A program to support the development of businesses for the agri-fishery market using solar to promote sustainable economic growth in Cambodia.
This program will help entrepreneurs ideate, validate, successfully launch and even scale up a business through our process of Hackathon, 6-week Pre-Incubation,1-year Incubation and 6-month Acceleration.
A weekend Hackathon process to help those who are interested in the agri-fishery market and want to explore ideas and meet others with similar interests.
The weekend hackathon process helps participants to form a team, explore the problems and ideate a business solution.
A 6-week program allows those with a team or business idea that uses solar for the agri-fishery market to check if the concept is valid. The 6-week business validation process helps participants to develop their prototype concept and explore the business fundamentals to decide if it's GO/NO GO.
A one-year program for the team with a valid business concept or prototype that needs more guidance and support to succeed.
The 1-year incubation program gives startups solar assistance, business training, coaching/mentoring, and funding to help them to reach their customers with the best product and business model to succeed.
A program supports an established business using solar technology as the core product value in the agri-fishery markets and would like to scale up.
The 6-month acceleration program supports startups or established businesses in the agriculture and/or fishery sector using solar technology to become investment ready with investment-readiness training, technical mentorship, and meetings with potential funders, investors, and MFIs.
Dedicated mentors to keep your team on track to success and co-design your business model
Market linkage and networking
Connect to experts and businesses working in solar, agriculture and fishery sectors
Financial support and investors
Grant to prototype your product and launch your business. Training and support to access investment
Business training to develop entrepreneur skills
Help to find other team members if you have an idea but looking for other skills and expertise
Co-designing your business
Assistance to codesign your business concept using pool of experts & using market knowledge
Learn from other cohorts and apply when you're ready during the 4 year program
Support from advisory board and a pool of mentors after 12 months incubation
Incubation Cohort 01
For Cambodian remote communities living in Tonle Sap with no grid power availability, the conventional solution of using diesel to power refrigeration has significant operating costs and logistical challenges. This startup wants to solve this issue by supplying solar cold storage solutions to fish harvesting businesses to reduce the cost and increase food quality.
Tonlesap Shrimp Queen's mission is to reinvigorate the freshwater shrimp market with a premium market product. The business focuses on the processing of drying the Tonle Sap freshwater shrimp through solar technology. The value proposition of the products to consumers is hygiene, organic and social impact to the fisheries community in Tonle Sap. They will own facilities, solar technology and quality control in Siem Reap province. The packaging and sales distribution will be in Phnom Penh.
KRETA stands for "Khmer Renewable Energy Technology for Aquaculture''. The team focuses on modernizing fish farming through solar technology. The business aims to provide a reliable solar energy solution to supply water pumps and air pumps in the fish tank. The system uses smart automation to optimize water quality conditions of specific types of fish farming.
Cambodian farmers traditionally farm shrimp in a cement tank that's not easy to move and difficult to control water quality, causing yields to decline . In addition, there is a loss of shrimp resources in the Tonle Sap meaning farmers may need to turn to farmed fish. This business aims to develop a user-friendly shrimp kit which is easy to move and does not need a large space. This solution will help farmers to manage their production efficiently.
Agriculture Techniques wants to solve the problem of low agri-fishery production and high electricity cost for farmers in rural areas. Their business aims to modernize the agriculture techniques in Cambodia by introducing the solar operated aerators for intensive aquaculture.
Solar Aerator Cambodia aims to help fish farmers to solve the issue of low production due to low water quality leading to high mortality rate and slow growth by developing the aerator powered by solar energy that could increae the dissolved oxygen and stocking density while reducing the labour cost and no diesel requirement for fish farmers.
Kasekor Chhlat, established in 2018, seeks to find the best solution to modernize the food drying process to increase the efficiency in post-harvest processing in the agricultural engineering sector in Cambodia. This method can be used to help with drying fruit tuber or leafy producer and fish or meat producer to process a good final product.
To reduce the high expense of drying process in Cambodia, Harvest the Sun develops the Solar dryer dome which is a drying method that can possibly improve the safety and quality of dried products. By using renewable energy, this method will reduce the production cost of food processors, food loss and protect the environment.
Elephant Pump provides a new design of water pumping solution which has a large-diameter and is submersible powering by solar energy. This pump is a high flow and low cost design that tackles the lack of large scale irrigation system issues for farmers that are not connected to the electricity grid forcing them to use gasoline/diesel leading to a high operation cost.
SE Cambodia aims to strengthen livestock raising, Agri-Fishery SMEs and its member entrepreneurs in rural Cambodia, to effectively manage and maintain the renewable energy of Solar Animal and Fish Feed Processing (SAFFP).
Agro Agape creates a business model that supports coffee farmers by giving them access to solar dryers. Solar dryers will help reduce product loss or waste and increase product quality to supply into the market. Agro Agape will help them reach the market by purchasing their coffee.
Meet Our Mentors
Director of Research and Extension Royal University of Agriculture Agriculture post-harvest