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Islington College, Kamal Pokhari,+Kamal+Pokhari+Road+Kamal+Marg,+Kathmandu,+Nepal&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=37.735377,86.572266&oq=is&hq=Islington+College,+Kamal+Pokhari+Road&hnear=Kamal+Marg,+Hattisar,+Kathmandu,+Bagmati,+Central+Region+44600,+Nepal&t=m&z=16

"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!



Jul 5
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Hi-Tea & 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
  • Dinner
  • Work on the venue till it allows


Jul 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coach Starts Arriving
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Go home!
  • You Can't Sleep, so start writing the blog about your experience
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.

Anil has recently come up with a fantastic book, "TAKE THE LEAD", a must read, across the Generation of Nepalese.

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.

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

Umanga Pandey

Founder-Director, Kehi Garau   |  

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.

Jo Hill

Jo was the Director of Ventures at UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs in the UK. She supported the most high potential social ventures in the country to start up, grow and secure investment. She raised over 10 million pounds to support social entrepreneurs for a variety of sources including foundations, institutional investors and individual angel investors.

Prior to UnLtd, Jo was Head of Networks for Enterprise UK, a national campaign to promote youth entrepreneurship and National Coordinator on a programme to support community entrepreneurs to start up and revive local economies She also started up her own health and fitness business called Open Gym- providing workouts in the great outdoors!

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.

Shikha Shrestha

Care Nepal.

Shikha Shrestha has nearly 20 years of working experiences. She started her career as a botanist enumerating tree species in forest ecology management. That brought her close to rural communities in Nepal tackling issues of poverty and social discrimination. Looking at this deprivation, she felt that she should be dedicating her energy more for transforming social power dynamics than identifying trees in forest. It made her change focus of her professional expertise on empowering poor, women and socially excluded groups.

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

Annette Tingstrup

Tings Tea Lounge & Lounge Hotel

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.

Anand Tuladhar

Managing Director, The Bluebird Mall

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.

Silver Sponsors

Ms. Barsha Shrestha

General Manager, Clean Energy Development Bank

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.

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.

Karmath Dangol

VP Engineering, CloudFactory   |   LinkedIn

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

Puja Tandon

Co-founder, Business Oxygen

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.

Contributing Sponsors

Yatin K Thakur

StartupWeekend India, Moonlighting,   |   LinkedIn

Yatin is a serial entrepreneur working towards developing the startup eco-system in India, which includes a common platform for innovators, designers, technical enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs to be linked to a network of like minded people and angel investors. He has been actively involved in setting up a startup mansion in Delhi called "Moonlighting" and has been an active Startup Weekend organiser in New Delhi.

Yatin is the Startup Weekend facilitator for SWKTM

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Pravin Raj Joshi
Suman Shakya
Ravi Phuyal
Dadhiram Nepal
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Kapila Amatya
Mahima Shrestha
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