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Cross learning between Bhutan and Nepal and Graduation Day



Date & Time

05 July 2022 to 07 July 2022

Concept note

About the event

The Air Pollution Solution (APS) Initiative under the Regional Programme on Atmosphere is organising a four-day programme to mark the closure of the Climate Action4Clean Air (CA4CA) incubation programme. We jointly organised the incubation programme with Antarprerana Pvt. Ltd. (Nepal) and Institute for Learning Solutions (Bhutan) for youth business entrepreneurs from Bhutan and Nepal. The programme will allow participants of both countries to learn from each other on how they can approach and tackle air pollution-related business solutions.


Expected outcome

The CA4CA programme aimed to build understanding among youth business entrepreneurs about how their air pollution mitigating solutions can contribute to improving air quality and create awareness among peers towards promoting clean air. The three-day closing and graduation programme will involve cross-learning visits, roundtable discussions, experience-sharing presentations, and business health check-up.



The CA4CA programme primarily aimed to find solutions to reduce the impact of air pollution affecting the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. Through the programme, youth business startups from Bhutan and Nepal submitted their pitches detailing their business solutions for mitigating air pollution. Following an overwhelming number of applications, the top 30 applicants were selected by an independent selection panel for the boot camp. The selected businesses participated in a business-pitching competition, from which a panel of experts selected five winners each from Bhutan and Nepal. The young winners then engaged in a business incubation and mentorship programme, which encouraged the entrepreneurs to develop their commercial business, adopting green solutions while ensuring their ideas and solutions are commercially viable and marketable.

CA4CA connected these entrepreneurs with mentors who guided them to increase their product’s adaptability, scalability, and sustainability. This programme encouraged entrepreneurs and developed an ecosystem for the young entrepreneurs to explore markets and focus on their approach towards reducing emissions and pollution – all towards addressing the global air pollution issue.


Overall event agenda

5–7 July 2022

Date Programme
5 July Cross learning

  • Ecoorb Factory at Gokarneshwor, Kathmandu
  • Antarprerana Pvt. Ltd.
  • Build Up Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • Chyau Bio
6 July Kailash Hall, ICIMOD

Graduation day

7 July ICIMOD Knowledge Park, Godavari, Kathmandu


  • Round table discussion

ICIMOD Knowledge Park tour


Graduation day agenda

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 | 09:30–16:30 (Nepal Standard time) | Kailash Hall, ICIMOD

Time Programme  
09:00–09:30 Registration  
09:30–09:35 Opening session

Introduction to CA4CA

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

09:35–09:40 Welcome remarks

Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD



About the Air Pollution Solutions Initiative

Bidya Banmali Pradhan, Programme Coordinator, Air Pollution Solutions, ICIMOD


09:45–09:50 Om Rajbhandari, Chairperson, Antarprerana Pvt. Ltd.  
09:50–09:55 Indu Bikram Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal  
09:55–10:00 Narayan Prasad Sharma Duwadi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Nepal  
10:00–10:05 Pem Narayan Kandel, Secretary, Ministry of Environment  
10:05–11:00 Group photo and innovation display  
CA4CA in detail  
11:05–11:10 Concept of incubation and mentorship – Niraj Khanal, Co-Founder and CEO, Antarprerana Pvt. Ltd., Nepal  
11:10–11:15 Partnership and CA4CA experience (Bhutan) – Kesang Om, CEO – Institute for Learning Solutions, Bhutan (ILS)  
11:15–11:20 Partnership and CA4CA experience (Nepal) – Narayani Gaha, Programme Manager, Antarprerana Pvt. Ltd., Nepal  
11:20– 11:25 Bhutan Entrepreneurs CA4CA short film  


Presentations of Business Solutions

Björn Söderberg  – Founder and CEO, Build Up Nepal Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

11:35–11:45 Tshering Choden – Co-Founder, Deki Natural Dyes  
11:45–11:55 Gunjan Ghimire – CEO, Chyau.Bio Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  
12:00–13:30 Lunch  







Presentations of Business Solutions

Sonam Tshering – Founder, Druk Peci

Sunny Rajopadhya – CEO & Co-founder, Ecoorb Ventures

Tshering Lhamo – Co-Founder, Gross International Nature (GIN)

Dorji Dema – Founder, Orgreenic Food

Nirajan Ghimire – CEO, Green Road Waste Management

Karma Yogini – Founder, Zamin Friends Forever

14:45–15:25 Tea break


Experience sharing

Rikesh Gurung – President, Bhutan Association of Entrepreneurs, Bhutan

15:30–15:35 Shashi Bhattarai – Co-founder & Director, Knowledge Holding International, Nepal  
15:35–15:45 Pim De Bokx – Managing Partners Prioneerz and PUM Incubation Expert, The Netherlands  
15:45–15:55 Gerrit Jan Van ‘t Veen – CEO, World Startup, The Netherlands  
15:55–16:00 Abhishek Risal – Antarprerana Pvt. Ltd., Nepal  
  Closing session  
16:00–16:05 Way forward for CA4CA

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

16:05–16:25 Distribution of tokens and certificates and closing remarks

Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD

16:25–16:30 Vote of thanks

Lynette Chettri Fetz, Consultant, Event and Workshop Management, Air Pollution Solutions Initiative, ICIMOD

  Group photo  
17:00–20:00 Reception and networking dinner