Established in July 2011, Biruwa has become one of the the most recognized firms providing business support services to entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and development organizations working with entrepreneurs in Nepal. Find out about our corporate history in the timeline below.
January 2011The idea sparksThe idea of starting a business to support entrepreneurs looking to start a business came to founder, Vidhan Rana,when he faced difficulties starting another business venture and through interactions with other young entrepreneurs found that they too faced similar problems.
March 2011Is there a market?A group in Facebook was formed for those interested in working out of a shared office space and setting up a business incubator. Discussion was held on whether to keep the group informal or register it as a company.
April 2011Biruwa Ventures: The nameThe original business idea is pitched at Last Thursdays with an Entrepreneur organized by Entrepreneurs for Nepal (E4N) and Samriddhi Foundation. After initially considering launching the venture in collaboration with E4N, Vidhan decides to move forward independently to have more autonomy and for faster execution. Biruwa Ventures is picked as the name for this new enterprise.
May 2011Being more focused and determinedAfter working on a business plan and talking to mentors in Nepal, Vidhan decides to break down the services of Biruwa based on the demands in the market rather than launching a business incubator. A survey is launched on E4N’s Facebook group to begin identifying potential users for the shared space. Over two dozen entrepreneurs show interest.
June 2011Office now openedBiruwa subleases a 900 square feet space from Asia Foundation in Baluwatar. Biruwa’s website goes live and he begins meeting with some potential users for this new shared space.
July 2011Fully fresh and functionalBiruwa is registered and it officially begins operations in its new space in Baluwatar.
August 2011Biruwa, plus 3!Biruwa signs its first three clients: two startup enterprises and one newly formed non profit organization.
September 2011Abhinab Basnyat , the founding PartnerAbhinab Basnyat joins Biruwa’s team as Founding Partner. Abhinab brings with him more than five years experience in doing consulting work in the energy sector.
November 2011Biruwa Brainstorm is launchedLaunched Biruwa Brainstorm, a free one hour mentoring session for entrepreneurs where they can pitch and receive feedback on their business ideas.
December 2011 Partnering in Last ThursdaysBiruwa joins the Last Thursday with an Entrepreneur as a program partner to improve the structure of the program.
January 2012Business Plan Development workshopBiruwa conducts a business plan development workshop at Thames International College. This session is replicated at several other colleges in Kathmandu over the course of the year.
March 2012Biruwa's first hire!Biruwa hires its first team member, Ankit Rana, as its Admin Assistant.
April 2012Internship opened at Biruwa!Biruwa launches its internship program for business students who are both looking for work and thinking of starting their own business.
May 2012New space & DC SummerfestBiruwa moves to a larger 2,500 square feet space in Baluwatar. Partners with DC Summerfest held in Washington, DC to encourage Nepalis living abroad to consider opening a business in Nepal.
July 2012Raising funds through KoraBiruwa team and clients participate in the Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge and raise Rs. 50,000 to donate to build a birthing center in Baitadi.
November 2012 Biruwa starts sharing its seed of entrepreneurshipBiruwa signs its first two consulting projects. Operational assessment is conducted for Chahhari Services, a social venture focused on providing employment opportunities for single women. New business opportunities is explored and a business plan is prepared for Himalayan Bio Trade Limited.
December 2012Biruwa team expandsBiruwa hires two new team members to assist with its consulting projects.
February 2013Kathmandu Living Labs emergesBiruwa begins working with the Open Street Map Community in Kathmandu which later became Kathmandu Living Labs.
April 2013Featured internationally!Biruwa’s work is covered by Tech in Asia, one of Asia’s top technology blogs.
May 2013Meeting new grounds, bigger and better!Biruwa expands to a larger space of 4,000 square feet in Gyaneshwor to meet the increasing demand for space from our clients.
July 2013Kora, Cycling for a causeBiruwa team and clients participate in the Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge and raise Rs. 100,000 to donate to build a birthing center in Baitadi.
August 2013Networking via Udhyami BhetghatBiruwa launches Udhyami Bhetghat, a bi-monthly sector focused networking event, to bring together entrepreneurs from various sectors.
November 2013Udhyami Impact FundBiruwa launches Udhyami Impact Fund to invest in social enterprises and early stage startups.
February 2014Sanam Chitrakar joins the teamSanam Chitrakar joins Biruwa team as a Partner to better structure Biruwa's consulting work. Sanam had been a client with Biruwa since November 2011 and had collaborated with Biruwa on several market research projects. He brings with him more than fifteen years of multidisciplinary entrepreneurship development, coaching, training and consulting experiences.
March 2014Biruwa joins hands with DANIDABiruwa supported the Danish Embassy to organize a visit for thirteen Danish companies to Nepal to explore potential business opportunities and partnerships through the DANIDA Business Partnership program.
April 2014Biruwa team and target market both branch outBiruwa’s team is reorganized to better manage its work. Business Manager is hired to lead the consulting team. A strategic plan for the consulting division is prepared with the target market expanded to include small and medium sized enterprises.
July 2014Anup Tamang joins the TeamAnup Tamang joins Biruwa team. Anup brings with him more than eight years of risk advisory and financial services experience. Meanwhile, Biruwa Advisors in registered.
August 2014Farewell to Abhinab BasnyatBiruwa’s founding partner, Abhinab Basnyat, leaves for the United States to begin his MBA program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
October 2014Biruwa meets its first Managing PartnerAnup Tamang is designated at Managing Partner of Biruwa Advisors.
April 2015April 25, 2015The earthquake in Nepal on April 25 severely damages both of our office spaces.
August 2015The way forwardBiruwa completes its strategic plan for its consulting division to drive the business towards growth.
March 2016Focusing on the futureVidhan Rana comes back as the Managing Partner of the company to lead the strategic reorganization of the company.
June 2016Weeding the businessBiruwa begins the process to wind down its serviced office space operations to focus more on its consulting work.
October 2016Ventures Cafe opens!Biruwa supports the launch of Ventures Cafe, a coworking cafe that will continue on the legacy of its office space work.
January 2017New logo!Biruwa redesigns its logo to better communicate its strategic repositioning.