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Doti DCCI encourages membership of women business owners
by: RAP 3      on: 30 Aug, 2018

RAP 3 CONNECT is working with Doti District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) to increase female membership and female representation on the DCCI's Executive Committee. 

During CONNECT's first year of implementation, Doti DCCI passed our policy reform paper “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees” which recommends a minimum reservation of 33% for women members.

Doti DCCI are encouraging women business owners to join and promoting the 33% reserved seats for women ahead of the upcoming DCCI Executive Committe election to be held on 8th September 2018.

Idea Studio Season 3 seeks applicants from Mid and Far West Districts
by: RAP 3      on: 30 Aug, 2018

RAP 3 CONNECT is supporting Idea Studio Nepal (ISN) to promote their nationwide call for business ideas in the Mid and Far West of Nepal.  Entrepreneurs are able to submit their applications for Idea Studio Season Three via RAP district offices.

In 2016, CONNECT faciliated the submission of business ideas from entrepreneurs in the Mid and Far West to Idea Studio Season Two.  In total, 208 applications were received from Mid and Far West districts of which 7 were invited to attend the incubation workshops in Kathmandu.

This year, ISN will select 24 individuals from across Nepal to receive business incubation support in Kathmandu before competing for cash prizes in the final round.

ISN is an entrepreneurship development platform that welcomes and supports new ideas, start-ups, or businesses that require expansion and investment.  Learn more about Idea Studio.

NAST FEC celebrates International Youth Day
by: RAP 3      on: 13 Aug, 2018

NAST FEC celebrated International Youth Day on 12th August, 2018 by organising a motivational panel discussion on “Innovation and Youth.” The facilitator for the event was local motivational speaker Mr. Chet Raj Pant. 70 students, including FEC members, participated in the event.

FEC students reach next round of YUNUS Social Business Challenge
by: RAP 3      on: 02 Aug, 2018

Two teams of students from the Mid and Far West have reached the next round of YUNUS Social Business Challenge.

The teams both participated in business skills workshops delivered by YUNUS earlier in the year.   Narayan FEC team in Dailekh that was selected presented their business plan on their tapari business “ Hariyo Paat Sabai Ko Saath”.  The other team selected from NAST FEC presented their business plan on floriculture business.

Now, each team will be mentored by experts in business after which the decision about progressing to the next round will be made.

Future Entrepeneurs project profits over NPR 50,000
by: ruth      on: 02 Aug, 2018

Students at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) have for the second year, published a calendar to sell on campus to staff and students.  The students are all members of the Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) established by CONNECT in partnership with NAST and the calendar business was initiated last year by the first batch of FEC members.

Building on last year's success, the FEC have again approached local businesses to place adverts in the calendar.  The income from adverts more than covers production costs and the FEC projects profits of NPR 53,500.