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Cambodia Tech Catalyst Initiative Supported By Google To Launch In Koh Pich

Cambodia Tech Catalyst Initiative Supported By Google To Launch In Koh Pich

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The first edition of the “Cambodia Tech Catalyst 2024” initiative supported by Google Cloud Asia Pacific, is launching on March 12 in Connexion, at Koh Pich. Google, the world’s sixth largest company with a market cap of over US$ 1 trillion, is set to see one of its subsidiaries to join the latest Tech forum in Koh Pich, Phnom Penh from 12th to 14th March 2024.

The first event, co-organized by OCIC Group, Impact Hub and Khmer Enterprise, brings some of Cambodia’s Tech Ecosystem key players together with Google Cloud’s Generative AI engineer and Startups Success Manager for a series of sessions in Koh Pich’s new Community Hub, Connexion.

Read more: Opinion – Cambodia’s Startup Ecosystem – Challenges and Opportunities 2024

The bioclimatic building, Connexion is soft launching this month and welcomes its first Tech related events on March 13 and 14. The CTO Connect sessions will enable Chief Technology Officers of Tech companies to exchange on requirements to develop and expand their business.

The initiative aims to introduce Cambodia to new digital trends and highlight the Kingdom’s tech ecosystem by bringing together more than 100 decision makers as well as offering the opportunity to 500 students to exchange with the Google team. Coming together will be startups founders, investors, banks, conglomerates, students, and other stakeholders. This first event shall serve to build opportunities for everyone to learn, network, and develop new skills on tomorrow’s technology without having to travel abroad.

The event co-organized by OCIC has received support from solid partners such as:

  • Khmer Enterprise
  • ISI Group
  • Canadia Bank
  • Heineken
  • Impact Hub
  • Cambodia Association of Finance and Technology (CAFT)
  • Connexion
  • Mekong Strategic Capital
  • Cambodia Investment Review
  • Kiripost
  • Sabay Digital
  • Baksey Media
  • Mekong Focus
  • SHE Investments
  • 58cam.com
  • Rising Giants
  • Emerging Markets Investment Advisors (EMIA)
  • CamTech University
  • Canadian International School of Phnom Penh
  • Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT)
  • Mekhala Radiant
  • Kess Innovation
  • Mekong Focus

Digital And Entrepreneurship Network Building

The 4 days event aims to strengthen the community around key aspects of digital and entrepreneurship network building, all in Koh Pich, and soon at Connexion for the benefit of the entire community.

Two key events include CTO Connect spanning two days and a CEO mingling night for networking with Google Cloud representatives. Additionally, there will be a special session at CamTech for University students and another one at the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh for High School students. The initiative aims to provide unique exposure for students to interact with tech experts through these university and high school bootcamp sessions. At the same time, it offers startup founders and entrepreneurs an opportunity to exchange and discover services and solutions to expand or optimize their business through CTO Connect sessions.

“We are delighted to co-organize Cambodia Tech Catalyst with our community partners, which underlines Cambodia’s private sector efforts to support the country’s tech and digital transformation.” remarked Thierry Tea, Vice President of OCIC. “This initiative reflects OCIC’s commitment to support innovation and sustainable growth as we further contribute to the upskilling of Cambodia’s youth through opportunities such as this (Cambodia Tech Catalyst) and future platforms such as the innovation center coming up in the Connexion Community Hub.”

Esna Ong, Startup Success Manager at Google Cloud Asia Pacific, expressed her excitement in supporting the ecosystem in the launching of Cambodia Tech Catalyst. She stated that “This event aligns with our mission at Google Cloud to enrich communities in the Asia-Pacific and drive digital transformation through tech. We look forward to seeing the success of this first event and witnessing the impact it can have on Cambodia’s digital and tech scene as we have the dream to gather and bring together more global companies which will help put Cambodia on the international stage.”

Support The Tech Ecosystem In Cambodia

In addition to the Google visiting team from Singapore led by Ms. Esna Ong and Ms. Kathleen Chiu, the initiative counts some of the active faces of that support the Tech ecosystem in Cambodia including Melanie Mossard and Kosoma Kim of Impact Hub or Siriwat Chhem of AVI.

The presence of seasoned Investors and Venture Capital in the likes of Mao Savin of Emerging Markets Investment Advisers (EMIA) and Bora Kem of Mekong Strategic Capital, show the Ecosystem is ready to be more collaborative and inclusive to support the growth of the entrepreneurship and the startup community.

Startups founders and entrepreneurs such as Molika Meas, Chy Sila, Sam Kosal, Jay Kong or Sy Pauv Phou who have successfully scaled their Tech companies are also ready to be providing some key feedbacks for younger founders.

Registration for Cambodia Tech Catalyst 2024 is now officially open. To secure your spot for these events, click here. Seats are limited.

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