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Kathmandu University students give presentation on tax to Dailekh DCCI
by: RAP 3      on: 09 Oct, 2018

Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) MBA students delivered a presentation on tax and loan processes to the Dailekh District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Executive Committee.

The presentation covered VAT, TDS, vehicle tax, custom tax, income tax, calculation methods, calculation of tax for entities and final tax payments.  In addition, the students shared information about sources of finance for small businesses, private equity providers, capacity development providers, and types of industries and their methods of registration. 

The KUSOM students were in Dailekh to complete their Rural Enterprise Service placements, an MBA course requirement, facilitated by CONNECT. 

Future Entrepreneurs in Dailekh meet Kathmandu University MBA students
by: RAP 3      on: 09 Oct, 2018

CONNECT facilitated a learning exchange between Narayan Campus Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) members and Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) students at Narayan Campus on 2nd October 2018.

Four KUSOM MBA students traveled to Dailekh to complete their Rural Enterprise Service placements, an MBA course requirement.  While in Dailekh, the KUSOM students took the opportunity share their experiences with FEC members and the Narayan Campus students presented their winning business plan “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”.

 

Young Entrepreneurs in Dailekh start tapari business
by: RAP 3      on: 09 Oct, 2018

The Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) at Narayan Campus, Dailekh has started a new business -  “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”. FEC members collected sal leaves (shorea robusta) and bamboo sticks from nearby forest areas to start making Tapari.

Three young entrepreneurs, members of the CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs’ Club (FEC) in Dailekh, were among participants at the YUNUS Social Business Challenge 2018 and were awarded investment of NPR 50,000 under thematic area “Food and Women” for their business plan “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”. 

The FEC members started this business with a hope to support Dailekh Bazar to become plastic free and they have big ambitons; once they have tested the market and built demand the FEC is planning to invest the prize money in a machine to scale up production.

 

KUSOM students arrive in Dailekh and Achham to complete rural enterprise service
by: RAP 3      on: 25 Sep, 2018

Eight MBA students from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) have travelled to the Mid and Far West of Nepal to complete their three week Rural Enterprise Service (RES) placecments, facilitated by RAP3 CONNECT. The students will work with eight businesses in two districts, Dailekh and Achham, providing business consultancy services tailored to each business' needs.  

KUSOM MBA students are required to complete a three week RES placement as part of their MBA course.  This is the third batch of students to complete their RES placements with CONNECT.  To date, 25 businesses have received support from 22 students.  CONNECT identifies businesses and, in collaboration with KUSOM, matches the students to each business based on needs and students' areas of specialism or interest.

Jumla DCCI commit to increase female representation on Executive Committee
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Sep, 2018

Jumla District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has committed to increase the minimum number of reserved seats for women on their Executive Committee to 33%.

The DCCI tabled and agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on District Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Committees" recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members at their Annual General Meeting on 16th September 2018.

To date, Bajua, Dadeldhura, Dailekh and Doti DCCIs have passed the policy reform paper.  Last week, Doti DCCI held their first Executive Committee election since adopting the reform and successfully appointed 7 women to the Committee, exceeding the 33% minimum.

Young Entrepreneurs from Dailekh awarded NPR 50,000 for their business idea
by: ruth      on: 11 Sep, 2018

Three young entrepreneurs, members of the CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) in Dailekh, were among participants at the YUNUS Social Business Challenge 2018 and were awarded investment of NPR 50,000 for their business plan “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”.

In total ten teams pitched their business ideas at the final round of the YUNUS Social Business Challenge held in Kathmandu on 26th August 2018, including two teams of FEC members.

RAP3 CONNECT partnered with YUNUS Social Business Centre (YSBC) to deliver business plan writing workshops for FEC members in Dhangadhi and Neplagunj and to link FEC members to new opportunities for learning and a wider network of aspiring entrepreneurs and mentors.  

CONNECT has establish two FECs, in partnership with National Academy of Science and Technology, Dhangadhi and Narayan Campus, Dailekh, to create platforms that inspire youth, enable them to develop business ideas and share with broader networks to access mentoring and incubation support.  

Read more about the Future Enrepreneurs' Clubs. 

DCCI Doti exceeds 33% target for women Executive Committee members
by: ruth      on: 10 Sep, 2018

The District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Doti held its first Executive Committee election since amending their constitution to include a reservation of 33% seats for women on the Executive Committee.   

1114 members voted in the election on 8th September 2018, electing six women and nine men.  At the first meeting the outgoing President and two further Committee members, one male and one female, will be appointed. 

The newly formed committee will have 18 members,  39% of them women, exceeding the minimum reservation.

 

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.