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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!



Sep 12
  • Registration Starts
  • Tea & 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
  • Work till the venue allows


Sep 13
  • 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


Sep 14
  • 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 and write a BLOG
Platinum Sponsors

Anil Chitrakar

Social Change Maker, Architectural Heritage Expert   |   LinkedIn

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.

Narottam Aryal

Educator   |   LinkedIn

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.

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. Xaviour College Maitighar.

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.

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.

Sakar Pudasaini

Technologist, Educator, Founder of Karkhana   |   LinkedIn

Sakar Pudasaini is a technologist and an educator. He is the founder of Karkhana (, a makerspace and education company, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The technologist in him sees that the world he lives in is malleable, both in the material and cultural senses, and thus is responsive to those who can figure out the tools to mold it with. And as a teacher he tries to create the conditions which will lead his students to that same insight, and the acquisition of the right tools to mold their own worlds with.

Sakar was also part of the founding team of GalliGalli (, a not-for-profit focused on making it easier for citizens to access public services, by collecting and distributing process information about govt. services. After earning an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University, he has actively pursued ‘higher education’ in the University of Youtube + Wikipedia + Library Genesis, where he enjoys studying disparate subjects in an absolutely aimless fashion.

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.

Bal K Joshi

Co-Founder,   |   LinkedIn

Bal K. Joshi is the co-founder and Managing Director of, Kathmandu, Nepal.

With over 13 years of entrepreneurial experience, Bal has been operating trading businesses in Nepal and North America with deep expertise in business development, marketing & operations and systems development. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon USA.

He is the recipient of the 2003 Tony Zeitoun Award in the category of “ICT and Poverty Reduction” for the story of

Rupesh Krishna Shrestha

Rock star, Assistant Professor   |   LinkedIn

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.

Silver Sponsors

Resta Jha

Executive Chairman of KFA   |   LinkedIn

Resta is an Executive Chairman of KFA and has MBA in Finance from TU and B. Com (Hons) from Delhi University. He has 19 Years of Professional Experience in multiple financial institution like Standard Chartered (Grindlays Bank)/Bank of Kathmandu/Laxmi Bank/PrimeLife.

He is a professional Contributor in MBA Program for Principles of Management & Strategic Management Subjects
Teaching Experience in KFA, KU, Apex, Whitehouse Colleges

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).

Niraj Khanal

Director at One To Watch

Niraj is a Director in One to Watch, a company, which brings foreign investment in Nepal, where he is responsible for the operations, which include sourcing local entrepreneurs and facilitate them to get Foreign Investment. He has also been providing coaching and trainings for established and aspiring entrepreneurs. He is familiar with networking and personal relation capacity. He is also the Local Representative for PUM senior experts

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