Entrepreneurial Ecosystems are complex networks that need certain actors and activities to support enterprises through the various stages of their lifecycle from ideation to growth and sustainability. Ecosystems take decades to build, and most ecosystems are not yet able to drive themselves, especially in emerging markets. Therefore, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pillar is designed based on the success of SECO’s Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) implemented by Swisscontact.
Under the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pillar, the 3Ei initiative launched the Strengthen Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SEI) brand that aims to strengthen entrepreneurs' support organization (ESOs) capacity to deliver quality services to Entrepreneurs through an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) program and Masterclasses for incubator/accelerator excellence. SEI will onboard international experts whose first-hand experience brings innovative ideas and perspectives to the local ESOs via collaboration with the Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIRs) from the Swiss EP program and collaboration with St. Gallen for the Masterclass, for ESOs. In addition, EIRs also provide direct support to startups that will help to fill local skill gaps.
The brand aims to help ESOs overcome the challenges of limited and inadequate technical skills and knowledge, lack of quality support, scarcity of local experts, and low resiliency by collaborating with local ESOs to enhance their programs and performance, and to provide high-value services to their network of entrepreneurs. This will be achieved through strategic and practical guidance, as well as valuable international connections.
At Strengthen Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SEI), the vision is to create a dynamic and resilient entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cambodia that fosters the growth and success of startups and entrepreneurs. We strive to empower Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESOs) by providing tailor-made support, addressing key challenges, and facilitating international knowledge transfer and connections. Through our efforts, we aim to build a nurturing environment that nurtures innovation, unlocks potential, and drives sustainable growth.