Exploring Growth with Give A Day 17: Cambodia's Dynamic Business Stories 

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
On the 5th of October 2023, another exciting chapter in Cambodia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem unfolded at the Khmer Enterprise Office with the 17th Give A Day event. Hosted by ADB Frontier, this event zeroed in on the captivating theme, "Growth Lessons from Cambodia's Most Dynamic Companies." 

The 17th Give A Day event aimed to offer insights into the developmental journeys and invaluable lessons garnered from three Khmer companies that have executed awe-inspiring transformations, evolving from humble SMEs to thriving giants within the past 15 years. These stories of resilience and innovation would serve as guiding beacons for emerging businesses and aspirational entrepreneurs eager to carve their paths to success. 

Furthermore, the occasion provided a prime opportunity to introduce ADB Frontier, an initiative spearheaded by the Asian Development Bank. ADB Frontier, an investment and market development facility, strategically focuses on empowering and nurturing the growth of fast-expanding SMEs in Cambodia and Lao PDR. Its overarching mission is to channel essential capital to these burgeoning enterprises, thus acting as a catalyst for their growth and amplifying their positive impact within the region. 

In the panel session, Chan Sopheak, CEO of Angkor Green, Chang Bunleang, Co-founder of Brown Coffee, and Chy Sila, Co-founder of Kirisu Farm, shared their remarkable journeys, showcasing Cambodia's vibrant entrepreneurial landscape. The session was facilitated by Dominic Mellor, Principal Investment Specialist at the Asian Development Bank, and Tean Ly, Fund Manager at ADB Frontier, both with extensive experience in finance and investment across Asian frontier markets. 

The event underscored the incredible growth stories of Cambodian enterprises, from SMEs to industry leaders, offering vital lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs. Additionally, it aimed to empower entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) to better understand and address the unique challenges faced by fast-growing Khmer SMEs. Give a Day 17 was attended by 85 participants. 

The event was covered by the following media:

  • Give a Day: Spotlights ADB Frontier’s Investment Fund for Cambodia’s Fast-Growing ‘Gazelle’ SMEs | Cambodia Investment Review
  • វាគ្មិនឆ្នើម​៣រូប​បង្ហាញវត្ដមាន​ក្នុងកម្មវិធី​“GIVE​A​DAY”​នៅថ្ងៃនេះ​បំផុសគំនិតអាជីវកម្មជោគជ័យល្អៗ | Sabay News
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Enhancing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Investments (3Ei)
The overall goal of the 3Ei is for the private sector to actively contribute to the Cambodia's socio-economic development and attaining the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The achievement of this overall goal will be driven by two outcomes: enhanced coordination, and collaboration within the entrepreneurial ecosystem; and increased business performance and investments in the ecosystem.