05 October 2023 to
06 October 2023
Anu Joshi Shrestha
With the shared goal of strengthening the entrepreneurship ecosystem, this workshop will bring together representatives from the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) countries who are running incubation hubs. Participants will collaboratively design a strategic roadmap for establishing and managing business incubation and innovation hubs which are green, resilient, and inclusive. The workshop will facilitate knowledge sharing, skill transfer, and partnership development drawing inspiration from the successful model of The Buddha Institute of India on inclusive and social entrepreneurship. As added values, ICIMOD would like to bring sustainability, climate resilience and a ‘greening’ production and marketing process and to make enterprise green. Aligning with ICIMOD’s Medium-Term Action Plan V, we want to contribute to the development of a robust and highly adaptable institutional and regulatory framework that promotes gender-responsive, ecologically aware, and circular mountain business.
Strategic roadmaps: Detailed strategic plans for establishing and operating incubation and innovation hubs tailored to the context of each country
15-20 representatives from India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal will be part of the workshop. Experts from WorldStartup, an organisation based in the Netherlands which focuses on inclusive and regenerative global economy for a sustainable future, will provide a more sustainable, green and climate-resilient lens to the roadmaps.
Entrepreneurship is a crucial driver of economic growth, innovation, and job creation. To harness the potential of entrepreneurship in the HKH countries, there is a need to establish robust incubation and innovation hubs. These hubs will provide aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs with the necessary resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities to turn their innovative ideas to transform agriculture and food system into successful businesses.
The proposed initiative draws inspiration from the successful model implemented by The Buddha Institute of India and aims to replicate its impact in Nepal and across the target countries. The Buddha Institute is a dedicated platform encouraging the creation of an eco-system for sustainable, problem-solving models among the poor, leading to improved livelihoods, mostly in the agriculture sector. The social entrepreneurship culture is embedded in their system with a focus on marginalised groups over profit.
Along with the learning from Buddha Institute, ICIMOD aims to promote a culture in the mountains that harnesses mountain opportunities while focusing on solving mountain problems and engaging the youth. Adding to the already inclusive approach of the Buddha Institute, we would like to bring in a green and resilient aspect, with the 3P approach: Planet, People and Profit.
Rapporteur: Krishna Dhakal, ICIMOD
Tea and coffee
Opening remarks – Shekhar Ghimire, Director, Administration, Finance and Operations, ICIMOD
Introduction and programme objectives – Anu Joshi Shrestha, Rural Enterprise and value chain development specialist
Keynote speech on “promoting green economy through developing an entrepreneurship ecosystem” – Nand Kishor Agrawal, Senior Specialist Adaptation and Green Economies, Lead SG-2: Shaping green and resilient mountain economies
Remarks – Mukunda Prasad Niroula, Secretary of Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Government of Nepal
Remarks – Srabani Roy, Lead, Strategic Group 2: Shaping green and resilient mountain economies
The Buddha Institute, India – Shipra Singh, Theme Leader
WorldStartup, Netherlands – Gerrit Jan Van’t Veen, Director
BetterStories, Bangladesh – Minhaz Anwar, Founder
ScaleX, Pakistan – Adnan Faisal, Founder
Karakoram Area Development Organization- Khayam Beg, CEO
Loden Foundation, Bhutan – Kuenzang Choden, Operation Manager
Antarprerana, Nepal – Shraddha Shakya, Business Development Manager
Shipra Singh and Girish Agarwal, The Buddha Institute
Group work to evolve a country-specific roadmap (what can each country take forward, building on key takeaways of day 1)
Way forward/next steps by ICIMOD – Anu Joshi Shrestha
Remarks by Officiating Chief, Entrepreneurship Promotion Division, Government of Bhutan – Chumo Wangmo
Remarks by Chief Investment Officer, Start up Bangladesh – Hasan Arif
Remarks by Theme Leader, The Buddha Institute, India – Girish Agrawal
Remarks from Chief Operating Officer, Antarprerana, Nepal – Angel Chitrakar
Remarks from Operating Officer, ScaleX, Pakistan – Muhammad Sayaf Arbab
Vote of Thanks Abid Hussain