Smart Start


SmartStart is a Young Innovator Program to enable and empower young Cambodian university talents to launch their own tech startups together with Smart. The program will offer a unique learning platform, mentorship and financial support.

By participating in the program, you will get:

1 CONNECT Throughout the program, you will be exposed to the digital startup ecosystem in Cambodia such as experienced mentors, co-working spaces, investors and other technical support.

2 SKILLS This program consists of business modules taught by experts in the startup sector who have trained and mentored successful startups in Cambodia. The Technopreneur Challenge brings the successful teams to Battambang province, a prominent source for tech, creative and business ideas in Cambodia.

3 A HEADSTART IN INNOVATION Participating in the whole program will sharpen your capability and assist your journey in developing your very own digital innovative idea. You will also gain access to industry knowledge and seeding funding to kick start your own venture.

WHAT IS AT STAKE ? The 5 winning teams will receive the following :

4,000 USD

6-month funded incubator program

the team with best business progress will be rewarded a fully paid trip to visit Google, Facebook and Microsoft in Singapore

In partnership with a global co-working space provider, the winning teams can access to not only free space but also an ecosystem of resources, mentorship, inspiration and collaboration opportunities.

Smart is also ready to further invest in your idea after the full SmartStart cycle is completed!
the process

120 shortlisted students working on projects via a Hackathon

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Top 60 working on biz realization via Technopreneurship Challenge

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Up to 5 teams incubating and accelerating their projects

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120 applicants will be selected from the pool of online applications to participate in a half-day event called Hatch.
Those identified as team leaders around the vertical of interest are invited to pitch their ideas and teams are formed based on interest and skills.
Teams are invited to a 2-day prototyping event where they will prepare for the demo session, in which a panel of experts will select 10-15 teams to access the 5-day stay-in Smart Technopreneurship Challenge, conducted in Battambang from 11 to 15 May, 2017.
A 5-day Technopreneurship Challenge shaped around the fundamentals of ideating and growing a digital startup:
  • Recognizing, evaluating, and capitalizing opportunities;
  • Understanding the importance of rapid prototyping;
  • Market validation; and experience all aspects of business creation
Involvement of guest speakers, network with mentors and fellow entrepreneurs with the focus of “learning by doing”. ​​​​​​​This includes high-level digital training and exposure to the basics of back-end and front-end software tools.
Concludes with a pitching event which will shortlist up to 5 most outstanding digital entrepreneur teams who will proceed to the 6-month funded incubation program.
A tailored support scheme with full access to a suite of master classes, 1-on-1 sessions with mentors and industry leaders to develop a progress plan with business and tech consultants.
Regular check-ins to monitor progress and troubleshoot challenges, take part in demo days and meet with experts and mentors from various companies to get insights and understand the relevance of their start-up.
Enjoy full membership at an international hub which includes full time use of facilities as well as free access to regular events, workshops and business clinics.


All university students with keen interest and curiosity in innovation, entrepreneurship, startups and digital technologies. These students must possess any digital business idea in the following verticals:



At the minimum, candidates must have:

Digital or entrepreneurship skills that may contribute towards the development of ones ideas e.g. coding, graphic / web design, marketing, writing, sales etc.
High English proficiency
Massive drive and determination to make his or her dreams come through commitment to fully participate in all sessions of the program

ARE YOU READY TO INNOVATE WITH SMART? Apply through our online application form:


*All participation costs will be covered by Smart Axiata.
Application Deadline: 04th April, 2018