Mondays with Young Entrepreneurs: Creating Entrepreneurial Celebrities
Seeking to inspire the youth through the stories of young entrepreneurs to whom they can relate, Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity with the support of American Embassy and Yuwa has been organizing Uncovering Opportunities: Mondays with Young Entrepreneurs every week in December. Each week, ISAP has been showcasing documentaries of young entrepreneurs both from Kathmandu and beyond followed by panel discussions and interaction with the entrepreneurs. The third week of Mondays with Young Entrepreneurs had three guests, Manohar Adhikari from Foodmandu, Durga Khad Thakuri, commercial cow farmer from Palpa and Avash Ghimire, co-founder of Maidan Futsal. The films documenting the three entrepreneurs’ stories were screened at the FNCCI building, Teku. The first film showcased Manohar Adhikari and his venture Foodmandu that delivers food within an hour from any restaurant around Kathmandu. Next was the story of Durga Khad Thakuri who is a commercial cow farmer in Palpa. Thakuri who had taken animal health trainings started his own venture after gaining enough knowledge through such programs. The final documentary screened the story of Avash Ghimire who had started a venture during his undergraduate studies in Ace College. Ghimire who is 25 was the youngest entrepreneur among the three. After the screening, an interactive session followed where the floor was opened to questions from the audience. The entrepreneurs talked about the different challenges in their fields and about being innovative as a crucial part of doing business.
“Our aim is to not only stimulate the entrepreneurial ecosystem but also to make celebrities out of entrepreneurs. In the 90′s, every boy in high-school wanted to be a rock star. Our hope is that in 5 years time, every teenager in high-school will grow up wanting to be an entrepreneur.” wrote Pankaj Parajuli, executive director of ISAP through an email.
The first of the four-week session on 1st December featured the fashion designer Subhexya Bhadel and her story about starting up Crossroad Apparel as well as the story of Krishna Basnet and Rama Lamichhane who started mushroom farming on their own. The second installment on 8th December saw Prarambha Bio Tech’s Manish, Baidhyanath, Ashok and Prabesh, four biotech entrepreneurs who have started manufacturing Vermi compost as well as Mala Thapa Magar of Himlayan Allo Udhyog, who manufactures nettle fiber and Rekha Sunuar who makes apparels from Dhaka.
The fourth session of Mondays with Young Entrepreneurs will take place in 22nd December 3 pm onwards at FNCCI building, Teku and will include Lalita and Chandra Prasad Pandey of Srijana Tomato Seeds and Madhusudhan Aryal from Jasmine Paints. Entry is free.