Agricultural Geeks, DakDam Applications Are Now Open!

With agriculture occupying some 60% of the Cambodian labour force, it is important for Cambodian farmers to reap the benefits of new farming techniques and technology, possibly via mobile phones.

Do you have what it takes to innovate new products and startup a business to solve farming challenges? Then apply to DakDam!

DakDam is a 3-month business model validation programme specially designed for innovators in the agriculture sector. The programme encompasses 10 workshops structured to educate innovators on the Cambodian agricultural scene; a 3-day field trip to interact with farmers and better understand the challenges faced; peer-to-peer coaching where you build your network with like-minded individuals; and the Demo Day, where you showcase your business idea to the public.

“DakDam Labs is a really exciting programme for us because we will be working with inventors to build real products that can be taken to market. The programme will offer support with all aspects of building a useful and impactful product for the agriculture sector. They will be working with a range of interesting stakeholders who are experts in agriculture, entrepreneurship and product development, and will manage a budget to prototype and test their ideas,” explained Abigail Perriman, Program and Impact Manager at Impact Hub Phnom Penh.

Ready to get your hands dirty? You are eligible if you:

  1. Speak Khmer and English

  2. Apply as an individual or a team up to 3 members

  3. Apply with or without an idea (you can develop an idea during the program)

  4. Are able to commit 12 hours a week to your project

  5. Have the capacity to complete the full programme

The selection process is as follows:

  1. Applications close on Monday 27th of August

  2. Shortlisted applicants will proceed for an interview on 31st August, Friday and 3rd September, Monday

  3. All selected participants will be informed by Tuesday 4th September.

  4. Workshops will commence on Friday 7th September from 6pm to 8pm.

Sign up here, and start thinking about how you might working with farming communities to understand agricultural challenges in Cambodia, create human centered design, and design and potentially prototype your idea.

Photo Credits: Impact Hub Phnom Penh

Photo Credits: Impact Hub Phnom Penh