iHUB to incubate innovative startups

To complement the existing lone incubation centre, iHUB would now be able to facilitate more startups and entrepreneurs.

While working at the CIO Academy Asia in Singapore, Tashi Wangdi, 26, came across such establishment and found it relevant for the country where many aspiring entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative ideas.

Along with four young enthusiastic entrepreneurs developing a business concept, Tashi Wangdi promoted iHUB. These young entrepreneurs are being mentored and guided by experts.

He said iHUB is the innovation hub that provides a digital platform for the entrepreneurs by providing co-working space, common network, Internet services and basic office assets.

Currently, few young entrepreneurs are using the working space to startup their business venture.

Yeshey Samdrup, an aspiring entrepreneur is creating an agri-technology app that would help farmers with the weather forecast.

Dawa Tashi is writing a program to develop travel app for the regional tourist to guide them with information on places, restaurant and hotels along with the map.

Khandu Wangchuk is also developing a creative learning mobile app to help students learn academic subjects including Dzongkha.

Besides the apps, ‘Planet Plastic’ is another project under incubation. Two young entrepreneurs are planning to recycle plastic by reproducing it into other products like flowerpots and mobile covers.

iHUB provides virtual space at Nu 500 a month where entrepreneurs get a free mentor and invitation to attend workshop and training. The scheme of co-working space cost Nu 1000 a month. This comes with free Internet, working space, conference, printing facilities, free mentor and, training and workshop. Shared cabin space at Nu 2000 is inclusive of a shared office cabin with rest of the benefits and an individual cabin. There is also another option called fixed desk that cost Nu 5000.

The operational director of I-Technology, who is one of the mentors of iHUB said that with growing numbers of young entrepreneurs coming up with good ideas, iHUB is an important incubation centre like Bhutan innovation and Technology Centre (BITC) that will provide space and guidance to them.

Tashi Chophel

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