Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Collaboration with Khmer Enterprise, USAID's WE Act Project through Pact and Swisscontact to strengthen an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cambodia

In 2021, Swisscontact under Credit Suisse—Swisscontact (CSSC) initiative in partnership with Khmer Enterprise implemented by EuroCham, we piloted “Give a Day” tool to promote collaboration between entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs), and the tool has indicated traction in strengthening entrepreneurial networks to form high quality connection to support entrepreneurship.

"Through our pilot “Give a Day” initiative supported by Credit Suisse and Khmer Enterprises, and successfully implemented with EuroCham, we observed the high demand for such initiatives to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and build trust among the stakeholders. At Swisscontact we strongly believe an ecosystem can be stronger and healthier when different types of individuals and organizations get involved to share experiences and learn from each other "
Mr. Rajiv Pradhan, Country Director of Swisscontact Cambodia. 
"Khmer Enterprise hopes the implementation of the networking tools will create a platform that connects ecosystem stakeholders from public and private sectors including relevant government agencies, ecosystem builders, ESOs, SMEs, and startups to discuss on how to enhance the collaboration toward building Cambodia ecosystem as a whole"
 H.E. Dr. Chhieng Vanmunin, CEO of Khmer Enterprise 

After a successful of our pilot, Khmer Enterprise and Swisscontact are pleased to welcome Pact’s WE Act Project joining the 2022 initiative together to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem by deepening trust-based relationships among ESOs. This collaboration is jointly funded by Khmer Enterprise, Pact’s WE Act Project and Swisscontact.

"WE Act has been working hard for the past years on creating an enabling environment and doing this together with Khmer Enterprise and Swisscontact will enable all of us to achieve better results. A true ecosystem is built on mutual trust collaboration and sharing of information. We commit to invest in this partnership, as a stronger ecosystem will result in better resources, services for entrepreneurs and will enable them to be heard in a responsive environment. We invite all ESOs to take part in this ongoing initiative,"
Ms. Sabine Joukes, Country Director of Pact Cambodia

For this year's initiative, “Give a Day” will be continued to build connections and trust between ESOs by facilitating monthly events where ESOs openly share and jointly work together to overcome existing challenges. There are two new components added. 1) development partners and ecosystem builders to improve entrepreneurial ecosystem gaps and market opportunities through quarterly meetings to share progress programs and exchange information and challenges, and 2) an entrepreneurial ecosystem annual conference to build a network with like-minded stakeholders and show the best practices to promoting and entrepreneurship culture and foster peer-to-peer learning and sharing between stakeholders.

This unique partnership between Khmer Enterprise, Swisscontact and Pact via WE Act will support entrepreneurship, building trust, increasing knowledge, solving problems and connecting entrepreneurs together where endless opportunities await.

Learn more about Khmer Enterprise and USAID's WE Act Project through Pact   

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building
The project aims to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems by deepening trust-based relationship among the system’s actors that will help to strengthen an enabling environment for entrepreneurial networks to form high quality connections to support entrepreneurship.