About Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

It was in 2017 that a team of youths realized need of an intensive program dedicated to brewing up young entrepreneurs from across the globe since most of the events on entrepreneurship at that time were dedicated to existing entrepreneurs rather than creating new ones. Giving the realization a form of event, the team designed and organized the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (GEB) from September 2nd to 4th, 2017 in Kakani, Nepal.

Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp was introduced as a 4-day educational/leadership session designed for the youth. GEB brought together many young innovative minds from around the world and placed them on a common platform to innovate and create new businesses through collaboration. The primary aim of GEB has always been to provide participants an overwhelming lifetime experience to develop the necessary entrepreneurial skills to start their own venture. GEB is the platform to interact with mentors, successful entrepreneurs who are willing to hear what budding entrepreneurs are thinking of and guide them on the right path to making a successful startup.

GEB is an incredible opportunity to be exposed to new cultures and perspectives, both entrepreneurial and otherwise. It is also an opportunity to exchange and share ideas with other participants. GEB creates an environment where people from all backgrounds can create, innovate, collaborate and compete in a friendly atmosphere.

The success of the first edition of the bootcamp led to the second edition being organized in Bangkok, Thailand from January 15th to 18th, 2018. Likewise, the third Bootcamp hosted around 160 participants from 35 different countries in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2nd to 5th July, 2018. The fourth edition of GEB was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17th to 20th December, 2018 which brought together more than 150 participants from 40 different countries.

GEB has grown successively in the second, third, and fourth editions. The event has grown from an educational and leadership session on entrepreneurship to a bridge connecting the innovative minds and global investors by the third edition. In each successive edition, GEB has constantly updated and revised its format in order to make it simpler for young minds, keeping its originality unharmed.

GEB is a program focused on imparting entrepreneurial education, with special emphasis on Asian and African countries where entrepreneurship is just a new term.

Why GEB?

In the sea of events, you might have confusions about which to attend and which not to. Thorough research on a particular event on aspects like its fitness for you, its contribution to your growth, and its content is important for you to decide on this matter. If you are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, there cannot be an event better than GEB for you. We have not introduced this widely participated event just for those who want be an entrepreneur. GEB is for those who desire to transform their thoughts into actions.

The first and foremost reason for anyone to join the GEB is its guidance to innovative minds on how they can transform their innovative ideas into a business model. In the GEB, you can learn the knowhow of entrepreneurship in multiple ways. We provide you with training sessions on how to manage your thought process when you are brainstorming on an idea, how to groom that idea into a one that fits the market, and how to finally shape your idea into a business. You will be equipped with complete understanding about the supply chain in entrepreneurship.

GEB has recognized team work as an important part of success. Therefore, after the training in GEB, you will form teams in order to work on an idea agreed by the members to eventually design a sustainable business model. The best models are awarded. The real opportunity is here. GEB invites investors and incubators from across the world who can fund your business model if they find it fit for the market. Business models like ‘Chyine (Chyang)’—a traditionally made alcohol revived for commercial purpose, Guliyo—an idea on marketing of traditionally made sweets in the eastern hills of Nepal, and HandiConnect have already seen success in the market.

For your flexibility, you can form teams of your choice in the GEB. We believe that everybody may not be able to work with anybody. So, you will have an opportunity to interact with like-minded people from across the globe and work with them. So, GEB can be a platform for you to grow your network and meet the potential partner with whom you can work to expand start-up in different countries across the globe.

The GEB brings successful entrepreneurs and specialists from various parts of the world as guest speakers. They will talk about their experience in the journey of entrepreneurship and the ups and downs they have faced along with guiding suggestions for you.

GEB invites successful joint venture companies, venture capitalists and angels every year who are the potential investors for your business ideas. So, you can enter the network of innovative minds, successful entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial educators and mentors, investors, and incubators from all over the world that the GEB has been building ever since its inception. We believe that this network is going to be with you throughout your journey as an entrepreneur. The international exposure that GEB provides can be vital for your personal as well as interpersonal growth.

Ideas pitched in GEB have raised more than one million US Dollars fund from the investors so far. GEB has also grown to be the largest start-up ecosystem in Asia and Africa.

You seriously need to join the GEB if you are among the innovative minds looking for an opportunity to learn, explore, and grow internationally. There might have been times that you had a brilliant idea, but could not work on it. Do not let that happen again.

GEBx

GEBx is a gathering during Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp where some selected participants of the Bootcamp share their entrepreneurial journey. The GEBx will showcase the inspiring and motivational journey of the entrepreneurs. Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Bangkok would be the first time where the participants would get such a platform.

As GEB believes experience is the best teacher, GEB aims to provide the platform of GEBx to the growing entrepreneurs so that they can share their roller-coaster journey. Besides, one can share about their startups and the stories behind it. These stories will be later shared on our Youtube channel so that the world hear your stories.

Thailand

Thailand, also known as the land of Smiles is truly a Jewel of Southeast Asia. This dream destination, laced with ancient temples, has the world’s most stunning beaches, untouched jungle, inimitable night-life and legendary, fiery cuisine. From the lively cities like Bangkok and Chang Mai to the world-class beaches and mountain villages, high limestone cliffs and delightful valley to structures sitting on extinct volcanoes to beautiful wildlife reserves, Thailand will not disappoint anyone.

Being Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, Thailand will still offer you the experience of authentic canals, busy markets, and vibrant nightlife. Thailand is developed enough to provide you with the most solaces stay yet it is still wild enough to offer you an unexpected experience giving you lifetime memories and stories to share.

Bangkok, the Capital

Bangkok, a city of contrast, hosts a greater number of guests than any other city on the planet and it will not take long to acknowledge why. Bangkok is a city that appears differently in relation to activity every step of the way; wonder about the shining sanctuaries, get a tuk-tuk along the clamoring Chinatown or take a long-tailed boat through floating markets. Sustenance is another Bangkok feature, from nearby dishes served at humble road slows down to the food at sentimental housetop eateries. Extravagant shopping centers rival an ocean of boutiques and markets where you can treat yourself without overspending. Unrestrained Luxury inns and shockingly cheap serviced apartments welcome you with the same renowned worldwide Thai neighborliness. Also, no visit to Bangkok would be finished without a look at its celebrated nightlife – from nightclubs to colorful shady areas of town, Bangkok never stops to stun.

Entrepreneurship in Thailand

Whenever people hear the word Thailand, they tend to think of the tuk-tuks of Bangkok, the gold-tinted architecture and its generous stretches of white beaches. However, Thailand is also home to many billion dollar companies like PTT, CP Group, and Indorama Ventures. Even the formula of the immensely popular energy drink Red Bull was made here.

Thailand has the potential to become the central hub for entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia. The people of Thailand have a positive attitude towards entrepreneur and are undeterred by the fear of business failure which makes Thailand ranked the highest of the 65 countries covered by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey for 2016-17. The Thai population is largely optimistic and confident of being entrepreneurs and there is cultural support for experimentation and innovation for the foreigner as well. The Thai startup ecosystem is now immersive, diverse and thriving. The people in Thailand get onto new innovations and technologies promptly and maintain a high level of activity in the social media sphere.

The tax policy is also favorable to new startups in Thailand. Startups, like those in Fintech, can receive up to five years of income tax exemption whereas venture capital firms are exempted for ten years.

Thailand’s rising position as an international platform for startups is good news for entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Thailand has a myriad of untapped opportunities. Thailand’s vibrant and unique food culture, robust tourism industry, growing healthcare industry, and potential for intensive farming are all low hanging fruits in the business world which are ripe for the taking.

This is why GEB takes you to Thailand—to experience the next incubation hub in the world of business that is sure to be flooded with startups in the years to come.