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.