Entrepreneurs with the Potential to Impact Cambodia, or simply EPIC, is Cambodia’s first year-long incubator programme organised by Impact Hub Phnom Penh in collaboration with Development Innovations.
Over the next few weeks, Geeks in Cambodia will be meeting up with the startups involved in the programme to chat with them about their project, their hopes for their experience in the EPIC Programme and what their ambitions are moving forward.
Already, we’ve written about two of the projects enrolled in the programme. The first should be no stranger to those who have been following our coverage of this year’s SEA Makerthon!
That’s right, we’re talking about Team Rat Hunter whose members are fresh off from winning the regional SEA Makerthon summit in Singapore. Their project is a device which emits sounds to facilitate healthy crop growth by deterring rats from destroying crops! You can read our interview with them here.
The other project in the EPIC programme that we’ve covered is Kongngy Hav’s My Dream Home – a social enterprise looking to build more affordable houses for Cambodians using environmentally sustainable products. Check out our interview with Kongngy here!
As for the other 9 startups in the EPIC programme, their ideas range from Cambodia’s first online bookstore – Snadai Seavpov Khmer, to an education initiative hoping to teach English to students in rural areas – Edemy, to an application that will help link landlords to potential tenants and roommates – Chez Moi.
Check out EPIC’s website for a full preview of all the participants in the programme and keep coming back to Geeks in Cambodia to learn more about each project!
Currently, the 11 selected teams are undergoing an intensive 8 weeks of bootcamps, workshops and tailored coaching as part of the incubation phase. Each of these programmes are structured to help teams develop skills related to customer discovery, validation, rapid prototyping, finances, marketing and pitching.
Eventually, this first phase will culminate in the EPIC Programme’s first Demo Day where the field will be narrowed to the top 5 teams. These finalists will then move on to a 9 month tailored acceleration phase where they will receive mentorships and funding of up to USD$20,000.
We wish all teams the very best as they develop their ideas and we’re really excited to see the impact these entrepreneurs can have on Cambodia! Be sure to come back tomorrow to catch our first interview as part of this series with the Eco Fresh Box team who have an environmentally sustainable way of transporting produce to the markets while keeping them fresh!