Anil Shah, CEO of Megabank. Photo credit: Ko Woon Park/2014
Anil Shah, CEO of Megabank. Photo credit: Ko Woon Park/2014

The work on innovation is becoming indeed a movement. Few days back, adolescents and young people queued up for hours to secure a seat for the “I have an idea” event. The venue was able to accommodate more than 1500, while much more gathered outside.

The event was incredibly successful. As one person described it: “I have never seen something like this in Nepal.”

We had our amazing celebrities sharing their personal story:

  • Singing nun Ani: From idea to song
  • Most celebrated cricket captain Paras: From idea to World Cup
  • Actress Nisha: From idea to the top of the world (Mt. Everest)
  • Celebrity Bank CEO Anil shah: Idea studio from Soch to Udhyog: idea-training-financing

This event was intended to build momentum for the Idea Studio competition. We are very excited with the amazing response from young people of Nepal, which validates our belief that young people do want to take part in shaping the future of Nepal.

Amjad Rabi
Chief Social Policy and Economic Analysis, UNICEF Nepal

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UNICEF Nepal launches “Idea Studio” to ignite social change

UNICEF Nepal recently launched the “Idea Studio” in order to find creative solutions to existing problems for the children and women of Nepal.

The official launch of the Idea Studio in Kathmandu, UNICEF Representative Hanaa Singer flanked by the Singing Nun and other partners during the event. © UNICEF/CSKarki
The official launch of the Idea Studio in Kathmandu, UNICEF Representative Hanaa Singer flanked by the Singing Nun and other partners during the event. © UNICEF/CSKarki

As part of its mandate to use innovation and technology to create sustainable change, the Idea Studio is a National Competition which is open to all, with the ultimate objective of igniting social change and unlocking young potentials.

Conceived in partnership with the Kathmandu University School of Management and Childreach Nepal, this unique initiative, also involves the private sector and media.

Launched nationally with celebrity endorsements from all walks of life, including UNICEF Nepal’s own National Ambassador, Ani Choying Drolma, the Idea Studio invites all motivated Nepalese, particularly youth, to submit ideas that can help solve social and development issues in their communities.

Ani Choying Drolma, UNICEF Nepal Ambassador, also known as “The Singing Nun”. Photo credit: Ko Woon Park/2014
Ani Choying Drolma, UNICEF Nepal Ambassador, also known as “The Singing Nun”. Photo credit: Ko Woon Park/2014

Titled “From Idea to Industry”, the competition invites applicants to come up with creative ideas, in any field, that can be turned into a business or an enterprise.

“We want to encourage Nepalese to think out of the box and come up with innovative ideas that foster development and create entrepreneurship, particularly against the backdrop of so many youth migrating abroad every day,” said Ms. Hanaa Singer, Country Representative for UNICEF Nepal.

1,500+ college students attended ‘I Have an Idea’ event on July 13, 2014 at Nepal Academy. Photo credit: Ko Woon Park/2014
1,500+ college students attended ‘I Have an Idea’ event on July 13, 2014 at Nepal Academy. Photo credit: Ko Woon Park/2014

After all submissions have been made, the shortlisted innovative ideas will be selected for mentorship at the Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) Idea Studio.

At the Idea Studio incubation lab, business leaders, and faculty and students of KUSOM, will work with the innovators to transform their raw ideas into viable business proposals.

After the incubation period, the groomed innovators will present their ideas to business leaders in a nationally televised reality show. Ideas that are selected will receive investment from business leaders and financial institutions.

“Entrepreneurship can change sceptics and turn hopes around and make profound changes in their societies and communities,” said Professor Subash KC of KUSOM.

By Rabindra Giri
UNICEF Nepal

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