Smart Axiata has been on a roll this 2017 with new programmes and initiatives.
From partnerships with BarCamp Cambodia to aid their efforts in promoting the tech and startup scene, to launching their own $5 million USD Digital Innovation Fund to boost the Kingdom’s digital economy, Smart’s contribution to the tech sector only grows.
But the most anticipated, long running one yet among all their efforts has to be the Smart Start Young Innovator Programme that kick started in February. Aimed at inspiring, enabling and growing technology-related business ideas among Cambodian university students, the programme is separated into three phases.
Now in the final stages in of phase 2, the initial 30 teams in phase 1 were whittled down to 15 after a 2-day Hackathon of workshops and pitching.
In the time before phase 2 started, these 15 shortlisted teams were able to refine their business ideas with the guidance of industry experts and Smart mentors, elevating their ideas and digital offerings.
Subsequently, from 11th to 15th May, these teams then took part in the Technopreneur Challenge in Battambang that marked the start of phase 2. At this 5-day challenge, they received further advice and direct training that aided their preparations for the final pitching.
Now, these teams are just two days away from the pitch that will determine whether they receive 4,000 USD and a funded incubator program for their digital business idea.
To be held at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC) on Sunday, 28th May, all 15 teams will take the stage to showcase their months of hard work in a pitch to a panel of judges who would only select 5 teams to advance to phase 3.
These teams that are deemed to have shown most promising digital ideas will enter a 6-month incubation period where their business plans will be further shaped and moulded into viable business ideas. Out of these 5, the one to show the most progress throughout the incubation will be rewarded with a trip to the rising tech hub, Singapore. There, they will visit the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft to gain further valuable tips and advice that will equip them with the knowledge to be successful in the real world.
This final pitch is certainly a significant milestone for all the teams in terms of their innovation, and everyone is welcomed to support these young innovators, the drivers of Cambodia’s digital future.
No admission charge is required for this event that will take place from 12 noon onwards. Geeks in Cambodia would definitely be there to root for all the teams and to let ourselves be inspired by their passion and innovations.
Here’s a short video to keep you up to date of the entire Technopreneur Challenge that happened in Battambang:
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For more information on SmartStart, please visit this link: https://smartstart.com.kh/