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Concept development for impact - An initiative of project BUCSBIN

The event “ Concept Development for Impact” an initiative of project BUCSBIN (Building University Capacity to Support Business Incubation in Nepal) , where two very experienced lab Masters- Janne Karjalainen and Ulla‐Maija Seppänen from OAMK LABS, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland, and faculties from Kathmandu University School of Management and King’s College, organized a residential learning workshop from June 13-17, 2018 in Hotel View Bhrikuti, Godavari.

50 interdisciplinary students -- from King’s College , Kathmandu University School of Management and Engineering , Sagarmatha Engineering College, Gate College, HICAST, Orchid College and Oulu University of Applied Sciences -- practiced in user-centric design, lean startup model and developed prototype as a evidence based practice. The students were grouped into interdisciplinary teams where they also learned soft skills such as presentation and communication. While the students were having project based learning, during the workshop, KUSOM and King’s college facilitators were trained in ‘Lab Master’ skills under the guidance of Labmasters from Finland.

On the concluding day of the event- ‘BUCSBIN Meets Industry’, the top three teams gave their final presentation in front of the guests from Nepali industry including the Deputy Mayor Ms. Muna Adhikari and Chairman of Ward-3 committee Mr. Bal Mukunda Ghimire. The event concluded with a presentation from Mr. Kimmo Paajanen , Project Manager of BUCSBIN with his keynote on the project and pipeline activities.

The journey of BUCSBIN started back in June 2017. It is a three year project developed in consortium of King’s College, Kathmandu University School of Management, Idea Studio Nepal , Oulu University of Applied Sciences and YoungInnovations. The core objective of BUCSBIN is to bridge the gap in existing higher education and startup ecosystem of Nepal.Through the Lab based learning pedagogy BUCSBIN aims to enhance the universities with new ways of teaching through inspired ways of learning new competencies, skills and knowledge to develop, support and creating business through innovative solutions.

In the coming days, the project aims to conduct a industry based workshop where the students and people from the industry will be working together for industry-academia engagement. The event is planned for October 2018.