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TABLE OF CONTENTS

REC@nnect Boot Camp


May 5-6, 2014
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REC@nnect Demo Day


May 7, 2014

Agenda 2 Ace Institude of Management 4 Microsoft Innovation Nepal Center 5 CRDF Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs 8 Boot Camp Profiles 11

Speakers, Mentors & Judges 51 REC@nnect Team 61 MIC Team 65 Partners 68

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AGENDA
8:15 9:15 9:15 - 9:45 9:45 10:45 10:45 - 11:30 11:30 - 12:15 12:15 - 13:30 Registration Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

REC@nnect Boot Camp


May 5-6, 2014
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Day 1 Monday, May 5, 2014 Attendance by Invitation Only Location: ACE Institute of Management

Business Model Canvas And International Customer Discovery Overview Learn how to create your dynamic roadmap to market validation and success. Chuck Eesley, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Workshop: Entrepreneurs work on their business canvases. Chuck Eesley, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Lunch Marketing For Your Venture Learn the fundamental concepts of marketing, including: opportunity recognition and market analysis, customer orientation, marketing as a strategy to create demand. Jim Hunt, Partner, The MITA Group Developing Your Sales Strategy Learn how to design a sales strategy from generation of leads to closings and how to manage the selling effort of business-to-business and business-to-consumer capital goods and services. Jim Hunt, Partner, The MITA Group Determining Cost Structure & Revenue Streams Learn to identify what are the most important costs associated with your product or service and how much, and through which methods, are people willing to pay for it. Chuck Eesley, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Coffee Break Razing Capital I: Securing Funding For Growth Determine if your venture is ready to raise money through crowdfunding. Prashant K. Gulati, Founder, The Smart Start Fund Razing Capital II: Securing Funding For Growth Determine if your venture is ready to raise money through angel and seed stage investors. Prashant K. Gulati, Founder, The Smart Start Fund Investor Pitching Session Learn how to tell your story and convince an investor to buy into your vision Natalia Pipia, Associate Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CRDF Global

13:30 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:15 15:15 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:15

16:15 17:00

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Day 2 Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Attendance by Invitation Only Location: ACE Institute of Management
Global Networking & Partnership Formation Session Learn about the importance of networking, how to build a networking strategy for the long term, and approach individuals effectively. Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CRDF Global Team Building This session will provide finalists valuable insights on how to recruit founders, advisory board members, and experts for their new ventures. Jim Hunt, Partner, The MITA Group Negotiation With Investors & Intro To Term Sheets Improve your skills in all phases of a negotiation: understand the basics of negotiation with angels and venture capitalists, and typical investment structure and deal term structure. Prashant K. Gulati, Founder, The Smart Start Fund Coffee Break Mentoring Of Top 15 With GIST Alumni & Mentors 15 entrepreneurs get one-on-one mentorship. Mentoring Of Top 15 With GIST Alumni & Mentors 15 entrepreneurs get one-on-one mentorship. Lunch Speed Pitching 15 entrepreneurs pitch for a total of 3 minutes (2 minute presentation and 1 minute of Q&A). Coffee Break Speed Pitching 15 entrepreneurs pitch for a total of 3 minutes (2 minute presentation and 1 minute of Q&A). Deliberation Judges deliberate and select 10 entrepreneurs to pitch at DEMO Day.

9:45 10:30

10:30 11:15 11:15 - 11:30 11:30 12:30 12:30 13:30 13:30 14:30 14:30 15:15 15:15 15:30 15:30 16:15 16:15 17:15

Day 3 Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Open to the Public Location: The Everest Hotel
8:30 9:30 9:30 - 9:45 9:45 10:15 10:15 - 12:00 12:00 - 13:00 13:00 - 13:45 13:45 - 15:00 Registration Welcoming Remarks Keynote: The Entrepreneurial Journey The inspirational story of a successful entrepreneur Jim Hunt, Partner, The MITA Group Investor Pitches 10 entrepreneurs pitch for a total of 10 minutes each (5 minute presentations and 5 minutes of Q&A). Lunch Judges Deliberation Overcoming challenges The panelists will discuss the realities South and Central Asian entrepreneurs face and how they are able to overcome them. Networking Reception & Award Ceremony During the networking reception 40 entrepreneurs showcase their products and answer questions from investors, seasoned entrepreneurs and other distinguished guests. Awards will be presented to the top 5 startups. 3
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Innovation Center Nepal


Organizational Introduction
Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal (hereinafter referred to as MIC Nepal) is a tech center which offers a comprehensive set of programs and services to foster innovation and grow sustainable local software economy. Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) is: A facility for local software economy engagement, development and outreach, in partnership with and serving local industry, government and academic constituencies. MIC Nepal creates an environment to give software developers, IT professionals, university students and faculty, one in Kathmandu, Nepal. MIC content and services: While each Center tunes its programs to local needs, they all provide similar content and services designed to accelerate technology advances and stimulate local software economies through skills building, local innovation and solutions building, and

entrepreneurs and governments access to world-class resources. Our current global network of 110 worldwide MICs serves 48 nations including

business acceleration though industry partnerships. A standard list of MIC programs is listed below. MIC offerings focus on at least two (and preferably all) of the following areas: Building skills and intellectual capital through training courses, employment programs and mentoring experiences covering not only technical

skills but also business skills required to support local entrepreneurs and small ISVs. Fostering local business growth thru industry partnerships programs on how to work successfully with Microsoft, as well as through the cultivation of local and regional industry alliances; working with local incubators, technology parks and universities to support ISVs, System

Integrators and Startups on business development activities. Increasing innovation at the local level through hands-on engagements, such as labs geared toward the interests of ISVs, startups, partners, students and entrepreneurs (examples include proof of concept, scalability and architectural reviews, interoperability labs, etc.)

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APPLY TODAY to REC@nnect STARTUP BOOT CAMP


Startups will be selected on a rolling basis Travel scholarships are available to those living outside of Nepal
@REC_SCA /REConnectSCA REConnectSCA.org

MENTORSHIP
ONE-ON-ONE MENTORSHIP WITH HIGH CALIBER GLOBAL & LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS AND INVESTORS

to Deadline apply: 014 April 7, 2

TRAINING
SALES AND ADVERTISEMENT EXPANSION AND SCALABILITY FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS & MANAGEMENT

Boot C May 5 amp -6, 2 DEMO 014 D May 7 AY , 2014

10 SELECTED STARTUPS PITCH TO AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMMUNITY OF 200+

DEMO DAY

Only South and Central Asias top 40 Tech Startups will get selected to participate in the regions most awaited Boot Camp & DEMO day in Nepal
FOR THE LIST OF ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES VISIT: RECONNECTSCA.ORG

INVITED INTERNATIONAL MENTORS


PRASHANT GULATI Founder The Smart Start Fund SHERWOOD NEISS Founder Crowdfund Capital Advisor (CCA) JIM HUNT Managing Partner Mita Group

CHUCK EESLEY Assistant Professor Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E)

Get the tools to become the next BIG Startup of South and Central Asia Apply today: http://bit.ly/RECNepal LOCATION: TBD, Nepal For more information contact yacosta@crdfglobal.org
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REGISTER TODAY to REC@nnect DEMO DAY


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TIME: 9:00-14:00 LOCATION: TBD, Nepal

DATE: May 7, 2014

STEP 3 REC@nnect DEMO DAY


10 of the top up-and-coming South & Central Asia Startups showcase 200+ Guests

STEP 1 Top 40 SCA Startups are selected

Keynote from High Profile U.S. Tech Entrepreneur

STEP 2 Training & Mentorship of 40 SCA Startups & selection of top 10

Meet the next BIG Startup of South & Central Asia INVITED INTERNATIONAL MENTORS
PRASHANT GULATI Founder The Smart Start Fund SHERWOOD NEISS Founder Crowdfund Capital Advisor (CCA) JIM HUNT Managing Partner Mita Group CHUCK EESLEY Assistant Professor Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E)

for the REC@nnect DEMO Day that will rock your world http://bit.ly/NepalDEmo For more information contact yacosta@crdfglobal.org
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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS


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INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS


CRDF Global is a private, non-governmental organization committed to promoting peace and prosperity through science and technology. Its innovation and entrepreneurship-focused programs develop technology commercialization capabilities and sustaining networks abroad. Domestically, CRDF Global helps to create more viable investment, partnership and collaborative opportunities for American businesses and scientists who gain access to top international research and expertise.
Core Program Beliefs Innovation. We believe strongly in the power of technology and innovation as drivers for sustainable growth. Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs transform innovation into enterprises that generate value and create jobs. Our programs are designed with the Innovation Ecosystem Development CRDF Global believes in the bottom-up approach in building the local ecosystems and supports local entrepreneurship initiatives by identifying leaders, existing programs and the gaps in the system. Assisting with the formation of new technology commercialization offices and incubators Strategic planning Management training and educational outreach Comprehensive programs designed to enhance entrepreneurship culture Assisting with investment capital infrastructure development

individual in mind, as the nucleus and sole purpose of our mission. Strategic partnerships. We partner with like-minded local and regional organizations and corporations to leverage our resources and capabilities to build capacity for greater impact and avoid redundancy.

Startup Support Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of all economies and the source of growth and dynamism. CRDF Global offers a comprehensive suite of programs designed to nurture these early-stage companies. Identifying promising business opportunities, funders, partners and resource Designing and executing acceleration programs Comprehensive skill development training Access to sources of fundingInnovation

Technology Acceleration CRDF Global promotes business growth by supporting students, researchers and technology developers who believe that their product or service is viable commercially. Programs guide them through the process of commercialization by honing their skills and helping them to grow and realize their market potential. Identifying intellectual property with commercial potential in universities and corporations Hands-on training in technology transfer and intellectual property rights Online technology commercialization courses Technology valuation and market assessment 8
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CRDF GLOBALS IMPACT


CRDF GLOBALS IMPACT
Increasing Opportunities for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs In the search for entrepreneurs with innovative technology ideas that can address a problem affecting their country or region, the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative has implemented the GIS TTech-I Competition, attracting close to 200 teams from the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South East Asia. Among them was CardioDiagnostics, a Lebanese startup founded by Ziad Sankari. Ziad lost his father at the age of 17 to a heart attack, which inspired him to create a medical device that monitors cardiac patients outside the hospital around the clock. This idea earned him a top prize of the competition awarded at the Second Global Entrepreneurship Summit on December 3-5, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. CardioDiagnostics has been given a strong start for a global success with $20,000 in seed funding, hands-on training with serial entrepreneurs and business mentors, global media exposure by MSNBC and Wired Magazine, an upcoming trip to Silicon Valley and participation in the MIT Global Startup Workshop. Accessing U.S. Markets Since 2005, CRDF Global has implemented more than 20 U.S. travel programs for close to 90 participants representing dozens of universities, research institutes and technology companies from Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and collaborated with such prominent U.S. organizations as MIT, Babson College, Garage Technology Ventures, Plug & Play Incubator, CleanTech Open and others. Based on the scalable and highly customizable format of the Innovation U.S. travel programs and existing cache of experience, best practices and partners, CRDF Global is able to design and implement results-oriented and cost-effective programs that perfectly fit the objectives and needs of a diverse range of partner organizations in emerging markets. Building Institutional Capacity Since 2005, CRDF Global has partnered with the Enterprise Incubator
Ziad Sankari, CardioDiagnostics

Transforming Technology Transfer in Russia CRDF Global has trained more than 300 technology transfer managers and assisted eight leading research universities with establishing technology transfer offices, which significantly contributed to the establishment of the local innovation ecosystem. The Programs include professional skills development seminars, workshops, academia and industry international conferences, and site visits to the United States for technology transfer professionals. Similar activities have strengthened the technology commercialization capabilities of more than 20 research universities of the Russian Federation.

Foundation (EIF), one of the most successful IT-focused technology business incubators and consulting companies in the Caucasus region, to implement its Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). With co-funding from the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, EIF implemented more than 15 STEP activities including the Business Partnership Grant (BPG) program, Innovation Forums, cluster seminars, business trainings for scientific community, legal and accounting seminars and matchmaking events. Through its partnership with CRDF Global, EIF strengthened communication channels between science and private sectors, gained broader access to the U.S. business network and scaled up its outreach and programs to non-IT sectors becoming one of the focal entrepreneurship-support organizations in Armenia and in the region. 9

Providing Access to Capital The ecoFridge, a revolutionary refrigeration system used to transport perishable products, was developed by a team of Ukrainian scientists with a U.S. business partner who participated in a CRDF Global research and development grant competition. CRDF Global provided training and mentorship to the team to prepare them to effectively pitch the ecoFridge at a venture forum in Los Angeles, CA. As a result, the team obtained $2.2 million of follow-on capital investment to develop their business, and EcoFridge is now being adopted by companies around the world who appreciate its environmental benefits and cost efficiency.

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SOUTH CENTRAL ASIA


EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATION OF EARLY STAGE ENTREPRENEURS

who we are
Rec@nnect identifies the next generation of technology entrepreneurs in South and Central Asia. We support them through entrepreneurship capacity building activities that provide: -Skill development -Networking -Exposure -Capital

our impact
GLOBAL LIVE BROADCAST LOCAL

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LEARN VIRTUALLY & LOCALLY Live video broadcast with seasoned entrepreneurs that provide tips to improve startup ventures

GET MENTORED On the ground hands-on support for most promising ventures COMPETE GLOBALLY Global competition to identify and support most promising technology and science entrepreneurs

local entrepreneurs in action


I would like to thank you for your valuable advice. We are now building on your ideas of how to go about reaching out to the farmers of Pakistan with Ferculator.

MUHAMMAD SAIMUM HOSSAIN Co-Founder Greenovation Technologies BANGLADESH

MARIA UMAR Founder & President The Digital League PAKISTAN

DANIEL TONKOPIY Founder & CEO X-Rift KAZAKHSTAN AUGMENTED REALITY GAME MASTERMIND

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www.unibox.tj TAJIKISTAN Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Education Expansion to other markets: Afghanistan

ADAD

Amirkhon Nosir Chief Programming Officer adad.tj@gmail.com

Team

ADAD is a unique education and intellectual platform for students and teachers. Formed out of the need for a collaborative arrangement between management and its students; UNIBOX delivers an online extension of educational services. This global service encompasses an e-university, e-library, e-market, e-business and a social network. UNIBOX services aim to help students with disabilities and the economically disadvantaged an opportunity to pursue their academic endeavors through online programs.

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www.amanjet.kg @athamana KYRGYZSTAN Incorporated Company: Yes Industry: ICT Expansion to other markets: Central Asia

AmanJet

Aibek Sharshenbaev Co-founder & CFO aibekshar@gmail.com

Team

AmanJet is a complex IT solution for day to day transport and logistics. The unified platform offers an innovative one-stop-shop universal solution for a majority of potential transportation problems. It includes an information system for airport transfers, a city passenger ride-sharing scheme, road traffic monitoring service, and an automated courier delivery and taxi service

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Athamana

www.athamana.com @athamana MALDIVES Industry: ICT

Mohamed Shumais Prdject manager sales@athamana.com @maldivo

Team

Athamana strives to provide high quality novel Maldivian handicrafts and other products to domestic and international markets by engaging and working with local communities.It works to enhance sustainable development while promoting a fair trade culture that encourages local and traditional artisans.

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(NAVARATNA CROPSCIENCE PVT. LTD.) www.navaratnacropscience.com INDIA Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Agriculture Expansion to other markets: Asian & African Countries

BhoojeevanTM

Mannem Sarita Managing Director navaratnacropscience@gmail.com V.M.Basha CEO

Team

NAVARATNAs product, BhoojeevanTM is a plant probiotic used for bio-priming. It imparts strength to the plant and plays a key role in stress & disease tolerance increasing production and plant health. This product works well in rain-fed agriculture and can help crops withstand drought pressure for a few weeks. Navaratna Cropscience developed this derivative product by producing its own isolated micro-organism.

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Birthday Forest

www.birthdayforest.org NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Agriculture Expansion to other markets: South Asia

Roshan Karki Co-Founder @rosnk Anuj Mahat Co-Founder birthdayforest@gmail.com

Team

Birthday Forest is a service that plants trees on vacant lands throughout the community. In particular, Birthday Forest will plant trees on different occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or in memory. The team takes requests from individuals and companies through their online website and app. They then plant the trees, take care of them, and send yearly updates of these trees, and provide GPS location on the specific tree to their customers.

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@BoilingPot http://home.aubg.bg/students/BSA110/BoilingPot TURKMENISTAN Industry: Education, Food & beverage, Media Expansion to other markets: Global

Boiling Point

Shirin Gurdova Co-Founder and CEO shiring22@gmail.com

Team

As a college student in the US, Batyr found that students have little time to cook for themselves and stay healthy. His idea was to bring simple, fast and easy recipes together to share them with students. He created Boiling Pot, a small food company that teaches and shares simple recipes. Anyone can follow his website and youtube channel and learn to cook healthy and tasty foods.

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Coding Himalayas, Hospitals Nepal


www.hospitalsnepal.com NEPAL Industry: Health & Medical Devices Expansion to other markets: India and Africa

Nagendra Ghimire Nagendra.ghi@gmail.com

Team

The need for a quick, reliable, and complete database for hospitals, doctors, and ambulances was absolutely essential in Nepal. Negendra Ghimire recognized this need and then created Hospitals Nepal. Hospitals Nepal is a mobile application that contains a database of information on hospitals, doctors, and ambulances. This offline application is meant for those who have a hard time locating or contacting a medical professional or their services. The phone numbers of hospitals and ambulances are even sensitive enough to call the number just by touching it. Doctors can be searched via name, location, or specialty. Additionally, Hospitals Nepal introduced a feature that allows patients to schedule an appointment via SMS.
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Complete Academic Management Solution


www.camsedu.com NEPAL Industry: Education Expansion to other markets: South and Central Asia

Nirmal Sapkota CEO Bhupal Sapkota CTO bhupal@semicolondev.com @bhu1st

Team

Bhupal Sapkota noticed that the daily operations of academic institutions was fully manual and traditional. He and his team thought that institutions could be more efficient, fully automated, and could track the students lifecycle over time; this is when Complete Academic Management Solutions was created. Their focus is to provide quantitative and qualitative analysis of records to the management team so that they can create strategies to build quality control in their educational institution. Some of these measures include evaluation of both students, staff, and the courses performance, day to day operation record keeping, and more. Complete Academic Management Solutions connect all aspects from students, teachers, lecturers, and management to allow them to work independently or collaboratively along will accessing student records from mobiles devices at home.

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devvx.pro icapinvest.com @ProagroKg KYRGYZSTAN Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Education, Agriculture Expansion to other markets: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan & Tajikistan

iCAP

Ulukman Mamytov @UlukmanM ulukmanm@gmail.com

Team

iCaps product, ProAgro.kg aim to create new opportunities for Kyrgyzstans farmers. It is a web and mobile app connection platform for sellers and buyers of agro products. It contains a database of Kyrgyzstans farmers producing meat, fruit and vegetables for trading produce. ProAgro also provides local farmers with news and trends about the local agro industry, information on new technologies, tips and statistics.

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@easy_soft_sd NEPAL Industry: Other Expansion to other markets: Cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia

EasySoft

Biswash Koirala Co-Founder @BiswashKoirla Shakar Shrestha Co-Founder @shakarstha Biswashkoirala3@hotmail.com

Team

Many people in the city are facing different problems but they are not getting the proper place to vocalize their views. Both residents and tourists may find themselves unaware about the details of the city theyre in or the neighborhood surrounding them. Some of these details include: hotels, banks, hospitals, etc. However, EasySoft addresses the city and consumers needs by creating an app that centralizes all of this information. Biswash Koirala and his team have focused their efforts on providing data about the city and the properties within it. Additionally, the app provides a platform for people to express their voice about the area as well. EasySoft aims to the bridge the area of uncertainty and fulfill the needs of its unique users.

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Ecoprise Bio-Solutions Private Limited


@ecoprise www.meroecoprise.org NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Green tech, Energy Expansion to other markets: Sierra Leone, Uganda & Pakistan

Bhuwan K.C. Founder & CEO Nisha Taujale COO info@meroecoprise.org

Team

Ecoprise is an off-grid energy service providing technology that is portable, efficient and easy to repair. This startup looks to thrive over the China made solar panel market by establishing small local production facilities in developing countries. Due to the use of cost-effective and easy technology, people with a basic education can assemble and repair these products thus reducing cost and providing after-sales services. These products are diffused through a decentralized distribution channel that involves community-based entrepreneurs trained by Ecoprise on business management skills.

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Eminence Ways

@eminenceways www.eminenceways.com NEPAL Industry: ICT Expansion to other markets: Global

Narayan Koirala Founder, Director @narainko Radhika Bista Founder Software Analyst @BistaRadhika

Team

Eminence Ways a unique information security solutions company aimed at minimizing costs associated with software development and maintenance. Services include Software Quality Assurance testing for development companies. They also provide vulnerability assessment and penetration testing as well as IS audits for Nepali corporations

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F.G. Global Pvt. Ltd, Mini Tiller


NEPAL Industry: Agriculture

Bipin Laminchhane bipineta@gmail.com

Team

Many Nepalese farmers have not shifted their traditional agricultural habits to a more modern one. The main issue is due to unavailability of service centers, lack of training, and skilled manpower. Bipin Laminchhane saw this as an opportunity to develop a product that addresses these needs. The Mini Tiller is a portable piece of tilling equipment that is used to till the field. It has a multi-function engine that can be used for different jobs like tilling, harvesting, threshing, etc. Because of its easy to use operating features, the product satisfies farmers needs in all aspects.

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@flipkarma flipkarma.com NEPAL Industry: Education Expansion to other markets: India

FlipKarma

Sijan Bhandari CoFounder and CMO @kaflesudip Sudip Kafle CoFounder and CTO @kaflesudip sudip@phunka.com

Team

The issue of repetition of projects and plagiarism are both challenges that plague academia. Sudip Kafle aims to solve this issue by aiding students and their work. FlipKarma helps inspire college students and helps develop their own ideas and validate them. With this tools, students will have the ability to see which project and topics their peers have chosen. Using this methodology, students will have a way to be more original, standout, and bring something extra to the table when meeting with potential employers

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Foam Glass for Heat Insulating Material

xxxxxxxx @xxxxxx XXXXXXX Incorporated Company: xxx Industry: xxxx Expansion to other markets: xxxxxxx

Sarsenbek Montayev Project leader, Director of Production @SarsenbekMontay Nikolay Sprygin

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Health Concern
www.healthconcern.org NEPAL Industry: Health & Medical Devices Expansion to other markets: Yes

Dr. Subash Pyakurel Founder/CEO Mrs. Pabitra Ghimire Administrative Officer

Team

Health Concern is a venture that connects health providers and patients. The system has a number of features which include: connecting users and providers, making the treatment process more efficient and informed, creating appointments in one simple click, and much more. While Health Concern is a website for users, Dr. Pyakurel has also partnered up with Mr. Nagendra Ghimire in the mobile app called Hospitals Nepal. The two are very similar in nature and help create strong connections with hospitals and doctors but inside and outside of the country

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Hipster Technologies
www.hipstertechnologies.com @HipsterNepal NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Education Expansion to other markets: Global

Jackson Subedi CEO @JacksonSubedi jacksonsubedi@gmail.com Sekhar Dahal General Manager @SekharDahal

Team

Jackson noticed an issue in his community; youth lacked information and motivational entrepreneurial stories. Incredible Entrepreneurs, a project with Hipster Technologies inspires youth through the recorded interviews of successful entrepreneurs. Their website features audio podcasts that documents both the success and failure stories of entrepreneurs. Available to listeners in any geographic location, Incredible Entrepreneurs aims to spark curiosity among youth along with providing easily accessible information on a platform for all stakeholders.

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ICT For Agriculture


@ICT4Agriculture NEPAL Industry: Agriculture Expansion to other markets: Yes

Er. Sibjan Chaulagain Founder and CEO @Sibjan Er. Avinash Jha, Founder and COO @aimavinash

Team

Avinash Jha wanted to find a way to transform the traditional farming sector in Nepal. As a result, he developed ICT For Agriculture. ICT For Agriculture is a SMS based ICT system that aims to empower rural farmers from traditional ways of farming to the modern way. This is achieved through a common mobile based Information Sharing platform.

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www.ipay.com.np NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: E-Commerce Expansion to other markets: Yes

iPay

Amrit Tuladhar amritt@gmail.com

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iPay is an online payment gateway service that caters to various utility companies, airfare and travel companies, online shopping, newspaper subscription, and much more. With no additional charges per payment made on the service, iPay rewards customers each time they use the service to pay their bills.

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IT Ideas, LTD Rebus


www.itideas.tj @ITIdeasTJ TAJIKISTAN Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Financial Expansion to other markets: Asian markets (Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan)

Nuridin Zairov Project Manager @Nuridin_Zairov

Team

IT ideas (or Rebus) is a software that collects and disseminates information for credit bureaus. The software gathers both positive and negative data on the individuals activities and their legal entities that apply for loans. With (name) any citizen can access their credit history online while banks can do a personal study on the subject, create and change contracts, along with viewing the credit history on the individual as well.

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www.shieldsquare.com @shieldsquare INDIA Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Online Security Expansion to other markets: APAC & Middle East regions Expansion to other markets: Yes

Kaalbi Technologies

Pavan Thatha Co-Founder & CEO @pavanthatha pavan@shieldsquare.com

Team

Conventional intrusion detection systems and firewalls are ineffective to stop site scrapers. ShieldSquare a product of Kaalbi Technologies, uses a combination of dynamic bot challenge system, behavior pattern analysis, and profiling from where the website is accessed to identify, detect, assess and protect against site scraping activity. Other bot prevention solutions either require inhouse installation or traffic to be re-routed through cloud servers. ShieldSquares technology can be seamlessly integrated with an API making customer adoption seamless.

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Karkhana Pvt. Ltd.

www.karkhana.asia @karkhanaN NEPAL Incorporated company: No Industry: Education Expansion to other markets: India

Sunoj Das Sherstha Co-founder andHead of Karkhana Protolab Suresh Ghimire Co-founder and Head of Research and Development @surayshg

Team

Karkhana is an education company started by engineers. They design, develop and deliver classes on STEAM subjects for sixth to ninth grade students and sell a project based curriculum that students and teachers can use inside the classroom. It is a learn-by-doing approach providing contextual knowledge, projects and activities, as well as teaching and classroom management techniques. Their products include an eight week long Arts heavy workshop, a 12 week student challenge to organiza a school carnival, and a 4 weeks long robotics and design workshop.

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Kumari IT International PVT. LTD


NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Internet Expansion to other markets: No

Avinash Tuladhar info@nepalspotlight.com

Team

3G internet is very expensive and because of this, most people prefer to use free Wi-Fi provided by restaurants and other outlets. Unfortunately, most of these hotspots are extremely slow and are still expensive for the businesses. However, Kumari IT International provides free high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots around Kathmandu City through several outlets such as restaurants and malls. The team is able to accomplish this by advertising on mobile devices through Wi-Fi hotspots.

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BHUTAN Industry: Agriculture Expansion to other markets: Neighboring Indian cities

Leykha Mushroom Farm

Karma Penjore penjorekarma@yahoo.com

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Leykha Mushroom Farm is a more reliable and consistent method of producing synthetic logs to cultivate mushrooms. The production cycle is greatly reduced and the environment of the production house can be easily managed. The process is an efficient way to utilize agricultural and forest by-product, that otherwise would be thrown away, to cultivate edible mushrooms. Bulk substrates like hard wood saw dust, straw and other agricultural wastes are supplemented with rice bran and sugar to prepare synthetic logs.

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www.lifebts.com @Lifebts KAZAKHSTAN Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Health & medical devices Expansion to other markets: Kazakhstan, Ukraine & Russia

Life.beats

Aizhan Julanova CEO @DjaanJaan djaan@mail.ru

Team

Life.beats is a cross-platform web and mobile app that uses algorithms based on health related data to help people with chronic medical conditions. Data and statistics entered by user or connected wearable devices is analyzed to create personalized recommendations. Patients, caregivers and families receive push notifications in case of missing medication or activity. Algorithms can even estimate triggers and predict health conditions. Life.beats web service also provides visual analytics and reports for patients and caregivers, which can be shared with healthcare professionals.

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Lunivatech Pvt.Ltd
www.lunivatech.com @LunivaTech NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Health & medical devices Expansion to other markets: South Asia

Nhurendra Shakya Co- Founder and DOE @nhurendra Rajiv Shrestha Co-Founder and COO @rzshrestha nhureshakya@gmail.com

Team

Lunivatech is a complete package of telemedicine software that provides online and offline health services. Online mode allows for patients to receive treatment remotely from specialists at a referral hospital. Services include video conference for direct consultation, desktop sharing, exchange of educational material and an electronic stethoscope that can store and transmit data. Offline mode includes the generation and transmission of patients medical history, pathological records and prescriptions from the doctor.

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www.mawongpa.com BHUTAN Industry: Green tech, Health & medical devices Expansion to other markets: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma & others

Mawongpa

Sonam Dorji sonamdorjii@hotmail.com

Team

Mawongpa water solutions offers a variety of products aimed at solving water quality issues in Bhutan and the surrounding region. Their products include affordable housing filters for common impurities, coagulation and flocculation treatment for governmental and industrial facilities. They also offer sand and activated carbon filters, membrane filters and UV sterilizers. Mawongpa water solutions aims to reduce the spread of waterborne illnesses, limit the use of water bottles and improve local and international concerns about Bhutanese water quality.

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Nexton Group
www.nextongroup.com PAKISTAN Industry: Entertainment & Media Expansion to other markets: Globally

Saad Asif CEO Saadasif17@hotmail.com

Team

The energy crisis in Pakistan is what inspired the Nexton Group and their venture. Made up of engineers and marketing graduates, the company decided to develop Solar Energy Systems. Saad Asif and his team manufacture a wide range of products for both domestic and commercial clients that work off of solar energy. These products include: solar pumps integration, solar inverters, solar lights, and solar fans.

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www.ontreat.com NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Food & Beverage Expansion to other markets: North American, Europe, and East Asia

Ontreat

Krishna Sunuwar krish@ontreat.com

Team

Over 5.7 million Nepalese people live abroad. While gone, many cultural celebrations, festivals, weddings, and birthdays can be missed out on by those who live far from home. Ontreat solves this problem by bridging the gap and connecting friends and family who may be separated. Ontreat is an online restaurant booking and food delivery service that sends surprise gifts and treats to friends and family who are not able to experience the excitement from afar.

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www.panacealive.com @panacealive BANGLADESH Industry: Health & medical devices, Other Expansion to other markets: Sub-continental countries

Panacea

Mohammad Souvik Aswad CMO @souvikaswad Mohammad Soumik Aswad CEO souvikaswad@gmail.com

Team

Panacea is a tech startup built to fight the US$ 130 million counterfeit medicine industry in Bangladesh by using a mobile app and SMS service. When partnered with pharmaceuticals, Panacea helps consumers verify the authenticity of that companys medicines. They print randomly generated unique codes on every medicine pack of their partner pharmaceuticals. When these medicines reach the customers, they can then send a request to verify the code written on the pack to determine its

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PulzSolutions
www.panaceasjacket.tk SRI LANKA Industry: Medical Devices

Pramadhi Atapattu Arachchi pramadhi@pulzsolutions.com

Team

PulzSolutions product, Panaceas Jacket, is a system which is capable of continuously monitoring a human beings medical condition. The system consists of a jacket which is the hardware module, windows mobile application, and a web service. The Jacket is capable of measuring blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, and respiratory rates. The Jacket can also track the physical location and the physical posture of the patient as well.

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Praramva Biotech
facebook.com/praramvabiotech NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Green tech, Agriculture Expansion to other markets: Middle East

Mr. Ashok Kumar Bhattarai Production Manager Ms. Asha Bhandari Quality Assurance Officer praramva.biotech@gmail.com

Team

BHU-DOC (the soil doctor) is a natural, organic, eco-friendly bio fertilizer rich in nutrients and beneficial microorganism. Vermicompost is produced by natural processes and has been globally recognized as the best soil conditioner. Praramva Biotech uses earthworms to convert byproducts, such as cow dung and leaf litters, into fine manure. BHU-DOC comes packaged in 2 kg and 5 kg recyclable bag.

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www.repaperkz.wordpress.com KAZAKHSTAN Industry: Green tech Expansion to other markets: Central Asia

RePaper

Tastanbekov Dias Junior Researcher dtastanbekov@nu.edu.kz

Team

Ecologic and economic considerations require us to review our attitude towards paper consumption and develop fresh ideas to recycle it. RePaper is a combination and slight alteration of existing technologies to produce innovative paper with superior properties such as selective solubility, extended durability and resistance to water or fire. This paper can be easily solved, de-inked, and resynthesized in localized compact process lines giving this product high commercialization potential.

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Simple Networking Solutions


UZBEKISTAN Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Entertainment & Media

Farkhod Fayzullaev farkhod@fayzullaev.com

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After noticing that a majority of websites in Uzbekistan were in Russian, Farkhod began working on and developing many websites. These ventures included everything from social networks, online newspapers, to weather tools. His latest venture, Simple Networking Solutions is a byproduct of these ventures. They key things that connects these projects to his latest is the language. Through Simple Networking Solutions, Farkhod wants to provide the best services to people speaking in Uzbek and become the portal for the Uzbek-speaking audience.

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www.simplify360.com NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: ICT Expansion to other markets: North America

Simplify360

Deep Sherchan deep@simplify360.com

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Simplify360 sits at the intersection of social media and traditional business hubs. It monitors social media conversations across the web to gather and classify them in real-time. The analytics framework also enables businesses to automatically classify conversations as positive or negative, and sort them into different intent groups. As a result, marketers can keep track of conversations and create actionable plans accordingly.

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Singularity Limited
www.singularitybd.com BANGLADESH Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Health & medical devices Expansion to other markets: Subcontinent & Africa

Kazi Md Asif Co-founder Mohammad Iftekharul Islam Co-founder

Team

LIFELINE is a mobile app that helps people get information about blood availability in their location when they need it the most. No more running from pillar to post in search of the requisite blood group. By registering as a user, LIFELINE will send a notification to all the enlisted donors within a 5 KM radius. Using GPS, the app will show the shortest possible route to the victim to providing emergency blood transfusion. Donors can act immediately and save lives.

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www.smart.seecs.nust.edu.pk PAKISTAN Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Health & medical devices Expansion to other markets: USA, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Smart SurgiSol

Syed Yasir Hassan Vice President of Corporate Affairs @SyedYHassan Yasir.hasan@seecs.edu.pk

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With the introduction of Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS) in Pakistan, the need for providing training to surgeons was widely felt. However, the training ended up being extremely costly. That is when Syed Yasir Hassan developed a system that was available to most hospitals at a reduced cost. His product, Smart SurgiSol provides surgical simulators for both conventional and robotics assisted MIS. The two products that Smart SurgiSol offer include the SMART-Sim Virtual Reality Simulator and the SurgBot Robotic Trainer. SMART-Sim Virtual Reality Simulator trains surgeons and helps improves their surgical skills. The SurgBot Robotic Trainer synchronizes a surgeons hand movements and enables surgeons to manipulate the robotic arms with increased dexterity, comfort, and control.

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Techno Price

Incorporated company: Industry: Expansion to other markets:

Farukh Sharopov shfarukh@mail.ru Kushal Gurung CEO @kushal_977

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Tajikistan as a mountainous country rich in herbs and aromatic plants. Manyofthese plantshave beenusedsince ancient times. Techno Prize develops and produces bio-products by using environmentally friendly technologies. Phytochemicals from Tajikistans flora are turned into bio-products and additives to supply an increasing demand in food, drinks, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

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WindPower Nepal Pvt

www.windpowernepal.com @windpowernepal NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Green tech, Energy Expansion to other markets: India

Kushal Gurung CEO @kushal_977 kushal@windpowernepal.com

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With the demand for electricity rapidly growing, WindPower Nepal steps in to help fulfill this demand for their customers. Vayu 100, a stand-alone wind turbine system developed by the company can generate and store up to 8kWhr (kilowats per hour) of electricity daily. This alone is enough to power up a small business and household in off-grid locations. The company installs and commissions each system, such that it will become as easy for the clients to use any other plug and play system.

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Yellow Nepal Pvt. Ltd

Yellownepal.co NEPAL Incorporated company: Yes Industry: Food & Beverage Expansion to other markets: Asia

Anish Shrestha Er.anishshrestha@gmail.com

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Yellow solves the recurrent problem of Foodies, discount hunters, and the event freaks. The Kathmandu based startup is an app that uses local search services for nearby restaurants, discounts, and events. Not only does Yellow solve problems for its users but it also helps out the restaurant owners by providing valid metrics for the business owners.

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PRASHANT GULATI, Founder The Smart Start Fund

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JIM HUNT, Managing Partner Mita Group


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CHUCK EESLEY, Assistant Professor Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E)
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Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University


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Vidhan Rana, Founder & Managing Partner, Biruwa Ventures


After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Business Management and Economics, he worked at Whittaker Associates, Inc., a market research firm. At Whittaker, he worked with several state and local economic development agencies. He provided guidance and support to small businesses and medium size enterprises on issues of employment generation. Vidhan established a research division for Whittaker Associates in Nepal in October 2010, and Biruwa Ventures in July 2011 to support aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams of starting their own ventures.

Anil Shah, CEO, Mega Bank Ltd


Anil Shah began his career as bank teller at Standard Charted. After rapidly advancing in his career he rose to become the General Manager of the bank and in 2004, he was appointed as CEO of Nabil Bank the first Nepali CEO of a joint venture bank in Nepal. While at the Nabil Bank, he doubled the amount of loans and deposits, making it the largest bank in Nepal. Afterwards, he went on to start a new venture called the Mega Bank, of which he is the CEO. Anil Shah holds a BBA from George Washington University and an MBA from Faculty Management Studies Delhi.

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Sandeep Acharya, COO/Parner, Avionte Software


Sandeep began his career at TempWork Software where he served as the Director of Operations. After nearly seven years of service, he partnered up with Avionte Staffing Software and took on the role as the Chief Operating Officer.

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Sanjib Raj Bhandari, CEO, Mercantile


In his 26 years of experience in the IT sector, Sanjib has founded over a half dozen IT and communication companies. He currently serves as the CEO of Mercantile Office Systems, one of the largest hardware and software vendors in Nepal. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Mercantile Communications, Nepals first and largest Internet Service Provider with point of presence in Kathmandu and 12 cities around Nepal. Besides these, Rajbhandari is also the Founder/ Director of Serving Minds Pvt. Ltd and several media houses like Himal Media Pvt. Ltd., HITS Nepal Pvt. Ltd., Nepalnews.com, to name a few. He has also diversified his portfolio to hydro power sector with the opening of Shangrila Energy Ltd. (Butwal Power Co. Ltd.).

Amit Agrawal, CEO, Janaki Technology Pvt. Ltd


Amit has years of experience working in the IT sector filling a variety of roles. Starting out as a Support Engineer with Subisu, Amit went on to Janaki Technology to serve as the companies Director of Business Development while he also founded and became the Director of Social Aves, a social media marketing agency based in Kathmandu. Today, Amit serves as Janaki Technologys CEO and Director.

Sanjib Subba, CEO, National Banking Training Institute


Sanjib Subba holds an MBA from Webster University along receiving Executive Education from both the World Bank Institute and Stanford Universitys Graduate School of Business. For years, Sanjib worked as a Retail Bank Officer with Grindlays Bank and had served various Director positions with Webster University. Over the years, Sanjib has designed and delivered several training programs for the Government of Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, and also NGOs and corporate in Thailand and Afghanistan. He currently serves as the CEO of the National Banking Training Institute.

Sanjay Shah, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Finaccess Pvt. Ltd.


Sanjay Shah is the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Finaccess. Formerly the Chairman of the Bank of Kathmandu, Sanjay was trained as an engineer in Electronics and Communications. Sanjay went into banking and finance and received an MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Dallas in Dallas Texas.

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Ujwal Thapa, Co-Founder, Entrepreneurs for Nepal


Ujwal is a farmer, activist, and entrepreneur who is not afraid to fail. He is one of the founders of Entrepreneurs for Nepal, a 23,000+ strong vibrant platform that builds entrepreneurs in and for Nepal. He has experimented in ventures that include everything from travel portals, job search sites, news, IT, and more.

Soham Dhakal, Entrepreneur, Neolinx Pvt. Ltd.


Soham has over 16 years of experience in the Information Technology and Services industry. Prior to Neolinx, 8 of these years were spent in the US working as a Sr. Project Leader/Architect at Cerner Corporation. Soham holds a B. Sc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MA in Computer Information and Resource Management from Webster University.

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Ranjit Acharaya, CEO, Prisma Advertising


Ranjit Acharya is the founder, owner, and CEO of Prisma Advertising, a leading advertising firm located in Nepal. He has over two decades of experience and has worked with clients such as Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, and more. He also serves as the Director of Media Hub and Managing Director of Neel Barahi Films.

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Kreeti Shakya, Owner, Kazi Studi


Kreeti is the Co-Founder of Kazi Studios, a Nepal based creative agency. She has over 10 years of experience working in this industry filling various roles.

Sanjay Golchha, Director, Golchha Organisation


After receiving his MBA in 1995, Sanjay founded the Golchha Organisation and currently serves as their Director. He went on and founded Neoteric Nepal and IT Nepal shortly after. Both of which are now Nepals leading IT companies. He is also serves as a founding member of Nepals Entrepreneurs Organization.

Gaurub Pandey, CEO, Bajra Technologies


Gaurub holds a BS in Computer Science from Brown University. He worked for Cisco Systems for two years as a Software Engineer until he decided to move back to Kathmandu in 2010. For a short while he was the Senior Software Engineer at Deerwalk Inc. After this brief stint, he went on and founded Bajra Technologies, where he is their current CEO.

Binay Bohra, Owner, Vianet Communications

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SPEAKERS, MENTORS & JUDGES

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May 5-6, 2014
NEPAL

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May, 2014

Bibhusan Bista, CEO, Young Innovations

Dr, Jyoti Tandukar, CEO, Alternative Technology


He is the CEO of Alternative Technology, a computer graphics software company in Kathmandu. He also serves as a tenured Associate Professor at the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. He has been a member of the International Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Symposium on Information and Telecommunication Technologies. He is also the Vice President of the IT Professional Forum, a non-governmental organization founded with a vision of ICT development in Nepal.

Bijendra Suwal, Deputy General Manager, NIBL


Binjendra began his professional career as a Programmer at Data Systems International. He started his banking career by joining NABIL Bank is 1992 and headed their systems department for four years. Currently, he is working as the Deputy General Manager at the Nepal Investment Bank Limited.

Robin Sitoula, Executive Director, Samriddhi The Prosperity Foundation


Robin is the Executive Director of Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation a public policy institute based in Kathmandu. He has been involved in a number of youth organizations in the region.

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SPEAKERS, MENTORS & JUDGES


Brijendra (Rochan) Joshi

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May 5-6, 2014
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May 7, 2014

Shailendra Raj Giri, Owner, Real Solutions


Shailendra founded merojob.com; a site that already commands massive online traffic in Nepal. His first venture was Real Solutions, an outsourcing solution for human resources. Shailendra is the owner and managing director of Real Solutions, an outsourcing solution for human resources.

Er. Alok (Kumar) Pandey, Director, Strategic Product Development, Braindigit IT Solutions

Himal Karmacharya, CEO, Leapfrog Technology Inc.

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May 7, 2014

Birendra Pandey, Director, Nepal Adarsha Nirman Company Pvt Ltd.

V N Biswas Dhakal, President, F1Soft

Pawan Agrawal, Owner, MaxBlogPress

Narendra Prajapati, CEO, Bhote Koshi Power Company Pvt. Ltd.

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SPEAKERS, MENTORS & JUDGES

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May 5-6, 2014
NEPAL

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May 7, 2014

Abhijit Gupta, Managing Director, Rapid Web Solutions (P) Ltd.

Manish Jha, General Manager, FACTS Research & Analytics

Rupesh Krishna Shrestha, Kathmandu University School of Management

Karna Shakya, Kathmandu Guest House

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Inspired by the GIST Initiative, REC@nnect is a partnership led by the CRDF Global and U.S. Department of State.

in partnership with

SPEAKERS, MENTORS & JUDGES

REC@nnect Boot Camp


May 5-6, 2014
NEPAL

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May 7, 2014

Mangesh Lal Shrestha, CAS Trading House P Ltd.

Saurabh Jyoti, Jyoti Group

Amit Saraf, Founder/CEO, Nagani International

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REC@nnect TEAM

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NATALIA PIPIA Associate Program Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global - @NataliaPIpia
Natalia Pipia develops and oversees Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programs at CRDF Global. She expands and generates new opportunities with the private sector, foundations, and international organizations that share CRDF Globals mission of advancing technology entrepreneurship in emerging economies. A critical part of her current position is developing vision and outreach strategies as well as overseeing a portfolio of programs that source and provide support to tech companies. She executes several programs, including GIST and VentureOut Initiative, that support hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Africa, Eurasia, South East Asia, and the Caribbean regions by providing education, technical skills, seed funding, and U.S. market access to entrepreneurs. Natalia advises on policy and programs that promote all aspects of entrepreneurial ecosystem building. She holds a M.A. in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

OVIDIU BUJOREAN GIST Senior Program Manager, CRDF Global


Ovidiu Bujorean manages the GIST Initiative, a global endeavor that builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in 54 countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Ovidiu speaks globally on professional networking, innovation, entrepreneurship and partnership building. Previously, he was Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer technologies. Ovidiu serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of AIESEC DC and as Vice Chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum DC. He founded LEADERS, an organization that impacts lives of about 10,000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe.

YURITZI ACOSTA Associate Program Manager, CRDF Global


Yuritzi Acosta has over five years of experience in international program management. For the last two years, she has been actively engaged in implementing programs focused on entrepreneurship support and working with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and startups from all over the world. She has helped develop a network of entrepreneurs, angel and venture investors, incubators, business accelerators, universities and other stakeholders to support these aspiring entrepreneurs. She has coordinated a number of programs funded by local and international agencies, and has livedin countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

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FIDAN KARIMOVA Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative


Fidan Karimova joined GIST in October 2012, focusing on media messaging and communications, but she has been on staff at CRDF Global for three years already, working on client relationship management, website development, and promotional materials. Fidan has traveled extensively, including living abroad in China, Italy, and Spain and working for a summer at the UN in Azerbaijan. She also brings her entrepreneurial spirit to GIST, having started her own painting business and dabbled in environmental fashion design in college.

AMANDA GANT Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative


Amanda Gant joined GIST in March 2012, working with international partners to organize startup boot camps and virtual mentorship programs. Amanda has long had the entrepreneurship bug, selling bracelets on the beach of her hometown since middle school, an experience that inspired her to study international development with the hope of empowering others to realize their dreams by starting their own businesses. Amanda supports her local community by organizing the annual Glover Park Day, which showcases local area businesses and non-profits; she also leads service-oriented ecotourism trips to Nicaragua to promote travel and cultural exchange.

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MIC TEAM

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Mr. Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, CEO, Unlimited Technologies Pvt Ltd.


For the past 18 years, Allen has held a number of roles while working in the field of local language computing in the ICT sector of Nepal. He has contributed to many organizations, including being a representative of Nepal for 10 years to the Asian Forum for Information Technology. Currently, he is the CEO of Unlimited Technologies and has been instrumental in driving the Microsoft BizSpark program for Nepal.

Ms. Denil Bhandari, Program Manager, BizSpark


After receiving an MBA from the Ace Institute of Managament, Denil went to work with a number of organizations and on various projects. She has lots of experience with localization of technology and has worked with the Ministry of Health, Cyber Kosh, Unlimited Technologies, Microsoft, and many more. Denil currently serves as the Program Manager of BizSparks Nepal program. This a free software for startups that was created by Microsoft.

Pradeep Kandel, Technical Evangelist and Program Manager, Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal
Pradeep holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Tribhuvan University. He has over 4 years of experience in the IT industry in Nepal and has led many projects for Microsoft, including the Microsoft Student Partners Program, Microsoft Faculty Program, along with many other IT Services projects for Microsoft and other organizations. In his current role, Pradeep provides technology support to various startups and entrepreneurs to ensure that the technology they use is sound and future-proof.

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RESOURCES
General Resources
Entrepreneur www.entrepreneur.com Inc.com www.inc.com Red Herring www.redherring.com VentureBeat www.venturebeat.com Afriqueitnews - www.afriqueitnews.com Fast Company - www.fastcompany.com Cnet - www.cnet.com TechCrunch - www.techcrunch.com Tech Cocktail - www.tech.co Satanford Online - online.stanford.edu Udacity - www.udacity.com

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Non-Government Programs
Entrepreneur Week - www.entrepreneurweek.net Entrepreneur Meetup - entrepreneur.meetup.com Global Community for Advancing Studies on Entrepreneurship - www.gcase.org 10,000 Women Initiative - www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000women/ Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium - entrepreneurship.intel.com/community/gels-community Global Entrepreneurship Week - www.unleashingideas.org Microsoft BizSpark - www.mitef.org OPEC Fund for International Development - www.ofid.org Global Student Entrepreneur Awards - www.gsea.org YoungEntrepreneur.com - www.youngentrepreneur.com/about-us

U.S. Government Programs


A New Beginning: Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation anewbeginning.eonetwork.org Youth Livelihoods Alliance - www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/10/198490.htm TechGirls - exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/techgirls TechWomen - www.techwomen.org The Global Entrepreneurship Program - www.state.gov/e/eb/cba/entrepreneurship/gep/index.htm Partners for a New Beginning - www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/new-beginning Global Womens Mentorship Program - exchanges.state.gov/citizens/professionals/fortunepartnership.html Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development - www.ceed-global.org/web/default.aspx The Entrepreneurship Toolkit - egateg.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/USAID_State%20Entrepreneurship%20Toolkit_0.pdf 67
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REC@nnect PARTNERS
BANGLADESH BHUTAN

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INDIA

KAZAKHSTAN

KYRGYZSTAN Center of Innovative Agrarian Technologies

MALDIVES

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PAKISTAN

SRI LANKA

TAJIKISTAN

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THREE IDEAS I HAD NOT THOUGHT OF BEFORE:

PEOPLE I WANT TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @ @ @ @ @ @

PRESENTATIONS I MUST CHECK ON LATER:

FAVOURITE QUOTES:

WEBSITES I HAVE TO CHECK OUT:

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THINGS I FEEL INSPIRED TO DO AFTER BOOT CAMP:

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