Startup Weekend Kathmandu

    Thursday, July 16 - 18, 2015

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Startup Weekend Kathmandu

Thursday, July 16 - 18, 2015

Thursday, July 16 - 18, 2015
Event starts at 4:00 pm

SAP Falcha
SAP Falcha
Kathmandu, Nepal


Thursday July 16th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share your idea, get to know fellow participants

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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

Friday July 17th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 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!

8:00 pm

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

Saturday July 18th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Mark Sears
Founder and CEO

After doing tech startups in Canada and the US for about 10 years, Mark has spent the last 4 years living in Nepal and using his unique blend of technology and business experience to develop CloudFactory towards creating work for 1 million people. 

He started his career as a software developer with Sun Microsystems before finding his groove in the world of startups. Moving into technology evangelism and product management roles he helped a 5 person startup grow to 130 employees across 4 international offices after raising $48 million in venture capital. Mark then raised angel investment, launched and managed his own startup company for 6 years before coming to Nepal and starting the CloudFactory adventure.

Raju Manandhar
Deputy Director General

Ministry of Urban Development. Department of Urban Developent and Building   Construction. Babarmahal, Kathmandu.

Sashin Joshi
CEO Nabil Bank

Coaches and Mentors

Anil Chitrakar

Anil has spent the past two decades working as a conservationist, environmental leader, and senior Ashoka fellow in Nepal. 

An engineer by training, Anil pursued graduate work in energy planning at the University of Pennsylvania and then joined the Kathmandu municipality. His projects and organizations have received numerous awards and grants, and he is presently working to scale his work on a solar lighting system for rural villages in Nepal. He was also part of the team that implemented the National Conservation Strategy for Nepal, preserving its globally unique natural endowment.

He is recipient of the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, the Rolex award and the Silicon Valley Tech Award. In 1993 he was recognized as one amongst 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

karmath Dangol

Prior to joining CloudFactory, Karmath held leadership positions at two of the top software outsourcing companies in Nepal after returning from the US where he lived with his family for over a decade. 

In the States he was an Engineering Contractor at Google Inc and also worked at eBay Inc. as Senior Manager of Internet Marketing Solutions. Karmath holds a degree in Bachelors of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Beside this he was startup co-founder of (now, a direct marketing company that provides a cooperative database for acquisition marketing to over 700 catalogs (competes with Abacus Direct, a division of DoubleClick).

Rupesh Krishna Shrestha

Rupesh has filled many shoes and received honors for his achievement. He received, “Nepal Bidhya Bhusan Padak “Kha”” in 2009. 

Professionally he has managed multiple venture at the same time, i.e. Peltz shoes and and Fifth Dimension at the same time which grew under his leadership. Moreover he believes in passing on the knowledge which he has been sharing to Management students at KUSOM and visiting faculty at Ace Institute of Management. 

He is also one of the force behind the Idea Studio.

Bhushan Tuladhar

Sujeev Shakya

Deepak Sapkota

Naveen Phuyal

Ranjit Acharya

Organizing Team

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

  • Brijendra Rochan
  • Suman
  • Casey
  • Mero Raja Prasad

Event Staff

Abhash Bikram

Suyog Shrestha

Supriya Shrestha

Mero Raja Prasad Pradhan

Event Blog

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