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"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 21
  • Registration Starts
  • Tea & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner
  • 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 22
  • 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 23
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Dinner
  • Go home and write a blog
Platinum Sponsors

Binay Bohora

Managing Director, Vianet Communications   |   LinkedIn

Binay Bohra founded Vianet Communication in 1999 and serves as its current managing director .

He has been adviser to South Asian Network Operators Group and also an executive member for ICT Development Technology Committee for FNCCI. He is past chairman of Nepal Internet Exchange which focuses on keeping the local content within Nepal to increase the efficiency and now leads Internet Service Provider Association of Nepal.

Bibhushan Bista

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

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.

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.

Sanam Chitrakar

Partner at Biruwa Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Sanam Chitrakar holds seventeen years of multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship development, coaching, training and consulting experiences.

Since quitting his full time development jobs in 2008, Sanam has been serving Nepalese entrepreneurial ecosystem as market researcher, connector and concept developer. Since February 2014, he is leading Biruwa Advisors the consulting division of Biruwa Ventures after merging with Aadhar Development, the company he established in 2008. Besides he is also continuing his training, organizational strategy, life and executive coaching consultations.

Mahesh Swar

AGM, Kantipur Publication   |   LinkedIn

Mahesh is Assistant General Manager at Kantipur Publication. He has more than a decade experience in all verticals in media. He is also an entrepreneur and has invested or has been an adviser on multiple companies such as BOD of Hello Paisa and Citizen College along with being chairman at Vargaw Saving and Credit Co.

He is also a visiting faculty at Media Management and Entrepreneurship, KU and Lecturer of Marketing Entrepreneurship at Kings college and also teaches entrepreneurship to MBS at St. Xavier College Maitighar.

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.

Karmath Dangol

VP Engineering,   |   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).

Madan Lamsal

Editor-in-Chief, New Business Age   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Madan Lamsal is the Editor-in-Chief of New Business Age (monthly) and Aarthik Abhiyan National daily. He is also the Chairman of New Business Age Pvt. Ltd. and Minds Nepal Pvt. Ltd. (A Research, Training & Consultancy organization), which organizes various events every year like Money Expo, Tourism Next, etc. Lamsal is one of the pioneers in Nepal's business economic journalism who has recently been awarded the Financial Literary Award 2013 by Center for Economic and Financial Studies (CEFS). Lamsal had started his journalism career with The Financial Times weekly since 1992 as a Reporter and was promoted as the Sub-Editor in 1995. Also a Rotarian Lamsal has contributed for different research projects for FNCCI, UNCTAD, etc. as the consultant.

Widely traveled in more than a dozen countries of the world Lamsal is also an author of a book titled Titomitho (Nepal's first Corporate Humour book) besides being a Singer & Lyric writer for Music album called -Yeklai Yeklai.

Satish Joshi

Project Finance & Management Specialist: Nepal Investment Board.

Satish is a Project Finance & Management specialist working with the Investment Board Nepal. He has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Mathematics from the US, and is a CFA charter holder.

Before joining the Investment Board, he worked in the US for Pattern Energy and Babcock and Brown in the Renewable Energy & Transmission sector principally focused on utility scale wind power development. His work focused on the structuring of RE energy projects that sought to optimize the efficient use of tax incentives. He led the analysis and optimization of the first leveraged Special Allocation Partnership for a 283 MW wind project in the US and one of the first private bond placement transaction for a 101MW, US$ 200million project in California in almost 20yrs.

Mr. Joshi has worked for the Investment Board Nepal (IBN) since in inception in December 2011. At the IBN, he is involved in the Board’s Hydropower initiatives primarily working on the development and negotiation of Project Development Agreements with the developers of four export oriented HEPs, and is also leading the interactions with CWEI on the West Seti storage project. Given the export component of these projects Mr. Joshi has also been involved in working with the GoN on a pushing forward the Power Trade Agreement agenda with India.

Ashish Shrestha

Rockstart: Renewable Energy

Ashish is the World Bank’s Focal Point in Nepal for the Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), coordinating both the large biogas and mini-grids projects. He is also the local coordinator for the Nepal component of the regional initiative on the mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants in South Asia and for the Bank’s analytic work on decentralized energy access in Nepal.

He was previously a researcher with the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group, where his research focus was on the nexus of clean energy and climate change, including bio-energy and forest carbon, as well as sustainable transportation. Ashish holds an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.

Manish Modi

Co-Founder Janaki Tech

Manish co-founded Janaki Technology in 2007, and currently is the Director of the company.

Started a product company in Nepal and took it to a global level. Manish is a part of Morpheus Ventures Acceleration Program(Indian Startup Accelerator). He is also fellow entrepreneur in Startup Chile. Passionate about Startups and Entrepreneurship, Manish has first hand experiences working with startups in Nepal, India, Latin America and Silicon Valley.

Narottam Aryal


Narottam has experiences in the field of higher education especially in business education in different capacities including a teacher, a manager and, an education entrepreneur for the last 15 years. He holds an M. Phil. Degree in Public Policy from University of Bergen, Norway and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

He was awarded the Manager of the Year 2013 by Management Association of Nepal (MAN) the apex body of management professionals of Nepal. Narottam is an International Visitor (IV) 2102 of US Department of State. Currently, he is the Executive Director with King's College.

Rupesh Krishna Shrestha

Rock star, Assistant Professor

Rupesh has filled many shoes and received honors for his achievement. He received, “Nepal Bidhya Bhusan Padak “Kha”” in 2009.

Professionally he has managed multiple venture at the same time, i.e. Peltz shoes and and Fifth Dimension at the same time which grew under his leadership. Moreover he believes in passing on the knowledge which he has been sharing to Management students at KUSOM and visiting faculty at Ace Institute of Management.

He is also one of the force behind the Idea Studio.

Sixit Bhatt


6+ years of progressive work experience at United Telecom Limited with experience on operation and maintenance of CDMA network, Project planning and implementation as well as marketing and business development.

Sixit brings along professional experience in Financial Modeling and Business development of Mobile Financial Services. He is a visiting Faculty at Ace Institute of Management, teaching Marketing management and business planning to the MBA students. He is also a member of the Toastmasters International Club.

Silver Sponsors

Willem Grimminck

Willem completed his Masters in Social Science & Management from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He began his career at the HR-business unit of the American professional services organization 'Towers Perrin' in Amsterdam. After two years he reviewed his ambition. Through VSO, UK based development organization, he took the opportunity to serve as programme manager for a human rights organisation in India (Jharkhand). There he initiated a livelihood programme for economic integration of marginalized woman. To support the programme he launched a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) between state government, UN offices, NGO’s and industry bodies such as TATA Steel and Arcelor Mittal.

In 2010 Willem moved to Nepal with his family. After successfully supporting a small dairy to grow its business, by developing a business plan and matchmaking with foreign investments, he co-founded ‘One to Watch’. As an asset manager One to Watch is dedicated to develop, support and monitor foreign Impact Investments in Nepal. In 2014 One to Watch has five investments under management and launched the accelerator ‘Rockstart.Impact’ to support companies to get ready for foreign investments. Willem aims to grow the investment portfolio of One to Watch to 20 companies by 2017.

Amrit Tuladhar


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.

Ranjit Acharya

CEO, Prisma Advertisin

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
Suman Shakya
Pravin R. Joshi
Ravi Phuyal
Hempal Shrestha
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