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DakDam Labs, Cambodia

Agriculture makes up 70% of Cambodia’s labour force. However, competition is increasing as neighbouring countries use more advanced farming techniques and many Cambodian farmers find it difficult to make enough money for their families. Agriculture in Cambodia needs innovating.

“DakDam” means “To plant a seed” in Khmer (Cambodian Language). DakDam Labs (first edition 2018) was a unique, 3-months program for aspiring inventor-entrepreneurs for rural innovation in Cambodia. We co-designed the program and provided everything for aspiring ‘impact inventors’. By the end of the program, participants built an innovative product/service for the agriculture sector that a few of them turned into viable businesses. The program included workshops, field trips, peer-to-peer coaching and a demo day. DakDam Labs provided all facilities, tools, materials and mentors.

DakDam Labs was organised by Synergy Social Ventures (Abbie Jung-Harada & Jana Svedova), funded by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, supported by ImpactHUB Phnom Penh, MakerBay (Cesar Jung-Harada), Project Alba, 2i. I spent a week in Cambodia working with students, farmers, engineers, factory workers, business mentors to support young Cambodian entrepreneurs. I loved it.

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Agriculture is the traditional mainstay of the Cambodian economy and plays a prominent role in the lives of over 56% of the working-age population of the country. What are their challenges in farming? What can ITA Lab do to improve their farming & livelihood? ITA Lab brings technology on Agriculture. Save water, time, energy, money and earn high income with ITA Lab! To learn more about ITA Lab and other 5 startups with business ideas & solutions to improve agriculture in Cambodia, please join us at DakDam Demo Day on Tuesday, 11 Dec from 6 PM - 8:30 PM at Impact Hub Phnom Penh! Please register your name in advance at https://bit.ly/2RsEAuT Video produced by a team of ITA LAb Post-production mentored by Lymeng Trouy

WORM HOUSE

Let's get to know more about how useful worm is in supporting smallholder farmers in Cambodia! Support Worm, Give Hope to the Farmer! To learn more about Worm House and other 5 startups with business ideas & solutions to improve agriculture in Cambodia, please join us at DakDam Demo Day on Tuesday, 11 Dec from 6 PM - 8:30 PM at Impact Hub Phnom Penh! Please register your name in advance at https://bit.ly/2RsEAuT Video produced by a team of Worm House Post-production mentored by K-Sam Nang & Kun Navorth

PINEAPPLE

Let’s learn more about Pineapple market in Cambodia. What are the pineapple farmers’ challenges? What can we do to help them? To learn more about Pineapple and other 5 startups with business ideas & solutions to improve agriculture in Cambodia, please join us at DakDam Demo Day on Tuesday, 11 Dec from 6 PM - 8:30 PM at Impact Hub Phnom Penh! Please register your name in advance at https://bit.ly/2RsEAuT Video produced by a team of Pineapple Post-production mentored by K-Sam Nang & Kun Navorth

BLACK SOLIDERFLY

Food waste makes up the largest proportion of total waste composition in Cambodia, accounting for 70 percents in Phnom Penh, 54 percents in Siem Reap, 71 percents in Battambang and 60 percents in Kampong Cham. What can we do to make these food waste useful in Agriculture? Check Black Bin (Black SoliderFly) out! To learn more about Black Bin (Black SoliderFly) and other 5 startups with business ideas & solutions to improve agriculture in Cambodia, please join us at DakDam Demo Day on Tuesday, 11 Dec from 6 PM - 8:30 PM at Impact Hub Phnom Penh! Please register your name in advance at https://bit.ly/2RsEAu T Video produced by a team of Black Bin (Black SoliderFly) Post-production mentored by Kun Navorth

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