The inaugural season of the National Idea Hunt kicked off on August, 2019. The episodes were aired on AP1 Television. 

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Mr. Abhinash Kumar Kuswa

Sapatee.Com

Sapatee.com is instant money borrowing online platform that solves the money requirement problem of up to Rs. 25,000. Individuals seeking to borrow money for a short period of time can log in with their IDs and borrow money (sapatee) instantly within a few minutes. This mobile-based app targets employed individuals who are in need of urgent money for a short time period.

Ms. Ang Dolma Sherpa

Biodegradable Khadha

Khadha market is huge and has been expanding every year because of its easy availability and reusability. However, existing khadhas are made of polyester and plastic that are non-biodegradable and hazardous for the environment. Thus, the idea is to produce biodegradable khadha to cater to the high demand while simultaneously keeping the tradition intact.

Ms. Anita Tapali

Nari Bio-Sanitary Pad

The business idea for Nari Bio-Sanitary Pads was born after learning about health hazards and disposal concerns around industrially manufactured plastic sanitary pads. Nari Bio-Sanitary Pad is a biodegradable, chemical free sanitary pad that does not cause itchiness and skin irritations and decomposes in four to six months, unlike plastic pads which decompose in 500-800 years. Nari Bio-Sanitary pads will be produced from banana pulp and woven clothes and will be manufactured in the terai region by local women.

Ms. Anshu Pradhan

Sister’s Enterprise

Sister’s Enterprise is a manufacturing company that produces cane and bamboo products with the vision of offering alternative solutions for an eco-friendly lifestyle. It provides bamboo furniture and decor items through its store at Kupondole and plans to expand its product line to daily use products such as cane/bamboo dustbin, straw, packaging options, fashionable accessories, decor items, structures, interiors, textiles, etc.

Ms. Ashmita Upadhyay and Ms. Anu Karki

Kodo Kaguno

Kodo Kaguno produces Millet (kodo) and foxtail millet (kaguno) cookies with plans to expand to millet pasta, flakes, sattu etc. The business idea was born after seeing crops being unutilised in Lamjung, Humla and Jumla first hand. It aims to produce value added products to increase its demand. Millet is a highly nutritious crop and has more health benefits compared to other alternatives available in the market. Hence, the product is targeted to people who want healthy lifestyles.

Mr. Bijaya Pariyar

Mrpariyar.com

Mari aims to promote and sell authentic Nepali sweets like Gudpak, Pustakari, and Yomari. The business is committed to producing and packaging their products sustainably while offering the best quality to their customers.

Mr. Binaya Raj Mahat

Any time Toilet

There are only 84 public toilets in Kathmandu which are inaccessible, unhygienic, and unavailable in all areas. Any Time Toilet is a mobile app that partners with restaurants where app users can access their clean restrooms for free.

Mr. Bishal Rai

Pangasius fish farming in Nepal

The company specialises in Pangasius fish farming and its commercialisation. The company has its fish farm spread across 2.5 hectares at Birtamod and distributes it to wholesalers and retailers in Jhapa, Sunsari, Morang, Illam, Bara, Parsa, Dang, and Kathmandu. Its future plan is to expand its product line to canned fish and modernize the fish market of Nepal.

Mr. Biwash Kafle

Serviced rooftop farming

The business aims to flourish rooftop farming practice in urban areas of Nepal to enable healthy and sustainable food production for individual households which also has environmental benefits. The company offers either full installation of the rooftop farm or just technical assistance for the same along with maintenance services. The company also aims to establish a market through its retail store for customers seeking to sell produced goods.

Ms. Debbie Manandhar

SATOYAMA

The mission of SATOYAMA is to initiate the culture of second-hand shopping in Nepalisociety to decrease the waste produced by the textile industry. SATOYAMA buys and collects from individuals, washes clothes, disinfects them with a heating system, and sells them at cheaper prices than the market price without compromising the products’ quality.

Mr. Dwarika Prasad Joshi

Ball pen manufacturing

There is no ball pen manufacturing unit in Nepal. The idea is to manufacture quality ball pens in Nepal with the aim of creating local employment. The target market for this product are education institutions, public and private sectors. The vision is to reduce the cost incurred due to the import of ball pens.

Mr. Joseph Shrestha

Reverse Vending Machine (RVM)

The reverse vending machine is an automated machine that takes-in plastic waste, empty aluminum cans, and paper waste and in return provides rewards such as discount vouchers, recharge cards, etc to the users. The machine aims to encourage the public to dispose waste responsibly and contributes to proper waste management at public spaces like malls, temples, airports, bus stops, hospitals etc. The machine is designed and developed in Nepal by RVM Nepal Pvt. Ltd. jointly with National Innovation Centre (Dr. Mahabir Pun). The machine development is complete and is now looking into installing the machines at public spaces.

Mr. Bidhi Mandal and Santosh Kumar Yadav

Aawas

Conversion of plastic waste into bricks is their main product. The brick helps in reducing 82.56 metric tons of plastic waste generated daily in the Kathmandu valley. These plastic bricks will be used to make houses in the disaster affected areas and are economical for people with low income.

Mr. Mitesh Shrestha and Mr. Suprim Shrestha

BaciThor

This provides farmers an alternative to chemical pesticides that are biopesticides to eradicate invasive pests such as fall armyworm that causes heavy economic loss to farmers. The use of biopesticide helps farmers tackle problems of pest and environmental pollution with no chemical residue harming soil or plants. Several companies are working on biopesticides but none of them focus on eradicating fall armyworm.

Mr. Nishad Malla

Cashing the Waste

Solid waste management issue in Nepal is huge. Currently the organic and inorganic wastes are mixed and dumped into landfill sites which could have been used productively. The idea is to solve organic waste management problems by turning solid wastes into marketable packaged compost especially vermicompost. This helps solve fertiliser scarcity faced by farmers and also decreases the dependency on imports. Other products of Cashing the Waste include composting kits, earthworms, training and consultation services.

Mr. Nimesh Shrestha

Fun Revolution TV

Fun Revolution TV is a media production company that emphasise the quality of their creations through strong screenplays. They make short films, sketch comedy videos, brand endorsement videos, and advertisements. Most of their works are available in their official Youtube channel that is inspired by recent incidents in Nepal and are satirical, humorous and educational. They also conduct acting workshops for interested individuals. The vision is to create a strong and organised film production company.

Mr. Sandeep Thapa

Design of low-cost paper-based screening test for sickle cell anemia

Sickle cell anemia is a disorder of the blood that blocks blood flow through blood vessels caused by inherited abnormal hemoglobin. Sickle cell disease can be kept under control with a proper diet or can be avoided if a proper diagnosis of the parents is done on time. However, sickle cell anemia diagnosis is not easily accessible and there is no Nepalese diagnostic kit available to date. Thus, the team has designed a low-cost paper-based screening kit (medical/ clinical diagnosis). The kit will be easily accessible, economical, effective and will provide prompt results. So far testing of the diagnostic kit has finished and it is in the final optimisation and validation phase.

Mr. Sanjay Rajbhandari and Mr. Gaurav Adhikari

बायोयान

BioYaan is Bio-CNG fuel injection hybrid vehicle kit can be installed in any petroleum-powered vehicle so that the vehicle will have a dual fuel mode system. It can start on petrol/diesel and run on BioCNG. This increases life and mileage of the vehicles, reduces dependency on imported fuels and vehicles, and creates a sustainable approach in green mobility. At present, this is in the research phase.

Mr. Umesh K. Shah

HamroTutor.com

There is a huge market of tutoring in Nepal and finding qualified and credible tutors is difficult. HamroTutor.com is a web application where users are connected to teachers with various expertise. Users can avail different services through the application such as home tuition, group tuition classes, substitute teacher, teacher recruitment, online tutor, and doubt session. To ensure tutor qualifications, there are a set of steps for verification after which profiles are created that are accessible to users. As of 2019, HamroTutor.com is live with around 400 profiles.

Ms. Sita Bhattarai

Jamara Juice (Organic wheatgrass juice)

Wheatgrass and its components have been associated with many health benefits including decreased inflammation, liver detoxification, lower cholesterol, weight loss, killing cancer cells and better sugar control. Wheatgrass is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals especially vitamin A, C and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids. To deliver these health benefits the company produces high quality wheatgrass juice with high focus on quality during the production process from sowing to juice extraction.

Mr. Deepak Bahadur Budha

Mission Marci

The business connects the organic products of Karnali like Marci rice, Chino rice, Millet, Barley, Beans and so on to the larger markets in the urban areas. The vision is to promote, market and popularise organic products of Karnali in the major cities of Nepal and in the international market. The aim is to empower the locals through job creation and reduce poverty in Karnali Province making them economically strong while simultaneously providing authentic organic products to fulfill the increasing demand in the urban areas.

Mr. Rajkumar Adhikari and Mr. Durga Bahadur Subedi

Mr. Corn

Mr. Corn is Nepal’s first corn cafe that started its operation in 2019 from Chabahil and has expanded to Jhamsikhel and Newroad. The restaurant offers a variety of popular fast food menu such as chowmein, momo, pakoda burger and so on but with a twist with corn as the main ingredients in all. The vision is to expand it all over Nepal through a franchising model.

Mr. Susan Adhikari

Odokan.com

Odokan is an e-commerce platform exclusive to authentic Nepali clothing brands for men and women. There are more than 150 Nepali apparel brands in Nepal. Odokan brings these Nepali brands into one platform with more audience and exposure with the mission to increase consumption of local products. The vision is to become one of the first fashion destinations for online shopping in Nepal. They aim to be a trendsetter by bringing the latest Nepali producers and labels of the standard price.

Mr. Prajwal Adhikari and Mr. Yogesh Joshi

Relay Cycle Station

The idea is to create a convenient and feasible system to enable cycling as a means of daily commute for urban dwellers. Relay Cycle Station will develop an app-based cycle booking system through which users can book a cycle from any center of Relay Cycle Station and leave it at any other center around the destination. This way the individuals get an healthy and eco-friendly alternative means of transportation for their daily commute.

Ms. Shristi Awale, Mr. Sushant Maharjan and Mr. Gautam Shrestha

Smart Ghar

Smart Ghar is an Internet of things (IOT) based smart control device that will help the user to remotely control different electronic devices present in their home or organisation. The vision is to reduce energy consumption and prevent casualties as people tend to forget to switch off their devices when leaving their homes. Smart Ghar allows one to check and control their electronic devices through a mobile application from anywhere, anytime. Smart Ghar system is built in Nepal unlike other imported automation systems, caters to Nepali household’s needs and is easy to customise and repair. They are economical compared to other systems available. The system aims to help old age people and differently-abled people become independent.

Mr. Surendra Maharjan

Smart Parking System

Smart Parking System is an electronic system for hassle-free parking at commercial spaces. The system automates parking spaces using electronic sensors, lights, smart navigation to empty slots, and security systems. The system is completely developed in Nepal hence can be maintained, repaired and customised unlike the other systems available in the market. The system is suitable for parking spaces of malls, hotels, hospitals, airports, etc

Mr. Rupesh Duwal

Tetra Pak Recycling

The company recycles tetra pak and manufactures products from paper and aluminum extracted. Tetrapak is a material that is 100% recyclable through a simple recycling process and does not require heavy machinery. Started as a personal experiment it has now turned into a business contributing to a decrease in tetra pak wastage. The recycled paper is being used for handicraft purposes, paper bags, certificates, business cards, etc. The aluminum will be used to produce poly aluminum boards from which furniture can be made.

Mr. Kshitiz Thapa

Ticketnshop.com

Ticketnshop.com is a price comparison digital platform for entertainment activities like holiday packages, adventure and sports events, futsal, hotel, etc. There are 4,700 travel agencies in Nepal with different packages for domestic, outbound, and inbound tourism but it is difficult to compare the different packages. There is an absence of online presence for service providers and both service providers and consumers are victims of hassle to reach one another. Ticketnshop.com helps solve this hassle by connecting the service providers and customers. 

Mr. Ramesh Prasad Dahal

Solid Organic Waste Management System

Solid Organic Waste Management System (SOWMS) is a portable digester device that turns solid organic waste from the kitchen to biogas for cooking and manure. SOWMS is cheaper and decreases dependence on LPG and use of nonrenewable resources. It is an environment and cost-friendly innovation that helps manage household waste and turns it into energy. The portable version of SOWMS is being developed at the National Innovation Center (Dr. Mahabir Pun).

Mr. Siddhant Subedi and Mr. Manish Giri

The muddy track

The idea is to build dedicated motocross and mountain bike tracks for free rides as well as racing events. There will be provision to rent bikes and gears at the muddy track and recreational restaurants to camp within the facility. This could be a great form of entertainment looking at the rise of the targeted audience who are adventure enthusiasts specially dirt bikers and mountain bike riders.

Mr. Kabin Maleku

Medifoods

Medifoods develops medicinally valuable foods in consumer-friendly and convenient instant package forms. Medifoods studies traditionally popular nutritional foods, explores scientific evidence of the benefits and introduces them to the market. Medifoods has products such as sisnoo (nettle) soup in powder form sold in packets. Other possible products in the near future include Asparagus soup, Green leafy vegetable soup, flavored sattu etc.

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