No Opening Ceremony, No Chief Guest, No Closing Ceremony, No Inauguration Program, Free Venue, No Entry Fee, No Exhibitor Charge, No Stall Setup Hassles for Startups, Quality Crowd.Google Business Group, Bizfest Nepal
Google Business Group has organized the Bizfest and there are so many things unique about it. Google Business Group (GBG) is a non-profit community of business professionals to share knowledge about web technologies for business success.
The first thing to note when you come across GBG Bizfest is that it looks like the same old CAN. But what is surprising is it’s not. You will get that vibe because there are stalls (like the same old CAN infotech) and they will try to handout a poster (like the same old CAN infotech). But once you realize that they are not trying to sell you a Pendrive rather an idea, your feeling for the event will change and you will feel energized.
There are around 200 startups that are exhibiting in the event. There are startups that claim to count the number of vehicles based on Live CCTV footage. There are startups that are renting outfits for your next party. There are startups that are building drones for agriculture. There are other many companies with unique ideas and potential. Most of these companies are in the ideating or testing phase and we all know that not all will succeed. But that is not the point. Most of the companies are ideated and built by young people. Realizing that the enormous energy of young people is invested back on a company eventually on the economy gives immense pleasure.
The crowd has been amazing and organizers have done a great job in highlighting important things and ignoring the least important. While they promoted the event, it was made clear that there will not be a guest, no inauguration session, No Opening Ceremony, No Chief Guest, No Closing Ceremony, No Inauguration Program, Free Venue, No Entry Fee, No Exhibitor Charge, No Stall Setup Hassles for Startups, Quality Crowd. This itself was a great walk-in factor for the audience. As we have seen that there are so many events happening with long and boring formal sessions that does not help startups in any way.
This was a great event for startups to showcase their product, increase their visibility and increase the chance of their survival. There are more events needed on same concept. But when we look from a growth perspective, there are no such events happening. For companies that have crossed the survival stage and looking for growth, only a limited events are happening. But from GDG Bizfest it has been clear that there is, in fact, a strong startup ecosystem secretly brewing in the k-valley.