SPARKING NEW IDEAS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH SMARTSPARK

Phnom Penh, 11 December – Tinky Bike, a new startup producing e-bikes, won the fourth edition of SmartSpark, an incubation programme aimed at supporting innovative ideas tackling Cambodia’s biggest challenges and transforming them into businesses.

The founders of the startup, Khemara Kimhak and Chanratika, will receive a grand prize of $3,000, as well as access to ongoing support from Impact Hub Phnom Penh.

The duo created Tinky Bike to help fight carbon emissions that have been gradually increasing in Cambodia and to lower the cost of travel to 1,000 KHR for every 80 km.

In this round of SmartSpark, the participants were addressing challenges in sustainable jobs, cities and industries. Alongside Tinky Bike, four other startups that were selected, a startup that supports tourism Unseentra, a skill development platform Jumneah, a handicraft e-commerce platform SEPAK, and a digital marketing solutions agency INTRI Innovation.

“SmartSpark helps to tackle sustainable goals and this will help create more jobs in the future,” said Melanie Mossard, venture support director at Impact Hub Phnom Penh, about the program.

Since the start of the programme, each round of SmartSpark focused on different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This edition focused on SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities.

To find out more information, visit Impact Hub’s website here, or their Facebook here.