Startup Weekend Siem Reap

    Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Siem Reap

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The 1961 Coworking and Art Space
211 Osaphear Street (River Road)
Phum Treang, Slorkram Commune
Siem Reap, Cambodia 17251

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Launch a Startup in 54 hours

Welcome to the very first Startup Weekend in Siem Reap! In 54 hours, you'll get a chance to work from idea to startup surrounded by a team of talented people. We will provide you the necessary tools and coaching to make your idea work and develop it into something real and get ready to pitch to a jury of experts and potential investors at the end of the weekend. No talk, all action! Are you ready for this life-changing experience?!

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday May 29th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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 30th

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 31st

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

Pin Pili Meas
Chairman & Founder

Pin Pili MEAS is a global partner of Previously, Pili Pin was a young executive who lead a number of companies including finance & telecom industries in his capacity as CFO and CMO respectively with multimillion US dollar revenue under his management for several years after his schooling until 2009. During the same period, Pili was dually involved in Academic works where he lectured to senior business students at various universities in Cambodia. Pili has earned MBA & MSc. Degrees from Asian Institute of Technology & CERAM Graduate School of Management & Technology based in Bangkok & Nice respectively. Currently, Pin Pili is also Chairman & Founder of & (Cambodia) while serving as ordinary member of Cambodia Chamber of Commerce.

Arjen Laan
Country Director at ICS

Arjen Laan is currently Country Director for ICS-Asia in Cambodia and amongst other Social Businesses, responsible for Young Start Ups, a business incubator for young Khmer entrepreneurs.

Arjen worked over 20 years in the medical profession, of which ten years in general hospitals in The Netherlands and ten years with Médecins sans Frontières in several countries and finally as a Board member.

After his MBA he joined the Board of Directors of an international private real estate investment company with activities in 20 countries with a portfolio of around 8 billion EUR.

He is co-owner of a goat farm in France (with cheese production) and sits in de Board of SYPO, a micro financing organisation in Uganda.

Johann Barbie
Co-founder and CEO at 37coins

Johann Barbie is co-founder and CEO of 37coins, Inc., a US based social venture aiming to fight poverty through financial inclusion .

As software engineer he has led development teams in various startups and has more than 10 years experience with software security and scaling. 

Keara Phann
Director of PUC, President of YEAC

Mr. Phann Keara, born in 1979 to a Cambodian peasant family, has achieved extraordinary academic and professional success.  He is a motivated, inspirational, and moral leader.   

He holds a Khmer Literature B.A. and a management MBA.  In 2009 he became a founding director of Panasastra University of Cambodia [Siem Reap Campus].  Under his exceptional leadership, the university has developed into a highly respected institution with a network of exchange partners throughout Asia and America. 

As President and business mentor to the Young Entrepreneurs’ Association, he has championed the cause of young Cambodian entrepreneurs. 

His other public service achievements include founding the Regional Development Action Association, a charity established to help poor Khmer children through youth social entrepreneurship development and education.  

As a business leader, his creative thinking has helped establish the Suorkear Investment Co. Ltd. as an ethical, cutting-edge firm that helps poor Khmers get a foot on the property ladder.      

Coaches and Mentors

Jeppe Mariager-Lam
Technical Project Manager

Jeppe is a long term developer/IT consultant with his own company, who was in the latter years been working as a Technical Project Manager for one of the world’s largest app development companies. His expertise is determining technical feasibility, hands-on JAVA/PHP development, business analysis (especially in terms of using IT to make companies more successful), and LEAN processes.

During his day-to-day work, he works with everything from concept development, UI/UX design, project management, development, quality assurance, and deployment to maintenance.

As a mentor, he will be able to help plan out and feedback on not only the technical products, but also help to develop business propositions and models for new startups.

Sopheakmonkol Sok
Co-Founder & CEO at Codingate

Sopheakmonkol Sok belongs to a new generation Cambodian entrepreneurs with a passion for social business and creating educational opportunities for progressive Cambodian youth.

Currently, he is Co-Founder and CEO of tech venture, Codingate. Within his first year and half startup journey, together with his team created more 23 jobs for youth, 17 laptops raised, 2 round of investments, acquired 3 high quality training opportunities for 6 of him members, and have provided services to more 26 companies locally and internationally.

His mission in life is "to put good educational principles into practice so that youth-minded and talented people will find greater levels of happiness and a higher quality of life."

Akira Morita
Founder - Design Kompany

Akira Morita is 1/2 of Design Kompany, a roving design consultancy with clients in North America, Europe and Asia. DK has helped hundreds of fellow small businesses and organizations find their soul and express it fully—architects in need of words and pictures that uniquely express their life and business philosophies, software engineers needing creative help in development of a gamified mHealth mobile app., a startup icecream shop wanting to make a splash. He is passionate about helping organizations adopt design as a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving, and is a starting member of Design Phnom Penh, a local initiative of Cambodia's design curious and practitioners.

He is currently on hand as a resident innovation design consultant at Development Innovations, a USAID-funded initiative aimed to promote and nurture innovative culture in the field of social change in Cambodia.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Siem Reap 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 Siem Reap is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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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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