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MTI shares Asian best practices at Thimphu Tech-Park

The MTI team in Bhutan
The MTI team in Bhutan

A team of international consultants from MTI have engaged with Thimphu Tech-Park, advising and sharing best practices on start-up eco-systems in frontier and emerging markets. The session that was held last week turned out to be an interactive and thought provoking session, that addressed a diverse range of strategic issues relating to start-ups. In the process MTI shared their hands-on consulting experience across diverse Asian markets.

Thimphu TechPark (TTP) is the flagship IT development Bhutan, a known for its strong environmental conservation policies and the unique development philosophy of Gross National Happiness. It is the country’s first IT Park – promoted by the Department of Information Technology & Telecom, Ministry of Information & Communications, Royal Government of Bhutan, supported by the World Bank and developed jointly by Assetz Property Group of Singapore and Druk Holdings & Investments, the commercial arm of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Sharing some key regional learnings, the MTI advised young entrepreneurs to “Pick your domain based on real ‘pain points’ in the demand or supply chain – not technology looking for a problem! Get the commercial business model right upfront i.e. how will you make money? – not just hoping for an inflated valuation to flog it! Fulfillment is what the end user will pay for – technology is only an enabler”

According to MTI Consulting, Start-ups, like any business, have two ways of earning a living. Either get the ‘customer’ to pay for the value you create and /or grab share from another business by doing it better. There is of course a third way, which is to whip up so much hype, create insane valuations (despite fundamentally loss-making business models) and dump it on to someone else! As long as there are ‘Take-ups’ for such ‘Start-ups’, this can go on!

MTI Consulting have worked on projects in over 40 countries, including frontier markets such as Algeria, Bhutan Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Jordon, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Maldives, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka Syria.

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