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Participants are practicing all day with Amin’s help. They pitch their projects for the first time, collecting helpful comments in order to improve their presentations.




The day ended on a lighter tone. We celebrated Sakshi's birthday and our last evening together. 



Notes by Saroj

Dr. Mahabir Pun visited to listen the participant about their project presentation and gave Feedback:

  • Shashank: problem with his project is weather challenges (project: Honey Keeping)

  • Pragya (related to street dog):  metropolitan city government might help on this problem,

  • Sajana: high potential ( home stay business)

  • Sakshi (women empowerment through Agri by product): marketing very importance for this kind of product, get help from women group and organizations working on this kind of project

  • Prachanda: talk to the city government, maintain existing public toilet

  • Kranti(organic product) : contact with cooperatives for the funding, middleman are the problem, develop your own model

  • Sabana (Are you Ready to Jump related to education): program has to be very creative and innovative, teach for Nepal like organizations are not competitors because they are working in different way, educate parents

  • Yosa (pluswitness waste management) : transportation cost might be problem

Amin: feedback to participant’s projects

  • Prachnda (public Toilet): need to get the no. of people, price and total revenue model of business, need to project total market size, how they can fund your business

  • Pragya (rescue dogs): don’t care about human(e.g. biker) and traffic, no mention of monetary damage, advertising still weird, think of lighter capital cost, data must go to the problem as well, cash the problem, mention revenue model, why in the business, organization of data

  • Sajana Badel (CHECKiNN Champak Namuna Home): organize the flow, put it on touristic map, arrange the service, see the program (see the activities, proper mapping of revenue model, how you are competing with the competitors,

  • Shashank (Honey Business in Nepal): traditional way, team with the flow chart (advisor, mentors, marketers etc if missing say about recruit)

  • Yosa (PlusWitness Waste Management): need to improve body language, show the picture if there is pain, one year revenue, cost and profit projection, flowchart of team, rupees wise value chain,

  • Kranti (organic farming): team is still missing, what does mean linking( e.g. customer to farmer) still not clear, cost projection is still missing, no specific about competitors, need to put market size in no., specific market selection, how you gonna spend the fund


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Day 7



Amin dynamically leads the ateliers. As we are entering the last phase of the program, the problematics become more and more specifics. The participants are now invited to think about how they are going to make their projects possible. 


We also had new speakers guests from the Himalayan Climate Initiative.



Everybody worked pretty late that night, preparing their pitch for the next day. 






Day 4 - Today, after an interesting speech from Prashant Singh, our guest of the day, the participants are invited to reflect on their own projects. 



Despite being aware of the challenges ahead of them, everyone is highly motivated. Groups are forming, people started working together and ideas fused. 

Prasant Sir's Speech notes by Soraj

  • Asking participant whole three days in one word, great word but how do you make it into reality

  • Talking about Nepal: one of the poorest country in the world

  • Talking about gross happiness of Nepal pretty much high but why in low in economic, and social innovation

  • This generation feels like educated but not into reality due to because of source of information they got

  • Internalize the information then only you can get the knowledge, externalize the knowledge then you get the wisdom

  • Talking about history which gave the innovation; 18th century industrial revolution, renaissance , green revolution

  • Knowledge leads to conviction, conviction leads to social entrepreneurship and it leads to solve social problem

  • Social entrepreneurship is something that provide solution to social problem

  • Giving an example of Mahmud Yunus

  • Main point: Listen to others

  • Three things that HCI does: Educate, Demonstrate and Advocate

  • HCI is running  12 start-up project: social, environmental and economical friendly, It is all different of all connected






Day 3 marks the end of the connecting phase of the Bootcamp. All together, the participants go through different group activities while following their facilitators advices. 

We were also honored to have two speakers with us: Bikram Pun and Mandan Rai, both amazing and successful persons.





After those three rich, first days of new learnings and many meetings, the participants are now fully ready for the next phase of the Bootcamp — Collaborate!


Back to the drawing board. Yunsun is describing about the city of entrepreneurship. She gave an example of David Kelly (IDEO) who designed a shopping cart using design thinking. He even designed apple’s mouse. D= DREAM D= DISCOVER D=DELIVER D= DESIGN.


1. Empathize: Users/Customers

2. Define: User driven Definition of problem.  ( Taking feedbacks from all the users.)

3. Ideate: Ideate Solutions (Radical Brainstorming.)

4. Prototype.

  • Embrace Warmer, a kind of blanket, which is used to hold the baby and keep him/her warm until they reach  hospital. Traditional incubator costs $20,000 but the embrace warmer costs only $200.

  • Social enterprise is an organization that leverages the commercial principles to maximize the improvement on human and environmental well-being instead of maximizing for investors.

  • By Gerg Overholt, Utility Brand Manager at ecobee

  • Participant Shabana- Social enterprise is  a sustainable business that solves social problems.

  • NYC Saroj- Enterprise that creates social value.

  • Participant Shashank- Social problems solving along with profit.

  • Robert- Wealth is not only about the personal or national wealth.  Its also about the changes you bring about in the community.

  • Rural electrification in Brazil- Fabio luiz de Oliveria Rosa

  • A video about how the Rosa developed electrification in Brazil.





Day 2 was a highly anticipated field to trip to one of Saurav Dhakal’s organic farms, about one hour east of Kathmandu. Getting away this Saturday morning from the traffic and heated dust seemed to be sufficient to put everyone in a good mood. I spend the ride in the driver’s cabin with the 2016 NYC. We were having a fun time singing Western and Eastern popular songs along. 



Arriving at the location, a short vertical hike brought us to the farm, with as a reward at the arrival, a beautiful view on the mountains and valley around. 

We start the day with Saurav’s presentation of his story.  


Here you will have to forgive my terrible representation of Saurav that I miserably failed to draw properly even after countless tries. 

Here you will have to forgive my terrible representation of Saurav that I miserably failed to draw properly even after countless tries. 


After a 100% organic lunch all made with products from the farm, everybody is ready for the visit and we all happily followed Deniash, one of the farmer, and our guide for the afternoon. Deniash explained (in Nepali) the farm’s organization while navigating us through the different crops terrasses. 



We also had the chance to plant our own little rosemary sapling in one of the areas, the farmers having even dug the holes for us!



The participants are then divided by groups to go interview the farmers. I stick around one of the group, sketching the discussion going on, closely monitored by the four daughters of the farmer, all laughing mirthfully at my poor attempts to draw the always moving participants!


  • ara and Joanne facilitated to play the game of tangle. Boys team were quite successful in completing the task

  • Joanne emphasised on the concept of empathy and asked whether or not they approached the farmers empathetically today at  the farm. They responded that they were empathetic

  • What’s the thing that helped shaurav today to create his innovation along with other people? What do the farmers see that they invest in shaurav’s farm and not in other farm?

  • Trust game

  • Reflection session: Plants, eating straight out  of the tree, Women strength, hospitality, generosity, happiness of villagers, unity among the villagers, optimistic attitude towards life of the farmers despite t heir struggles





Here we are ! This NYC 2017 Bootcamp has officially started!


Day 1 consisted in the welcoming of the participants and the introduction of the facilitators during a typical Nepali ceremony.



In turn, each facilitator was given a traditional scarf by one the 2016 NYC participants. These young adults, Monica, Prachi, Pabitra, Sauraj, Bijay, Shishix, and Shaheera, worked all year long voluntarily in collaboration with INNOCO to make this 2017 Bootcamp happened. 

After this joyful emotional moment, Mahabir Pun graces us with an inspirant opening speech, followed by Yunsun, INNOCO’s unflagging investigator.



Then, Joanne and Yunsun invite each of the participants to «check in» the Bootcamp, introducing themselves and entering the program with body and soul. One could already feel the positive energy flowing! 



Michael and Robert also gave a talk, the first one about the power of storytelling and the latest about his journey as a visionary entrepreneur in renewable energy design and architecture.


  • Joanned explained how we operate the camp and conclude the whole session of the day. Yunsun talked about  programming and the schedule. She told all the INNOCO team about their time of facilitation throughout the time. Yunsun sat down to talk to Michael and Marriane about the documentary part. Joanne took the NYC team and told all of us about our jobs. Follow up to all the participants by Pabitra and Saroj.

  • Registration process of all participant by Monica, Praachi, Shaheera, Pabitra, Saroj and Joanne at the reception.

  • Profile wall made by all participant guided by Sara.

  • Meeting ( Mr. Bikram Pun, Yunsun, Robert)

  • Lunch

Opening ceremony by Prachi

  • Facilitation and welcoming the INNOCO team by NYC.

  • Introduction to INNOCO and social innovation by Yunsun and Joanne. A short overview about why is the bootcamp being organized.

  • Joanne took over to welcome youths and Sara facilitated for the laws of lands.

  • Laws of lands- Be punctual, equality and accepting differences, freedom, good vibes, playful registration session, goal oriented, support, celebrating  experiences, improvise ideas, minimalism and responsibilities, relax and fun, realistic optimistic, no judgement, job delegation, explore and respect ideas, active listening, collaboration, transforming weakness into strength, love power of learning, cultural difference and acceptance, one mic one giver, live creative, be happy, commitment. Cleanliness and hygiene, love and compassion

  • Yunsun: 1. explaining roadmap to social innovation (create clear mission and idea to make something to deliver to make change), social innovative business 2. Explaining expected outcamp from bootcamp (defining nyc and grow it)

  • Sara: Check in the land of transformation game, yes and no game

  • Joanne: pie of life of game (4:17 pm)(meaning of the game is to realize the where we are and what we need to change to overcome with the problem

  • Tea time for 20 minutes.

  • Video session among three groups led by Michael.

  • Joanne had a meeting with the NYC team if there's’ any problem out there.

  • Yunsun facilitated ME=WE game. The objective was to make everyone realize that we are all one.

  • There has been some problems with the participants in their involvement in activities.

  • There had been extra people without the prior notice which brought up some real problems and disturbances.

  • Karma approached to add some sessions in the morning to teach spirituality.