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ROCKSTART

IMPACT

NEPAL'S FIRST ACCELERATOR


Rockstart Impact is looking for viable and scalable companies that are run by ambitious entrepreneurs.

Are you ready?

Application closes in:

Europe’s best connected Accelerator
has arrived to the Himalayas!


Do you have a viable and scalable business that is seeking for an investment to scale up?
Are you an ambitious entrepreneur who is driven to make a social impact in Nepal?

Apply to Rockstart Impact, Nepal’s first accelerator program providing an international growth capital to Nepali entrepreneurs since 2014!

Nepal shares its borders with the world’s biggest emerging economies- China and India which offers an exciting business climate. The growing entrepreneurial mindset of Nepal offers new economic opportunities, but entrepreneurs lack access to capital and expertise for further growth.  While there are impact investors who want to invest on companies that generate financial returns along with social impact in the region they operate in. Rockstart Impact bridges in the gap between what impact investors require and what local entrepreneurs are able to provide.

Rockstart Impact was launched in Nepal by One to Watch and has successfully conducted two editions of the program with a 70% success rate.

STATS

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

374

ALUMNI

20

INVESTMENTS PLEDGES

14

INVESTMENT SIZE

100-500 K

THE PROGRAM


Our 100-day program helps founders focus on their product design, market fit and business model and provides access to foreign direct investment along with a huge network of relevant stakeholders.

WHAT DO WE OFFER?

Rock solid curriculum

Rockstart Impact is a 100-day business support program which has been specifically designed for Nepali entrepreneurs and their businesses. During the program, participants receive intensive coaching from experienced local and international entrepreneurs and experts on how to successfully grow their business.

Suraj Vaidya
President at Vaidya's Org. of Industries and Trading Houses

The missing puzzle in the business jigsaw of Nepal is the creation of young entrepreneurs that will create jobs and multiply job opportunities. That is what I like the most about being a part of Rockstart Impact.

Suraj Vaidya
President at Vaidya's Org. of Industries and Trading Houses

The missing puzzle in the business jigsaw of Nepal is the creation of young entrepreneurs that will create jobs and multiply job opportunities. That is what I like the most about being a part of Rockstart Impact.

Expert Mentors

The program includes hands-on expertise and coaching from mentors and experts from Nepal and the Netherlands, centred around the Nepalese entrepreneurs.

Sohan Babu Khatri
CEO, Three H Management

The value for me as a mentor for Rockstart Impact falls on the same line as that for the entrepreneurs. Having failed personally in 3 businesses in the past, I try to share my experiences with the entrepreneurs while learning from them at the same time. 

Sohan Babu Khatri
CEO, Three H Management

The value for me as a mentor for Rockstart Impact falls on the same line as that for the entrepreneurs. Having failed personally in 3 businesses in the past, I try to share my experiences with the entrepreneurs while learning from them at the same time. 

Strong investor base

Rockstart Impact’s network which is backed up by One to Watch includes over 200+ local and international investors. With 70% success rate, we are sure that we can connect you to a western investor.

Prasanna Basnet
RSI Batch 2016

After becoming a part of Rockstart Impact, we are testing, validating, branding, marketing and understanding the customer values. Also, the work has now become organized and systematic with a change in the working style.

Prasanna Basnet
RSI Batch 2016

After becoming a part of Rockstart Impact, we are testing, validating, branding, marketing and understanding the customer values. Also, the work has now become organized and systematic with a change in the working style.

Personal and team development

The accelerator program includes a component focused on personal and team development along with support on getting the financial and legal structure straight for the entrepreneurs.

Aashish Adhikari
RSI Batch 2015

The mentors have acted like teachers, reviewing my work, giving me homework- which at times makes me feel like I am at school. But the things they say make me question myself and help me figure out the things I have been missing on.

Aashish Adhikari
RSI Batch 2015

The mentors have acted like teachers, reviewing my work, giving me homework- which at times makes me feel like I am at school. But the things they say make me question myself and help me figure out the things I have been missing on.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN


BUSINESS PLAN

Formulating a clear and understandable business plan.

CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT

Determining, verifying and describing the key business assumptions.

COMMUNICATION TRAINING

Developing skills required to communicate with the investors and your customers.

PITCHING

Presenting your business to investors and potential customers.

NETWORK

Building a relevant network.

CONTROL & ACCOUNTING STANDARD

Implementing an internal control and accounting standard that is understandable and agreeable for international investors.

WE RECRUIT


Ambitious entrepreneurs

Viable and scalable businesses

Seeking for an investment

Eager to learn

Available for a 100 days

Innovative business models

OUR PROGRAM STRUCTURE


An overview of key decision dates for the 100-day program which is categorized into 4 sections- Define, Develop, Plan and On stage.

Sep 1

Getting ready

Recruitment and selection of 10 entrepreneurs in Nepal

Dec 3

Program day 1

Stage I

Define business model

Dec 14

Stage II

Develop value proposition

Jan 18

Stage III

Plan for scale

Feb 15

Stage IV

Prepare for fundraising

Mar 10

DEMO DAY

Kathmandu

Mar 17

DEMO DAY

Amsterdam

THE PARTNERS


Rockstart Impact is run by One to Watch, a Dutch  asset management company. This structure enables direct investment opportunities to your company after the program. We’ve partnered up with some of the best organisations to provide you with support, expertise and excellent validation opportunities.

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OUR MENTORS


The pillar behind our program is our network of mentors coming in from different walks of businesses determined to help the entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

  • Huub Raemakers
    Aashish Adhikari
    Founder at Red Mud Coffee Pvt. Ltd
    Huub Raemakers
    Abhaya Poudel
    Director at Biz Serve Pvt. Ltd
  • Huub Raemakers
    Anand Tuladhar
    Founder & Managing Director at Blue Bird Department Mall
    Huub Raemakers
    Anil Chitrakar
    President at SiddharthInc
  • Huub Raemakers
    Anil Shah
    CEO at Mega Bank Nepal Limited
    Huub Raemakers
    Anjan Dahal
    Advocate at Supreme Court of Nepal Assoc. Professor at Kathmandu School of Law
  • Huub Raemakers
    Anton Van Vilsteren
    Agricultural Eng. at Wageningen UniversityNautilus at Nautilus
    Huub Raemakers
    Aradhana Malla
    Regional Manager, Bank of Kathmandu Lumbini
  • Huub Raemakers
    Arun Kunwar
    Founder at Metro Hospital
    Huub Raemakers
    Ashutosh Tiwari
    Co-founder at Entrepreneurs for Nepal
  • Huub Raemakers
    Bibhusan Bista
    CEO at Young Innovations Pvt. Ltd
    Huub Raemakers
    Casper Peeters
    Former CEO at Xsens
  • Huub Raemakers
    Deependra Tandon
    Director at Advantage Group
    Huub Raemakers
    Edmond Hilhorst
    Entrepreneur at Independer, Planee, Arts&zorg, mediquest, Interamerican group, new venture
  • Huub Raemakers
    Femke Rotteveel
    Founder at Femke LInc
    Huub Raemakers
    Johan De Hoop
    Founder and former owner at VersAlertSenior Expert at PUM Netherlands
  • Huub Raemakers
    Kabindra Prasad Pradhan
    Director at Nepal Krishi Company
    Huub Raemakers
    KAMAL PANDE
    Former Joint Secretary at Government of Nepal
  • Huub Raemakers
    Karmath Dangol
    VP Engineering at CloudFactory
    Huub Raemakers
    Kim van der Leeuw
    Co-founder at WakaWakat
  • Huub Raemakers
    Kishore Dhungana
    Associate Director MBA Day program at Apex College
    Huub Raemakers
    Leonard Hoogenraad
    COO, Telegraaf Media Group (TMG)
  • Huub Raemakers
    Madan Lamsal
    Editor-in-Chief at New Business Age Pvt. Ltd.
    Huub Raemakers
    Manoj Ghimire
    Co-founder / CEO at nLocate
  • Huub Raemakers
    Marja Ruigrok
    Director at Ruigrok Netpanelt
    Huub Raemakers
    Mark Mathijssen
    Former CEO and shareholder at MHB B.V.L
  • Huub Raemakers
    Maurits Bos
    Senior Associate at Benvalor Law Practice
    Huub Raemakers
    Michiel Van Putten
    Founder at September B.V.L
  • Huub Raemakers
    Niraj Khanal
    Director at Antarprerana
    Huub Raemakers
    Niroj Thapa
    CEO/Co-Founder at RN Consult
  • Huub Raemakers
    Om Rajbhandary
    Chairman at Brihat Investments Pvt. Ltd.
    Huub Raemakers
    ROBERT VAN DORTMOND
    Ir Technical Physics, Technical University Delft
  • Huub Raemakers
    Robin Sitoula
    Executive Director at Samriddhi
    Huub Raemakers
    SEKHAR CHETTRI
    Director at V-chitra Advertising
  • Huub Raemakers
    Sohan Khatri
    CEO at Three H Management
    Huub Raemakers
    Suraj Vaidya
    President at Vaidya's Organization of Industries and Trading Houses
  • Huub Raemakers
    Willem Grimminck
    Founder at One To Watch

THE COMPANIES


'Nepal has many problems. However, every problem has a solution that presents an opportunity.’
- Bikram Prajapati, Alumni RSI 2016 -

OUR CLUB


Looking for a platform to get an exposure as an entrepreneur? Open for feedback from like minded people and willing to meet people for PR, collaborations? Join the Impact Club to fish for the right partner, team and investors along with learning from other’s success stories and mistakes!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Why should we join Rockstart Impact?

We've been running the program annually since 2014, assembled an extensive mentor and partner network and developed a format that strengthens the entrepreneurs' capabilities and vision to grow their business. In addition, we open opportunity for direct access to funding and a pool of international investors for companies that are investment-ready. If your company is focused on making profit and an impact in the society through entrepreneurship, Rockstart Impact is the right partner to take the leap.

What type of companies are you looking for?

 We primarily encourage companies that provide innovative solutions for the demanding sectors such as food & agriculture, health-care and energy to apply to our program. We are also open for companies outside our focus area. What's important is the company should show high potential in scaling to reach larger population in the bottom of the pyramid and to make larger impact on their surroundings.

Are there geographical restrictions in applying for Rockstart Impact?

For starters, you need to be an entrepreneur with a company that is based in Nepal. We are currently based in Kathmandu, so it is convenient if your company is based inside the valley too. However, in the past couple of programs we have had couple of entrepreneurs from outside the valley who committed three afternoons in a week for the program. Hence, as long as you show certain level of enthusiasm and commitment towards the program, you are welcome to apply regardless of where you come from.

What does it take to get accepted to Rockstart Impact?

Since our program is extremely intense we look for entrepreneurs that are dedicated and really willing to accelerate their business. To get accepted your company first needs to be legally registered with a track record of at least two years. You need to show high potential in scaling a business that also comes with an impact. We're also looking for innovation. We're looking to lead change with the companies we work with.

How much time do I have to commit?

Based on the content of the course, your minimum time of commitment may range from two to three afternoons per week throughout the program. But you might have to commit more time during the final stages of the program.

We only have an idea, is it too early stage to apply?

We love ideas, but they're alone not enough to get you accepted in Rockstart Impact. In order for us to help you get the most of the program we're primarily looking for companies with track record. Only companies that have developed at least an MVP (minimal viable product); have customers or users and some traction can apply.

How is the Rockstart Impact program financed?

The program is funded by a revolving fund. When an entrepreneur is funded by international impact investors, s/he refunds the pro-rate program costs out of the secured investment. This enables the program to use these funds to finance the next program.

How is the program embedded in Nepal?

Rockstart Impact is implemented in Nepal by One to Watch , a Dutch asset management company based in Kathmandu that brings impact investors and impact entrepreneurs together.

Why is One to Watch doing this collaboration with Rockstart?

Rockstart was established with core mission to support startups and has a successful experience with acceleration programs and One to Watch has a pool of Nepali expertise and international investors who want to make serious impact by helping Nepali entrepreneurs grow. Together, they create a truly unique opportunity that structurally increases: – The number of ‘investment ready’ investment propositions. – The understanding between local entrepreneurs and international investors. – The number of (impact) investments. – The number of successful growth companies in Nepal.

How much investment will I get after the program?

Once you go through Rockstart Impact you get direct access to investment size that ranges between EUR 100,000 to EUR 500,000. The kind of investment is equity and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The whole program is focused on preparing you for the investment through dedicated courses and mentorship that help you pitch and negotiate for the amount that you need.

What is the impact of this accelerator program?

Every $1 invested in the program creates more than $10 worth of ‘ready to invest’ propositions. If $100k is invested then it doubles the income of 50 families at the bottom of the pyramid - which would increase their surplus earnings making them able to invest on better housing, education and health care.

I have more queries.

Please feel free to contact our PR and Communications officer at nivida@rockstart.com  

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