Phnom Penh (FN), Jul. 8 – This weekend, the entrepreneurial landscape of Phnom Penh was electrified as Khmer Enterprise successfully launched the first cluster of UnipreneurCamp, under the flagship of the KE UniPreneur program. This intensive three-day startup hackathon, hosted at the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP), brought together 200 students from 7 universities across the city. Forming 40 dynamic teams, the students pitched innovative startup ideas to showcase creativity and problem-solving prowess.

The program held from 6-8 July 2024, aimed to equip students with both technical and soft skills essential for startup success. Participants were immersed in the co-founder experience, adopting an entrepreneurial mindset and learning best practices such as human-centered design, lean methodology, validation, and value creation.

“Our goal is to create an environment where students can thrive and innovate. By using ideas from diverse backgrounds and various universities across the country, Khmer Enterprise fostered a collaborative spirit that is essential for entrepreneurial success,” said Chhieng Vanmunin, Delegate of the Royal Government in charge as the CEO of Khmer Enterprise.

The hackathon concluded with each team delivering an abridged investor pitch deck, complete with a mock-up of their proposed solutions. This hands-on approach not only allowed students to apply theoretical knowledge but also provided a platform to showcase their creativity and problem-solving abilities.

“We are proud to support initiatives like UnipreneurCamp that empower our students and equip them with the skills needed to succeed in the fast-paced world of startups,” stated Kaknika Lin, Vice-President, Growth & Development of AUPP. “This partnership reflects our dedication to fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem within our academic community.”

This program instills students with a deeper understanding of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and needs to turn ideas into viable businesses. This program provided a unique opportunity for students to learn from industry experts and peers alike.

"Hosting the UnipreneurCamp at AUPP perfectly aligns with the goal of offering a top-tier education that equips students for the challenges they will face in the real world," said Rusydi Khairul, the CEO and Co-Founder of Reactor School. "The passion and excitement displayed by these young entrepreneurs were incredibly inspiring, and we eagerly anticipate seeing their innovative ideas become a reality."

Implemented by Reactor School, the UnipreneurCamp, Cluster 1 has set a high benchmark for future cohorts, emphasizing the power of collaboration and the potential of young entrepreneurs. The event has not only inspired participants but also highlighted the importance of initiatives that bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world application.

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Khmer Enterprise:
Pork Pagnapich
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Specialist
Phone: +855 89 959 871