From 2013-2019, we supported projects that helped Cambodians learn new tech-related skills, boosted entrepreneurial capacity, and employed innovative practices to get results. Our projects ranged from digital skills courses to business incubators and accelerators, and social media campaigns to young professional programs. Explore the projects below.

Partners: EnergyLab

The Clean Energy Pre-incubation is designed to improve the capacity of young Cambodian entrepreneurs refine their clean energy business ideas in presentation of an anticipated the clean energy startup incubator programs.

The program aims to support Cambodian young start-ups to reach the growth stage, expand operations, and increase investment. The program is co-funded by private sector partner Smart Axiata to support the growing entrepreneurship sector in Cambodia.

Partners: ArrowDOT

The "Product Innovation Program in Cambodia" aims to create a cohort of 30 young Cambodain innovators, 50% of whom are female, through practical and hands-on training on prodcut design and development. The training will equip young Cambodian with knowledge and skills to design products through their understanding of local challenges, market demand and customers.

This grant supports IT Academy STEP to provide three practical coding courses for girls aged 10-18 from public schools in Phnom Penh to support an early interest in technology, and a solid foundation of computer programming basics through a project-based learning metholodgy.

The Cambodia ICT Camp a five-day workshop where participants from Cambodia learn how to access and use technologies to tackle social and environmental issues in their communities. This year's ICT Camp will focus on open source tools, social innovation, open data and cybersecurity.

កម្មវិធីយុវច្នៃកម្ពុជា-Youth Innovate Cambodia is a 3-month challenge program that aims to transform innovative ideas from Cambodia individuals into real activities and solutions. Innovations and great ideas can come from anyone, especially young people who see the problems in their communities but often do not have resources to test their potential solutions. Many young people come to DI looking for small funds to kick-start their projects, but don’t have a formal affiliation to use to apply for funds. We created this fund to help address that problem. Want to know more about Youth Innovate Cambodia? Read here…

Technovation has been organized in Cambodia by USAID’s Development Innovations since 2014. The program has helped more than 400 Cambodians learn how to identify a problem in their community and learn coding and practical business development skills to develop a mobile app to address the problem. Read more detail here...

Blog Post: Retrospective: National Pitch Event of Technovation Cambodia 2018

Development Innovations and Technovation Cambodia started running a communications initiative, #IAmRachana in 2017.

Rachana is a champion for girls in tech and the ‘virtual Ambassador’ for Technovation Cambodia. Rachana shares information about Technovation's program activities and accomplishments, and encourages young girls to be tech creators. Want to know more about Rachana? Read here…

Blog Post: Make Your Own Hologram: Bring IAmRachana To Life!

The YIP is a professional development opportunity for young Cambodian innovators to build real-world skills that help define, design and create solutions to solve local problems. Young Innovators work alongside technical mentors at DI, and support defined projects focused on addressing development challenges through ICTs.

Blog Post: Checking in with DI’s Young Innovators

Partners: SHE Investments

This partnership supports SHE Investments to deliver incubator and accelerator programs for women with start-ups and micro, small and growing enterprises in Cambodia. The incubator and accelerator program helps female entrepreneurs improve their self-confidence, leadership abilities, and business skills. Participants receive tailored mentoring support and build networks to scale their businesses and improve impact in their communities.

Success Story: SHE Investments Levels Up its Support to Female Entrepreneurs

This partnership with Impact Hub Phnom Penh piloted a sustainable, replicable and scalable one year social enterprise incubator program in 2016-2017. EPIC supported 11 enterprise teams through an 8 week ‘bootcamp’ of business trainings, and then supported the five top teams to transform and grow their businesses through an intensive 9 month accelerator program.

Blog Post: Edemy Makes Quality English Classes Accessible and Affordable for Rural Students
EPIC Showcase – a Grand Finale
EPIC Entrepreneurs: A Fresh Look at Incubators for Social Businesses

This partnership equipped NGO consortium Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) with the skills and capacity to assess demand from its members and deliver effective ICT-related services to its members and other target customers. DI supported CCC with technical and capacity building support over 18 months from 2016-2018.

Partners: ARCHub Phom Penh

This project supported 3D printing start-up ARCHub to design and deliver a product development course in 3D and CAD design in 2016. The 8 week course created a cohort of young Cambodian product designers and entrepreneurs with the confidence and ability to take their ideas from concept to market.

Success Story: DoyDoy: The Story of A Startup