25 Sep 2017
4 min read
The Udhyami Seed Camp, the flagship entrepreneurship bootcamp organised every four months by STARTUPSNepal, recently held the second iteration of the camp—the NIC Asia Udhyami Seed Camp: Tech Edition. The six-day-long bootcamp brought together 16 teams selected from among 81 applicant teams—who went on to work day and night to refine their ideas, develop a business model and learn from more than 40 coaches; on September 13, the teams then pitched their ideas in front of interested investors, startup facilitators and other community members. The startups that went through the bootcamp will be further assisted through follow-up sessions for the next two months.
The initial five days of the camp featured rigorous mentorship sessions with recognised coaches from various business sectors. The bootcamp started with keynote speaker Amit Agrawal, the cofounder and CEO of Janaki Technologies, talking about what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Sharing his insights gleaned from his experience of being an entrepreneur for more than seven years, he talked about the perks and pitfalls of being an entrepreneur.
The keynote address was followed by a talk by Govinda Gyawali, Head of Sales and Marketing at Nimbus. In his presentation, Gyawali explained the concept of Value Proposition and urged startup founders to speak the language of customers while communicating their value proposition to customers. On the next day of the camp, established experts and mentors such as Prasanna Pokhrel, Ruchin Singh and Narottam Aryal introduced the participants to pragmatic concepts like Design Thinking, Business Model Canvas and The Lean Startup, respectively. (Throughout the camp, the startups were encouraged to make use of these concepts to refine their ideas).
On day three, Singh reviewed the Business Model Canvas. And Sakar Pudasaini, the founder of Karkhana, taught the participants how to build a prototype using a minimalist approach. The startups continued their work through the night. The next day’s schedule saw classes on marketing, communication strategies and revenue models by Dileep Agrawal, Gaurav Man Sherchan and Amun Thapa, respectively. On the fifth day, established facilitators like Sixit Bhatta, Abhishek Maskey and Rajiv Sharma talked about pitching, presentations and team building, respectively. Furthermore, at least 20 other established industry experts and coaches visited the camp venue to conduct one-on-one sessions with the teams during recess periods.
Startups that attended the seed camp
Dulwa Nepal: Dulwa is a website, which helps you find detailed information about all of Nepal’s tourist destinations. The startup plans to explore newer destinations, capture the essence of those destinations and help other wanderers find and visit those places. The company further plans to help its users book trips and buy specialised equipment for trips via its website.
Hammer Lab Creations: Hammer Lab Creations is a game-development venture that aims to develop Nepal-themed games with in-app purchases. The company is looking to tap into the global gaming market by making use of Nepal’s unique elements in their games.
8Byte Studio: 8Byte Studio is a startup that has created a communication platform for schools and colleges, through which students, teachers and parents can seamlessly communicate with each other. The company has already developed and tested its communication platform in some of the schools, and have received positive feedback from users.
Softuday: Softuday is a service that disseminates information through free SMS facility. Their application enables entities like banks,corporate houses and media platforms interact better with their customers by, for example, having the customers place a missed call, after which the company will get back to them.
HealthMe.com: HealthMe.com is a website that aims to take the hassle out of customers seeking to avail of health care services. With this app, people can, for example, book appointments with doctors or store their health data, among many other uses.
Think and Create: Think and Create is a film studio that focuses on producing live-action short movies and animations. The founders, who have experience in animation and making short movies, believe there will be much demand for their work in Nepal.
Technician Group of Nepal: From designing websites to developing apps, Technician Group of Nepal seeks to be a one-stop solution for all things related to design. The founders are looking to capitalise on the increasing interest in website and online presence of the existing as well as new companies in Nepal.
Bigryo: The startup is looking to assist people with damaged appliances and equipment in finding the right places to fix them. The team plans to first focus on mobiles and TVs, and their mobile app will match customers with repairers.
PaperGilas: PaperGilas aims to help clients advertise their products via paper cups. The idea-stage startup is looking to work with quite a few venues that should be suitable for branding new products.
HireAnyPhotographer: HireAnyPhotographer is a website through which consumers can get ready access to photographers; the site allows users to choose a photographer on the basis of their work and hire them at minimal costs.
Vermiponics: The founders of this startup, who have a background in agriculture, are working at mixing vermiculture with hydroponics. They aim to help urban dwellers interested in agriculture produce organic vegetables on their rooftops.
D Square Developers: D Square Developers are a startup looking to construct quality residential buildings done up in traditional Nepali facades, but whose interiors feature all the modern amenities.
Team I/O: Team I/O has an online platform through which people can compare prices between items from all the major e-commerce sites in Nepal. The platform helps people choose the item of their need at the best available price from the best available provider.
Zerostart: Nepal needs a convenient, secure and accessible taxi service that runs during the night, with fair pricing for both the passengers and the taxi drivers. Zerostart wants to help ease the issue of getting cab rides for people going through emergencies or other difficulties at night—with the use of their mobile app.
Big Team Robotics: Big Team Robotics is a startup looking to implement new and existing automation technology in small-scale industries, homes and hotels.
Sriyog: Sriyog is a website for freelancers that features 72 different job categories. The website helps individuals and organisations find people willing to work on short-term contracts.
(Photos by Ankit Singh)