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)
Startup Weekend Fin Tech Phnom Penh
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: http://geeksincambodia.com/cambodias-growing-fintech-scene/
- summary of two fintech initiatives in Cambodia
- BanhJi (Accounting) and SmartLuy (mobile payments) http://fintechnews.sg/1294/remittance/cambodia-fintech-leveraging-technology-bank-unbanked/ - Describing an opportunity in Cambodia to provide access to banking services to people who don’t have bank accounts yet https://medium.com/@sambo_hall/the-state-of-fintech-in-cambodia-dad112965498#.u1tl6add2
- A summary of some of the strengths and challenges for fintech in Cambodia http://thebridge.jp/en/2016/07/nikkei-fintech-conference-2016-fintech-startups
- Fintech in agriculture http://www.fintechfestival.sg/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/hackcelerator-problem-statements.pdf
Friday February 3rd
Saturday February 4th
Sunday February 5th
COO - Sabay Digital Corporation
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.
Coaches and Mentors
Founder - 369 Cafe and SHE Investments.
Serial entrepreneur and Business Development Manager
Business trainer and Facilitator - SHE Investments
Founder of Somleng and Chibi and Co-Founder of Bongloy Payment Gateway
Project Management - Hong Leong Bank (Cambodia)
Regional Branch Managers - ABA Bank
Senior Researcher - 17Triggers
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend Phnom Penh is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Regional Manager, Techstars
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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