SmartSpark is a 3-month startup program to introduce the key concepts of social entrepreneurship to people with the ambition of turning their innovative idea into a business that will tackle Cambodia’s biggest challenges. Each of the SmartSpark cohorts will focus on a different set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were developed by the United Nations (UN).
What is SmartSpark?
What is the focus of this cohort?
For the seventh cohort, we are looking for innovations that address challenges in Smart & Sustainable Cities linked to SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.
What were the SDGs?
How did it start?
SmartSpark Cohort 7 was launched in February 2021.
Finally, we have found 8 teams of aspiring entrepreneurs who completed the SmartSpark program and took on SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.
SmartSpark Cohort 7’s Teams
is an app that provides transparent information of locally transformed food and drinks products to consumers; and connects local producers to the experts of food technology/science, marketing, and branding.
Since the program was happening during COVID-19 pandemic, 8 teams had pitched to our judges in the Zoom Meeting, and the hundreds of audiences watching through Facebook live. This was the first time SmartSpark pitching was done fully in a virtual meeting.
Congratulations to Ad-fiden, who was selected as the winning team and received $3,000 from Smart Axiata to kick start their business.
Program in Numbers
8 selected team
8 teams pitched
38% from PP
62% from outside PP
NPS Score: 61
Total video views: 124k+
“It all started with being very passionate about solving problems of the society. However, our business idea was not that feasible. Thanks to the SmartSpark program, we had the opportunity to be trained in business modeling, market research, marketing strategizing and other important aspects of growing a business, allowing us to enhance feasibility and have a greater impact. The SmartSpark program is so amazing for helping social entrepreneurs to make a greater impact to the society,” said Mao Socheata, co-founder of Ad-Fiden.
“Since the first cohort of SmartSpark, the program has trained 176 participants [53% of whom have been female] and supported 53 different project ideas. We are very proud of the passion, commitment and talents of these young, aspiring social entrepreneurs, who have been working so hard to address the social challenges which Cambodia faces through innovative solutions,” said Nara Sokhema, lead trainer and program advisor at Impact Hub Phnom Penh.
“It is very encouraging to see young entrepreneurs tackling such a wide array of issues. From focusing on pet health to eco-friendly marketing solutions and innovative food-processing methods, SmartSpark entrepreneurs continue to impress us with their ability to harness existing technology to help underserved communities. At Smart, we make it our mission to enable and empower these innovations by providing the necessary connectivity infrastructure and training programs like SmartSpark. All the solutions presented at SmartSpark Cohort 7 have huge potential of improving the quality of life for diverse groups of people,” said Smart Axiata Chief Executive Officer Thomas Hundt.