Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:53:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Grab a Chance to Scale Your Business Globally with Accelerate2030! Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:51:52 +0000 Chloe Ang Impact Hub Phnom Penh and UNDP will aid growth-stage startups in planning and bringing to life sustainable scaling strategies with access to expert support, ... More]]> Global scale-readiness programme Accelerate2030 Cambodia 2019 is looking for scalable Cambodian entrepreneurial solutions that can make the UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality. You have until 30 April to apply!

Impact Hub Phnom Penh and UNDP will aid growth-stage startups in planning and bringing to life sustainable scaling strategies with access to expert support, strategic connections, visibility, positioning and a chance to be inducted into the Accelerate2030 global scaling programme. Two million people in 24 participating countries have so far been involved, and we want to help more Cambodian startups to take part.

Programme goals are to encourage applicants to develop sustainable corporate cultures to address the SDGs: end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Three ventures from each country will compete with regional semi-finalists, and ten startups will then join the scaling programme with a visit to the SDG Factory and Social Good Summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

Find out more details about the programme and apply before April 30 on the Accelerate2030 website!

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Spikes Asia 2019: Celebrating Creative Communications Wed, 10 Apr 2019 09:37:18 +0000 Chloe Ang More]]> The Spikes Asia festival 2019 between 25 and 27 September in Singapore is the Asia-Pacific region’s celebration of communications among the creative community. If you’re part of the industry, you’ll find yourself right at home at Asia’s leading festival and awards for creativity, packed each year with networking sessions, training, exhibitions, and inspiring seminars from the industry’s most ambitious and game-changing individuals.

As the region’s longest-running and most prestigious accolade for excellence in creative advertising, the highly-anticipated Spikes Asia Awards will be open for applications on 15 April (and closing 16 August). Submit your entries of stand-out advertising and communications in the following new categories:

  • Challenges & Breakthroughs

  • Sports & eSports

  • New Realities & Voice Activation

  • Collaborative Creative Effectiveness

  • Multi-market Creative Effectiveness

  • Creative eCommerce

These are joined by existing categories including Brand Experience and Activation, Design, Digital, Film, Innovation, PR, and Radio & Audio.

Applications for the Tangrams Strategy & Effectiveness Awards @ Spikes 2019 will open on 15 April for the region’s best marketing campaign strategies. Submissions can be entered in more than 80 categories, which fall under five Tangram Types: Effectiveness, Media Strategy, Digital Strategy, Data & Analytics, and e-Commerce. Applications close on 2 August.

By entering, your work will be evaluated and judged by key industry practitioners and recognised by leading brands and agencies from across the APAC region. Making your mark alongside established creative elites, you will also have the chance to receive new business opportunities with potential partners.

For more information on the festival, please visit or their Facebook page. Early bird prices for festival tickets are available now until 5 July, as well as special award entry fees until 12 July. See you there!

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SmartScale to Accelerate Up to 15 Cambodian Startups in May Tue, 09 Apr 2019 08:09:08 +0000 Chloe Ang Be one of up to 15 local startups to participate in three months ... More]]> Think your startup has what it takes to be the best in Cambodia? Here’s your chance to shine with SmartScale, a brand-new acceleration programme by Mekong Strategic Partners (MSP) in collaboration with Seedstars World, Smart Axiata, and Development Innovations, starting in May!

Be one of up to 15 local startups to participate in three months of intensive training, designed to mirror the Seedstars’ programme model. Selected startups will gain access to a network of entrepreneurs, international investment professionals, and mentors, who will advise on product-to-market fit and maximise customer interactions. Let your creative juices flow in a free collaborative space, where you can work with other startups, have meetings with in-house entrepreneurs and receive content gathered by experts.

Participants attend one of SmartScale’s information sessions

“Mentorship and technical support are crucial for a startup’s long-term success. With SmartScale, we will provide startups with experienced local mentors while partnering with Seedstars to deliver the best-in-class global startup program. We hope to facilitate regional interests in Cambodian startups and to bring them to the international stage,” said Bora Kem, Investment Manager at MSP.

The selected startups will also potentially receive follow-up investments of up to $100,000 from the Smart Axiata Digital Innovation Fund and the Seedstars investor network, as well as exclusive access to thousands of dollars’ worth of tech benefits such as Xero, HubSpot and Amazon Web Services.

Applications are open until April 24, so hurry! More information at:

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WomenVentures Workshops: Intro to Entrepreneurship Retrospective Mon, 08 Apr 2019 08:34:59 +0000 Chloe Ang Twenty-five women attended the first instillment, Intro to Entrepreneurship, at the Factory Phnom Penh on 6 April. The introduction workshop explained the difference and relation between business and ... More]]> The first WomenVentures workshop, a collaboration between Geeks in Cambodia and iCube Centres of Excellence, was a great success. For those who missed it, here’s what happened!

Twenty-five women attended the first instillment, Intro to Entrepreneurship, at the Factory Phnom Penh on 6 April. The introduction workshop explained the difference and relation between business and entrepreneurship, and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, tackling aspects from forming teams, getting capital, and building products that people desire.

The workshop debunked common myths of successful entrepreneurs

“Companies like Google, Apple, they started out with completely different ideas. It’s through the adaptation and changing of business models and products that they are able to fit and cater to larger consumer bases,” explained Sundas Waheed from iCube.

The workshop moved on to define small businesses, scaleups and startups, and what it takes for a company to move from one stage to another by evaluating startup potential. Participants also had the opportunity to analyse case studies of global and local businesses and startups, understanding their strengths and learning points that could be applied in future ventures.

If you are interested in joining future WomenVentures Capacity Building Workshops, please let us know on our interest form! For more information, message us at

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Women Initiative: Supporting Women in Business in Cambodia Thu, 04 Apr 2019 09:02:11 +0000 Chloe Ang Meas Kunthea, the Head of Branch Network of BRED Bank Cambodia, explained in her speech ... More]]> Women in Cambodia, seize this brand new opportunity with BRED Bank Cambodia’s latest banking project, Women Initiative! In partnership with the French Embassy and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Women Initiative programme aims to support women entrepreneurs in Cambodia.

Meas Kunthea, the Head of Branch Network of BRED Bank Cambodia, explained in her speech during the announcement ceremony, “In partnership with the IFC and their valuable experience, we first decided to invest time and effort to better understand women’s challenges, their needs and preferences, regarding how they conduct their business affairs, how they manage and find time to handle both their daily operations and their family commitments and of course, how they deal with their finances.”

The programme is designed to aid female business owners along four main pillars:

  • Inform

Right after the New Year, there will be a series of six breakfast talks featuring technical experts and inspirational speakers. Participants can expect to hear their experiences and valuable advice, along with a chance to network and learn new tips along the way. On top of which, a series of ‘how-to’ posts will be made available on BRED Bank Cambodia’s Grow your business Facebook Page for SMEs.

  • Empower

Women can look forward to a brand new academy that offers training modules! Those interested can anticipate intimate sharing sessions in smaller groups, with modules offering a combination of technical skills and soft skills. All while being assured that your needs are being taken care of! Be sure to look out for their pilot in May.

  • Inspire

Around this time next year, BRED will be organising their first Women Business Award, to commemorate and recognise exceptional women who have stood out in their industries. Applicants can harness their newly gained media exposure to increase the scale of their network, as well as receive peer validation.

  • Support

Financial support is still an imperative while operating a business, and BRED Bank Cambodia has come up with new loan offers to aid female entrepreneurs. A new hassle-free loan offer requires mainly an assessment of business performance with limited collateral requirements. Customer depositors can also gain access to an emergency loan in the event of unforeseen family issues. As BRED Bank Cambodia is sure to keep your needs in high regard, female entrepreneurs may stop their loan repayments for three months during pregnancy.

As Guillaume Perdon, the CEO of BRED Bank Cambodia noted, “BRED Bank Cambodia has the ambition to become the bank of choice for women in Cambodia.”

 The ceremony on March 29 also saw the appearance of distinguished dignitaries, including Her Excellency Eva Nguyen Binh, the Ambassador of the French Embassy, Her Excellency Dr Ing Kantha Phavi, the Minister of Women’s Affairs and the Chairwoman of Cambodian National Council for Women, His Excellency Mr Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, as well as representatives of the National Bank of Cambodia, national and international guests from embassies, organisations and institutions, and other leading companies in Cambodia.

Geeks in Cambodia is a proud supporter of women businesses in the Kingdom, and we are always pleased to share new programmes and initiatives that seek to encourage more women to start businesses here. Follow BRED Bank Cambodia for more information on their Facebook page, or call: 023 999 222.

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