What is SmartSpark?

SmartSpark is a 10-week 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 aim is to help them turn creative ideas into viable businesses and innovative solutions!

What is the focus of this cohort?

This cohort was held under the theme, “Social Welfare.” It was for young Cambodians with the drive and ambition to tackle SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 3: Good Health & Well-being, and SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation.

What were the SDGs?

How did it start?

SmartSpark Cohort 5 was launched in Dec 2019. The applications opened from December 2019- January 2020. 


We organised an ideation game event called “ Models of Impact”, joined by many enthusiastic participants to launch the cohort. The event introduced participants to a role-play/game workshop that helped them generate startup ideas that impact our society.

Finally, we have found Seven teams of aspiring entrepreneurs who completed the SmartSpark program and took on SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 3: Good Health & Well-being, and SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation.

SmartSpark Cohort 5’s Teams


Connects employers to potential students and graduates. Hosting institutions can develop their staff’s coaching and soft skills while creating opportunities for interns to gain hands-on insight into their businesses.

ជួយ CHUOY app

An application that helps you contact ambulances quicker and more conveniently than before. Together, we help each other faster.


The first local enterprise in Cambodia that converts plastic waste to eco-friendly bricks that help you build faster, better and more affordable houses. 


Trustworthy healthcare assistance for anyone who needs high-quality mobile nursing care services for their loved ones at home or hospital.


Easy Cook

A helpful app for busy people and has little time to cook by providing you with a wider variety of healthier cooking ingredients that come in a ready-to-cook set.

Phsar Kasephal

A digital B2B market solution that bridges farmers with industrial buyers.


An online learning platform that brings together the best instructors in Cambodia to help creatives learn relevant skill sets and become more professional through experiential learning.

Pitching Night

The program finished, during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a Live-stream final pitching event. Seven teams pitched to our beautiful judges at Impact Hub Phnom Penh’s space and the hundreds of audiences watching the Live-show through Facebook. It was a new chapter of SmartSpark.

Congratulations to Eco-brick, who was voted as the winning team and received $3,000 from Smart Axiata to kick start their business.

Program in Numbers

7 selected team

7 teams pitched

 22 participants

36.4% Female

22% from PP

78% from outside PP

75% graduates

25% students

NPS Score: 80

Total video views: 31k+


“Good program that helps small enterprises and startups to kick start their business. I want the program to keep continuing and help entrepreneur” Sok Thy – Eco-Bricks.

“The program was great; I enjoy the meeting with other participants and learning new business insights from the weekly training…I would recommend others to apply for the next cohort.” Mengthong Long – KLEM

“If you don’t know how to start up, SmartSpark and Impact Hub are a space to coach your idea and make your passion happen.” Chea Chanpoly – Easy Cook

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