Khmer Enterprise, Pact Cambodia and Impact Hub Phnom Penh launch “Phum Impact” to bring entrepreneur communities to Siem Reap and Battambang
8 July 2020 - Vandara Sin

In order to scale their impact beyond the physical boundaries of Phnom Penh, Impact Hub Phnom Penh with main-funding from Khmer Enterprise (KE), a unit under the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and co-funding from Pact Cambodia, is launching a model of locally rooted provincial communities called ‘Phum Impact-ភូមិអ៊ីមផេក’. Phum Impact Communities will be initially piloted in Siem Reap and Battambang, and their objective will be to ‘inspire, connect and enable’ youth living in these two provinces. Importantly, these are not directly led and managed by IHPP but rather by local key players – who have a deeper understanding of the challenges facing young entrepreneurs in their communities – as a way of empowering and building the skills of local groups.

Through intensive training, coaching and seed funding from Impact Hub Phnom Penh, these communities will grow their capacity to engage and connect their localised start-up ecosystems, provide business skills training, tailored coaching and community networks to holistically build the entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities of young entrepreneurs. 

“As a unit under the Ministry of Economy and Finance, KE has the vision to become the national platform for promoting entrepreneurial activities in Cambodia. This initiative, Phum  Impact, aims to build the entrepreneurial capacity and connect young entrepreneurs and start-ups into an entrepreneurial community, which is well-aligned to KE’s vision,” said Dr. Chhieng Vanmunin, CEO of Khmer Enterprise.

“Siem Reap and Battambang being known as two of the provinces that have seen notable entrepreneurial activities, we are excited to see aspiring entrepreneurs ready to make a change in their community through Phum Impact initiative,”  Dr. Munin added.

By taking the Impact Hub methodology to Siem Reap and Battambang, we can help develop new startup ecosystems that can positively benefit local communities in other parts of the country.

We hope the Phum Impact community model will inspire a new generation of impact-driven leaders and entrepreneurs, connect and build new startup ecosystems, and proudly put Siem Reap and Battambang on the map as the upcoming cities to live in and start businesses in Cambodia – Olivia Hough, Managing Director of Impact Hub Phnom Penh.

WE Act supports Impact Hub’s initiative to scale up to other provinces and make their services available to people living in Battambang and Siem Reap provinces. WE Act is proud to support Impact Hub in its outreach to support young women to be changemakers in their own lives and in their communities to bring lasting benefits.” – Sabine Joukes, Country Director/Chief of Party, Pact Cambodia

Impact Hub will now be assessing the ecosystems in Siem Reap and Battambang to understand the challenges and opportunities present there for youth, and is now looking for Founding teams for the Phum Impact initiative, who will commit to the long term growth and sustainability of the communities. 

Call to action:

If you are interested in:

  • Becoming a Phum Impact Founder
  • Learning more about this initiative (e.g. sharing your experiences or perspectives, or getting involved)
  • Partnering with Impact Hub in Siem Reap or Battambang
    Click here

If you are a student, fresh graduate, volunteer, youth group member or a young entrepreneur living in Battambang, Impact Hub would love to meet you and learn about your experience of living here, your perspective around the challenges and opportunities, and especially your dream for the bright future of your beloved province. We’ll be in Battambang 11th-13th July and Siem Reap 14-16th July. Click here

About Impact Hub Phnom Penh:

Impact Hub Phnom Penh’s mission is to create a more sustainable and innovative Cambodia by empowering youth and startups to contribute to solving problems (social and environmental) through entrepreneurship and leadership. They are one of the largest and most connected ecosystem builders and communities of impact-driven entrepreneurs in Cambodia, and their award-winning incubation programs have supported over 600+ entrepreneurs to build startups that matter.

About Khmer Enterprise: 

Khmer Enterprise (KE), an implementation unit under the Ministry of Economy and Finance, is envisioned to become the national platform for promoting entrepreneurial activities through leveraging public-private-partnership. The key prioritized sectors, including tech startup, service, agro-processing and agriculture for export, and manufacturing for import substitution, are catalyzed to support economic diversification, innovation, increasing productivity and job creation.

About WE Act project:

Women Entrepreneurs Act “WE Act” is a Pact-led project that supports young women entrepreneurs to strengthen their skills, business linkages, and participation with relevant associations. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Pact in collaboration with diverse local organizations and companies, this five-year project is focusing on urban-based micro, small and medium businesses owned by young women in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap and two additional urban centres soon to be selected.  

For more information or questions, please contact: 

Ms. Socheata Seng
Community Builder of Impact Hub Phnom Penh
+855 16441 321 / [email protected]   

Mr. Chea Sunsatya
Entrepreneurship Development Manager of Khmer Enterprise
+85517701710/ [email protected]

Mr. Leng Tri
Communications Manager
+85577667676/ [email protected]