Tomorrow (Jan 14), the incubation phase of the EPIC programme will climax at Demo Day, as the 11 teams in the programme will present to a panel of expert judges to compete for one of five places in the acceleration phase.
Hosted by venue sponsors Raintree Cambodia, teams will pitch their ideas to judges such as Romy Cahyadi, the Executive Director of UnLtd Indonesia, Vithaya Chhour, Vice-President of Canadia Bank, Laina Raveendren Greene, Co-founder of Angels of Impact and Mun Ching Yap, the Executive Director of the Air Asia Foundation.
The Demo Day will represent the culmination of the programmes’ incubation phase which has been going on since mid-October. Through this phase, teams have received customised training from industry experts in the form of workshops and mentorships where they have been equipped with the skills to better understand their target audience, various business models, the concept of scaling and much more.
Each team has also been taught how to use tools like the Business Model Canvas, which has helped many of them assess their project from a different perspective. For some, these sessions have helped them realise the need to pivot their core idea to better suit their targeted end-users.
As such, the Demo Day will be an opportunity for each of these teams to showcase how they have applied the training they received to their projects.
After all, teams know that the stakes are high because on top of a place in the 9 month acceleration phase, selected teams will also receive $20,000 worth of startup support.
For us at Geeks in Cambodia, we are really excited about the Demo Day and we cannot wait to see how each team has changed, developed and adapted their ideas over the past few months!
To find out more about the teams taking part in the EPIC programme, check out these articles we have written about them:
EPIC, the acronym for Entrepreneurs with the Potential to Impact Cambodia, is a programme organised by Impact Hub Phnom Penh in collaboration with USAID’s Development Innovations. The programme is Cambodia’s very first year long incubator and seeks to train entrepreneurs to have a strong positive societal impact.
Stick around to Geeks in Cambodia to find out the 5 teams that are going through to the acceleration phase!