Impact Hub Phnom Penh and UNDP Cambodia launched their latest programme, the Urban Mobility Incubator, as part of their well attended ‘Cities of the Future’ event on Saturday 29, which aimed to showcase and discuss innovations, challenges and opportunities facing Phnom Penh and other ASEAN cities in order to make them smarter, more sustainable, and safer.
The Urban Mobility Incubator, Impact Hub’s latest entrepreneurship programme, is supported by ride-hailing giant GRAB Cambodia and UNDP Cambodia. The one-year incubation programme is seeking aspiring entrepreneurs with ideas in urban mobility, and will match them with mentors in the field from across ASEAN, explained Abigail Perriman, Program and Impact Manager at Impact Hub Phnom Penh.
“We have some ideation events coming, so anybody interested in applying but doesn’t have an idea yet, or has an idea but doesn’t have a team can come for these events.”
“The teams we are looking for are anyone who is in the ideation stage of a project is very welcome to apply, it could be an individual, a team, or even a team within an organisation that’s starting a new initiative that’s related to urban transport mobility. [Ideas] could come under any of these topics related to mobility, accessibility, sustainability, smart, transport, safety, and health,” she added.
Applications for The Urban Mobility Incubator Programme open on 16th October and eight teams will be chosen in December to go through 6 months of incubation with Impact Hub, involving masterclasses and mentoring. Three of the teams will then go through a financial readiness programme, preparing them for a final pitching day where they will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors, partners, and the media.
The Urban Mobility Incubator is part of a larger partnership with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) known as the Sustainable Urban Mobility for All Initiative(SUMAI), created by UNDP and supported by GRAB, explained Sotheavy Heng, Country Marketing Head of GRAB Cambodia.
“SUMAI is a partnership between the public and private sectors to help reduce traffic jams, traffic accidents, and improve the environment in Cambodia. GRAB provides financial support and key traffic information from our platform to stimulate innovation from across the whole Cambodia.”
Sarath Uch, CEO of Rushero explaining the delivery platform to event attendees.
The event at Raintree was attended by over one hundred participants from all over Cambodia’s tech scene, with great turnout from young startups working in the mobility sector including BookMeBus and Rushero.
Speakers included UNDP Country Director Nick Beresford, Under Secretary of State at the Transport Ministry Koy Sodany, and Freddie Tinga, Founder of Global Electric Transport and former mayor of the fast-growing Philippines city Taguig City.