“We would have these long conversations on the way home from classes where we would talk about justifying our existence in this world. That is what I want to work on and I regularly say that to everyone in the team. Justify your existence.”
Those are words of Himanshu Jung Bista, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Visionalaya Technology, a venture currently active in the outskirts of Bhaktapur. The venture is operating on multiple fronts – from software development to IT-based training. Starting out young, Bista belongs to the current wave of emerging student entrepreneurs, whose numbers are growing every day.
Visionalaya Technology’s major aim is to help students understand the world of entrepreneurship and IT Integration. Their business operates in rural areas of Nepal as well as in the Kathmandu Valley. The company currently offers services like Idea Mela, Trinity Package Workshop and Eminent Site, where Idea festivals, IT training packages, and web development run respectively. So far, they have worked with 15+ clients, some of them include Orchid International College, Lalitpur Engineering College, Wonderful Technical Center among others.
Mr Himanshu and one of his friends had an idea a couple of years ago to start a business where they would go around talking to people and asking them if they needed a website. All they knew was a little bit of web development but they still got projects. Later on, they couldn’t continue because they were inexperienced with the financial aspect and that became the reason they had to quit. The team busied themselves with doing several IT and business-related events where they got a huge amount of support from Mr Bidur Dahal, the Principal of Orchid International College. After a couple of good events, they thought about giving it another push to get it all over Nepal.
Inspired by his parents’ attempt to revolutionize education, Bista says he got his ultimate motivation from his sister, Mr Preeti Bista Basnet, who has solidified herself as a successful entrepreneur.
As of now, the team, comprised of IT professionals and engineers, are moving away from the capital to spread their message to rural Nepal. They are planning to go to places where no one wants to go – the villages and their public schools. They are willing to work with the same vision and the spirit that is in the organization, which facilitates proper decision making. They agreed on travelling to public schools, interacting with teachers, the education department of the municipality and with the locals, regarding the quality of education that must be established. They are conducting training programs in places where education is not of huge importance.
“I have a team that is not the most qualified in the world. Most of us are still learning, but the team’s motivation is at the next level. The heated conversations in our meetings that happen in the back-rooms are inspirational and humbling. The team’s willingness to participate in every minor step is truly something to be cherished”, says Bista.
Challenges and Obstacles
“When I first started, the major problem was people not trusting the process due to our team being students. It is a major stigma because most student entrepreneurs begin a journey where they quit too early and do not deliver due to reasons of finances, management and lack of experience. It took a long time to convince clients about our ability to deliver. Simply possessing skills is never enough. One requires leadership & management skills as well.” shares Mr Bista.
Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Mr Bista says that anyone can try their hand on startups but have to be ready to face the challenges that come along with it. “It is really frustrating to wait, but the most important thing I learned was to have faith and develop patience. To everyone who wants to begin a startup, I advise them to find a quality idea and work on it without stopping. Finding a good mentor and reading is a must. The more we read about others, the more careful we are about carving the right path for us. Finally, most entrepreneurs today fail because they expect returns overnight. It is rare to find success early, so one must have patience.”, said Bista.
Their current plan is to groom themselves by 2021, to gain enough experience to be able to host national and international level IT events and eventually take the company to newer heights.
Visionalaya Technology will be travelling to different parts of Nepal from the mid-February. We wish the team good luck and hope that their efforts bring in good results for the country in the long term. If you believe in what Visionalaya Technology does, contact them for any future collaborations.