Saturday, January 19, 2019

Second International Entrepreneurship Conclave ends

Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and Clock b Business Innovations successfully completed the second edition of Connect (IN) - International Entrepreneurship Conclave today.
Inaugurating the conclave, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri emphasised on the young entrepreneur’s energy. "In this era of globalisation the conference like this will play pivotal role to make platform for young entrepreneur to make connection between entrepreneurship ecosystem now and in the days to come," he said, adding that Nepalese youth are not only able to work in abroad but are also equally capable of investing in different sector such as education technology and hospitality sector and can generate employment opportunity and contribute for the development process of overall nations.
The conclave with a theme ‘To connect the great entrepreneurial minds of Nepal and India’ has helped build market connections between startups, entrepreneurs, investors, marketers, lawyers, auditors, government, universities and colleges, mentors, advisors, corporate leaders, incubators and accelerators, development partners, and business enthusiasts, according to the organisers. The conclave also aimed at aiding collaborative discussion and learning.
At second edition of Connect (IN), the young entrepreneurs got an opportunity to connect with investors, venture capitalists and mentors, discussed with the entrepreneurial ecosystem actors, learnt from the prominent entrepreneurial journeys and network with fellow entrepreneurs from India and Nepal.
One of the core objectives of second edition of Connect (IN) initiative was to scout startups, provide them with training and mentorship in the Incubation programme, and finally take the most promising startups to the finale. The organisers, on the occasion, also hosted series of college and youth-level promotional activities and Ideation workshops in various cities to look for the entrepreneurial enthusiasts.
After yearlong social media campaign, outreach activities that reach up to more than one million and partnerships, hundreds of applications were received. After screening these ideas, top 21 ideas were selected for 7 days 'Startup Incubation Programme.' Then, these 21 Startups went through Idea Auditions and finally 6 most promising ideas were selected for the Finale to Pitch their ideas in front of investors, media and entrepreneurs from Nepal and India. The top 6 ideas, who appeared in the finale are Airlift, Swadeshi Innovations, Maker Valley, Unschool, Offering Happiness, and Walkman.
Founder of You First Ventures &TransAsia Ventures Vikrant Gugnani, chief executive for India and South Asia at the OYO Hotels & Homes Aditya Ghosh, co-founder and managing director of IME Group Hem Raj Dhakal, chief executive of Prisma Advertising Ranjit Acharya, president at King’s College Narottam Aryal, editor of Karobar National Economic Daily Kuber Chalise, chief executive of Sushmit Group Sushil Pokharel, second secretary at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu Kapidhwaja Pratap Singh, Venture Philanthropist and Social Entrepreneur Varun Saraf were few of the speakers at the conclave.
The chief guest for the conclave, chief advisior to the prime minister KP Sharma Oil Bishnu Rimal, on the occasion, said that youth are the engine of the nation. He also stated that for development process an enthusiasm is must and only the youth are enthusiastic by the nature for the great new idea and innovations that can be helpful for development process.
On 24th March 2018, Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and Clock b had successfully hosted its first edition, which brought together over 400 Nepali and Indian startups, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, aspiring youths, experts, high ranking Nepali and Indian government officials and representatives from media that provided a common platform for the exchange of innovative ideas between the entrepreneurial communities of the two countries.

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