Smart Axiata Cambodia Launches Young Innovator Programme

From now till 19th March, sign up for your chance to develop your business idea into a viable business through the Smart Start programme.

Organised by Smart Axiata, the Smart Start programme is on the lookout for groundbreaking solutions related to these 4 verticals – Education Technology, Digital Commerce and Payments, Digital Entertainment & Content as well as Other Disruptive Industry Models in the areas of Transport, Health, Agriculture and the Internet of Things.

If you’re a university student in Year 3 or 4 and you have an exciting business idea, this could be the programme that will put you on your way to bringing your idea to life.

This brand new innovation programme will take place across three phrases during a 9 month period. In the first phase of the programme, Smart will host workshops at 4 targeted universities – The Royal University of Phonm Penh, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the National Institute of Posts, Telecommunications and ICT as well as the National University of Phnom Penh.

Each of these half-day long workshops hopes to inspire and catalyse interest in the Smart Start programme. Following these sessions, students will be encouraged to submit their applications for the programme. Smart will then select the top 120 applicants (30 per vertical) to move forward to a round called “The Hatch”.

During this round, participants will get to network with each other and form teams to take part in the final round of phase 1 – The Hackathon.

An intensive 2-day prototyping event, teams will work tirelessly to produce a prototype before pitching to a panel of esteemed judges who will select the best teams to go through to the second phase of Smart Start.

Here’s a brief summary of Phase 2 and 3 of the Smart Start programme:

Phase 2

In phase 2, teams will go through an intensive 6 day getaway held at a hotel in the Battambang Province. During the camp, teams will be trained in the area of Business Development while also being exposed to several tech tools like HTML CSS, JavaScript, Angular JS and Ruby On Rails. Each project will also get a chance to network with mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.

At the end of the 6 days, teams will have to pitch their projects to a panel of judges and the top 3 teams will advance to Phase 3 – a 6 month incubator. Each of the advancing teams will receive $4000USD as well as a 6-month access to the Impact Hub co-working space.

As a bonus, the project identified as the standout group also wins a tech-focused trip to Singapore where they will get to visit the offices of Facebook, Microsoft and Google.

Phase 3

Phase 3 will see teams working on their project for 6 months with support provided for by Impact Hub Phnom Penh and Smart. At this stage, Smart will also look to connect each group with investors.

For us at Geeks in Cambodia, we’re really excited by the potential of this programme as the categorisation of solutions across verticals will mean that great ideas benefitting various segments of society will be uncovered through the same programme.

Sign up for the Smart Start programme today!