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Capacity strengthening of women entrepreneurs from Bhutan


ICIMOD, Nepal and India

Date & Time

13 June 2022 to 17 June 2022


Anu Joshi Shrestha

About the event

Together with Antarprerana, the Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) Initiative is organising a cross-learning and exposure visit to Nepal for the five winners of the Business pitching competition held in June 2021 in Bhutan. The winners were chosen among ten women who participated in the four-day business pitching training. Their businesses focus on the green sectors in Bhutan and cover a range of products such as ezey – a popular side dish in Bhutan, natural/organic dyed fabric, organic sausages, glass noodles, crotchet items, shitake mushroom, healthy cookies, dapa (wooden bowls), sanitary pads, and cereal.

The exposure visit is part of our RMS Initiative, which supports the building of an inclusive and resilient entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region and provides tailored programmes and capacity building trainings for women entrepreneurs, which will help them strengthen their businesses. Through this exposure visit, the women entrepreneurs will learn more about similar women-led enterprises and will provide them with a platform to build networks for further learning and collaboration. This platform also provides mentoring opportunities from experienced women entrepreneurs of Nepal.

We will be awarding the five winners here at ICIMOD in hopes to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region.


Moderator: Anu Joshi Shrestha, Rural Enterprise and Value Chain Specialist, Livelihoods, ICIMOD

Time (NPT) Details Venue
09:00–09:10 Registration ICIMOD
09:10–09:20 Welcoming remarks – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD ICIMOD
09:20–09:30 Objectives and outline of the programme – Anu Joshi Shrestha, Rural Enterprise and Value Chain Specialist, Livelihoods, ICIMOD ICIMOD
09:30–10:00 Introduction of all the participants ICIMOD
10:00–11:00 Business showcase by all entrepreneurs ICIMOD
11:00–11:15 Tea/coffee/cookies ICIMOD
11:15–12:30 Continue with business showcase  ICIMOD
12:30–13:30 Lunch ICIMOD
13:30–14:30 Panel discussion on women-led entrepreneurship ecosystem

Q&A with four prominent women entrepreneurs (future mentors)

14:30–15:00 Token of appreciation distribution ICIMOD
15:00–15:30 Celebrating the journey and plans of the four winners from the pitching competition ICIMOD
15:30–16:00 Group photo

Product displays and promotions along with tea/coffee/cookies

16:00–16:30 Closing remarks

Tashi Dorji, Programme Coordinator, KLCDI, Transboundary Landscapes, ICIMOD

Om Raj Bhandari, Chairman, Antarprerana

Vote of thanks

Anu Joshi Shrestha, Rural Enterprise and Value Chain Specialist, Livelihoods, ICIMOD

Niraj Khanal, CEO, Antarprerana

18:00–20:00 Reception Dinner La Plaza


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11:00–12:30 Visit Mahaguthi Outlet, Kupondole Mahaguthi
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13:30–14:30 Visit Wind Power Nepal, Jhamsikhel Wind Power Nepal
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16:00–18:00 Thamel-Nepal retail market study ICIMOD


Time (NPT) Details Venue
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