EnergyLabs Asia launched the Clean Energy Pre-Incubation Programme last Saturday, to help Cambodian startups refine and develop their ideas for clean energy solutions.
Anyone is welcome to apply as long as they have an idea on how to incorporate clean energy in the Cambodian lifestyle, such as increasing accessibility in cities and rural areas, increasing energy efficiency and using technology for conservation. Those that enter the programme alone will be given team members to work with.
Successful applicants will attend a weekend retreat at Outpost Cambodia from 27-28th April to plan aspects of their business model such as customer research, marketing and financial planning. They will then be guided by experienced industry leaders such as Thida Kheav, the Director of Solar Green Energy Cambodia, and Cécile Dahomé, CEO of Sevea Consulting. The final pitch will be on 8th June.
Bridget McIntosh, the Country Director of EnergyLabs, explained the importance of finding better and longer-lasting solutions to Cambodia’s current energy problem at the Launch event.
“At this moment in Cambodia, most of our energy is being used for cooking and most of it is coming from forests that aren’t sustainable. Our electricity, half of it is coming from coal, the other half is coming from hydro… and 20% of it is imported from our neighbours who also have blackouts.”
She looks forward to seeing the great ideas that will sprout and grow as a result of the program’s support.
“It’s exciting when you can make a real difference to the environment and to people.”