Startup Weekend Fin Tech Phnom Penh 2017

    Friday, February 3 - 5, 2017

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Startup Weekend Fin Tech Phnom Penh 2017

Friday, February 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, February 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

222Eo Keo Chea St. (184)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Startup Weekend Fin Tech Phnom Penh

Join the first Fintech themed Startup Weekend in Cambodia and transform your fintech ideas into reality in 54 hours! Find people with similar passions and complementary skills, receive support from coaches, push yourself to the limit and learn along the way.

Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries, to learn-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business and an idea successful. And in doing so, we'll shape the future of financial services in Cambodia.

No tech skills required! Test your idea with potential customers. Join a community ready to help you take your FinTech concept to the next level!

What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend begins with open-mic 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on validating their idea by talking to users, designing/building prototypes and building a business plan with the help of experienced coaches from the fintech market. On Sunday, teams present and demo their fintech products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. 

What is Fintech?
Fintech = Financial Technology. Fintech describes businesses that enable financial services and systems to be more efficient and effective by making use of technology such as computing, internet, and mobile. Financial services include, but are not limited to, money transfer, lending, raising capital, accounting, investing, asset management, payment and cybersecurity.

How does Startup Weekend work?
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Q.Can I join if I don’t have ideas related to fintech?
A. Yes, you are welcome to join even if you don’t have ideas related to fintech. You may join a team and help in the development of an idea. We would encourage you to read up* on fintech and come to our pre-startup weekend fintech meetup to learn more before the event.
Q. Do I need to be in the financial or banking sector to join?
A. No, you don’t have to be in the financial or banking sector to join. We will be inviting people from the financial or banking sector, but as in all startup weekends, we hope to have a mix of developers, designers, and business people work together

Resources for you
Here is a list of articles on fintech in Cambodia:
- summary of two fintech initiatives in Cambodia
- BanhJi (Accounting) and SmartLuy (mobile payments) - Describing an opportunity in Cambodia to provide access to banking services to people who don’t have bank accounts yet
- A summary of some of the strengths and challenges for fintech in Cambodia
- Fintech in agriculture 

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Friday February 3rd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
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Chankiriroth Sim
Founder of BanhJi

Kiriroth has + 14 years experience in finance at senior levels both as an executive and in an advisory capacity as well as being a serial entrepreneur. In addition, he is the chairperson of Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia’s SMEs executive committee, a member of Steering Committee of ASEAN In-Company Trainer Standard and a member of ACCA ASEAN’s Global Forum. Besides co-founding one of the biggest local financial consulting firms, Kiriroth is also the founder of BanhJi, a free online accounting software built for SMEs.

Event Judges

Glenn Miller
Consultant - Banking and Telecoms industries

Glenn Miller has been working In the Cambodian IT industry for 10 years and has worked as the Head of IT at ANZ Royal, CIO at EZECOM, CTO at WING and is currently working as a consultant to the Banking and Telecoms industries. Glenn is passionate about people and technology and the startup scene in Cambodia.

Mike Gartner
COO - Sabay Digital Corporation

Mike is pioneer in the Internet Industry in Cambodia since its first implementation in 1996. He has been involving in a leading role to implement the first email services in Cambodia (1996), the first broadband service (2001) and the first online game service (2007). His past working experience include Telstra Bigpong, Telstra East Timor, AZ Communications / Online, CityLink and Sabay where he is currently working as Chief Operations Manager. Mike is the driving force of Sabay strategic development and a key member of management team.

Swapnil Deshmukh
Head of Virtual Banking & Payments - Maybank Cambodia

He leads Maybank Cambodia’s Digital Banking strategy including Mobile & Internet Banking, Remittances and Payments. Before moving to Phnom Penh last year, Swapnil was based in Singapore, working with some of the top ASEAN Banks as their partner for Digital Banking. Swapnil has also held Product Management and Business Development roles in Idea Cellular (an Axiata company) and C-SAM (a MasterCard company) respectively.

Swapnil is also Board of Director, Indian Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia and is the Chapter Lead for Next Money (fintech collaboration platform) in Cambodia.

Zokhir Rasulov
Chief Digital Officer - ABA Bank

Zokhir currently heads digital transformation process at ABA - Cambodia’s #1 technology bank. In the role of CDO he is responsible for delivering the financial services to the clients in modern way through cutting-edge technologies to make their banking experience great. Zokhir started his carrier at ABA Bank in 2012 in a position of Chief Marketing Officer during which he initiated several digital products such as ABA Mobile application, Cash-In kiosks network, automation of few internal processes, and more. In the beginning of 2016 he was promoted by the top management to the position of CDO to lead digital transformation process of ABA.

Coaches and Mentors

Sophorth Khuon
CEO and Co-Founder - Morakot Technology

Sophorth is now a CEO and co-founder of Morakot Technology after served as core-banking system consultant, woking for for VisionFund (Cambodia) for more than 10 years. He also used to work for World Vision International as technical specialist in banking applications. He originally joined VisionFund (Cambodia) as IT manager in 2005 after spending approximately five years of employment for several commercial and social enterprises.

Celia Boyd
Founder - 369 Cafe and SHE Investments.

Celia is a social entrepreneur and consultant based in Phnom Penh, where she has started two social businesses; Lot 369 Cafe, and SHE Investments.  Celia's background is in international development, and she has managed projects in disaster-affected and impoverished communities in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Kenya, before relocating to Cambodia in 2014.  Her day job is as Managing Director of SHE (Support Her Enterprise), which supports Cambodian women entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and access to financing to scale their micro businesses and bridge the gender gap in the SME sector in Cambodia. 

James Wilson
Serial entrepreneur and Business Development Manager

James is a serial entrepreneur, and has started three businesses across multiple countries, including Cambodia.  He is a business consultant in Phnom Penh, working with social enterprises and SMEs to improve their operations and develop business strategies.  James is the co-founder of SHE Investments, which provides business training, mentoring and access to financing for Cambodian women entrepreneurs, and his day job is as SHE's Business Development Manager. 

Maneth Pol
Business trainer and Facilitator - SHE Investments

Maneth is a business trainer and facilitator at SHE Investments, providing workshops and mentoring for women entrepreneurs from all over Cambodia.  She is also a social entrepreneur herself, having co-founded volunteer organisation Run for Social, which launches education initiatives in Cambodian communities. 

David Wilkie
Founder of Somleng and Chibi and Co-Founder of Bongloy Payment Gateway

David is the Founder of Somleng - an Open Source Telephony Solution which recently received investment from the UNICEF Innovation Fund. He is also he Co-Founder of Bongloy Payment Gateway. David has been in Cambodia for 5 years and has previously worked for various Silicon Valley companies, involved with Fintech and Telephony.

Chankiriroth Sim
Founder of BanhJi

Kiriroth has + 14 years experience in finance at senior levels both as an executive and in an advisory capacity as well as being a serial entrepreneur. In addition, he is the chairperson of Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia’s SMEs executive committee, a member of Steering Committee of ASEAN In-Company Trainer Standard and a member of ACCA ASEAN’s Global Forum. Besides co-founding one of the biggest local financial consulting firms, Kiriroth is also the founder of BanhJi, a free online accounting software built for SMEs.

Bora Kem
Investment Manager - Mekong Strategic Partners

Bora is an investment manager at Mekong Strategic Partners, where he manages the firm's venture capital investing activities into early stage technology start-ups and advises on corporate transactions. Bora has over 10 years in the financials services industry in the US as a private equity investor at Equilibrium Capital and public equities investor at Putnam Investments. He was an early member of the Rocket Internet team in Cambodia, a business development manager at Sandbox Industries, a Chicago-based start-up accelerator.

Chanda Pen
Co-Founder/ Managing Partner - SocialWallAsia (Mouypi Studio) and Bongloy Payment Gateway

Technologist, 10+years experience, Executive Master of Science in Technology Management at Columbia University. Co-chair AMCHAM Tech Committee.

Johnny Wu
Project Management - Hong Leong Bank (Cambodia)

Johnny has 8+ years experiences in working with family business and entrepreneurship . He ran an international sourcing and manufacturing company in the luxurious gifting industry. Until recently he helped a “Kickstarter - Crowd funding” Canadian green tech startup in setting up operations in both Hong Kong and China, which later assisted the company in securing multiple rounds of investment from venture capitalists around the world.

Romny Theam
Regional Branch Managers - ABA Bank

Romny is one of the prolific regional branch managers at ABA Bank. She was a previously an IFL lecturer on cultural, literature and International business courses. Prior to joining ABA Bank she was a consultant to the BBC executive, and project manager under the World Bank via various embassy stakeholders as donors to support to Office of Council Ministers. She is also a Fulbright scholarship awardee for MBA, Finance in USA. Her knowledge in the banking and finance in terms of customer relations and operation is prodigious. 

Vladimir Nodzak
Co-Founder - Codingate

Vladimir Nodzak is a technology enthusiast with 10+ years of experience in IT industry. He is a co-founder and a Chief Operations Officer in Codingate, a company focused on mobile and web application development and digital marketing services. During last five years he shared his expertise by consulting to worldwide enterprise customers on automation oriented software solutions. He believes that every person offers something to learn and that a focus on education is the key for the world to succeed.

Kim Chatterjee
Senior Researcher - 17Triggers

Kim is a multifaceted expert with excellent user experience, design, storytelling  and facilitator skills. As Research and Strategy Lead for 17 Triggers, she specializes in understanding user context and behavior, designing for impact, and building capacity—particularly in the financial inclusion sector. She has worked for clients in Cambodia, the Philippines, and Zambia to understand user needs and develop new innovations to better deliver financial services to low-income populations.

Before joining 17 Triggers,  Kim spent seven years as senior user experience designer in a prominent Australian UX consulting agency. Kim has experience designing for a broad range of target populations, from the base of the pyramid to financial industry elite (including PwC’s “Next” portal which provides realtime financial dashboards for businesses). 

Of Indian and Filipino descent, Kim holds dual citizenship in the Philippines and Australia. She holds her Master’s in Information Technology from the University of Canberra, and her BS in Development Communication from University of the Philippines Los Banos.

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The Startup Weekend Fin Tech Phnom Penh 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Phnom Penh is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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Lalitha Wemel
Regional Manager, Asia Pacific

Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. Lalitha has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both in and out of Malaysia. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, and travel. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across South East Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem. 

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