Startup Weekend Bhutan

    Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bhutan

Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016

Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Royal Thimphu College

Thimphu, Thimphu

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Friday June 3rd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:40 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 June 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Mentor arrive
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:30 pm

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

2:00 pm
Mentoring still here
Mentors are still here to help. Ask questions; show them what you have done.

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 June 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:30 pm

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

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sangay Dorji
Country Manager for Ennovent

Coaches and Mentors

Pushpa Chhetri
Founder/CEO, Bhutan Media and Communications Institute

Pushpa Chhetri is a social entrepreneur. She founded Bhutan Media and Communications Institute in 2011, the first private institute of its kind in Bhutan to contribute towards a professional development of Media and Communications Industry.  She worked in Kuensel for 15 years prior to her entrepreneurial venture. She was awarded Loden’s best Entrepreneur Award in 2016. She measures success in terms of social service and impact rather than financial benefits. Today, BMCI provides short trainings and consultancy services. They are also International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Asia’s local partner in Bhutan. ICDL is world’s leading computer certification program.  She has been managing Communications 4 Development projects, Knowledge creation and dissemination, policy dialogues and social initiatives apart from trainings for both local as international organisations.  Recently BMCI has initiated many social initiatives like Future of Youth, A Hand in Happiness, Noun For Nuns, Digital Challenge, Social Media for Empowerment, etc. 

Jigme Tenzin
CEO and Founder of

Co-founder of two startups; and Sustainable Enterprises He is the first and only youth entrepreneur who has pitched his idea @ Silicon Valley, USA during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016. He is a speaker and trainer on Entrepreneurship education in the country and has trained 3000+ aspiring entrepreneurs.He is a Youth Business International Certified Mentor for the Loden Foundation. He is also a certified business consultant as recognized by REDCL.

Alex Richards

Kesang Choedon
Food expert and proprietor of Chuniding Resort

Ms. Kesang Choedon is the founder of Chuniding food. The enterprise is a family-owned enterprise with about a decade’s experience in the food & hospitality sector. Chunding enterprise also include the Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant, Chuniding Resort, and Chuniding Food, all of which are located and operated in the capital city, Thimphu.

Rishab Chandra
Founder of Script Technology

Osama Manzar
Founder & Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation

Founder & Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Thimphu is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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Priyanka Khanna
Entrepreneur & Facilitator

Priyanka is an Independent Business Consultant helping businesses explore new markets.  She has been focused on growth strategies, building potential markets, expansion planning  and fund raising. She’s currently working on scaling ‘ayzh Inc’, a sustainable women’s health enterprise, into APAC and East Africa through strategic partnerships, online distribution and creative business models. Her varied experiences in the fields of Education, Healthcare, eCommerce and Media while in different geographical locations spanning over APAC, UK and Africa provides her an edge in understanding global business. With a Master’s in Business from Oxford University, she has been exposed to the best practices in a global environment, which she is leveraging to support businesses addressing environment and social challenges. Priyanka is in the process of setting up her new venture ‘Leave-No-Footprint-Behind’, Helping  individuals to corporations travel sustainably by measuring and reducing their carbon footprint.

She is also an 
Organiser of Startup Weekend Delhi Women & a Startup Weekend Facilitator

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