Cambodia has chosen Goama to represent them at Echelon Asia Summit 2018

Marc Ayden

The startup has been chosen to represent Cambodia at Echelon Asia Summit 2018 amongst other promising startups.


What a ruckus at Raintree Cambodia yesterday with all 21 startups impressing our judging panel one way or another. After much deliberation, Goama clinches the Judge’s Choice award.

Of course, we’ve not forgotten about our E27 and Echelon community as well as our friends from across the region who have been rallying behind our cause.

Which is why, with much enthusiasm, SPARE was named the Fan Favourite at Echelon TOP100 Cambodia Qualifiers Roadshow.

This time around, we have three special frontrunner awards for other promising startups who came in a close third, fourth, and fifth place. They are Demine Robotics, CamboTicket, and BookMeBus.

Kudos to all the startups for such a great showing!

Winner’s Profiles and Prizes

Goama is a gaming entity that adopts the subscription model; allowing users to have frictionless access to casual game playing without the annoyance and hassle of in-game advertisements, micro-payment purchases, or download fees.

According to the judges, Goama’s business model appeals to the exuberant youth gaming community that vastly improves the user experience whilst adopting the tried and tested subscription model.

Here are some of the “spoils of war” they receive:

  • Exhibition booth at Echelon Asia Summit 2018
  • 6 months hot desk pass (Usable at any WeWork space in the SEA)
  • Additional digits in the bank account – S$500 (US$380)

As the crowd cheers for the Judges Choice award winner, you could almost hear another name popping out from amongst the crowd for SPARE.

The Fan Favourite winner is a digital platform aiming to solve the short-term space rental problem in Cambodia. Users would be able to search, book, review and host short-term venues including meeting rooms, event space, seminar space, indoor and outdoor spaces. This would be cost-effective for end-users and hosts alike.

Morning Panel Recap 

The Cambodia TOP100 Qualifier Roadshow kicked-off with an insightful welcome address by H.E. Dr. Kan Channmeta from MPTC and Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata.

They had both echoed the significant growth of the startup ecosystem in Cambodia.

H.E. Dr. Kan Channmeta

Thomas Hundt had mentioned that the country need “to tell the region, the world, that Cambodia has something to show” with their unwavering support for the initiative through their innovation funds, Smart Start entrepreneur program and hosting hackathon events in the country.

H.E. Dr. Kan Channmeta acknowledges that very same growth with the ecosystem being recognised across the ASEAN region. However, he urged the audiences not to rest on their laurels as the success so far is the result of a “collaborative effort between external partners, academia, research institutes, development partners, and more to build an ecosystem for promoting digital content and solution.”

The three different panels that followed after spoke about lessons from the regional ecosystem on funding for Cambodia, women in technology, and embracing innovation and bringing Cambodia forward.

Watch the #catchup Facebook Live broadcast below.

Everyone’s a Winner

“Wait, what about the rest?” you might ask.

To us, everyone who pitched today at the qualifiers is a winner! With potential investors, business partners and customers making up the audience, someone could have taken notice! Expect that phone call soon guys!

Startups pitching today will also receive a chance to attend Echelon Asia Summit 2018 as the top 100 startups after vetting their scores against all the startups pitching in 20+ countries during the Echelon TOP100 Qualifiers.

Let’s take a quick recap of all the fabulous startups whom which we applaud their efforts.

Echelon TOP100 Cambodia Qualifiers and Roadshow startups

1. CryptoAsia

CryptoAsia offers 2 products: a Bitcoin payment gateway and a cryptocurrency exchange. The payment gateway is based on the model of Bitpay but using technology from the open source project Mycelium Gear.

2. Clik

Clik provides a safe, seamless and simple payment experience. We provide merchants with customer data/analytics, loyalty programs & micro-targeting messaging tools to engage and grow their customer base.

3. Bayonia

Bayonia is a marketplace for personally selected high-quality accommodations exclusively for local Cambodian people.

4. KHhits

KHhits is a company provides the Cambodian music ranking chart by using data mining technology. Besides the ranking chart, we also offer fans opinion, demographical information, trends gender in music.

5. Healthogo

Healthogo is a central mobile application which helps people getting trustful health information, accessing to health services/products, persuading people to implement healthy routine, and share it.

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6. Last2Ticket Asia

Last2ticket Asia is a Cambodian IT company that provides digital ticketing solutions. Based on a proprietary technology which allows the dematerialization of traditional tickets, the company solution optimizes promoter costs and enables instant purchase, easy and safe for the general public.

7. Sousdey Cambodia

Sousdey Cambodia specializes in marketing and in the development of custom software, especially in Facebook chatbots.

8. InfiniFab

InfiniFab is a cloud service with an AR application, empowering Makers to instantly access a 3DPrinter via individualized QR codes, then prepare and print their print-file without another application.

9. The DApact 

DApact is a blockchain protocol for decentralised microfinance operations in low-income countries. This protocol allows for p2p loan origination, KYC and disbursement through the Ethereum blockchain.

10. CamboTicket

CamboTicket is a pioneer in travel tech in the Mekong region. Since its inception, Camboticket has received multiple awards and rated as one of the most promising travel start-ups in the Mekong region.

11. EDUQUEST HUB

EduQuest Hub is the first Educational information portal and marketplace in Cambodia bridging the Gap between Educator’s, Students and Professionals. Bringing EduTech Solutions & Trainings to Cambodia.

12. People and people

People and people as the name suggests is centred on the social nature of humans and the way we communicate with one another in this digital era. Their solution is to allow their user base to explore cultures and lives of other people through an application with beautiful UI.

13. Wapatoa

Wapatoa is the first collaborative digital media for Cambodian Youth. It empowers users to create, curate and share quality content with a focus on culture, societal issues and personal development.

14. Reservo Indonesia

Reservo Indonesia is a restaurant reservation app that helps users find the best restaurants in the vicinity. What’s more, the app is integrated with other services such as clinics, sports, and entertainment listings all in a convenient package on your mobile phone.

15. Demine Robotics 

Demine Robotics has developed and built a small-scale, mobile, battery-powered robot that is capable of safely excavating landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) all with the control of a remote.

16. SAHA’KA Coworking

SAHA’KA Coworking is a creative coworking space in Phnom Penh that are equipped to be a vibrant and exciting space to enhance the collaborative spirit and support a network to help grow businesses in a conducive space.

17. MustAir

MustAir is a social enterprise aimed at reducing deforestation in Cambodia with a business model of selling N95 masks to tackle pollution which in turn is complemented by the planting of a new tree in Prey Lang Forest.

18. BookMeBus

BookMeBus is a Cambodian-based tech startup which focuses on bringing innovative end-to-end solutions from fleet management to e-commerce to transport operators through an easy-to-use mobile application.

19. DNAK AI Hotel

DNAK AI Hotel allows guests to stay with their very own Artificial Intelligence butler at the hotel located in the heart of Phnom Penh. Guests would have activities such as VR games, films, and other forms of content created by Cambodian artists.

 

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