In Our Hands

What is IOH

Nepal Art Village recently launched the “In Our Hands” incubation program for “young and creative” minds. We partnered with the British Council in Nepal,  Kathmandu University (School of Arts, School of Engineering), Applied Arts Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, and the National Innovation Center, announcing a unique opportunity to participate in this program to bring out the creativity in each one of us for positive social change which includes a workshop series followed by grants and showcase opportunities.

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IOH

Impact

In Our Hands is a new youth entrepreneurship program that aims to build capacity and provide resources, platforms, and connections to help develop a creative green economy in Nepal and advance its long-term climate goals. It comprises of a series of workshops that include mentoring sessions, a pitching, and networking event, a grant, and a final showcase of opportunities.

The program is a part of the Road to COP programme. 

Background

Since 2019, the British Council has been working with a consortium of partners to explore the intersections of environment, society, and culture. Crafting Futures, one of the British Council’s global programmes became the basis for a 2021 programme offering the first innovation grant designed for nature-based craft businesses. In Our Hands continues these efforts by championing the creative green economy as a response to the global challenge of climate change.

British Council research indicates that youth worldwide want to act but do not have the right space in climate change response. We also have looked at how inclusion can be supported through the application of heritage in development.

In Our Hands brings these together to support youth entrepreneurship for greener, more inclusive and more resilient development.

IOH Grantee of 2024

We are happy to announce our final five grantees for In our Hands – Towards Creative Green Economy – a youth entrepreneurship programme. These grantees have been selected through a rigorous process by a wide and diverse range of panellists.

In Our Hands pitch event took place on January 21st and 22nd at Aksheshwor Mahavihar, Pulchowk in Lalitpur. This two-day event – organised in partnership with Nepal Art Village, Kathmandu University, Story Cycle and the British Council – provides a platform for participants incubated by IOH partners to present their ideas for the prototype grant. Alongside the pitching sessions, participants had the chance to network with subject experts.

Congratulations to all the selected participants! We also would like to acknowledge all the young entrepreneurs who participated in the pitch event for their passion for a creative and green sector and we encourage you to continue your journey to follow your passion.

In Our Hands is a part of the Road to COP programme implemented by the British Council and funded by UK in Nepal.

Our Past Grantee of 2023

We are happy to announce our final six grantees for In our Hands – Towards Creative Green Economy – a youth entrepreneurship programme. These grantees have been selected through a rigorous process by a wide and diverse range of panellists.
Out of 13 sustainable business ideas pitched on 2 December, these six projects have been selected to move into the next stage supported by grants. These grants will be used for product development, prototyping and user testing supported by one-on-one mentoring. The grantees will be showcasing their prototypes in a showcase event planned for January.
Congratulations to all the selected participants! We also would like to acknowledge all the young entrepreneurs who participated in the pitch event for their passion for a creative and green sector and we encourage you to continue your journey to follow your passion.
In Our Hands is a part of Road to COP programme implemented by the British Council and funded by UK in Nepal.

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