Seven best teams from Accelerate2030, Impact Hub Phnom Penh and UNDP Cambodia led programme for innovators scaling their impact, were pitching their business ideas and plans to entrepreneurship, investment and SDG experts at the BRED Bank Cambodia auditorium on Thursday, 22 August.
After their impressive pitches, three winners were selected and will continue on to join the international nomination round, where they will compete against 16 other countries.
In the international round, a panel of experts will select ten best teams from all over the world who will join the Accelerate2030 Global Scaling Program, starting with the Social Good summit and a training programme in Geneva.
The three ventures that will have a chance to present their pitches internationally are Centre for Sustainable Water, which aims to improve Cambodia’s water sector; Peth Yoeung, web-based Hospital Operating Management System focused on modernizing hospitals and clinics; and SmartAgro team that designs climate friendly agricultural practices to increase profits, enhance resilience and reduce emissions.
“Working with a group of inspired teams, mentors and the Impact Hub team has been so rewarding and helpful. It has been so useful to be able to share experiences and learn about ways to scale our impact together, and I am in awe of everyone and how they are dedicating themselves to tackling social issues and supporting one another. This program is amazing, thank you Impact Hub for your commitment to growing this community,“ shared Fatima Shehata from the Centre for Sustainable Water.
Accelerate2030 is a Global programme initiated by Impact Hub and UNDP in Geneva to find and support innovative ventures with high potential in emerging markets and help them scale their impact towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals nationally and internationally.
“In Phnom Penh, we are trying to grow a strong community of change-makers, using our skills to create meaningful experiences, especially in the field of entrepreneurship,” said Abigail Perriman, Accelerate2030 Coordinator for Cambodia, at the pitching session.
“We are so honored to be working with these seven teams doing a wide variety of important and impactful work across Cambodia, from generating employment opportunities for people with visual impairments, to revolutionizing hospital database management. This pitch is their chance to showcase what they’ve achieved, as well as their exciting scaling plans for even greater impact.”
Geeks in Cambodia congratulates all the teams for their amazing effort and wishes them the best of luck for the international round of pitches.