The largest startup gathering in Nepal

One of the largest gathering of startups in one location. The fest is the place for any startup to meet prospective investors, other startups and learn about the startup ecosystem in the country

CNIYEF Startup Fest 2023

We are the largest startup fest in the country with the most amount of startups and investors gathering at the same place at the same time. This year it is going to be even bigger, better and more amazing.


CNIYEF Startup festival 2022 was an event which saw an unprecedented number of attendees from all genres of life. The startup fest was held at The Soaltee Hotel, with multiple events happening simultaneously. The highlight of the event was the Startups that were pitching at the event which got to connect with investors, venture capitalists and private equity firms in the country.

The festival had the following different events happening:

  • Startup Pitching

  • Panel Session Founding to Funding

  • Robot Wars

  • Robot Football

  • Music Concerts

  • Food stalls

  • Startup alley

What we do

Inspire new entrepreneurs to develop surprising ideas and successful businesses that change the world. Educate entrepreneurs to get to the next stage with experts that have dirt under their nails. Connect entrepreneurs to relevant customers, communities, media and investors. Provide resources to entrepreneurs in the areas of funding, hiring, marketing and generating revenues.

CNI President’s remarks in Nepal Startup Fest 2023 launching and Demo Day


I'd like to begin by extending my warm greetings to Mr. Rohit Gupta, Vice President of CNI; Mr. Anurag Goyal, President of CNIYEF; Ms. Prashi Agrawal, Immediate Past President; guests, the brilliant startups that we celebrate today, our valued accredited investors and everyone who are present here.

Today, we gather to commemorate a momentous occasion in the entrepreneurial landscape of Nepal—the closure of the first cohort of Growth X Everest. This initiative, a collaborative endeavor of CNI, CNIYEF, and Team Ventures, exemplifies our shared commitment to nurturing innovation and fostering the growth of startups in our beautiful nation.

Startups hold the potential to be the driving force behind economic and social transformation, and CNI, CNIYEF is unwavering in its dedication to addressing the challenges they face. Startup issues are challenges that require comprehensive solutions. It’s not merely about providing resources; it’s about creating an environment where innovation can thrive.


CNI, through its various committees including CNI Startup Committee has consistently shown dedication to addressing these challenges head-on. We understand that startups are the lifeblood of our economy, and their success is intertwined with the prosperity of our nation.

Today, as we applaud the achievements of the graduating startups, let us also recognize that this is just the beginning. The success stories we celebrate today will serve as inspiration for generations to come. They remind us of the potential that lies within our borders, waiting to be unleashed. I encourage all stakeholders – government, industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs – to join hands in this endeavor. Together, we can create an ecosystem where startups can flourish, innovation can thrive, and Nepal can achieve new heights of economic prosperity.

The startup ecosystem in Nepal is a testament to the resilience, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of our nation. In recent years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable surge in the number of startups across various sectors, from technology and e-commerce to agriculture and healthcare. These startups represent the aspirations of our young and dynamic entrepreneurs who are determined to bring about positive change. With access to resources, mentorship, and a supportive community, these startups are on the verge of reshaping the economic landscape of Nepal. The growth of incubators, accelerators, and networking platforms has created a nurturing environment for these ventures, and it’s heartening to see government policies becoming increasingly favorable for entrepreneurship. The startup ecosystem of Nepal is a thriving ecosystem, and it is poised to play a pivotal role in our nation’s journey towards innovation-driven economic development.


The Startup Fest, an initiative of CNIYEF, is not merely an event; it is a dynamic ecosystem of innovation, a convergence of brilliant minds, and a beacon of opportunities. It plays a pivotal role in promoting startup enterprises and highlighting their potential to contribute significantly to our nation’s economic and social wellness. In an era defined by innovation and entrepreneurship, the Startup Festival provides a platform for startups to shine. It is an opportunity for them to present their groundbreaking ideas, disruptive technologies, and visionary solutions through captivating pitch decks. For those seeking to invest in innovation, this festival is a treasure trove of emerging talent.


What sets the Startup Festival apart is its multifaceted experience. It’s not just about pitch decks; it also includes panel discussions and speaker sessions led by industry leaders who share their valuable insights and experiences. It’s a place where knowledge flows, connections are made, and inspiration is ignited. The startup ecosystem in Nepal is a testament to the resilience, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of our nation.

In conclusion, as we celebrate the achievements of the first cohort of Growth X Everest today, let's remember that this is just the beginning of a transformative journey. The future is bright, and the potential is limitless. CNI remains committed to supporting startups, and the Nepal Startup Fest 2023 is a testament to our dedication to innovation.

Thank you for being here today, and let's work together to shape a future where startups drive Nepal's economic and social progress.

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