In recent years Southeast Asia has evolved into one of the most important tech startup hubs in the world, thanks to many factors: fast-growing regional economies, a highly-educated and tech savvy workforce, and support from local governments in building up local startups ecosystems.
Boasting an average growth rate of 6 percent over the last decade, Cambodia is one of the fastest growing economies in the region and increasingly a hotbed of tech startup activity. The following is a list of the top 11 from the country’s bustling capital of Phnom Penh.
This app’s goal is to make using Phnom’s Penh’s public buses a more convenient and predictable affair. Bus riders can find nearby bus stops, plan trips around bus routes/locations, and know when to board and alight at the right time.
My Dream Home (MDH) is a social enterprise that develops interlocking, Lego-like bricks for building construction. Each brick is made from local materials that are 20-40% cheaper than traditional bricks, making housing easier/cheaper to build and therefore more affordable to lower income citizens.
តោះFUND—pronounced TosFund—is Cambodia’s first crowdsourcing platform that enables local projects, from films to social programs to raise funds from public donors.
Yoolk is an agile software development shop specializing in building web and mobile applications for Cambodian and international small/medium enterprises.
Sroul K develops a real estate app for buying, selling, and renting property in Cambodia. The app is available in both Khmer and English, making it an attractive offering for foreign real estate investors and renters.
Coding Gate is a social enterprise startup focused on custom web and app development. The team consists of 15 developers pursuing outsourcing projects to purchase laptops for the team.
Bospum is an app that allows you to create your own business cards from scratch or select from a prebuilt series of designs; in either case, the final product is shipped to your doorstep in 24 hours.
Sompom is a mobile application, web development, and game design studio with several prominent game titles under its belt including 1Word!, Brainsquare, and Origin, among others. Game are not its only expertise: the company also build business and enterprise software applications.
ArrowDot is a developer of simple home automation device technologies for use by citizens of developing countries, as well as educational robots for spurring technological drive and innovation in Cambodia students.
This startup’s goal is to introduce product design and manufacturing technologies to citizens of developing countries. For example, ARC Hub brought the first 3D Printer to Cambodia in 2013, and has since worked with a numerous international organizations/NGOs, architecture firms, design studios, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and more to bring their creations and prototypes to life.
Edemy provides online English classes to economically challenged communities—even in areas with unreliable internet and electricity. The startup’s secret weapon is a specially-designed hard drive/wifi device that can serves up online English lessons to any inexpensive computer, tablet, or cellphone within range.
Technological innovators like the 11 aforementioned are transforming Cambodia’s capital into a modern software development center and outsourcing powerhouse—as well as a city buzzing with entrepreneurs and business upstarts. Be sure to keep an eye on these Phnom Penh startups as they refine their commercial and social enterprise ventures in the coming weeks and months.