After establishing a R&D office in Cambodia in 2017, we noticed that there is a gap in the tech ecosystem. With our deep product, tech and startup expertise, we believed we could make a difference and help accelerate the transition to a digital economy in Cambodia.
Startup Jungle (www.startupjungle.org) was born as a community initiative around 3 pillars: inspire the ecosystem, empower tech talent, facilitate access to opportunities. Our Slash team has initiated a variety of initiatives to bring techies together, through tech events and workshops, weekly newsletters, mentoring clinics, AWS and AI user groups, job boards, etc.
We have built a community of over 3000 techies in Phnom Penh, with 50+ participating companies, 60+ weekly newsletters, 30+ free training and workshops.
We have organized half a dozen of Startup Clinics where dozens of mentors support entrepreneurs with their venture strategy, financing, team, product, technology and growth challenges for free.
Our Cambodia.AI user group brings together the fledgling AI and data community in Phnom Penh to share best practices, latest research insights, and to provide a peer support group. We also released open-source utilities for the community to learn, including “KhmerML”, an abstraction layer. We ran a 4-month master program at the University of Puthisastra. Join our telegram on t.me/cambodia.AI
We run the official AWS User Group in Phnom Penh where experts share AWS best practices and insights. We also organized the AWS re:cap early 2020, brought in AWS speakers and had over 100 participants.
We organized a city-wide Startup Day to bring together the startup/tech ecosystem in Phnom Penh. The first edition end of 2019 brought over 500 participants with 30+ companies that opened their doors for one day across town, to showcase what they do. In the evening, an awesome after-party was held in a rum distillery.