“We need to speak of representation before talking about policies, which is a precursor for the change as seen elsewhere.”says Manish Jung Thapa, Founder of AntidoteGo

About Antidote

With a vision to rethink the way people buy and sell, AntidoteGo is a marketplace for pre-loved apparel, accessories, books, bags, and shoes. Started back in 2020, it is an environmentally responsible enterprise that makes the best use of two Rs, namely reduce and reuse, among well-known R3. Antidote aims to reduce the waste created through fashion by reusing clothes and reducing the number of clothes that people have to buy for occasions.  When one buys a pre-loved item, they are essentially reducing the demand for a brand new item and extending the lifetime use of that particular product, which results in massive carbon emissions offsetting. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and OXFAM, buying pre-loved helps to offset up to 15 kilograms of carbon emissions.

Antidote hopes to become a leading alternative for buying clothes. Antidote rents clothes to its customers by sourcing the best collection of dresses from individual dress owners, designers, and boutiques. So far more than 400 independent sellers have been selling their pre-loved items every month to Antidote.  Antidote has successfully countered the social stigma around renting clothes and introduced the idea of renting and thrifting in Nepal, which is now a booming market.

Manish Jung Thapa: Bio 

Manish Jung Thapa is the founder and CEO of AntidoteGo. He is an Alumni of Teach for Nepal (TFN) 2016/18 and a United States Embassy Youth Council Member for the year 2020/21. He graduated with Masters in Business Administration from King’s College, Kathmandu with a TFN-King’s College Public Service Scholar and is currently an adjunct faculty at King’s College. Previously he worked at Urban Nomads as a client relationship manager.

Manish Jung Thapa shares his views on entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal:

What do you think is one of the most required policy changes in Nepal from the perspective of promoting entrepreneurial ecosystems in Nepal?

We increasingly see entrepreneurs test and implement disruptive business models that leverage technology. Unfortunately, there are not enough policies that support these models. Our policies are heavily biased towards orthodox sectors, leaving little consideration to tech enabled businesses. We need more representation from new emerging sectors in order to influence policies that identify and support these sectors. We need to speak of representation before talking about policies, which is a precursor for the change as seen elsewhere.

What impact will such policy change yield for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal?

As the declining traditional sector slowly leaves a big vacuum in a decade or so, the policies acknowledging and supporting new emerging sectors will ensure that the economy continues to be driven.

As a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, Samriddhi Foundation asked Nepali entrepreneurs what they think is the most pressing policy change to promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal. In this series, Samriddhi Foundation will feature two entrepreneurs a day through the #GEW2021 week, starting from November 8 to November 14, 2021.