Every year, Forbes releases its list of achievers under the age of 30, with an aim to showcase leaders of tomorrow who can change the world. For the fifth year in a row, the team at Forbes Asia put together a list of the best talents from the Asia-Pacific region who are working about everything, from AI innovations to online funeral services to stylish pet products.
Starting with more than 3,500 online nominations, their team of researchers and fact-checkers selected an initial shortlist of 500 semifinalists, who then get examined by a lineup of A-list judges and industry experts. The final 300 get selected afterwards taking into consideration criteria such as demonstration of leadership, impact, potential of success and the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit synonymous with Forbes. Other factors like innovation, disruption as well as size and growth of their ventures in some categories play a role in making the final decision. This year’s list represents 22 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific.
Six Nepalese from various fields have made it to the Forbes’ list of brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers of Asia. This year, they are the Honorees of Forbes 30 under 30, Asia 2020 and they have made Nepal immensely proud. It is something to be positive about despite all the on-going chaos. This is a proud thing for all of us.
Here are profiles of Nepalese who made it on Forbes list under various categories.
Ms. Shubhangi Rana, an engineer, and Ms. Jesselina Rana, a human rights lawyer, started Pad2Go in Nepal in 2018 as a for-profit social enterprise to focus on menstrual health and remove the taboos around it. It has set up 80 vending machines for sanitary napkins in Nepal’s 7 provinces. Each machine is stationed across schools, hospitals, movie theaters, banks, offices and can provide sanitary napkins for 200 women. It also conducts workshops to address taboos around menstruation and works with manufacturers of sanitary napkins to get them cheaply. Pad2Go won the first prize at the AGUASAN workshop in Switzerland and second prize in Singapore at the startup pitch contest for Asian women-led businesses organized by INSEAD and Facebook.
With an initial investment of $200, Ms. Nikita Acharya and Mr. Kiran Timsina co-founded Urban Girl in 2012, one of the earliest ecommerce startups in Nepal. The site started out by selling fashion jewelry and customized products like tee-shirts and water bottles and expanded to a wider range of products such as makeup, home decor and electronics. Today it employs more than 50 people and operates in two major cities, Kathmandu and Pokhara. In 2016, they expanded the business to add a bakery- UG Cakes to sell cakes online. UG Cakes trains and hires deaf women for the bakery in collaboration with Nepal’s Gandaki Deaf Association.
Pratima Sherpa – Athlete
Pratima Sherpa secured her name under Sports category. She was raised in a maintenance shed behind the third hole of the Royal Nepal Golf Course. Her first club, at age 11, was a wooden stick that her father made from a branch. Today she is Nepal’s first ranked amateur female golfer. Her parents still live in that shed. Sherpa is currently in her second year of college at the Santa Barbara City College. Her dream is to be Nepal’s first ever female golf pro and to represent her country internationally.
Foodmario is a Nepal-based digital platform that connects home chefs with customers to deliver home-cooked food. Founded by Mr. Rohit Tiwari, the platform enables anyone, from housewives to students, to earn an income by cooking and selling food from their home kitchens. To date, Foodmario says it delivered more than 100,000 meals while working with more than 100 home chefs.
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