Though men still outnumber women in business and technology, a “a golden age for women entrepreneurs has begun,” according to Forbes. Various grassroots efforts and government initiatives around the world are working to fix this disparity, creating programs for engaging women in entrepreneurship and innovation.
But above all else, passion and execution are the keys to success—no where is this more evident than in Nepal, where the following 9 companies founded by women are bringing innovative products and services to market. Be sure to keep them on your radar in 2017 and beyond.
Nidarr—or fearless in Nepali—is a self-help smartphone app designed to reduce violence against women. The solution can be used to let your peers know your location and contact them and/or police if needed.
Urban Girl is one of the first online stores to provide high quality accessories and branded clothes to Nepal. The company’s Urban Cakes also delivers mouthwatering cakes directly to your doorstep.
Yellow Nepal allows users to search over 4000 restaurants around Kathmandu from their mobile device. Additionally, the company’s associated Instameme app enables easy meme creation and posting to Instagram. Yellow Nepal recently garnered recognition with a 2016 ICT Startup Award.
Kazi Studios aims to solve complex problems and provide smart solutions through design in technology. The company provides services such as experimental marketing, branding, and other web/technology consulting.
Helmets Nepal is an ecommerce store specializing in helmets and motorcycle accessories. The company will even send along mechanics to help install any bike accessories purchased from them.
Sastra Creations is a team of qualified web designers and developers providing graphic/web design, content management system (CMS) and ecommerce development, SEO/SEM, software development, social media marketing, and more.
Aushadhi in Nepali means medicine—as its name implies, Online Aushadi is a licensed online pharmacy that features free home delivery of medicine to customer. The website also tracks customers’ unique needs and provides automatic refill services and reminders.
Technorio is a leading web solutions provider and application development studio offering a full range of services, from social media marketing to mobile app creation.
Business Brainz is a platform that delivers high value research and customized secondary research services to leading enterprises and organizations. Its team of experts provides research via three core offerings: Customer Insights, Industry Insights and ABM Insights.
From customized market research to apps for preventing violence against women, these 9 women-led Nepali tech ventures are overcoming both gender and socioeconomic challenges with their unique offerings. Check out Top 9 Social Enterprises from Nepal to see how local women are leading the social enterprise front.