After a 3-month intensive innovation program, Solar Micro Grid were recently chosen as winners of the winners of Youth Eco Labs 2018 at the final pitching session at Impact Hub Phnom Penh, with Smart Bins coming in second. Both team’s impressive business ideas were rewarded with the opportunity to be guests on the U.S. Embassy’s Facebook Live “Let’s Chat” programme, and an eco-friendly gift basket.

All seven teams presented their solutions to tackle Cambodia’s pressing environmental challenges, and won praise and useful feedback for their ideas from the judges.

Each team had just five minutes to demonstrate their business ideas in front of the judging panel of Sreyneang Krech, Co-founder of Eco-Life Cambodia; Rithy Thul, Co-founder of SmallWorld Ventures; and Ali Al-Nasani, Country Director of Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

Here is a rundown of the seven teams, who are all determined to make Cambodia a greener place through their business ideas:

1. Sroksrae Home Garden

A one-stop platform that provides plants, equipment and after-sales service for those who are keen on creating a Home Garden themselves. It also offers landscaping services to help create a natural garden or hydroponic farm for customers.

2. Cambo Bio Green

Using cassava create bioplastic to replace traditional plastic packaging, that will also support farmers with the sale of this product.

3. Petals

Recycling used petals from flowers to create fragrant candles and perfumes suited to Cambodian’s taste and interests.

4. Khm-Bambo

Aims to reduce plastic consumption by offering an alternative with a small one-off fee that creates personalised and durable plastic cups for use at events.

5. Smart Bin

A data-driven smart bin that encourages recycling through user points that are connected to a mobile app, and collected points will be used as discounts from partner corporates.

6. Solar Micro Grid

Utilises a solar micro-grid system to replace diesel generator battery charging systems in off-grid villages.

7. Sonya Cafe Team

An eco-friendly mobile cafe that utilises chemical-free products, doesn’t use plastic, and promotes zero food waste, all while tackling poverty through fair employment.

Congratulations to the winning teams, and well done to all the participants who have put in impressive work and effort thus far! We hope that all the efforts and ideas for safeguarding Cambodia’s environment and green spaces continue, develop and grow.