For anyone aiming for startups & great new projects, investment is a critical factor. To find investments for such, venture capital is something you would already have heard of.
But if no, here is everything you need for the basics. If yes, then a quick refresher and an update of how Venture capitalism is available and existing in Nepal.
WHAT IS VENTURE CAPITAL?
Venture capital is a form of private equity and a type of financing that investors provide to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential. Venture capital generally comes from well-off investors, investment banks, and any other financial institutions.
However, it does not always take a monetary form. It can also be provided in the form of technical or managerial expertise. Venture capital is typically allocated to small companies with exceptional growth potential. Or to companies that have grown quickly and appear poised to continue to expand.
This seems like a risky investment. Isn’t it?
Yet the reason it attracts many investors is because of the possibility of above-average returns. This is why they invest in fresh and emerging startups.
GET YOUR FUNDING FROM HERE
There are many incubation and funding advisors available in Nepal. These are highly helpful organizations that not only help you in funding your startups but also managing them. Also implementing them and fixing them.
Below are the organizations you should check to get some funding as well as mentorship opportunities.
Idea Studio is a blessing for all startups in Nepal. They have a great selection process where everyone gets an equal chance.
After the selection, you receive mentorship, an incubation process for your project, funding, meetings with investors. Also, exposure to major people and help before, during, and after your startup is activated. You should check out our previous article which discusses the process more deeply.
Birwa Advisors brainstorm business ideas with entrepreneurs to help them access market opportunities. And help them develop a business plan. They conduct business feasibility studies to evaluate whether the business ideas are financially viable.
They even provide support to existing businesses. Conducts an internal and external assessment to identify areas of improvement. Additionally, they ease investments for entrepreneurs seeking capital to start and grow their businesses.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS (MNS)
Movers and Shakers aim to invest significant time and resources in the highest-caliber and most motivated individuals who can flip ideas into actions. And ultimately actions into high-growth businesses.
MNS provides the shared resources, synergistic value-add, and infrastructure that are required to incubate your ventures into sustainable and eventually, high-growth businesses. They provide investment opportunities for your startup after their analysis and selection process.
ONE TO WATCH
OTW started investing with private investors from the Netherlands by offering high-impact investment deals in Nepal. Companies were matched one-on-one with investors in so-called peer-to-peer investments.
As the community of like-minded investors grew quickly, OTW, a select group of investors, and the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) created what is now the SME Fund.
Today, they have a community of 30+ investors who not only provide capital investments but also play an instrumental role in the governance of OTW and support the business development of pipeline and portfolio companies. OTW provides a great helping hand to all startups who are new and might feel lost.
DOLMA IMPACT FUND
This is the first international private equity and impact fund dedicated to Nepal. Dolma Impact Fund share experience, advice as well as the risk of starting your startup. They claim to not be an aid but instead be a risk-sharing socially responsible capital. You can apply to their fund by contacting them.
TEAM Ventures is a private equity and investment holding firm based in Kathmandu. They are at the forefront of creating a professional and knowledge-oriented investor group.
The TEAM aims to invest in private and public companies or institutions to promote entrepreneurship in Nepal. They consist of investors who can invest and promote in Nepal as well as in foreign.
TEAM venture is also nominated in the SAARC startup awards for Investor of the year.
Besides the progress made through investment activities with great efforts to maintain the highest level of corporate ethics & governance, TEAM Ventures is at the forefront of creating a professional and knowledge-oriented investor group. A group who are well-positioned to work with local and foreign investors with an interest in having a positive impact on the socio-economic indicators of the local economy while also ensuring the optimal investor returns.
With all these many investing and advising firms available in Nepal, anyone who dares to dream to make a change through their startups has a wide variety of opportunities to get help from. For those hesitant about their startups, there are many platforms for you to not only get an investment but help build your startup further. Encouraging anyone dreaming of a startup, Nepal has a community of platforms waiting to help you.