Startup Weekend Phnom Penh 2016: No Talk, All Action

With the last edition of Startup Weekend Phnom Penh held in November 2014, the 2016 edition is now ready to witness the launch of great ideas into fully functioning startups!

If you are new to the startup community, Startup Weekends are global initiatives led by volunteer community leaders. They are 54-hour weekends designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Participants are able to create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Off the top of my head, I can already see many benefits as to why these intensive 54-hour programs are taking the start-up world by storm. Not only do these provide students, working professionals, or anyone with a passion for startups to come together to form great products/services, it also gives others the freedom to choose what they want to work on over two and a half days.

Now why do I say that? It’s because the entire basis of Startup Weekend is to encourage participants to pitch their ideas, no matter if it has been festering for years or a simple last minute thought. By pitching to an entire floor of like-minded individuals, not only will you be able to convince the right people to join your team to grow the idea, you also gain invaluable public speaking skills.

The weekend kicks off with Friday night pitches, continuing through to brainstorming, business plan development and basic prototype creation over the next 24 hours. Everything culminates on Sunday night where teams give their demos of the product and presentations.

Throughout the event, there will be talks by industry leaders as well as local entrepreneurs who will be there to provide mentoring, coaching and to give valuable feedback. Click here to see a full list of these mentors/coaches.

Who should attend?


Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which you can test your idea and take the first step towards launching your very own startup. If you pretty much fit into the categories below, then join us!

  • Those interested in entrepreneurship
  • Those who would like to put their technical skills to good use (developers, coders, designers)
  • Those who would like to apply their business knowledge to the startup scene (marketing, law, science)
  • Serial entrepreneur
  • Those who are new to the startup scene

The list above is not exhaustive and everyone that is simply motivated to build a product/startup or open to new ideas will fit right in.

Ticket Types

Before telling you the different ticket types, you should know that pitching an idea is open to all categories and Startup Weekend suggests and recommends for you to purchase the ticket that best suits your skill set. This is important to note as the organizing team does their best to maintain a balance between attendee’s backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event’s value for each participant.

So here are the tickets (which are to be paid during on-site registration):

1. Non Technical (Early Bird) – 20 USD

Applies to business, marketing & PR and anyone with a non-technical background

2. Designer (Early Bird) – 20 USD

Applies to anybody with a background in design (graphics, UX/UI, etc)

3. Developer (Early Bird) – 20 USD

Ticket type applies to software engineers/coders/developers – anybody who can and will write code.

So grab your tickets here to reserve a spot!

Preparing Yourself

You can find out more about what to expect on their official page by following this link.

Keep up to date via their Facebook page and check out their general FAQ to prep yourselves.


To keep in mind, here are the details:

What: Startup Weekend Phnom Penh

When: Starts on Friday @ 5pm, January 22nd to 24th

Where: Emerald Hub, PPIU Building, 11th Floor

Building 36, St 169 , Veal Vong

7 Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia