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Rockstart

Impact Nepal

Accelerator

ACCELERATING IMPACT ENTREPRENEURS

IN NEPAL SINCE 2014

About Impact

Rockstart Impact has accelerated 29 Nepali companies out of which 20 have secured investment pledges and raised over 3 million Euros in investments since 2014!

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 along with Rockstart, one of Europe’s top accelerators and has successfully conducted three editions of the program with a 70% success rate and over 3 million Euros raised as investments.

An Impression of Rockstart Impact

August 1

Applications Open

October 5

Applications Close

November 6

Stage 1: Define

November 27

Stage 2: Develop

January 1

Stage 3: Plan

January 29

Stage 4: On Stage

February 15

Demo Day Kathmandu

February 22

Demo Day Amsterdam

What we offer

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Expert Mentors The program includes hands-on expertise and coaching from mentors and experts from Nepal and the Netherlands, centred around the Nepalese entrepreneurs.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.

We Recruit

  • AMBITIOUS ENTREPRENEURS
  • VIABLE AND SCALABLE BUSINESSES
  • SEEKING FOR AN INVESTMENT
  • EAGER TO LEARN
  • AVAILABLE FOR A 100 DAYS
  • INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODELS

Alumni

Best Paani

 

Best Paani specializes in research, development and installations of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable water systems prioritizing on 100% locally available resources.

Green Bamboo Creation

 

GBC aims at replacing wood with bamboo and manufacturers furniture made of complete bamboo as well as bamboo and woof composite of different designs and requirements as per  the customer’s requirements.

Hesty Kiwi

 

Hesty Kiwi runs a kiwifruit farm spread across 4 acres of land and aims to replace import of the fruit with export in Nepal in the long run. Hesty Kiwi also produces and sells kiwi sapling and processed kiwi products.

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.

Our team

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FAQ

  • 1. WHY SHOULD WE JOIN ROCKSTART?
    We have 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.
  • 2. 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.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. 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.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. 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.

  • 9. 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.

  • 10. HOW MUCH INVESTMENT WILL I GET AFTER THE PROGRAM?   WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THIS ACCELERATOR 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.

  • 11. 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.

  • 12. I HAVE MORE QUERIES.
    Please feel free to contact us at impact.nepal@rockstart.com

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Contact Details Enquiries: impact.nepal@rockstart.com
Telephone: 01-5523948


Rockstart Impact Nepal
Pulchowk Road
Patan
Nepal
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