A Panel Discussion was hosted by KDBC on 7 July 2018. The topic of the discussion was Youth Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Challenges in Nepal. The discussion was aimed at bringing in experts from different areas related to entrepreneurship on a common platform. The panel consisted of the following members:
Mr. Shikshit Bhatta (Tootle)
Mr. Arniko Rajbhandari (Arniko Society & Nepal Dairy)
Mr. Bilal Ahmed (Latido Leathers)
Mr. Kavi Raj Joshi (Founder & Managing Director, Next Venture Corp.)
Mr. Salil Subedi (Co-Founder, Himalayan Culture Mill)
Ms. Reecha Sharma (Nepali Actress, VJ and Model)
Mr. Niraj Khanal ( CEO- Antarprerana)
It was an interactive session where students gained the opportunity to learn and explore. The panelist, known for their contributions in the respective domains, talked about how the business scenario in Nepal has evolved in the past few years and also shared their industry-specific entrepreneurial opportunities. They were kind enough to share their personal stories and start-ups.
The panel discussed about how the ease of doing business is increasing in Nepal. How the young minds are innovating into business and how the investors are coming forward to help them. Question like “the start-up bubble” were taken and justified with solid answers. However, the panel also clarified that there are no soft landings in entrepreneurship.
The programme had started with the paper presentation by Ms. Shraddha Shakya. With the facilitation offered by Ms. Meghna Shrestha, Ms. Utsah Lamichhane and Ms. Priya Agrawal, students of MBA 1 semester, had short important questions to the panelists as moderators. The panelists had elaborated and discussed the enlightening effect of the start-up initiatives on future and the intricacies involved in Nepal. They had also focused on the opportunities and loopholes in the upcoming start-ups in Nepal. The final advice given by the panel to the students was “Start-ups are not about ideas – they are all about making the ideas happen”.
The discussion concluded with a Q/A session and the panelists’ snippets on the future of education and the role of creativity and innovation in the institutions of higher learning.
The Chairman of KDBC Prof. Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe, thanked the erudite panelists, enthused the audience and the KDBC Team for their support in making the event a grand success.