We are working with startups that is trying to solves Cambodia’s challenges in poverty, food, health and clean water.

SmartSpark Cohort5 is now working with Cambodian youth age from 18-30 who are passionate about solving social issues in Cambodia through entrepreneurship. In this cohort, we focus on SDG1: No Poverty, SDG2: Zero Hunger, SDG3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation.

This January, we found Cambodian teams who have more than just ideas but the commitment and passion to kick start working on their startups. SmartSpark is a chance for them to become an impactful social entrepreneur and a chance for them to win USD3000 from ur program.


What is SmartSpark?

SmartSpark is a startup program to introduce the key concepts of social entrepreneurship to people with the ambition to turn their innovative idea into a business that will tackle Cambodia’s biggest challenges.

This program brought to Cambodian youth by Smart Axiata and Impact Hub Phnom Penh. It is an intensive 10-week incubation to support young people with innovative ideas tackling social and environmental issues in Cambodia. The aim is to help them turn creative ideas into viable businesses and solutions!

What are the SDGs?

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). They bring focus and unity to the many different people and organisations acting globally to bring about positive change, like Sustainable Cities and Communities or Gender Equality. Cambodia is one of 193 countries that has adopted the SDGs.

During this fifth cohort we are looking for innovations that address challenges in poverty, food, health and clean water:
SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 3: Good Health & Well-being
SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

What will participants get on the program?

During this program, participants can access to:

  • Impact Hub’s Innovation Garage
  • Impact Hub’s Network
  • A dedicated Impact Hub mentor
  • Structured workshops to develop and test your idea
  • The opportunity to pitch their innovative idea

At the end of the program, they will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges and audience. One team will be selected to receive $3,000 to launch their business idea, as well as receiving ongoing support from Impact Hub Phnom Penh.

They are now going through this intensive program alongside fellow changemakers also passionate about strengthening Cambodia’s cities, jobs and infrastructure for a more resilient future. We believe that having multiple people working on similar challenges will help strengthen them all as we offer each other motivation, feedback and support.

Looking for inspiration?

  1. Watch the videos of the teams from Cohort 3 on Environment and Cohort 4 on Sustainable Cities, Jobs and Industries.
  2. Or visit all the previous SmartSpark winners’ Facebook pages to learn more: Inclusion+,  Compost CityTinky Bike
  3. Ideate with friends or at home using this template guide for idea generation.
  4. Do more research into the national and international businesses tackling these SDGs.
  5. Explore these Cambodian based and International ventures making an impact in SDGs: