Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Nepal

Samriddhi Foundation is organizing an event entitled ‘Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Nepal’ on November 17, 2016, beginning 1 pm at Hotel Himalaya. The event will see a panel discussion of established entrepreneurs and business persons discussing the need and ways to establishing an effective business ecosystem in Nepal.

The event comes under an ongoing worldwide program named ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life to drive economic growth and expand human well-being. The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 160 countries—with nearly 20,000 partner organizations planning more than 35,000 activities that directly engage more than 10 million people.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Samriddhi Foundation has been the official host of the GEW since 2010 and has year after year, engaged with a growing group of partners in celebrating this event. This year among our various activities (including partnering to organize college events and promoting start-ups), we are hosting this panel discussion with recognized faces of Nepal’s rising enterprises in order to better deliberate on the effective elements of a business ecosystem and the need for the same. The discussion will revolve on the intertwining role of government and policy, and business and investment. How should these be connected in order to best facilitate investment and enterprise? The dialogue will focally encompass this question and attempt to answer it. The discussion will also involve deliberation on strengths, opportunities, and problems of the business community at large and forward possible solutions for the same.

The program will see Hon. Nabindra Raj Joshi (Minister of Industry) as its chief guest. The event will be moderated by Mr. Ajay Pradhanang of Fleur Himalayan Limited.

The panelists for the event are:

  1. Nabindra Raj Joshi, Minister of Industry (chief guest)
  2. Ashutosh Tiwari, CEO, Sherpa Adventure Gear
  3. Ajay Pradhanang (moderator)
  4. Amod Rajbhandari, Partner, True North Associates.
  5. Deependra Chaulagain, Director, Samriddhi Foundation
  6. Aashish Adhikari, Founder, RedMud Coffee

The discussion will be followed by a question/answer session with the audience. Participants are expected to comprise of stakeholders of the business, and/or investment community, journalists covering business and economics and other interested individuals.