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    dutch Impact Journeys connects Dutch professionals with entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Together they improve companies that can make a difference.

Facts

dutch Impact Journeys in a nutshell.

    • Business challenge for Dutch professionals
    • Journey to an emerging economy
    • Two weeks of extensive company visits
    • Team up with local entrepreneurs in different sectors
    • Matching according to your expertise and preference
    • Make business evaluations, improve business models, share knowledge and help entrepreneurs with a strong proposition
    • Make entrepreneurs investor-ready
    • Revive the Dutch venturous mentality
    • Learn from entrepreneurship, inventiveness and frugality

Building Bridges

 

Nepal 2014

In February 2014, we organized the first Dutch Impact Journey to Nepal. A business challenge focussed on making Nepali entrepreneurs investor-ready.

Although Nepal has long been a Western donor darling, it still is one of the world’s least developed nations. Luckily, more and more people understand now that countries do not develop sustainable economies with funds or grants of NGO’s and foundations. We at dutch believe that good entrepreneurship and social business can deliver growth and development.  Especially in a traditional trading nation like Nepal, interestingly situated between China and India, there are growth opportunities abound.

 

To develop an interesting business challenge in Nepal, we teamed up with impact investment fund One to Watch. One to Watch invests in promising Nepalese small and medium sized enterprises. However, for One to Watch it is a challenge to make these companies investment-ready. And that’s exactly where we came in.

 

The 12 participants of the first dutch Impact Journey got together with 16 business owners to discuss the challenges they face, rewrite business plans, consult on how to get an investment and learn about entrepreneurship. In addition, we provided One to Watch with useful feedback and interesting insights into the companies we visited. As a result, One to Watch started serious talks with a number of businesses they are willing to invest in. The companies we visited are active in the energy sector, waste management, agriculture, health care and the hospitality industry.

 

 

 

 

Cases

We worked together with 16 entrepreneurs in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal's major cities. Read more about their companies, the challenge they are facing and how we could help them to make an impact.

  • Bajeko Sekuwa

    Bajeko Sekuwa means ‘Grandfather’s Barbecue’. This restaurant chain owes its name from the grandfather of owner Chetan Bhandari, who started as a street vendor....

  • Worldganic

    The farm Worldganic combines milk production with (biodynamic) horticulture and the operation of a Waldorf School, (Vrije School in NL). Worldganic is...

  • The Bazaar

    The Bazaar is an organic food retailer and a cooperative of farmers around the city of Pokhara. With their sustainable food network, Tulsi Giri (1985) and his partner...

  • Power to Tower

    Saurav Dhakal (35) is the initiator of Power to Tower, a project that aims to develop 62 micro-hydro electricity plants in combination with telecom towers in rural areas...

  • Gautam Associates

    Parash Raj Gautam (1984) recently set up a diversified farm in Pokhara, which includes a chicken breeding facility. He has many expansion plans for the farm. Team Julia...

  • Health at Home

    Bishal Dhakal founded Health at Home, an innovative home care company in Nepal. Bishal has the ambition to expand his service throughout the country and abroad. Team...

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Testimonials

What does a dutch Impact Journey bring about? This is what Dutch professionals and local entrepreneurs have to say about us.

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About

dutch Impact Journeys is an initiative of dutch and One to Watch.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

 Ernest Hemingway

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dutch Impact Journeys

E: impactjourneys@dutch.com

T: 035-6722550

part of dutch Group b.v.

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The Netherlands