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Criteria for Participation

  1. Participant/s can apply as an individual and a maximum of four people in a team. Participant/s can be from an established company working on an in-house product, a start-up company, a group of students from an educational institute, a team of freelancers, an informal group of friends, etc. 
  2. The idea, concept, or product that is submitted can be at any stage. They could be in the idea conception phase, planning phase, development phase or implementation phase provided the product is in operation for not more than 3 years.
  3. The idea, concept, or product that is submitted must have the features of novelty, innovation, and creativity. We are not just looking for a local version of existing ones.
  4. The submitted idea must have a vital component of technology. We are not looking for ideas that are very promising but do have an emphasis on using technology solutions; either low or high fidelity described above.
  5. Participant/s have to take total responsibility for any infringement of intellectual property or other legal issues related to their submissions and KMC shall not be held liable for any issues arising thereof.
  6. The program is open to participant/s who are Nepalese citizens.
The challenge is focused on the following four categories related to urban development. The categories have been selected based on priorities of KMC as well as based on suggestion from experts working on respective areas. Various areas mentioned under each category are not exhaustive and should be taken as indicative areas.
Community and Environment
  • Urban Waste Management
  • Environment protection
  • Disaster Management and Preparedness
  • Urban agriculture (terrace farming, vertical farming, etc.)
  • Provisioning of nighttime services (food, medicines, transportation, etc.)
Urban Infrastructure
  • Public Infrastructure (lights, roads, walkways, sewerage, etc. ) maintenance
  • Public transportation and traffic management
  • Parking management
  • Public toilets
  • Protection and rejuvenation of public spaces and parks
  • Alternative Energy

Municipal Community Services
  • Health services (primary, secondary, tertiary)
  • Public education school management
  • Public Safety
  • Community pharmacies
  • Urban employment 
Municipal Administration and Efficiency
  • Civic engagement and feedback/grievance management
  • Municipal process digitization and automation
  • Urban mapping
  • Assignment of house addresses
  • Municipal revenue and expenditure tracking
  • Transparency and Open Data systems
  • Improvement of municipal tax arrangement
Socioeconomic Field
  • Gender-responsive technologies
  • GEDSI inclusive technology solutions
  • Other related socio-empowerment solutions

What are different kind of technologies that the challenge is looking for?

Prototypes do not necessarily have to look like final products. They can be different in terms of fidelity. The fidelity of a prototype refers to how it presents the smaller and workable version of the real product. As part of this challenge we view technology in two folds as below:

Low fidelity technologies

These are technologies that are not necessarily hi-tech and could be simple enhancements of process and practices for better and tangible results. Some examples of low fidelity technologies used in other parts of the world are Water Wheels, a round 50-liter container that enables people to roll water from water sources rather than carry it on their heads that helped women transport water more efficiently in India and Africa. Another example is Bakeys Edible Cutlery as a replacement to plastic cutlery. Considering the context of Kathmandu and the proposed categories in place, the competition is looking for relevant and actionable ideas.

High fidelity technologies

These are technologies that use modern concepts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Internet of Things, Blockchain, bring forward newer approaches to solve problems. Visible technologies in this front could be implementation of mobile apps, hardware sensors, big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc

Overall Process
Call for participation and Idea Submission
May 19, 2023 - June 12, 2023
  • Launch / Application Call 
  • Registration and submission of ideas from May 19, 2023 and ends on June 12, 2023 noon (25 days duration)
  • Participant/s can apply as an individual or as a team, maximum of 4 members.
  • The participant/s have to submit ideas under one of the categories mentioned above within the 25 days time frame through an online form
Selection of 100 Ideas
June 13, 2023 - June 18, 2023
  • Organizers will select as many ideas/ startups that have value from submitted ones based on participating criteria and judging criteria. (5 days duration)
  • Based on the initial screening done, the selected participant/s can participate in various thematic seminars/ workshops and refine their ideas on the go. Capping the number to 100  applications (100*4 = 400 on average) as we need to be careful with the budget.
  • Each application is evaluated on the strength of the business case, the financial case, and the trajectory of the team (when applicable). The selected participant/s will advance to the next level of the program.


Mentor Led Sessions and Workshops
June 24, 2023 - July 02, 2023

Organizers in coordination with selected Mentors will conduct sessions and workshops on business/ prototype development, business model/ value proposition, and pitching. The eight days will be focused on workshops led by Mentors who will be assigned six to seven different ideas/ applications each. The sessions they will lead will focus on product/prototype development, developing a business plan, idea pitching, and presentation. The plan is as follows:

  1. The mentor Led 8 days of sessions on what being Entrepreneurial means: Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Minimal Viable Product development; Business Development; Idea Pitching and Presentation
  2. 3 Pitching Days

The selected ideas/ applications will go through various venture-building stages, with a shared goal to develop their ideas and bring them to reality. During this journey, they benefit from the guidance and expertise of experienced mentors and professionals within their respective industries, equipping them with the tools to turn their innovative ideas into reality.

Selection of Top 50 Ideas
July 04, 2023 - July 06, 2023
  • Teams / individuals need to present their refined and finalized ideas, to a team of jury within a speculated time. 
  • Team of the jury will judge all the refined ideas in reference to judging criteria and select the Top 50 ideas.
  • There will be 3 pitching days. The marks will be given on the same day.
  • The results will be announced after a couple of days of discussion after the pitching days.

Judging Criteria for Grand Finale

1. Importance of Subject Matter (Weightage: 30%)

Under this basis, which carries 30% of total score, emphasis shall be laid on the solutions to the problems expressed through relevant thoughts or perspectives. The following aspects shall be considered as the basis for evaluation:

  • The importance of challenges that the proponent group is trying to solve,
  • Importance of use of technological solutions for solving such problems,
  • Status of qualitative and quantitative impacts of the solutions while solving such problems,
  • Ability to adapt solutions to current or future situations,
  • Total or partial ability to solve the problem,
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of the thoughts and/or processes (Such process should not be a replicate of the process that is already existent somewhere else. However, in the case where the concept is based on already existing ones, innovativeness and uniqueness of such processes should be exhibited while contextualizing it as per local necessity.

2. Solution/ Prototype/ MVP (Weightage: 20%)

Under this basis, which carries 20% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on the proximate productivity that the thoughts or concepts present. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of productivity:

  • Explanation of the presented concept of processes as well as ability to establish the relevance of related processes,
  • Linkage between the proposed technical outline and system with the challenge,
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of the tasks that technical means can accomplish,
  • Aspect of user friendliness and easy-to-understand
  • Existence and or convenient availability of the proposed or existing technical means in local context

3. Business Model (Weightage: 20%)

Under this basis, which carries 20% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on aspect where the presented thoughts or concepts builds a prototype of works that can sustain on their own. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of a working prototype:

  • benefits those processes or concepts provide to its users,
  • Ability of such processes or concepts to utilize opportunities and address the necessities of the market,
  • On how much current and future political aspects, economic aspects, social aspects, technological aspects, legal and environmental aspects are in favor for such processes or concepts,
  • The current and future impact that  those concepts put in the market,
  • The possibility that such concepts can generate income
  • Plan presented in regard to the sustainability of the concepts.

4. Scalability (Weightage: 20%)

Under the basis that carries 20% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on aspect where the presented solutions through thoughts or concepts can be possibly expanded in national and international context. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of expandability:

  • Possibility and ability to extend in the places other than originally implemented,
  • Measure of ability and capacity to extend of thoughts in international context (other countries, regions etc).

5. Presentation/ Articulation (Weightage: 10%)

Under this basis, which carries 10% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on the aspects of skills, capability, expertise and clarity of the contestants while presenting or explaining their thoughts or concepts. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of presentation and explanation:

  • Presentation of overall concept,
  • Clarity of the explanation in relation to the concept or product,
  • Linkage of the presentation with the subject matter,
  • Presentation and relevance of additional materials

Members of Jury (Initial selection of 100 ideas)

Start-ups and Innovation Support Expert
NAMDP Phase 2 Swiss contact
Program Manager
Startup Discovery School
Innovation and Community Lead
Clock b Business Innovations
Co-Founder/Program Director
Youth Innovation Lab
Director of Impact
Upaya City Cargo
Executive Board Member
Social Entrepreneurship Fund
Director & Training Facilitator
Jobs Dynamics Pvt. Ltd.
Ultra Group and Dolma Impact Fund

Members of Jury (Grand Finale)

Managing Director / IT Expert
Innovative Solution Pvt. Ltd.
Research Scientist and Director
Pracademic in the field of ICT
Entrepreneur and Sustainability Professional


Chartered Accountant and CEO
Aasha Venture Fund Pvt. Ltd
Management Consultant
Co-founder & CEO of Didi Foundation Nepal and Australia
Researcher, Educator and Management Practitioner
Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Certified Trainer
Co-Founder and Country Director
United World Schools Nepal
Private Equity & Venture Capital, Impact Investing, Startup Consulting

Kathmandu Metro Idea and Innovation 2080 is an initiative of Kathmandu Metropolitan City that aims to facilitate the space between creators, experienced professionals, and investors by finding workable common ground. The two-week-long event will be giving the entrepreneurs a real-life experience to turn their idea into a minimum viable product (MVP), enhance their business strategy and learn what it takes to run a successful company.

KMC aims to bring out a positive entrepreneurial spirit within the Nepalese community by joining hands with potential investors who are looking towards funding excellent innovations that solve the city’s and/ or country’s persisting problems related to urban development. In the process, we want to see your ways to generate sustainable revenue and also bring significant impact by creating employment opportunities.

Our Team

Kathmandu Metro Idea and Innovation 2080 is being steered by a core Organizing Committee led by the Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Er. Balendra Shah as the committee chairperson. This committee comprises of other experts and professionals, including representatives from the City Planning Commission as nominated by the committee chairperson.

The KMII 2080 also has a dedicated Working Committee comprising of professionals responsible for day to day facilitation and operation of challenge activities under the guidance of the Organizing Committee.

Er. Balendra Shah
Mayor of Kathmandu /Chairman, Steering Committee
Sunita Dangol
Deputy Mayor, Steering Committee
Basanta Adhikari
Chief Administrative Officer, Steering Committee
Er. Tapendra Bahadur Khadka
Vice Chair of CPC, Member Secretary, Steering Committee
Ram Kumar KC
Member, Steering Committee
Narottam Aryal
Member, Steering Committee

Mr Aryal has been involved in academic sector over past 20 years in Nepal. At present, he is the Executive Director / Principal of King’s College, a leading business management college in Nepal. At King’s, he is working towards re-defining the entrepreneurship education by offering more practical and learning focused BBA and MBA courses. He is often found talking about social entrepreneurship and delivering talks on start-ups and entrepreneurship development in Nepal. He was the coordinator of start-up committee formed by Ministry of Industry in 2017/2018

Bibhusan Bista
Member, Steering Committee

Mr Bista has been the CEO of YoungInnovations for past 12 years. He comes with professional experience of over 17 years in software development, international development and entrepreneurship development. Under his leadership, YoungInnovations has provided software services to various clients in more than 15 countries globally. In Nepal, he is actively engaged in promoting entrepreneurship and has led many events, including the NCell AppCamp 2015 and 2016

Kumari Rai
Member, Working Committee
Prateek Adhikari
Member CPC, Working Committee
Agma Malakar
Member, Working Committee
Bipin Kandel
Member, Working Committee

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