Startup Weekend Phnom Penh Women!

    Friday, May 27 - 29, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Phnom Penh Women!

Friday, May 27 - 29, 2016

Friday, May 27 - 29, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Inspiring More Women Leaders in Founding Startup Teams We are thrilled to be hosting Phnom Penh' first Startup Weekend Women's Edition. The team of organizers noticed a gap in female participation at previous Startup Weekend Cambodia events, and so we decided to organize a Women’s Edition to showcase the ideas, talent, and drive of women entrepreneurs. 

Our goal is to encourage and inspire more female leaders in startup teams and to connect more women to the vast number of resources and mentors available in our startup community. That's why we want you to be of this weekend and join some of the most talented and entrepreneurial-minded women across the Cambodia.

 Are men allowed to attend? YES, MEN ARE INVITED! However, there are a limited number of tickets available to men and we do encourage men to find another female participant to bring along.

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Friday May 27th

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 May 28th

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 May 29th

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
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sophalla Chea
CEO - Emerald+

Travelled to around 20 countries in Europe and Asia, Mrs. Chea Sophalla has over 15 years of working experience on In Building System and Infrastructure; she started from an Accountant to Business Development Manager and up to Corporate Director of Business in a leading Telecom company in Cambodia. Throughout the years of experience in touching base with building owners, she believes that facilities management standard of buildings in Cambodia still needs to be elevated to a professional level; therefore she found Emerald+. Known best for sealing the deal and taking a great care of customers, she also believes that learning is never an end; therefore, she has been working on some intensive courses in Singapore on property management and an online course of New York University on property management as well. Sophalla engages half of her time from managing her 6 companies with the community; she’s now a Board of Director of Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia, Executive Vice President of Junior Chamber International Cambodia, and a newly elected Vice President of Kampong Speu Chamber of Commerce.

Chantha Soth
Chairwoman - Daily Group

Ms. Chantha Soth is a self-made entrepreneur. She started her own company called Daily Transport Car Rental Service Co.,Ltd in year 2007 with little amount of investment 1,500 USD. Nowadays, Daily Transport is well-known as car rental companies providing international standard service to many Japanese companies in Cambodia. After successful in car rental business, She established a paint company call Daily Painting Group. Her business expanding incorporates with international Standard Brand and received the Exclusive Distributor for KANSAI PAINT Automotive in Cambodia. Over 9 years' Experience of products development and technical supporting team make the Daily Painting Group able to provide painting solution such as automotive and modern furniture's. Ms. Chantha engages her time from managing 3 companies to join as member of Cambodia network such as, Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association, Business Network International, and Junior Chamber International.

Ear Uy
Co-Founder - Sabay Osja

Mr. Ear Uy is a co-founder of Sabay Osja. His team is the creator of awards winning Cambodian mobile game, Asva The Monkey, and also the first Cambodian game development studio. Sabay Osja has created 6 games, and also doing outsourcing work for game development project for other companies and NGO. Currently, his team is bringing Cambodia's favorite folktales back to life in an interactive edutainment app for kids called, Ey Sey Storytime.

Steven Path

Mr. Steven Path (47) is Chairman and CEO of Pathmazing Inc and is Chairman or Director of four other technology startups in the US, Malaysia and Cambodia. Pathmazing is the global strategic technology partner of ten startups in the area of biotech, e-commerce, automotive, retail, games and social media. Over 60 passionate developers, software engineers and designers are deeply engaged in these startups located in the United States (MedVoice Biotech, Cargigi, uKnowKids, TTC), Malaysia (CarBengkel), Singapore (Wiz Werx, EpiCentre, Blue Bird) and Cambodia (FanNow, Savada). Mr. Path oversees all operations world-wide to ensure the consistent delivery of world class solutions for all our partners. Pathmazing also has significant equity ownership in four of these companies. One of them is MedVoice Biotech where Pathmazing helped build an app with patent pending technology from scientists with background from MIT and Harvard to recognize voice pattern that correctly identifies the user's illness with 85% accuracy. After living in the US for 33 years, including 25 years of technology innovations and leadership experience, Mr. Path returned to Cambodia to build a leading global app and web solution company. He is a natural entrepreneur who started his first internationally-acclaimed software company at the tender age of 14. At the age of 25, Mr. Path was recruited as CTO of a technology startup eBenX, which he later reaped big financial rewards after the firm had a blockbuster IPO during the first US Internet boom – firm valued at nearly $1 billion during its first month of trading. On the heels of this success, Mr. Path started other successful IT companies and provided IT leadership and consulting services to Fortune 100 companies, including UnitedHealth Group, Prudential and Wells Fargo. A company he co-founded called EmergingSoft is currently owned by a leading event and meeting management company with clients in 75 countries.

Coaches and Mentors

Mary Lüthy-Hui
Interim Managing Director - Web Essentials

Mary has over eight years of experience in financial analysis and business development within a developed and developing economy context. At Web Essentials, she uses her ability to comprehend big problems and break them down into solvable components. She is also actively creating an environment that encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and diligence.

Nataly Rodionova
Managing Director - IT Academy STEP

More than 10 years of experience in PR , brand management and marketing communication, including strategy planning and campaigns executions to stand out in the market and bring outstanding financial results. Experience in banking, telecommunication and FinTech industries, as well as consulting for a number of startups in various fields.

Melissa Garcia
Head of Offline Marketing Department - ABA Bank

A prolific and versatile marketing professional with more that 10 years combined experience in marketing communication, brand management & systems engineering. She has been in Cambodia for more thant 11 years and has worked with different industry segment, banking, tourism, advertising, food and beverage and manufacturing. She has adept knowledge in systems improvement, product design and full scale marketing activities.

Adrienne RAVEZ
Co-Founder - Endorphine Concept Digital Solutions

Cross-cultural psychologist also graduated in anthropology and sociology, Adrienne is specialised in the use of digital media for activism and advocacy. She co-founded the digital agency Endorphine Concept in 2010, and the online platform Geeks in Cambodia in 2013. With a strong implication in corporate social responsibility, the agency received the digital agency of the year campaign Asia Gold Award in December 2015, and the CSR Award for economic responsibility and governance in March 2016.

Megha Bhagat
Co-Director - ProjectDEFY

Megha Sharma Bhagat has an academic pedigree of National Law School, Bangalore with specialization in human rights law and has
been the youngest Rockefeller Social Innovation Fellow, class of 2014. Currently she is an independent Consultant in the non profit sector
having over 6 years of experience with organisations like NASSCOM Foundation, Anita Borg Institute and IIE. She has worked on
designing, managing and evaluating global development programs and setting up global partnerships in the CSR, gender inclusion and
livelihood creation sectors.  She currently leads the Women in Technology program for Institute of International Education in India and the University engagement programs for Anita Borg Institute India.  
She is also a Co Director at ProjectDEFY , Indias only rural maker space functioning in alternate education sector. 

Mouyleng Kim
Software Developer - InSTEDD iLabSEA

I am LIM Mouyleng. I am currently working as Software Developer at InSTEDD iLabSEA. I have graduated from ITC (Institute of Technology of Cambodia) majoring Computer Science in 2014. In 2010, I got a priceless chance to participate in an exchange program (JENESYS) to Japan for 10 days. Besides, I have volunteered as a Math teacher at ITC in 2011. Last but not least, I have trained students on creating mobile application which generously supported from UNESCO Cambodia. Lastly, I have also interned at Udaya Technology Co.,ltd for 3 months and at InSTEDD iLabSEA as the developer.

Menno Block
Writer, consultant, coach

Menno is a Dutch social enterprise consultant, currently writing a book about female leadership in Cambodia. He has worked in strategy consulting, sales and business development and is passionate about people who are working on a better future. As a mentor and coach, Menno is sharp, direct critical, but always friendly.

Salla Mankinen
Regional Technology Specialist - Good Return

Salla has worked in technology for the past 10+ years. She has extensive experience in software development, technology architectures and design as well as technology team leading. She has worked as part of small and big teams in different countries and various types of solutions from big enterprise systems to small mobile phone apps.

She currently works as a Technology Specialist for an Australian NGO trying to establish technology strategies and implement technology solutions in the field or financial capability, behavior change and poverty reduction.

In her spare time she has built successful smart phone app range for language learning and works on an edible plants web platform, plants and environment being one of her passions.

Bonnarath Virak
Chairwoman - Lady Saving Group (LSG)

Bonnarath VIRAK is an elected Chairwoman of Lady Saving Group (LSG) which is a community credit union, aims at promoting Cambodian women’s economic status through saving-led and (social) entrepreneurship development approach. LSG provides access to financial service for women members to fulfill their social and economic needs, especially for women-led startup business. 

Zoë Ng
Managing Director - Raintree Development

Zoë started her career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company in the UK and US, covering multiple sectors including Media, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals and Education. She then worked at Google with several product teams including YouTube, Search and Display advertising, before becoming a founding team member at her first consumer goods start-up, Charlotte Tilbury. The brand won best new British luxury brand in 2014, and she has since moved back to South East Asia to work on multiple start-up projects in Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia. Her latest project - Raintree - is Cambodia's first boutique office development designed for fast-growing organisations. She is passionate about vocational education, women's leadership and creating great working spaces.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Phnom Penh Women! 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.
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Philippe Ceulen
Head of Programs

Philippe is passionate about communities and technology. Cambodia was his home for the most part of his professional life, where he was active in building the startup ecosystem and running his coworking space The 1961. He co-founded the travel tech startup WOW, worked with Airbnb to grow the Cambodian market and has been a volunteer with Techstars for several years. His current focus is on accelerator programs for creative tech startups at Creative Enterprise Australia.

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