Sustainable Lifestyle Community Connect at Networking Night

by Thida Leiper

On the 26th of April, members of Phnom Penh's community came together to connect at our first Networking Night! Organised in partnership with Ezecom, our themed Networking Nights are designed to bring together entrepreneurs, talented graduates and businesses seeking new opportunities for collaboration. With our first event focusing on 'Sustainable Lifestyles', our doors opened to an enthusiastic and diverse group of individuals and businesses working in the field of handicrafts, food, fashion and eco-initiatives.

Our night began with an unexpected power cut, which provided the perfect opportunity to use our creative minds and improvise a 'sustainable ice breaker' activity where attendees used candles to connect with new people; now called 'Candlelight Connections'!

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After sharing innovations, ideas and business cards and getting to know each other, our attendees were lucky to listen to three special presentations from guests ACRA, Young Eco Ambassadors and Eco Life Cambodia. ACRA shared their 'Combine in One' campaign and their ambitious plans to reduce plastic waste usage in Cambodia. Attendees were then introduced to Young Eco Ambassadors, a youth led environmental project and community, organising programs and activities to promote sustainable living. Eco-life Cambodia followed, one of the 20 grant recipients from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, who are running training and activities for young 'ecopreneurs'.

After our special guest presentations, our attendees continued networking over delicious nibbles from our catering partner Eleven One Kitchen, an environmentally conscious restaurant promoting healthy and clean Khmer food.

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With the collective passions of over 90 attendees, our Networking Night was a huge success. We were thrilled to help our guests build their networks and make valuable connections. We also look forward to organising more Networking Nights for Phnom Penh's dynamic community!

"It is was a very interesting event, I got a lot of good contacts that I was looking for which is really beneficial to my business."

Soklim Srun