Having created history in Google Business Group Story Search in 2014, Yellow Nepal had set its mark, becoming one of the three winners that year. Out of 36 semi-finalists in 2014, 3 semi-finalists were from Nepal. This representation rose to 5 in 2016, out of total 22 global semi-finalists. This year, 3 out of 9 semifinalists were Nepali Start Ups: Khaalisisi, Eco Cell Industries and Khalti.com. Along with Cafe Yagama and Virtualahan from the Philippines and Riliv from Indonesia, Khalti.com of Nepal stood as one of the winners (and also the People's Choice Winner) of Google Business Group's 2017 Story Search.
Who would have thought a decision to stay in Nepal and making difference in lives of people would have rewarded this well? Today, Khalti.com, a company working to empower people in Nepal financially by driving the country towards a cashless economy, has become one of the socially conscious missions well appreciated by people globally.
Co-founder and Director Amit Agrawal of Khalti.com state that there were three finalists from Nepal this year that shows that Nepal has the potential and Global leaders like Google have been recognizing that. He further adds that especially the IT sector is boundless; both the world and the internet is open; a plethora of knowledge is on the internet and also there is access to a Global audience. And Nepalese Entrepreneurs can also create a stamp in Global Arena."
Winning globally among hundreds of budding global companies is definitely a matter of pride, not just for Khalti.com but for entire Nepal. But these small success stories are just the beginning of a very promising journey for the team. Agrawal states," The best resource of Google is their manpower. Being directly mentored by Google Team and learning from Google Payment Experts is something the Khalti.com team is looking forward to." The team has been invited to their headquarters in 2018.
To the startups who are willing to apply for GBG Story Search 2018, we have a little advice from the winning team. Firstly, one should change their mindset and believe in oneself. Secondly, the most important tip is consistent hard teamwork and rest will fall place.
Hats off to the three very inspiring Start Ups for representing Nepal globally.
CONGRATULATIONS to Khalti.com for winning such prestigious title.