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नेपाली उद्धमीहरुका केहि उपदेश

“म प्रयास नै नगरेको भनेर पछुताउनु भन्दा बरु गल्ती नै गर्छु ।”

प्रबल गुरुङ, अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय फेसन डिजाइनर

“पर्यटन सपनाको उद्योग हो। तपाईंले सपना देख्नुपर्दछ र त्यसलाई बेच्नुपर्दछ।”

कर्ण शाक्य, काठमाडौं गेस्ट हाउस

“सरकार आएर तिम्रो जीवनलाई सजिलो बनाउला भनेर नपर्ख र अपेक्षा पनि नगर। यो तिम्रो जीवन र तिम्रो देश हो। त्यसलाई बिगार्न नदेऊ।”

अम्बिका श्रेष्ट, अध्यक्ष, द्वारिकाज ग्रुप अफ होटेलस्

“नयाँ प्रविधिको अध्ययन गर्नुहोस् र यदि त्यसले आफ्ना आवश्यकताहरुलाई पुर्ति गर्ने भए त्यसलाई अँगाल्नुहोस्।”

आनन्द बगारिया, निम्बस समुह

“राम्रो वित्तीय अनुशासन लागु गर र केन्द्रित भएर काम गर।”

वीरेन्द्र बस्नेत, बुद्ध एयर

“नेपालमा काठमाडौं मात्रै एउटै सम्भाव्य बजार होइन ।”

किरणकृष्ण श्रेष्ठ, नेपालय

“चुनौती भनेको व्यवस्थालाई कसरी परिवर्तन गर्ने जसले गर्दा असल मान्छे र विचारहरुले सम्मान पाउँछन्। युवा पुस्तामा असल मान्छे तथा असल विचारलाई पहिचान गरी उनीहरुलाई समर्थन गरी व्यवस्था बदल्ने अभिभारा आएको छ।”

योगेन्द्रमान शाक्य, नेपाल पर्यटन वर्ष २०११

“तपाईं व्यवसायमा हरेक चरणमा सिर्जनात्मक भई आफ्ना समस्याको समाधान खोज्नुपर्दछ विशेषगरी नेपालमा जहाँ मानिसहरु नयाँ विचार तथा परिवर्तनप्रति त्यति विश्वास गर्दैनन्।”

अनिल चित्रकार, सामाजिक उद्यमी

“आफ्नो लागि काम गर्ने मानिसहरु व्यवसायका सबभन्दा महत्वपूर्ण सम्पति हुन्। सबै कामदारहरुसँग राम्रोसँग सम्बन्ध राख्नु जरुरी हुन्छ किनकि अहम भएको एकजनाले पनि कामको प्रवि्र्कयालाई बिगार्न सक्दछ।”

किरण भक्त जोशी, इनसेसेन्ट रेन एनिमेशन स्टुडियो,

“सबै प्रर्किया जान्नु आवश्यक छ तर सबैमा हात हाल्दा व्यवसायमा अव्यवस्था सिर्जना हुनसक्दछ। व्यवसाय विस्तार हुँदै जाँदा आफ्ना सहयोगीहरुलाई जिम्मेवारी हस्तान्तरण गर्न र उनीहरुलाई विश्वास गर्न सिक्नु आवश्यक हुन्छ।”

तासी सेर्पा, सेर्पा एडभेन्चर गिएर

“तौलिएर जोखिम उठाऊ र अरुको नक्कल गर्नुभन्दा आफै केही नयाँ कुरा सुरु गर किनकि नक्कल गर्ने व्यक्ति जहिले पनि जसको नक्कल गरिएको हो ऊभन्दा तल्लो स्तरको नै हुन्छ ।”

ज्ञानेन्द्रलाल प्रधान, हाइड्रो सोलुसन्स

“भर्खर उद्यम सुरु गरेको व्यक्तिले आवश्यक परेको बेलामा सबै किसिमको काम गर्न तयार हुनुपर्दछ।”

इच्छा बहादुर तामाँङ, सिभिल ग्रुप

“यदि आफुले सिर्जना गरेको सामानको गुणस्तरको बारेमा विश्वस्त छौ भने कोहीसँग पनि डराउनु पर्दैन।”

चन्द्र तिवारी, नीना एन्ड हेगर

“यो समय नै नेपालमा उद्यमी बन्नको लागि सबैभन्दा उत्तम समय हो।”

मीन बहादुर गुरुङ, भाटभटेनी सुपरमार्केट


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धन्यवाद !

Swedish IT social entrepreneur in Nepal, Bjőrn Sőderberg

Bjőrn Sőderberg, 28, is a young social entrepreneur with three successfully running companies, two in Nepal and one in Sweden.

In search of something exciting, challenging and different from that of Sweden, Bjőrn Sőderberg came to Nepal as a volunteer when he was 19 years old and lived in Bal Mandir. During his stay, he saw the potential for exciting new things in the hands of the young people in the country. In contrary to the trend of the youngsters finding their way to the U.S and abroad, Bjőrn started off in Nepal with a paper recycling (Watabaran Pvt. Ltd.) and IT outsourcing venture (Websearch Professionals Pvt. Ltd).

Despite the Swedish Government urging its citizens not to travel to Nepal for security reasons, Mr. Sőderberg was determined and he started approaching for loans in banks for the initial capital of $20,000. But through his struggle in the initial days, what he learnt was exciting!

——> Lesson No: 1,  One does not need money to be an entrepreneur, s/he needs customers. You don’t spend money to start a company; you start a company to earn money. And with this learning in mind, he went to Sweden and confirmed two clients by promising them to deliver the same service they were already getting, but in half the price. His first two customers was his market research. In his way of doing things, he believes more in learning by doing rather than trying to focus too much in theory as he says “Most people believe you need to follow a certain process and make business plans to start a company. But the matter of fact is you don’t need websites, business plans or brochures to start your company, just start making money. Once you have your first customer, you have your market research, you have your company.”

Speaking of the struggle people go through to find that one bright idea to start up a venture, he points out that having a good or a great idea is not a guarantee of the success of the business.
—–> Lesson No. 2, Having the drive and the guts is more important than the idea itself.

The passion associated with the work can naturally make any idea a good one. The old formula is if you enjoy your work, you don’t even feel you are working. Adding more on innovation, idea and entrepreneurship, he explains that Entrepreneurship is about getting an idea and working very hard to realize it because it takes time to build up a business. And thus during that time, an entrepreneurs must have two qualities; patience and work hard.

While most people are apprehensive about starting up a business for the fear of failure, he takes a different approach saying,

—–> Lesson No. 3, “Never be afraid to fail. Rather be afraid of never failing. Those who never fail have never tried anything new and never be afraid of creating new things. Because creating new things and translating new ideas to action, even if they are small ones is what entrepreneurs do.”

Some Questions & Answers

What are the problems in starting up a business in Nepal?

Corruption is one of the major discouragements in starting up a business in Nepal. Bureaucrats try to squeeze money out of you here which a different scenario than in Sweden.

Do you think foreign investors are safe enough to invest in Nepal?

Given a few things, a safe environment for foreign investment can be created in Nepal. Some are:
Documents should be in English.
Load shedding should cease.
Hindrances from involuntary Bandhs and strikes should stop.

Have you faced or felt any conflict between the social contribution and economic aspects of a business?

I haven’t faced many clashes as such. I provide scholarships to talented students to study in KU and ask them to work for me for 4 years. Besides, I am always trying to take the middle way in finding profitability and contributing to the society.

In a certain business situation like “If a client asks more and more services and in the end refuses to pay the prices pointing out it was very high, what can one do in such situation”?

To avoid unprofessional situations like these, making everything about the deal clear beforehand is important. Give your client a sample or a prototype of your service and product and ask them to test it. If they like it then mention your prices. But remember some clients are unworkable and sometimes in those cases you have to let them go.

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Previous speakers at “E4N’s Last Thursdays” have been:

Ambica Shrestha of Dwarika’s Hotels and Resorts

Ajay Ghimire of Vibor Bank

Ashutosh Tiwari of Himalmedia

Bal Joshi of Thamel.com

Gyanendra Pradhan of HydroSolutions Nepal

Ichhya Raj Tamang of Civil Homes Group of Industries

Jonas Lindblom, a Swedish investor of Isadora Cosmetics on Durbar Marg

Karna Sakya of Kathmandu Guest house

Kiran Bhakta Joshi of Incessant Rain Animation Studios

Mahendra Shakya of Momo King

Min Bahadur Gurung of Bhatbhateni Supermarkets

Tashi Sherpa of Sherpa Adventure Gears

Interaction with a Swedish Investor and a Nepali media CEO

here are the transcripts of the last thursdays series of the Entrepreneurs for Nepal group in September. It is based on an interaction with a Swedish investor and a nepali CEO.

Jonas Lindblom (Swedish Investor in Nepal)

“The market in India is very complicated and it is difficult to do business there. There are many middlemen in India and various agents are involved in almost every sector. But in Nepal, it’s simple. There are few people in entrepreneurship and everyone knows each other. Nepal is simpler for a foreigner like me and its way too easier to do business in Nepal. That’s why I came here,” said Swedish entrepreneur, Jonas Lindblom.

Lindblom is running two companies in Nepal – Artamus Nepal (P) Ltd. And L&L House of Commerce (P) Ltd.

Artamus Nepal focuses on Internet Marketing for European clients and L&L House of Commerce is a trading and investment company. The latter company focuses to introduce high quality products from Scandinavia and export unique Nepali products to the European market.He shared his ideas about investing in Nepal from a foreigner’s perspective here during September’s Last Thursdays Entrepreneurs Speak, jointly organized by Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation and Entrepreneurs for Nepal.

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negativity = Uncertainity = negativity

Bad days for an entrepreneur….

If i don’t know how much electricity i am going to get next week, or how much petrol i am going to get 2 days from now, then thats a big problem for development.

UNCERTAINTY.

These are the days of the parasites :)

Everyone is looking at another to see if there is anyone to lead them out of this stalemate in Nepal.

I.e constituent Assembly…
met a Non Resident Nepali dying to invest in the country (infact he already is). Just not finding enough forward moving business and politicians to move business ahead.
His family is doing a lot of big business abroad and dying to do more in Nepal. But most of his time is spent on trying to negotiate with politicians for stupid licences..

India’s licence raj is over.. Nepal’s is at its prime !!!