Six teams have been awarded $5,000 and will be receiving intensive support from Impact Hub through the DakDam Incubator, a programme designed for entrepreneurs with a prototype or a startup with the potential to help the agricultural sector in Cambodia.

Ten teams were selected from 65 applicants to join a one-month pre-incubation program, which consisted of a two-day innovation bootcamp, meetings with mentors, testing prototypes. All to prepare for their final pitch to a panel of judges.

The teams pitched to a panel of judges that included Mr. Norng Sivouthan, Country Director of HEKS Cambodia, Mr. Heng Sovathara, Investment Manager of Infunde Development, Mr. Ros Va, Programme Manager of SDC and Ms. Cheu Ponleu, Coordinator of Milling and Export for CAVAC who after much debate selected the six best teams.

“This Incubation programme with Impact Hub is designed to strengthen their capacity and resilience through masterclass, mentoring and funding. I feel confident that the teams will have a positive impact on smallholder farmers in Cambodia,” said Mr. Norng Sivouthan.

The six winners were:

- SAART MUSHROOM: An IoT system which will help control the growth of highly nutritional straw mushroom.

- Reachen: A business that produces processed food from agriculture produces in Cambodia aiming to increase the value and prices of these agricultural products.

- Camkaseka: A social enterprise that will provide backyard chickens for rural communities maybe? and restaurants, as well as provide technical support and supplies, which will help increase the supply of safe and quality chicken to the market.

- Junlen: A social enterprise, which turns cow manure into high-quality fertilizer. Junlen produces vermicompost, and provide earthworms, as well as education training services. They work closely with smallholder farmers to develop their sustainable community.

- De Lotusia Enterprise: De Lotusia Enterprise produces natural handmade health & beauty care products inspired by traditional knowledge but made in a modern way. All their raw ingredients are locally grown by the community.

- Smart Farm Assistance: Smart Farm Assistance, an IoT company installing devices to control water systems remotely via an App and SMS.

The selected teams will also be joining a 6 months incubation with Impact Hub.

Melanie Mossard, Director of Venture Support of Impact Hub Phnom Penh, said, “We will be actively mentoring the shortlisted teams during the upcoming 6 months in order to strengthen their business and personal leadership skills.”

The DakDam Incubator is run by Impact Hub Phnom Penh and supported by HEKS Cambodia and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Find more information, visit the Impact Hub website here.