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Sap Falcha, Babarmahal Kathmandu

"Weekenders", Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

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

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 700 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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!

To participate buy your ticket soon. Hurry before it’s too late / sold out!



Nov 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • 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


Nov 23
  • 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
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 24
  • 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!
Platinum Sponsors

Anil Chitrakar

Social Entrepreneur, Architectural Heritage Expert

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 prestigious 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.

Bibhushan Bista

Co-founder and CEO, YoungInnovations Pvt. ltd.   |  

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.

His is passionate about promoting technology entrepreneurship among young graduates and enthusiasts. 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 played crucial role in launching the first ever open data portal for Nepal along with development of tools and technologies to promote foreign aid transparency at an international level.

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 Mangement

Anand Bagaria

MD, Nimbus Holding, MD Probiotech Industries   |   LinkedIn

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.

Vidhan Rana

Founding Partner, Biruwa Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Vidhan finished his Bachelors 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.

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.

Sashi Bhattarai

Chairman, Knowledge Holding International Pvt. Ltd. (K-Hint)

Shashi has keen interest in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Nepal and working in cross section of innovation, creativity and decision making. Shashi is instrumental in placing Business Incubation in Nepalese policy map. 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.

Prasanna KC

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.

Silver Sponsors

Karmath Dangol

VP Engineering, CloudFactory   |   LinkedIn

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.

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 (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).

Ranjit Acharya

CEO, Prisma Advertising   |   LinkedIn

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

Contributing Sponsors
Media Partners
Brijendra R. Joshi
Pravin Raj Joshi
Suman Shakya
Ravi Phuyal
Dadhiram Nepal
Hempal Shrestha
Claire Naylor
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