Smart Axiata is calling for fresh faces and ideas for the latest SmartStart: Young Innovator Programme, where aspiring Cambodian undergraduates can develop and realise the potential of their tech ideas.
So far, around 120 university students have received expert support and funding to help bring to life digital products and tech enterprises to Cambodian needs.
This year, the teams will undergo a nine-month programme, and only the best five teams will emerge, receiving $5,000 each and a half-year funded incubator programme with expert mentorship at Impact Hub Phnom Penh. The chosen teams will vie for the grand prize – an opportunity to travel to Singapore to meet technology giants Google, Microsoft and Facebook.
Somjot, the winning team of the second round of SmartStart, flew to Singapore on their tech trip earlier this month after their mobile application that helps vehicle owners find parking spaces was deemed the best. They really enjoyed the experience, explained Chhoy Sokunthanet from SomJot.
“It was such an amazing experience to see big companies in Singapore and understand tech startup in the region as well. The experience we got from SmartStart is very beneficial to our entrepreneurial journey, even though we are still university students. We strongly recommend other interested university students with a passion for technopreneurship to join the journey with SmartStart as we did.”
Want to know more? Interested students can attend the upcoming information sessions this week at the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, and Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center.
Potential SmartStart students attending an information session