Kathmandu, June 12, 2017: UAE Nepal Connect (UNC) 2017, a 9-days long social innovation boot camp has successfully been completed at ICA training center, Kathmandu. A total of 19 Nepali youths participated the camp organized by Innovation Co-Designing (INNOCO) and Nepal Youth Cluster (NYC) in collaboration with Leadership Corner.
INNOCO is a platform that cultivates youths to become social innovators. It means innovation co-designing through connection + collaboration + contribution. By connecting youth to local and international communities through project-based learning, the programme fosters these collaborations to help youths contribute and transform their lives and others for a greater good as social entrepreneurs and facilitators.
This boot camp sought to generate big ideas through design thinking experience. On the programme, the participants learned how innovation space works as well as the relationship between innovation space and biz model. Similarly, they also learned to refine social business model canvas and pitch a business idea.
The camp started with a special session with Mahabir Pun, a technology activist and the envisioner of National Innovation Center.
During the first three days, the participants worked on the food system theme where they practiced empathy tools and the process to create a social business. They visited Patale Gaun Organic Farm facilitated by Saurav Dhakal on June 3, Saturday. They interviewed the farmers and families, and used the data collected to form their empathic understanding of the problems and help them clarify the challenges and gaps.
Throughout the week, the participants worked on their own social business ideas such as women empowerment, agriculture, ecotourism, waste management, and child education. The young participants were inspired by the local and international social innovators through various talk sessions by Robert Ferry (Land and Art Generator Initiative), Prashant Singh (Himalayan Climate Initiative), Madan Rai (ecotourism activist), Bikram Pun (Mushroom King), Sandeep Paudel (Helvetas Nepal), and Hardik Subedi (No thanks, I carry my own bag Initiative).
They also learned how to build model of their enterprise using the Social Business Model Canvas (SBMC), and were assisted for hands-on activities such as value challenge, site research, and interviews to validate their assumptions. In the programme, Yunsun Chung-Shin, Joanne Renaux, Sara Shedid, Robert Ferry, and Amin Matni facilitated the formation of 10 social enterprise ideas, and pitch these ideas to the invited panelists from various local stakeholders.
After completion of the boot camp, Sakshi, one of the participants shared, “This programme was amazing and life changing in my case. I got to learn many things in the 9-days long event.” Similarly, Ms. Kranti, another participant in the programme said it provided a huge opportunity for her where she learned to create social value through business.