hotel and well as a range of Tings products. They are right now starting up in Yangon, Myanmar.
Shikha Shrestha has nearly 20 years of working experiences. She is currently engaged with CARE Nepal as Gender and Social Inclusion Coordinator for Hariyo Ban Program focused on reducing adverse impacts of climate change and reducing threats to biodiversity. Her expertise area lies in mainstreaming gender and social inclusion both on policies and programs as she is also team member of Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation Gender Focal Team. She is also associated with Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) and Bellanet, an international network committed for strategic use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for sustainable development.
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 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
Mr Umanga is management philosopher. A serial entrepreneur who started off with his first venture in 1991, Umanga believes in the promise of individual-responsibility. Umanga has over 10 years of work experience in investment banking, management consulting and ventures capital in over 6 countries. An alum of United World College, Brandeis University and University of Southern California, he began his career in New York (Salomon Smith Barney & Towers Perrin). Since 2010, he has been heading a social initiative “केही गरौं” with a mission of enabling individuals to become change-agents.
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.
- Specialist in the social entrepreneurship sector
- Strategy development, fundraising, due diligence, operational management expert.