Next Growth Conclave is Nepal’s Largest Entrepreneurship Conference.The conference brings together some of the most influential national and international speakers, investors, and media, to inspire Nepalese entrepreneurs, and share with them the secrets of business growth to take their ventures to the next level.
The conclave also hosts ‘Startup Valley’, Nepal’s largest startup exhibit, which allows startups to showcase their exciting ventures in front of a network of influencers, early adopters, and the media. The participants also have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to launch their products at ‘Kickstart Hill’.
It will start at 9 AM tomorrow and here are the list of Speakers with introduction.
- Lalitha Wemel
Regional Manager, Techstars, Asia Pacific
Lalitha Wemel is an active community architect and founder based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently, she is the Startup Programs Regional Manager for the Asia Pacific at TechStars. She oversees the partnerships and programming of startup community development across 17 countries in the region. Through her work, Lalitha works with community leaders, corporate, startups, and government bodies to build strong, sustainable local startup ecosystems and culture.
Lalitha leads Startup Weekend Women Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and is proudly supporting the growth of Startup Weekend Women in the Asia Pacific. She has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both locally and globally, including co-founding a mobile education startup with her parents. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, comedy, and travel.
- Shameem Ahsan
General Partner, Fenox Venture Capital, San Jose, California, USA
Shameem Ahsan is an ICT entrepreneur, Venture Capital Investor & Policymaker widely recognized for his work to improve the reputation of the Bangladeshi ICT industry in the global space. A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, USA, he is a General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital, a US$ 1.5 billion fund headquartered in Silicon Valley. He has played a pivotal role in the implementation of all the major policy changes related to the ICT sector in last one decade. He has been recognized as “Outstanding Tech Personality of 2015”.
- Arnaud Bonzom
Venture Partner, 500 Startups, Silicon Valley, USA
Arnaud Bonzom is Venture Partner at 500 Startups with a focus on helping Southeast Asian entrepreneurs to succeed. He is also a frequent speaker at several global conferences including Slush, Tech in Asia, Rise and Web Summit.
Arnaud is also active as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and has co-authored a report with INSEAD on how the largest organizations are engaging with startups which achieved press coverage across 29 countries and generated more than 110 speaking engagement invitations.
- Sajid Rahman
CEO, Telenor Health, Jakarta, Indonesia
Mr. Sajid Rahman is Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Health at Telenor Group. Telenor health is a purpose-driven company, fully owned by Telenor group. The company is built to deliver quality, data-driven healthcare in emerging markets. Telenor Health launched its first proposition, Tonic, in Bangladesh and currently serves millions of people.
Sajid is also an experienced international banker with exposures in emerging markets of South-Asia, Africa, Middle-East and South-East Asia and worked for Standard Chartered Bank. He managed banks at board level in different countries, including taking them through M&A.
He has brought in the first silicon valley based accelerator, Founder Institute, to Bangladesh.
- Dr. Upendra Mahato
Founder, Mahato Group of Industries, Russia | Nepal
Dr. Mahato is a well-known philanthropist and international entrepreneur with business ventures in many European and Asian countries. He is the Founding President of International Coordination Council of Non-Resident Nepali Association with chapters in 75 countries in the world working together for the economic prosperity of Nepal. In addition, he is the President of Russia-Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Honorary Consul General of Nepal to the Republic of Belarus. Dr. Mahato is an active presence in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal, having many ventures in various sectors like healthcare, infrastructure, and hydropower, among others. Although living in Russia, Dr. Mahato gives back to his motherland, Nepal by making a profusion of contributions.
- Warren Leow
Vice President, Imagine Group, London, UK www.designs.net
Warren Leow is the Vice President of Inmagine Group where he leads four global businesses including www.thehungryjpeg.com, www.craftbundles.com, www.stockunlimited.com and www.designs.net. He is also responsible for looking for new and relevant business development and investment opportunities for the group. He is a startup community leader with strong ties across the entire Southeast Asia region.
- Hem Raj Dhakal
Co-Founder & M.D., IME Group, Kathmandu, Nepal
Mr. Dhakal is a first generation serial entrepreneur of Nepal. He co-founded The IME conglomerate and played a pivotal role in institutionalizing the remittance business in Nepal. He had the vision to globalize the Remittance services and expand the business in South Asia. This was in order to help the millions of migrant workers in the Middle East and Malaysia to send remittances home in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
- Siddhant Raj Pandey
Chairman & CEO, Business Oxygen, Kathmandu, Nepal
A banker with international experience and expertise in the implementation and execution of a wide area of investment and development activities, who has started a private sector development company that bridges the world of banking and finance with the development goals and runs the first onshore FDI private equity impact fund in Nepal.
- Chandra Challagonda
Founder & CEO, APInf Oy, Tampere, Finland
Chandra Challagonda is the CEO and founder of APInf Oy. He is Indian national residing in Finland more than 14 years. He has a 20 year experience from the corporate world, including a career (grand tour) in Nokia Technology Marketing. Chandra is a true visionary and serial entrepreneur, he is a co-founder in several other companies, such as Sampo Software Oy.
- Mohammad Shabbir
Founder & CEO, GOInternational Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Shabbir is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Scalability, Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and International Business.
Finland (and the Nordics) is a hotbed of innovation and Shabbir, wants the world to know about it, and use it!
- Arijit Bhattacharyya
Founder & CEO, Virtualinfocom, Kolkata, India
An entrepreneur and investor with almost 20 years of experience under his belt, Arijit Bhattacharya is the founder and CEO of Virtualinfocom. Over the last few years, Bhattacharya has been traveling to various parts of the world to speak in national and international platforms on topics related to game development, virtual reality, wealth management, innovation and cyber security.
- Upaul Majumdar
General Manager, Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu, Nepal
Upaul Majumdar is responsible for the operations of the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu, a preferred destination for business meetings, leisure and all celebrations in Nepal. He took charge of hotel operations in July 26, 2015.
Upaul has more than 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry with significant expertise in the hotel operations & marketing.
- Anil Gurung
Co-Founder, Backstreet Academy, Singapore
Anil is co-founder and COO of Backstreet Academy, a peer-to-peer impact travel platform. At his time at Backstreet Academy, he’s spent most of his time living in places like Rajasthan, Vietnam and the Philippines to set up the offices of Backstreet Academy in these locations. Prior to commencing his startup journey, Anil worked as an economist in Singapore for five years. Anil’s other talents include the ability to devour copious amounts of momo in Kathmandu, kachori in Udaipur and pho cuon in Hanoi. He also finds Elon Musk to be an absolute badass!
- Manmeet Pal Singh
CEO, Reappoint Internet, India
Currently an Advisor to the Board at Domain Name Owners Association of India™, Fellow & Member of Nominating Committee 2 at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Manmeet organizes some of the largest Internet promoting events (DomainX, BlogX, GameX, Roundtable) in India focused on domain names, blogging, sporting/gaming Internet-related etc.
- Shazeeb M Khairul Islam
Founder & CEO, YY Ghosti, Bangladesh
Shazeeb M Khairul Islam is the Founder & CEO of YY Goshti, Bangladesh’s first social business incubator that supports early stage social businesses with training, mentorship & access to resources in the field of agriculture, water and sustainable communities. He is the President of Social Business Youth Alliance (SBYA), a global not-for profit that harnesses the power of young people, entrepreneurship and technology to bring social change.
- 8:30 – Registration Starts
- 9:00- Conclave starts
- 9:10- Welcome Note (Mr. Kavi Raj Joshi, Next Venture Corp)
- 9:20 – Paving the Way for Global Expansion (Mr. Warren Leow, Inmagine Group, Malaysia)
- 9:45 – Invest in Nepal – Here lies the future (Dr. Upendra Mahato, Mahato Group of Industries, Russia | Nepal)
- 10:10 – Making it BIG from Nepal (Mr. Hem Raj Dhakal, IME Group, Nepal)
- 10:35 – Great products can be built from anywhere (Mr. Arjit Bhattacharya, Virtualinfocom, India)
- 11:15 – Decoding Business Growth (Warren Leow, Hem Raj Dhakal, Dr Upendra Mahato)
- 12:15 – Innovation in Tourism (Mr. Anil Gurung, Backstreet Academy, Singapore|Nepal)
- 12:35 – Design Thinking to Grow Faster (Mr. Nitin Sethi, Quikr.com, India)
- 1:00 – Building smart cities, smarter governments (Mr. Chandra Challagonda, APInF Oy, Finland)
- 1:20 – Building purpose driven ventures (Mr. Shazeeb M. Khairul Islam, YY Ghoshti, Bangladesh)
- 1:40 – ICT for Good Governance Launch of a good governance app by Search For Common Ground
- 1:55 – Techsauce Global Summit – Next Growth Conclave Partnership
- 2:00 – Lunch
- 3:30 – Kickstart Hill
- 4:05 – Investing in SMEs – Opportunities and challenges in Nepal (Mr. Siddhant Raj Pandey, Business Oxygen, Nepal)
- 4:30 – Corporate Startup Partnership – Essential for Growth of Economies (Mr. Arnaud Bonzom, 500 Startups, USA)
- 4:55 – Equipping entrepreneurs to grow faster (Ms. Lalitha Wemel, TechStars, Asia Pacific)
- 5:20 – Expand where the market calls (Mr. Mohammad Shabbir, GO International, Finland)
- 5:55 – Don’t just build business, build a great company (Mr. Sajid Rahman, Telenor Health, Indonesia)
- 6:20 – Investing in Nepal: Today – Tomorrow (Siddhant Raj Pandey, Arnaud Bonzom, Sixit Bhatta (Startup Founder))
- 7:00 – Closing Remarks
*Schedule may vary according to Circumstances. Visit nextgrowthconclave.com for more details and tickets. Door sales are also available.