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The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Sep 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Tea and Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner and Networking
  • Voting
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • Stay till the venue allows


Sep 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Stay till the venue allows


Sep 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 2 Sponsors

Laura Anne Watson

Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Nepal Investment Climate Reform Program Advisory Services in South Asia

Laura Watson is a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist with IFC working with the Nepal Investment Climate Reform Program, and leading on the support to the Nepal Business Forum and the emerging work on Tourism Investment Generation. She established her career in Sydney Australia, working in senior management roles in Australia’s largest financial services institution, AMP, before leaving the private sector to work in grass roots development in Bangladesh and from there joining the IFC to help establish the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund, IFC’s largest global Investment Climate
project. She is the author of a World Bank published paper on Malaysia’s investment generation experience .

Ashok Palikhe

Chairman, Pokhara Chamber of Commerce in Industry

Birendra Kumar Mishra

Director General, Nepal Government Department of Information Technology

Birendra Kumar Mishra is currently the Director General at the Department of Information Technology. He has served in the Nepal government for the past 27 years in different sectors like Public Service Commission, Office of the Financial Controller General, Inland Revenue Department and most recently at Department of Information Technology. He wants to promote the IT industry in Nepal so that it helps to decrease unemployment and increase the financial prosperity of the Nepalese people.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and Information Technology from India. He has been on observational tour and received advance training from UK, Australia, Malaysia and other countries. He is credited for the PAN (Permanent Account Number) system and correspondingly income tax and VAT (Value Added tax) information system development and implementation. This is the most successful project in the government sector of Nepal. It has been awarded ICT Excellence Award for public service delivery through electronic channel.

Tier 3 Sponsors

Deepa Shakya

Consultant at Regulatory Reform Project, IFC

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, main-streaming 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. She has attended a training program in 2011 on Livelihood Technologies for the Empowerment of Rural Poor Women, from India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Scholarship program 2011 – 2012.

In addition to assisting lead researchers on several reports and books, Deepa has to her credit about 100 articles on Nepal's heritage and a chapter on Education, Economic and Cultural Modernization and the Newars of Nepal, included in the book collection released in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, NY.

Karmath Dangol

VP Engineering, CloudFactory

Karmath is currently Vice President of Engineering at CloudFactory is a crowdsourcing company based in Nepal working towards creating work for 1 million people. Prior to joining CloudFactory, 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.

Previously, he was an Engineering Contractor for the Quantitative Marketing team at Google Inc. He has also worked at eBay Inc. as Senior Manager of Internet Marketing Solutions. Beside this he was a co-founder of (now, a direct marketing company that provides a cooperative database for acquisition marketing to over 700 catalogs (competes with Abacus Direct,a division of DoubleClick). Karmath has a unique balance of business acumen and technical skills

Amrit Tuladhar

Owner/ CEO

Amrit Tuladhar is currently the CEO of is an online shopping and money transfer site that can be used to send gifts and money to people in Nepal. He has been working at for 14 years since 1999. Prior to joining his family business. he worked in Himalayan Bank for about 5 years.

He holds a MBA degree from Marshal University, USA and finished his undergraduate degree from Berea College in Business.

Catrin Froehlich

Being a graduate of International Business and Cultural studies of the University of Passau, she has worked in different positions mainly as project manager and consultant, in private businesses in Germany with some short work placements in the US. Her experiences include the banking, retail & wholesale, sporting goods and textile industries. Prior to coming to Nepal, she administered emergency aid projects for a German NGO in Pakistan.

Catrin has been working with the Nepalese private sector since 2008 when she joined National Business Initiative (NBI) as an Expert on Conflict Mediation through Corporate Social Responsibility. There, she supported businesses and associations in regard to responsible business practices and worked with different sectors to promote social and environmental sustainability.

Together with Changefusion Nepal she initiated the first Social Entrepreneurship Competition and Award which was held twice so far in 2011 and 2012. Apart from organizing markets, trainings and various networking events for Social Entrepreneurs she also supported other events for young entrepreneurs and various organizations that promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal.

Catrin loves to bring young changemakers together and is happy to share her network within the Nepalese private sector as well as her links with international Social Enterprise supporters and knowledge about SE business models abroad

Tier 4 Sponsors
Brijendra R. Joshi
Pravin Raj Joshi
Suman Shakya
Ravi Phuyal
Dadhiram Nepal
Hempal Shrestha

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