Seedstars Asia Summit 2018: A Retrospective

The Seedstars Asia Summit x True Digital Park Conference closed their sixth Asian tour with a bang, bringing together their 14 Asian finalists with a diverse crowd of investors and stakeholders together in Bangkok, and Geeks in Cambodia was there to find out more.

The conference, part of the Seedstars World competition, concluded a six-month long tour scouting for the best startups in Asia, and brought together Asia’s startup movers and shakers ahead of the finals of the competition, the final Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April.

Over 350 participants from 15 countries took part in the three-day Bangkok event, and Joonaak Delivery was there to represent Cambodia. Organised in partnership with Thailand’s innovation hub True Digital Park, activities included a growth bootcamp, private mentoring sessions, an investor forum, an ecosystem tour, and a workshop where attendees participating in deep discussions.

Geeks took part in the workshop themed “Startup Ecosystem Building for Economic Growth and Development”. Photo credit: Seedstars

Geeks was able to share ideas and experiences in the workshops, including a particularly interesting one titled “Startup ecosystem building for economic growth and development” and it was great to see Cambodian entrepreneur Chanda Pen from Bongloy Payments was one of the workshop facilitators. The workshop discussed solutions to real problems in public policy, compliance, lobbying, talent management, and infrastructure in countries across Southeast Asia, and there were some great ideas proposed on how best to develop high quality ecosystems involving multiple stakeholders, and to how to equip new players.

Cambodia received a mention in the keynote speech of Su Ann Lim, Head of Industry at Google, who praised young Cambodian influencer Nereak Yuth and her use of Youtube to educate and empower peers on using the internet. It was great to see Cambodians being recognised for great digital ideas, and this is a topic that Geeks is working hard to highlight to our readers — young people helping young people. Members of our team are already involved in several mentoring initiatives with Impact Hub Phnom Penh, She Investments, UN Women, but as the speakers in the “Women in Tech” panel highlighted, there is still so much work to be done to support women founders and entrepreneurs. Geeks is looking to further develop and support initiatives that benefit all young Cambodian’s, and we have a special focus on assisting among girls and young women!

Google’s Su Ann Lim shared about Nereak Yuth, one of Cambodia’s influencers as an example of using the internet for good. Photo Credit: Geeks in Cambodia

The Bangkok event forms part of the Seedstars World Competition, which culminates with 65 finalist teams from around the world competing for the title of Seedstars Global Winner and up to $1 million in equity investment and other prizes in Switzerland in April. We look forward to seeing if any Cambodian startups are selected, and wish every the best of luck!