Give a Day Siem Reap 2: Calls for Collaborations for Entrepreneurial Solutions Co-organized with YEAC SR

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
On June 28th, 2024, the second Give a Day event in Siem Reap was co-organized by Give a Day and the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia Siem Reap Chapter (YEAC SR). Held under the theme "Common Challenge, Collaborating Solution," the event aimed to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem by fostering collaboration and support among Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs). 

The Give a Day initiative continues to serve as a vital platform for Cambodia's entrepreneurial community, enabling members to connect, exchange information, and collaborate. The event facilitates meaningful interactions and partnerships within the ecosystem, with the goal of bolstering support for entrepreneurs. 

Building on the success of Give a Day events in Phnom Penh, this collaboration platform expanded to the provinces, starting with Siem Reap in 2023 and Battambang in 2024.  The 2024 collaboration with YEAC SR to co-host the platform was a significant milestone since this partnership not only strengthened local support networks but also enhanced resources sharing and knowledge exchange among ESOs, further promoting entrepreneurship development outside capital city. The event saw participation from 39 ESOs who are actively involved in Siem Reap's entrepreneurial landscape. Key stakeholders shared insights, discussed challenges, identified solutions, and explored implementation strategies, aiming to foster a more robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

"We encourage to our member to join more on this Give a Day platform as I see that it is a good program for all related stakeholders or ESOs to come and connect because, in the past, we did not have any meetings like this since most of the time we work separately. Give a Day is a good platform for everyone to catch up on their problems."
Said Mr. Luon Anchamnes, President of YEAC Siem Reap Chapter

The Second Give a Day, co-hosted with YEAC SR, aimed to follow up on previous discussions about entrepreneurs' challenges, focus on finding common solutions and fostering collaboration among ESOs, formulate calls to action to address these challenges, especially in building entrepreneurial capacity and business innovation, and seek to build effective collaboration among ESOs to support successful entrepreneurs. 

"Through the Give a Day event, many local stakeholders have joined presenting valuable opportunities for collaboration. Our members, who require support in digital marketing and market access, are excited to address these needs during the event."
Said Ms. Chakriya Heng, Vice President of CWEA Siem Reap Chapter 

ESOs have outlined their upcoming activities and potential collaborations for the coming months. These include initiatives to support business improvements such as launching a tourism investment guidebook, providing digital marketing training, hosting a women entrepreneurs' competition, organizing pitching events, and offering new business idea training along with mentoring and coaching. These efforts aim to tackle management skills gaps, improve market access, and enhance tourist attraction. ESOs are actively seeking additional resources to bolster these initiatives and support their entrepreneurial community effectively. 

Furthermore, during the discussions, ESOs recognized several overlapping initiatives, particularly in areas such as digital marketing skills and improving market access. This recognition sparked interest in exploring collaborative efforts among organizations. By sharing these initiatives and pooling resources to address common challenges, Give a Day aims to foster meaningful collaboration and develop actionable solutions that benefit the entrepreneurial ecosystem more effectively. Additionally, a Telegram group for Give a Day in Siem Reap has been created to facilitate communication and share opportunities among local stakeholders. 

The Give a Day event is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and Khmer Enterprise (KE). 

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.