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REC@nnect Startup Boot Camp

Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, CRDF Global and ACE Institute of Management has launched a new initiative to support technology entrepreneurship in South and Central Asia. REC@nnect Regional Startup Boot Camp, which will take place May 5-7, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. We want to ensure that Nepal is represented by the best early stage tech entrepreneurs at the Boot Camp and DEMO Day.


We are looking for founders of tech companies who have products or services currently in a user testing stage, pilot stage, or already available on the market to apply to the REC@nnect Startup Boot Camp.

Do you have an early stage venture and would like to learn from founders and investors in the US? Apply to the REC@nnect Regional Startup Boot Camp! Learn from Sherwood Neiss, partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors, Prashant K. Gulati, Founder of The Smart Fund, and Chuck Eesley, Entrepreneurship Professor at Stanford University. This is a great opportunity to accelerate your startup by getting validation and mentorship from the top world renowned entrepreneurs and investors, pitch for seed funding, get global visibility and become the next big startup. Deadline to apply was April 7!

Please see more details below:

Nepal REGIONAL REC@nect Startup Boot Camp & DEMO Day
May 5-7,2014

It is open to entrepreneurs from the South and Central Asian countries who have a tech start-up. Selected 40 entrepreneurs will attend the entrepreneurial training, get mentorship designed to spark innovative thinking, and accelerate their technology ventures. Please note that CRDF Global will be offering travel sponsorships to two tech entrepreneurs per country.

The main components of the Startup Boot Camp will include:

o Interactive entrepreneurship training by US entrepreneurs and investors to a community of 40 entrepreneurs. To be selected to participate and invited to Nepal, please follow the link here.

o One-on-one mentoring to help entrepreneurs refine go-to market, develop investor presentations and elevator pitches.

o Three-month post-event virtual mentorship for the top ten finalists of the venture pitch tournament. 


REC@nnect Boot Camp Awards:
1st place: $3,000
2nd place: iPad
3rd place: iPad mini

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. A founder or co-founder must be either a resident or citizen of one of these countries.  Entrepreneurs or researchers who are permanent residents and/or citizens of an eligible country in South Asia or Central Asia and are not permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. 

Types of Ventures


Who qualifies:

-       Founders of science or tech companies who are a residents or a citizens of a South and Central Asia country (Please see list of countries here: US Residents or Citizens are not eligible to apply.

-           The product or service is currently in a user testing stage, pilot stage, or available on the market

-           Venture is for-profit and less than three years old from date of launching

-           Founder has raised less than $1M in funds or revenue.

If you have any questions, please do post them as comments or redirect them to



MIC Director:
Allen Bailochan Tuladhar

MIC Manager:
Junu Thapa


Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal
Unlimited Technology P Ltd
Unlimited Building, PO Box 956, Khichapokhari, Opp Pashupati Plaza, Kathmandu
Tel: +977 1 2011302 / 2011303 / 2010311
Fax: +977 1 4255454

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