Youth Eco Labs, an intensive three-month programme to support youth to develop high-impact businesses that aim to solve some of Cambodia’s most pressing environmental challenges will be launched this month by Impact Hub Phnom Penh.
“Youth Eco Labs’ goal is to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their passion for environmental impact into viable social business models, which can really start to see improvements in various challenges facing the country,’’ says Ms. Melanie Mossard, Director of Community at Impact Hub Phnom Penh.
According to a press release of Impact Hub Phnom Penh, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, the programme will focus on budding entrepreneurs who have an initial idea or who have started early work on an innovation that can solve an environmental challenge – from waste management to pollution, deforestation, and animal welfare.
Through a series of 10 master classes, 1-on-1 mentoring and an exposure field trip, selected individuals or teams will experience all aspects of how to develop a strong social impact business model.
“Youth Eco Labs is all about practical action over theoretical business planning. We encourage participants to get out and about so they truly understand the problems and rapidly test their ideas with real future users. New entrepreneurs are often nervous about getting out there, but with the support of mentors, programme facilitators and fellow participants, we can help build their confidence and see great results fast,’’ says Mr. Chhunny Noem, Programme Facilitator.
Impact Hub Phnom Penh is the largest community and co-working space for entrepreneurs, creatives and techies in the heart of Phnom Penh. It enable entrepreneurs to achieve success through dynamic programmes, incubation and mentoring, and inspire and engage the local community with weekly events.
It is also a member of the Impact Hub, a global network of co-working spaces and innovation labs. In Asia Impact Hubs are rapidly growing, with a presence in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Taipei, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shanghai and counting.