Eligibility Criteria:

The program is free of charge, and to apply for the program, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Application: You can apply as an individual or as a team. If you apply as an individual, we will match you with other applicants with similar passions and objectives
  • Age: Between 18 and 45 years old
  • Be available to join the activities of the program: The majority of the activities will be happening in Phnom Penh. You can find the dates below. If you are from the province, we will assist you in being able to attend in person. If you are already in the city, you are good to go
  • Be Open to Collaboration: As mentioned, you will work with a startup team to launch your ideas into reality; thus, teamwork and collaboration are highly emphasized

Be Committed: The program will require you to be committed for three months to work on your prototype. We want to make sure that you have enough time and commitment to turn the ideas into reality


What is DakDam Innovators for Resilient Agriculture?

DakDam Innovators for Resilient Agriculture is an incubation program designed to empower aspiring entrepreneurs in Cambodia. It focuses on cultivating climate-resilient agriculture business models through a combination of education, funding, mentoring, and hands-on experience.

Who can apply for the program?

The program is open to young professionals, experts, and university students or lecturers aged between 18 and 45. We welcome individuals or teams from diverse backgrounds in technology, agriculture, business, or the creative arts who are passionate about promoting climate-resilient agriculture solutions.

How can I apply for DakDam Innovators for Resilient Agriculture?

To apply, visit our website and complete the application form. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and submit all required documents by the specified deadline.

What is the area of focus of the program to be selected?

Selected ideas for the hackathon will have to be part of the following categories:

  1. Precision Agriculture Technology Providers: Businesses that offer precision agriculture technologies, including soil sensors, weather forecasting tools, and satellite imagery, help farmers optimize resource use and reduce waste, improving resilience to climate change.
  2. Renewable Energy Integration with Agriculture: Companies that combine agriculture with renewable energy production, such as solar panels on farms or biodigesters that convert waste into energy, can diversify income sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Climate-Smart Pest and Disease Management: Businesses that develop and provide environmentally friendly pest and disease management solutions help protect crops without harming ecosystems.
  4. Organic Agriculture Enterprises: Organic farming practices prioritizing soil health and biodiversity.
  5. Water-Efficient Irrigation Systems Providers: Companies offering advanced irrigation technologies, like drip irrigation and soil moisture monitoring, help farmers optimize water use and adapt to changing precipitation patterns.
  6. Carbon Farming and Regenerative Agriculture Initiatives: Businesses focusing on practices that sequester carbon in soils, such as cover cropping and reduced tillage, while improving soil health and resilience.
  7. Agriculture Byproduct Processing: Companies specializing in processing agricultural byproducts that would have become waste, such as cassava waste and rice husk, into value-added products like biofuels, animal feed, or biodegradable materials.
  8. Climate-Resilient Agricultural Training and Education Providers: organizations offering training programs, workshops, and educational resources focused on climate-smart agriculture practices. They help farmers and agricultural professionals understand and implement strategies for climate resilience, including regenerative agriculture farming techniques. 
  9. Agricultural Machinery Production or Rental: Businesses manufacturing or renting farm machinery that enable regenerative agriculture practices.

What does the program offer?

The program offers a comprehensive package of learning and experimenting, including masterclasses, prototyping funds, seed funding, mentoring, a field visit, and a Demo Day to pitch ideas. Top teams receive post-program support to ensure sustained growth.

What is the commitment required for the program?

If selected for the incubation stage, participants must commit to the full three-month duration of the incubation program, including attendance at the Masterclass, Demo Day, and field trip.

How does the funding work?

Teams receive $500 in seed funding for prototype development during the incubation period. The top 3 startups will be awarded an additional $1,500 per team to support their continued development.

What happens during the field visit?

The field visit is designed to provide participants with hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of operational agri-businesses in Cambodia for 3 full days. It aims to enhance their knowledge of real-world agricultural practices and smallholder farmers’ needs.

How are top teams supported after the program?

The top teams receive post-program support to address their specific needs, ensuring they receive ongoing guidance and assistance as they navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship.

When is the application deadline?

Please check our official website or contact us directly for the most up-to-date information on application deadlines.

If you have any questions or need some support don’t hesitate to contact :

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