Thursday, June 20, 2013

Startup Weekend Kathmandu—Women Edition

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For More Info and participation, type Swktm and send SMS to 34001

The startup culture in Nepal is on the rise. In last few years the startup ecosystem has grown bigger with more and more innovative startups coming into existence. In order to acquaint the startups, exchange ideas, and strengthen the tech culture various events are organized every year.

One such event with the name TechMashup, to bring all startups and techies together under the same roof to discuss ideas, share experiences and promote startup culture was organized on 28th of April 2013 by Janaki Technology Pvt Ltd in association with Biruwa Ventures. The event was huge success with large number of people from technical as well as non-technical fields turning up for the event.

Another similar event is the Startup Weekend held in number of cities across the world. Startup Weekend is basically a weekend long event where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. It’s a global movement of active entrepreneurs learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup weekends are the events where developers, designers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.

This is what happens in a Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization with headquarter in Seattle, Washington, and organizers in over 200 cities across the world. The first Startup weekend in Kathmandu was organized from 8 February 2013 to 10 February 2013. Of the 84 total participants, in the StartupWeekend, only 4 were women which highlighted the need of special attempt to enable more women to get involved in the world of startups.


Based on the following data,
-        7% of Tech companies are currently led by women.
When you have Female Executives in Tech Companies you get
-         35% Higher Return on Investment
-         12% More Revenue when backed by venture
-         10% Higher GROWTH RATE
the organizers felt the need of a Startup Weekend exclusively for women and so Startup Weekend Women Edition was conceived. 

Startup Weekend Women Edition is the Startup Weekend exclusively intended for women. Based on the same model as all startup weekend events, the event beginning on 5th of July will continue for 54 hours till 7th of July at SAP Falcha, Baber Mahal. The event is open for anyone to pitch in their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams will be then formed around top ideas determined through voting. The teams will then go through a 54 hour long session of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend, as usual, will culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. To know more about what happens in the Startup Weekend, watch the following video


Brijendra R. Joshi, organizer of startup weekend, Kathmandu said,” eventually the aim is to have just one Startup Weekend event and get participation from both men and women; but until then it is our endeavor to reach as many women as possible through the Women’s edition and help them make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.”

Official Logo if Startup Weekend Women Edition
The tickets for the event are priced at NRS 3500 for professionals and NRS 1800 for the students and registration for the event can be done by visiting the following link http://swwomenktm.eventbrite.com/.for .

For More Info and participation, type Swktm and send SMS to 34001

For more information visit http://kathmandu.startupweekend.org/ or the facebook page or twitter. For any queries send an email to brijendra.joshi@startupweekend.org

The event is globally supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, Coca-Cola, Microsoft BizSpark and Domain.com.

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