The 8th Arthalaya was organized from 20 May to 25 May, 2010 at Dhulikhel, Nepal. There were altogether 24 participants from 21 different colleges. The applicants alone accounted for 257 applications from 45 colleges from Kathmandu.
This time the Arthalayans partook in discussions that revolved around issues such as the open boarder with India and its implications in terms of competition and opportunities for Nepali businesses, if multinationals were in-fact good for the economy and role of young people and entrepreneurs in developing the economy.
Biswas Dhakal, CEO of F1 Soft International Pvt. Ltd, the man behind the SMS banking movement in the country, shared that one could start an enterprise even on a terribly small budget. He was able to connect easily with the young participants and the session turned out to be informative and fruitful. Anil Chitrakar was another favorite speaker, where he specifically talked about “critical mass” and its importance. He was able to inspire participants towards being part of that mass who would then be able to influence policies and stimulate growth in the country.
Other key speakers included Dr. Bhola Chalise, Dr. Bhimarjun Acharya and Samyukta Rupakheti.
‘Spicy Box’ by partners Reshu Basnyat, Vivek Bhusal, Mandip Bikram Shrestha and Aashish Mani Dhakal managed to clinch the title of ‘Samriddh Company’. It specialized in entertainment and serviced and won by earning the highest profit. The experience was termed to be very interesting and enjoyable by the participants.