Startup Weekend Thimphu

    Friday, January 8 - 10, 2016

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Startup Weekend Thimphu

Friday, January 8 - 10, 2016

Friday, January 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Namgay Heritage Hotel

Thimphu, Bhutan

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Friday January 8th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday January 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

8:00 pm

8:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dorji Tashi
Executive Director

Dorji Tashi is the Executive Director of the Loden Foundation, a Civil Society Organization that empowers youth through entrepreneurship and education. He has masters in business administration (MBA) from the United Kingdom complementing his BA in Bhutanese Language and Cultural Studies. During his eight years of service with Loden, Dorji has trained over a thousand aspiring entrepreneurs and helped 130 entrepreneurs to start new ventures besides other social projects. He sits on various national advisory committees such as Civil Society Organization (CSO), Bhutan Trust Fund and Small Grant Project of United Nation's Office, Bhutan. Dorji has worked for Ministry of Information and Communications as a language development officer and Bhutan Broadcasting Service as a part-time Radio Jokey before joining Loden. He joined Loden in 2008

Sunil Rasaily
General Manager of Investments at RSA Private Limited

Sunil Rasaily  is a founding partner of QED Group.
Presently, he is the Managing Partner of Metho Dawa Consultancy Services and the General Manager of Investments at RSA Private Limited, a company in the business of marble import, manufacture of poly products and export of limestone powder.Prior to joining the private sector, he was the Head of Corporate Planning and Business Development at Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) and worked there for over 11 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.He has a cross-functional work experience in the Government, public and private sector with expertise in corporate planning, investment planning, financial planning, business process improvements, customer service management, human resource management and strategic planning.   

Coaches and Mentors

Sangay Tshering
Partner and Marketing Manager

Sangay Tshering is the Marketing Executive of Green e-Solutions. He is also the present chairperson of the Association of Loden Entrepreneurs at Loden Foundation.

Adrian Bernstorff
Co- Founder and General Manager of Happy Chips

Adrian von Bernstorff is a lawyer from Germany. He comes from a farming background in northern Germany. Before he came to Bhutan, Adrian worked at Becker Büttner Held Lawyers in Berlin in the field of infrastructure and renewable Energies. Out of appreciation for Bhutan and the country’s unique culture and development philosophy, he decided to join the Happy Green Cooperative and specialize in food business. Together with his wife Irja he lives and works in Bhutan since October 2013.

Sean Watson
Managing Director

Sean has been based in Bhutan for five years, where he oversees Mountain Hazelnut’s agricultural operations. He has worked with the Company since 2006 on a range of assignments in China and Bhutan, including orchard development, land surveying, and environmental analysis. Sean has twenty years of experience working on agricultural and infrastructure projects, focusing on environmental, logistical, and operational issues. He received a BSc from University of Bristol and Ph.D. in Genetics from University of Sheffield.

Tshering Cigay Dorji
Chief Executive Officer/ Board Director

Dr Tshering Cigay Dorji has a Masters and Ph.D in computer engineering (informatics) from the University of Tokushima, Japan, and Master of Management from the University of Canberra, Australia. He has about 15 years’ combined experience in programming, teaching, information system design, database administration, research and senior level management in the corporate sector. His first degree was B.E. Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of Wollongong, Australia, awarded in December 1999. He has previously worked with Bhutan Telecom for several years as system and database administrator, research engineer and head of Billing & International Affairs.

Tshewang Dem
Proprietor of Tshejor's Ayzey

Tshewang is the recipient of the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Bhutan Enterprise Awards organized by the Department of Cottage and Small Industries in 2014. She is the proprietor of Tshejor Eazy and she worked for the Tourism Council of Bhutan prior to embarking on the journey of entrepreneurship. 

Pem Lama
Project Officer

Pem Lama works at International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for the Bhutan office and is Project Officer for the Green Public Procurement Project in Bhutan (GPP Bhutan). She is responsible for coordinating the project and generating content for a strategic approach to scale-up public demand for environmentally and socially preferable goods, services and infrastructure in Bhutan.She was previously at the Secretariat of the New Development Paradigm (SNDP), where she worked on Bhutan’s report to the UN, “Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm”. The report was Bhutan’s contribution to worldwide effort to help define a new and more viable post-2015 global development agenda and is grounded in the principles of Gross National Happiness. Prior to that, she was Program, Marketing and Communication Officer at the Bhutan Foundation, the only American not-for-profit organization that wholly focuses on supporting projects in Bhutan that contributes to strategies of conservation of the environment, equitable and sustainable development, good governance, and preservation of culture in Bhutan.

Sonam Pelden
Content Marketing and PR Director at ServisHero

Sonam Pelden currently works at ServisHero as the Director of PR & Content Marketing. Prior to ServisHero, she was a business development strategist at The Economist in NYC. She holds a MBA from University of Oxford and a BA in Neuroscience and Economics from Brown University.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Thimphu is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Kitso
  • Sangay
  • Jamyang
  • Karma


Anurag Maloo
Regional Manager APAC (South & Central Asia), Techstars

Anurag Maloo is an Indo-Asian startup innovation Community Architect. As a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend, he is responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan). He is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem, grassroots leadership, and building strong collaborative startup communities. He has been involved in various startup initiatives, community empowerment and leadership development programs, and bringing innovation into the corporate world. With his proven track records of experience cultivating key influencers within diverse geopolitical regions, Anurag has succeeded in creating inclusive startup communities in turbulent and struggling, yet developing ecosystems and emerging economies of Asia. His interests range from entrepreneurship to education, startups to sustainability, social impact to grassroots innovations, and peace building communities. Being a storyteller, teacher and life explorer, he can be found having engaging conversations with friends and random people, sharing life stories, radiating positive joyous happy energies, enriching audiences with his traveling experiences and narrating inspirational humane stories around the world from the hot deserts of Rajasthan to the cold deserts of Antarctica.

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