About Us

Druk Tshongrig Gatoen | Celebrating ideas, innovation and enterprise

Tshongrig refers to 'intelligent business' and entails a culture of business and entrepreneurship infused with intelligent production and consumption. The global community in general, with its aim for Sustainable Development Goals, and Bhutan in particular, with its pursuit of Gross National Happiness, is earnestly calling for the promotion of intelligent businesses.

Druk Tshongrig Gatoen is Bhutan's first festival to promote entrepreneurship and intelligent business. It is a three-day long festival of thinking, learning, sharing, and networking with the aim of fostering an entrepreneurial culture of innovative doers and thinkers.

This event will bring together entrepreneurs, thinkers, policy makers, and NGOs to spread the awareness on entrepreneurship, empower and educate Bhutan's upcoming generation of potential entrepreneurs.

As a nation's prosperity and progress is defined mainly by the state of its economy, which in turn is determined by the vigor and virtue of its entrepreneurial culture and business enterprises, we aim to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship to new beginners, inspire future entrepreneurs, and celebrate our nation's entrepreneurs and start-up community. In addition promote social responsibility and ethical practices, which are respectful of our nature and cultures, among the established business practitioners.

We also aim to discuss and address the current challenges faced by Bhutanese entrepreneurs and start-ups. Moreover, it is a platform for information sharing and collaboration - engaging all players in the entire spectrum in strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bhutan.

A fair will be held with local entrepreneurs, featuring their products and services. In order to take Druk Tshongrig Gatoen beyond Thimphu, a series of seminars will take place in the university colleges, technical training institutions and high schools across Bhutan.

Objectives

With stakeholders from the government, civil society organizations, financial institutions and independent agencies, we hope to achieve

  • 1 To create awareness for new fresh minds, especially to show young Bhutanese that entrepreneurship is a possible career
  • 2 To cultivate a space for resource and information sharing relevant to business
  • 3 To provide a platform for policy makers, civil society organizations, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to collaborate, network and discuss pertinent issues

Programme

 

Thimphu Clock Tower | OPENING CEREMONY

 

09:00 – 9:30 am | ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

All guests will be seated at the traditional tents in front of the clock tower

 

09:30 – 9:35 am | ARRIVAL OF CHIEF GUEST

Dasho Penjore, Governor, Royal Monetary Authority 

 

09:35 – 09:40 am | MARCHANG CEREMONY

An auspicious opening of the programme and seeking blessings for a successful event

 

09:40 – 09:45 am | TASHI GYEPA PRAYER

An auspicious prayer recited at the beginning of any programme or journey

 

09:45 – 10:00 am | WELCOME DANCE

A traditional Bhutanese performance

 

10:00 – 10:10 am | WELCOME REMARKS

Dr Karma Phuntsho, President, Loden Foundation

 

10:10 – 10:20 am | ADDRESS BY THE CHIEF GUEST

Dasho Penjore, Governor, Royal Monetary Authority 

 

10:20 -10:35 am | A MONOLOGUE PERFORMANCE

The Chair performed by Dorji Gyeltshen. Written and Directed by Charmi Chheda

 

10:35  | Tea Served and Entertainment 

 

10:35 -10:45 am | ADDRESS BY A SENIOR ENTREPRENEUR

Karma Dhendup, Founder of Athang, a pioneering software development and training academy firm

 

10:45 – 10:55 am | WORDS FROM A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

Sonam Choden, Rolling Pin Cafe, Thimphu

 

10:55 -11:10 am | BOOK LAUNCH

Speech by Gerard Tardy and Loden Foundation’s ‘Made in Bhutan – Entrepreneurs Stories’ 

 

11:10 – 11:30 am | LAUNCH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP FAIR

About 40 Bhutanese entrepreneurs will display their products that are made in Bhutan for three-day at the clock tower

 

NRDCL hall | INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

12:00 – 01:00 pm | SESSION ONE: The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership

This session examines the world through the eyes of real-world entrepreneur, who share how they think, how they are able to recognize opportunities, and the mindset that enabled them to transform those opportunities into new ventures. 

By Sangay Tshering & Sangay Thinley Dorji

 

01:00 – 02:00 pm | LUNCH BREAK

Lunch served for participants at the NRDCL Hall

 

02:00 – 03:30 | SESSION TWO: What’s your idea?  

Learn to apply Design Thinking in generating and developing your business ideas. The session will also explore how and why you should adopt a customer-centric approach to designing services and products, in order to secure your business’s future in today’s market landscape.

By Karma Choden

 

3:30 – 4:00 pm | Tea Break

 

4:00 – 4:30 pm | Business Networking Essentials

 

4:30 – 5:30 pm | SESSION THREE: The 5 Pillars of Successful Business and Leadership for Entrepreneurs 

Successful business and leadership in the digital age requires a different approach in many aspects of an organization and this is extremely challenging. To help entrepreneurs navigate through the complexity of business transformation and leadership, this talk will introduce the 5 Pillars of Successful Business and Leadership to guide entrepreneurs to develop new Business Model Innovation, create unique Value Propositions, and enable their operations with digital technologies.  

By Dr.Roland Lim, Singapore 

 

5:30 – 7:30 pm | SESSION FOUR: Networking 

5.30 – 6:40pm : Structured Networking- Meet the Entrepreneurs  

6:30 – 7:30pm : Free-flow mixing and mingling reception 

 

TECHNICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE | THIMPHU

Morning | Talk by two Loden Entrepreneurs 

Leki Dawa of Bhutan Alternatives

Bishnu Prasad Sharma of Dumba 3D

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ZORIG CHUSUM | THIMPHU

Afternoon | Talk by Loden and Loden Entrepreneurs

Opening remarks by the focal person, Tshewang Peldon (Principal)

Dr Karma Phuntsho, President of Loden Foundation

Wangchuk, Founder of Radak Phunsum Traditional Wood Works

 

END OF DAY 1

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NRDCL Hall | TOOLS, RESOURCES AND NETWORKS

 

09:00 – 09:30 am | REGISTRATION 

 

09:30 – 10.20 am | SESSION FIVE: How to Start a Business?

Prerequisites for starting a business in Bhutan – business license procedures, policies related to entrepreneurship and support programs

By Muna Mukhia, MoEA

 

10:20 – 11.00 am | SESSION SIX: Overview of Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) Development Flagship

By Thinley Palden, MoEA

 

11:00 – 11:30 am | SESSION SEVEN: How Revolving Fund-II works and its criteria 

By Sonam Choden, Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Ltd (REDCL)

 

11:30 – 12:00 pm | Tea Break

 

12:00 -12:30 pm | SESSION EIGHT : What is Priority Sector Lending (PSL) and how it works

By Pemba Thinley, Royal Monetary Authority (RMA)

 

12:30 – 1:00 pm | SESSION NINE: Information on CSIs & SMEs Market Board

How to raise long-term capital from the institutional investors for Cottage and Small Industries (CSIs) and what opportunities exist for SMEs to raise fund from the Capital Market.

By Dorji Phuntsho, Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan (RSEB)

 

1:00 – 2:00 pm | Lunch Break

 

2:00 – 2:30 pm | SESSION TEN:  Briefing on the land use right system (URS) – for farming and agriculture businesses

By Gonpo Tenzin, National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCS)

 

2:30 – 3:00 pm | SESSION ELEVEN: Loden Entrepreneurship Programme – Guidelines and Criteria 

By Lhakpa, Loden Foundation

 

3:00 – 3:30 pm | SESSION TWELVE: How BCCI functions and what resources are available for startups

By Chandra B. Chhetri, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI)

 

3:30 – 4:20 pm | SESSION THIRTEEN: Resource Mobilization and Crowd funding

By Ngawang Gyeltshen, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

4:20 – 4:50 pm | SESSION FOURTEEN: Important factors that investors consider before investing in a startup

By William Tacon

 

4:50 – 5:30 pm | Tea break and Setup

 

5:30 – 7:30 pm | National Dialogue to be led by UNDP

 

ROYAL THIMPHU COLLEGE (RTC) | THIMPHU

Morning | Talk by Loden and Loden Entrepreneurs

Opening remarks by the focal person from RTC

Gerard Tardy, Director of Loden Entrepreneurship Programme

Leki Dawa, Founder of Bhutan Alternatives

 

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (RIM) | THIMPHU

Afternoon | Talk by Loden and Loden Entrepreneurs

Opening remarks by the focal person, Prof. Jit Tshering

Dr Karma Phuntsho, President of Loden Foundation

Kinley Wangdi, Founder of Green Vibes

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NRDCL Hall | Marketing, Branding & Live Pitch 

 

09:00-09:30 am | Registration of participants

 

09:30-11:00 am | SESSION FIFTEEN: Build Your Brand Smarter

How can your business stand out in the ever-growing and saturated market? How can you use different social media and online tools for marketing?

By Pem Choden, Yeewong Magazine

 

11.00-11.30 am | Tea Break

 

11:30-12:30 pm | SESSION SIXTEEN – Art of Storytelling

Storytelling is increasingly becoming a “must-have” skill for entrepreneurs, but how do you learn to create and tell great stories? This session will give you a deeper understanding of why story is such a powerful strategic tool, and how to transform your business content into powerful stories.

By Kinley Wangchuk,  Radio Valley

 

12:30-1:30 pm | Lunch Break

 

1.30 – 2.30 pm | SESSION SEVENTEEN – Bringing it all together

Divide into groups to discuss about the three days, what was learned and where to next.

By Pem Lama

 

2.30 – 3.30 pm | Live Pitch

Three top students’ entrepreneur finalists will be pitching their business ideas in front of a panel of 3 judges.

 

3.30 – 4.30 pm | Tea Break 

Meet, Greet & Mingle

 

Ariya Hotel in Olakha | CLOSING CEREMONY

 

5:00 – 5:15 pm | A Monologue Play by Charmi Chheda

5:15 – 5:20 pm |  Welcome Remark 

5:20 – 5:30 pm | Recap 

5:30 – 5:55 pm | Entrepreneurship Awards

  • Award 1 | Bhutan Student Entrepreneur Award
  • Award 2 | Loden Business Award
  • Award 3 | Best Loden Mentor Award 
  • Award 4 | Best Loden Entrepreneur 2018

5:55 – 6:05 pm |  Remarks by UN Bhutan

6:05 – 6:15 pm |  Address by Chief Guest

6:15 – 6:20 pm |  Vote of thanks 

6:20 – 6:40 pm |  Photo session with the award recipients

6:40 – 8:00 pm | Dinner

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | CHHUKHA : 22 OCTOBER

Morning | Talk by Loden Entrepreneurs and REDCL Project Officer

Opening remarks by Focal Person, Tshewang Dema

Kinzang Duba, founder of Youth In Agriculture

Dhan Kumar, Founder of Eco Waste Solution

Tandin Wangmo, Project Officer, REDCL

 

COLLEGE OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL STUDIES (CLSC) | TRONGSA: 25 OCTOBER

Morning | Talk by Loden Entrepreneurs and REDCL Project Officer

Opening remarks by Focal Person, Karma Yangdon

Kuenga Dhendup of Dawa of Kingdom Essences

Chogyal Lhamo of Waste Management

Nidup Gyeltshen of Gyeltsen Bakery

Karma Tenzin, Project Officer, REDCL

 

SHERUBTSE COLLEGE| TRASHIGANG: 25 OCTOBER

Morning | Talk by Loden Entrepreneurs and REDCL Project Officer

Opening remarks by Focal Person, Jigme Singye

Pema Dorji of Pema Olo Pharmacy

Sangay Jamtsho of Sustainable Dairy Farm

Sonam Gyeltshen of Gyelsen’s Electronica

Choney, Project Officer, REDCL

 

GEDU COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDIES: 26 OCTOBER

Morning | Talk by Loden Entrepreneurs and REDCL Project Officer

Opening remarks by Focal Person, Tenzin

Kinzang Duba of Youth In Agriculture

Dhan Kumar, Founder of Eco Waste Solution

Tandin Wangmo, Project Officer, REDCL

 

TECHNICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE: CHUMEY, BUMTHANG: 27 OCTOBER

Morning | Talk by Loden Entrepreneurs and REDCL Project Officer

Opening remarks by Focal Person, Norbu Chogyel

Sonam Wangchuk of Bhutan Honey

Sonam Tashi of Sonam Bee Keeping

Rinzin Dema, Project Officer

 

JIGME NAMGYEL ENGINEERING COLLEGE  | SAMDRUP JONGKHAR: 27 OCTOBER

Programme Agenda 

1:00 pm | Students gather at MPH Hall

1:15 pm | Remarks from DRIL/EDC Focal Person, JNEC

1:20 pm | Talk by Pema Dorji of Pema Olo Pharmacy

1:40 pm | Presentation by Tshedrup Wangmo, Project Officer, REDCL

2:00 pm | Talk by Sonam Gyeltshen of Gyelsen’s Electronica

2:20 pm | Q&A Session

2:35 pm | Mock Pitching by faculty and students

3:20 pm | Business Idea Pitching by participants

4:00 pm | Announcement and prize award ceremony

Closing remarks by  eClub Secretary by Pingola Subedi

Startup Weekend is a well-structured, action-oriented, highly inspirational and experiential program that runs over a weekend from Friday to Sunday. The three-day event is driven mainly by an experienced facilitator which gives that highly inspirational and experiential learning experience. Beginning with open mock pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

The 7th edition of the Startup Weekend is held has a part of Druk Tshongrig Gatoen and led mainly by Thimphu Tech Park and UNDP Bhutan.

When & where: 26-28 October at College of Natural resources, Wangdue Phodrang

DAY 1 | Friday 26 October

3:00 – 4:00 pm | Registration

4:00 – 4:30 pm | Introduction

4:30 – 5:00 pm | Half Baked Cake

5:00 – 5:10 pm | Mock Pitch

5:10 – 7:00 pm | Real Pitching Session

7:00 – 8:00 pm | Dinner

8:00 – 9:00 pm | Forming team

DAY 2 | Saturday 27 October

7:30 – 8:30 am | Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 am | Experience Sharing and Mentor Introduction

9:00 – 9:30 am |  Lean Model Canvas

9:30 -12:30 pm | Mentoring

12:30 – 1:00 pm | Market Validation and Prototyping

Lunch

2:00 – 4:30 pm | Market Validation and Prototyping

5:00 – 5:30 pm | How to Pitch

5:30 – 11:00 pm | Preparation of Presentation

DAY 3 | Sunday 28 October

8:00 – 9:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 am | Pitching Presentation

10:00 – 1:00 pm |  Improvisation

Lunch

2:00 -4:30 pm |Mock Pitching

Closing ceremony

4:30 – 4:45 pm | Arrival of Chief Guest

5:00 pm | Final Presentation

Speakers

Who Should Attend?

Startups

Come, communicate with like-minded, motivated and active people and take your game to another level.

Students

Grab this opportunity to explore and grow within the untapped field of innovation.

Entrepreneurs

A great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs, freelancers and mentors to meet and connect with thousands of startups.

Investors

A great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs, freelancers and mentors to meet and connect with thousands of startups.

Service Providers

Executives and senior management members from the HR, tech and R & D

Young Professionals

Young professionals who wish to get insights into the startup ecosystem and seek opportunities in the domain.

Government

Senior officers and policy makers.

Academia

Academic leaders, research scholars , principals, placement directors , Department heads and faculty members from academic institutions.

Organizers

LODEN
MoLHR & MoEA
BCCI
UNDP
REDCL
Thimphu Tech Park
BAOWE
Clean Bhutan

Educational Institute Partners

Royal Thimphu College
Royal Institute of Management
College of Science and Technology
Gedu College of Business Studies
College of Language and Cultural Studies
Technical Training Institute – Chumey
Sherubtse College
TTI – Thimphu and National Institute of Zorig Chusum
Jigme Namgyel Engineering College
College of Natural Resources

Sponsors

Our Team

Contact Us

  • Kitsho Pelmo
  • +975 17565657
  • lodenfoundation@loden.org

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