Asia Foundation and Impact Hub Phnom Penh Launch TEKHUB

Phnom Penh, November 4, 2016 — This week, Impact Hub Phnom Penh, in collaboration with The Asia Foundation launched TEKHUB – a community of innovative leaders harnessing the power of technology to achieve positive impact. TEKHUB, hosted on the second floor of The Asia Foundation’s offices in Phnom Penh, will be a place where entrepreneurs and innovators can grow their ideas through hands-on prototyping and testing. They will be able to establish meaningful collaborations, while having the opportunity of accessing tech and business related events, programs and coaching, from coding and programming to project and business management.

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The launch of TEKHUB in Phnom Penh. Photo by Thida Leiper

At the official launch of TEKHUB, Silas Everett, country representative of the Foundation in Cambodia explained: “TEKHUB is all about sustainability. In fact, meeting demand is a necessity for each of the business ventures here, as they are all private enterprises.”

Impact Hub Phnom Penh is part of a global network of communities with the aim to inspire, enable, and connect those with a passion to create sustainable impact. Laura Smitheman, co-founder at Impact Hub Phnom Penh added: “Globally, Impact Hubs unite people with the drive to pursue enterprising ideas. We have seen the growth of the tech sector in Cambodia and see TEKHUB as the opportunity to help enhance the quality and innovation in this space, while also influencing the market as a whole.”

The Asia Foundation, since it opened its doors in Cambodia in 1955, has had the persistent mission to link people across private sector, government and civil society to find solutions to addressing the critical development challenges the country faces.

“In Cambodia, many feel the growing promise of mobile technology, but innovative services are often out of reach of those who need it most,” said Mr. Everett: “TEKHUB provides a helping hand to those left out, adapting and creating appropriate technology in Khmer language, making tech affordable, and power and data efficient.”

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.

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