Regional Start-up Network Program held in Thimphu

Participants along with their mentors and guests

STAFF REPORTER | Thimphu

For building the capacities of start-ups in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and strengthen linkages between the four countries through partnership, a two-day “Regional Start-up Network program was conducted in Thimphu on October 27 and 28.

The 2-day formative workshop for 20 start-ups from Bhutan was organized by KIIT-Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI) at Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The program was envisaged by the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata as opening the doors of collaborative trade-relations through entrepreneurship in the region which was implemented by KIIT-TBI.

The program was designed to promote eco-systemic collaboration and growth for start-ups from these four countries. The workshop also included interactive knowledge sessions with experts from various domains from Bhutan and India.

The program saw high Bhutanese representation and they were provided with intensive inputs on business growth and scaling. The top five start-ups from this cohort will be selected to represent Bhutan at the 3-day advanced workshop.

The advanced workshop will be held in the American Spaces in Kolkata that will have representatives from all four countries and will be a combination of in-depth knowledge sessions and investment opportunities.

Lam Kezang Chhoephel, Chief Executive Officer of Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) commemorated the start of the session by lighting a butter lamp along with the other guests.

The CEO while gracing the event highlighted the importance of the program and the opportunity provided by the event through the U.S. Consulate, Kolkata and KIIT-TBI.

KIIT-TBI has established several ecosystem partnerships to take this program forward and to create a holistic entrepreneurial cross border ecosystem along with iHub Bhutan, APIC and Sherubtse College.