04 Feb 2019
After impressing a panel of judges at the grand final on Thursday evening, SomJot, an app that helps drivers find parking space, was selected as the winner of the SmartStart Young Innovator Programme Cycle 2 and was awarded a trip to Singapore.
Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt said, “Congratulations to SomJot, for making substantial progress in the last six months, once again raising the bar for SmartStart in terms of output quality. Their pitch made us all proud of the tremendous efforts put into the programme.
“Such an initiative proves that the Kingdom’s startup ecosystem is growing and being stimulated by great talent – it’s a positive sign for our shared vision of Cambodia’s sustained digital economy,” Mr Hundt said.
The four other teams in the final were Homex, a mobile application that connects users with household needs to reliable technicians, Haystome, a digital platform that connects tourists with local artists, Malis, a digital solution facilitating appointments at beauty salons, and Tos Rean, an online platform matching tutors and students.
All five teams had received $4,000 and a six-month incubator programme with Impact Hub in June 2018, and battled it out yesterday at Impact Hub Phnom Penh for a fully-funded Singapore “tech trip” to visit the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft.
Ny Chanpichmean from SomJot said she was very thankful to Smart and Impact Hub for creating such a comprehensive tech programme.
“My team and I have been working very hard to define our business model and develop our minimum viable product. Although we faced many challenges in the last few months, we were grateful to have experienced mentors, Impact Hub and Smart, who guided us along the way. We look forward to build on this success as our digital product and service gain traction in Cambodia.”