Top Prize App Wants to Connect Cambodians to Trusted Doctors

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Mr. Sok Naroth and his team won the 1st prize for Doctor Advisor, a proposed app and web-based platform to help patients connect with the right specialists and doctors in Cambodia. [Photo Credit: Development Innovations]
Startup Weekend, often known by the tagline “No Talk, All Action”, is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. They provide a space where anyone is welcome to share ideas, form teams to pitch business ideas, receive feedback from their peers, test with users, and launch startup businesses. Startup Weekends were first organized in Cambodia in 2011 and have run annually since then with support from tech and startup industry mentors and the Startup Weekend community.

This year, Startup Weekend 2016 attracted 150 attendees to new co-working space Emerald Hub. Twenty-two ideas were pitched and 10 teams were formed. This year, twenty civil society actors were sponsored by Development Innovations to attend. The project hoped that the model, mostly used by entrepreneurs, would help some NGOs refine their ICT-enabled projects.

Mr. Sok Naroth, 29, from NGO Khmer Youth Association (KYA), said, “Cambodian patients spend lots of time and money to search for the right specialists and doctors through informal medical recommendation from friends or relatives.” After he identified this problem, he came up with an idea for Doctor Advisor, an app and web-based platform to help patients connect with the right specialists and doctors in Cambodia. He said, “Startup Weekend encouraged me to share my idea, and convinced other participants to join me and form a group in order to discuss and form a clear business plan.”

From the initial 10 teams, Mr. Sok Naroth and his team won first prize and were awarded a $300 voucher from MAIO MALL, six months of free Cellcard internet, three months free co-working space at Emerald Hub, and a follow up training to help strengthen and implement their business idea. In order to bring this idea to life, Mr. Sok Naroth committed to continue working on his business plan with his teammates and launch his startup.

Naroth has advice for other Cambodians with great business ideas for solving problems, saying, “Start writing down your business ideas on paper, then take a chance to join Startup Weekend and push your business ideas to be real!”

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