Igniting spark

Working in tandem is key to an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem Niladri Parial Kathmandu A multitude of platforms that have sprung up to aid ideation, prototype development, and launch of a business in recent years have fuelled the desire among many to hop onto the rapidly-running bandwagon of entrepreneurship. It can, however be, be very confusing to a newcomer — with boot  camps, start-up platforms, incubators and accelerators vying for attention. The time was ripe for a key actor to play aggregator. That is what Nepal  Entrepreneurs Hub (NEHUB) did with a 5-day Spark Week from November 22-26. The idea was […]

Entrepreneurship and Investment

The second iteration of MNS VMAG Weekends’ Sky Education Agenda Sessions was held at the Summit Hotel in the Capital on Saturday. The event saw a discussion on the early stage investment in entrepreneurship that featured some of the key investors and entrepreneurs from Nepali business scape–Saurav Jyoti, Arun K Chaudary, Siddhanta Pandey, Vidhan Rana, Amun Thapa, Puja Tandon, Abhay Poudel, and Niraj Khanal–who talked about issues ranging from the current trends in investment in Nepal, the challenges of utilising funding and the history of investment in Nepal, among others. The session was moderated by Kavi Raj Joshi, founder and […]

Alternative financing

A different approach to financing business The Himalayan Times, 07.08.2016 Alternative finance has become the new buzzword for entrepreneurs worldwide who are seeking for a fund to either start a business or to grow their existing ones. In the past 5 years Kathmandu has witnessed a big change in the way the entrepreneurs are financed. With several new funds coming up in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the investors are not only injecting cash flow to the businesses but also helping to build a sustainable and financially sound ecosystem. I met Siddhant Pandey, CEO of Business Oxygen, one of the alternative finance […]

यसकारण चाहिन्छ प्राइभेट इक्विटी फन्ड

कुनै पनि मुलुकमा आर्थिक विकासका लागि व्यावसायिक योजना तथा त्यसलाई आवश्यक पर्ने पुाजी चाहिन्छ । नेपाल पनि त्योभन्दा भिन्न हुन सक्दैन । आर्थिक विकाससागै विभिन्न मुलुकले लगानीका विभिन्न प्रणाली विकास गरेका छन् । त्यसमध्ये एक हो– प्राइभेट इक्विटी । नेपालमा निजी क्षेत्र र अझ भन्नुपर्दा साना तथा मझौला उद्योगका लागि आवश्यक लगानी गर्ने भनेको बैंक तथा वित्तीय संस्था हुन् । तर, केन्द्रीय बैंककै नीतिअनुसार उनीहरूले विनाधितो लगानी गर्न पाउादैनन् । धितो नभएका व्यवसायी तथा व्यावसायिकता भएका व्यक्तिका लागि प्राइभेट इक्विटीको ठूलो महत्व छ । निजी क्षेत्रबाट खुलेको इक्विटी कम्पनी बिजनेस अक्सिजन प्रालिका अध्यक्ष तथा प्रमुख कार्यकारी अधिकृत सिद्धान्तराज पाण्डेले प्राइभेट […]

Private Equity Funds in Nepal

Private Equity (PE) or Venture Capital Funds (VC) fill the gap between entrepreneurs and access to finance. In many cases when business ideas are innovative, but lack conventional methods of financing from Banks due to lack of collateral, PE/VCs fund them. This can either be in the form of Angel financing or help scale up an existing business that already has equity value to it. Angel financing is riskier as it deals with incubators and startups. Until recently, Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) funds have been in existence in the most rudimentary structures in Nepal. In the past, […]