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Economic Affairs Minister, Loknath Sharma attended the opening ceremony
Economic Affairs Minister, Loknath Sharma attended the opening ceremony

Druk Tshongrig Gatoen, celebrating entrepreneurs

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To reinforce collaboration among entrepreneurs and supporting organisations, government, civil society organisation, development partners, private companies and independent bodies, Druk Tshongrig Gatoen (DTG), a festival to connect and promote entrepreneurship began yesterday.

DTG was started in 2018 by Loden Foundation. It is perhaps Bhutan’s first festival to promote and celebrate social entrepreneurship, intelligent businesses and to celebrate young Bhutanese entrepreneurs.

A press release from DTG states that entrepreneurs would share their entrepreneurial journey to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship to young people outside Thimphu in colleges and technical institutes. “This is to inspire them to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice after graduation.”

A total of 39 Bhutanese entrepreneurs displayed their products and services during the entrepreneurial fair at Thimphu Clock Tower.

It states that the event will provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders to connect and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Entrepreneurs will host a one-day educational workshop in three colleges—Gedu College of Business Studies, College of Natural Resources, and Norbuling Rigter College—to share their entrepreneurial journeys with the students with the College students.

The president of Bhutan Entrepreneur Association (BAEyul) and a founder of Green Road, Rikesh Gurung, said that the entrepreneurs would be engaged in a panel discussion on opportunities for young people in pursuing entrepreneurship on Saturday.

As a part of the event, nine colleges and seven technical training institutes across the country will host various events such as art competition, mini market fair, idea competition, debate, traditional art painting, entrepreneurial visit, and panel discussions.

Numerous events, workshops, panel discussions, entrepreneurship awards, and video challenges will take place within four days.

Sales Pitch

To provide platform for entrepreneurs to promote their products, DTG organised a sales pitch.

Five entrepreneurs were selected from 15 who participated in the sales pitch. The selected entrepreneurs are the founders of Druna Ghu cookies, Bhutan Nail Spa, Bhutan Knit and Krochet, Redolence, and Freed Meat.

Druna Ghu cookies won the first prize—Nu 25,000.  The founder, Chimi Dema, is a farmer and a single mother. She said that the primary focus of Druna Ghu was to provide the authentic taste of Bhutan combined with the health benefits of the cookies.

She also said that such platforms were important to connect and launch the products. “Had it not been Loden Foundation and the DTG, my product would not have received the spotlight.”

The lead organiser of the event this year is BEAyul.

The joint event partners are Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, UNDP Bhutan, Thimphu Tech Park, iBEST, Institute for learning solution, The Green Road, Druk Host, iHub Bhutan, Loden Foundation and Ruprup.

The four-day event will conclude on October 20.

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