Acceleration Program

What is Switch To Solar Acceleration Program?
A 6-month long program that supports solar tech-innovative entrepreneurs in the agriculture or fishery market to scale up and grow their businesses.
What You Will Get
Coaching and Mentoring
Dedicated Khmer and English mentors to keep your team on track to success.
Market Linkage and Networking
Connect to experts and businesses working in solar, agriculture and fishery sectors.
Financial Training
Financial training to prepare your business to access capital, with support to access grants, debt or equity.
Intensive Trainings
Business and investment readiness trainings Masterclasses, and pitch deck preparation.
Connections with Investors
Opportunity to meet and pitch to investors.
How Does It Work?
The program is split into four stages:
Jun, 2022
Jun, 2022
Applications
Application Opens
Aug - Oct, 2022
Aug - Oct, 2022
Selection
Oct - Nov, 2022
Oct - Nov, 2022
Validation
  • Three intensive trainings (Business Model Canvas, Pitch Deck and Pitching, Basic Financial)
  • Coaching and mentoring
Nov, 2022 - Jan, 2023
Nov, 2022 - Jan, 2023
Pitch & Selection
  • Three intensive trainings (Business Model Canvas, Pitch Deck and Pitching, Basic Financial)
  • Coaching and mentoring
Jan - Jun, 2023
Jan - Jun, 2023
Acceleration
  • Monthly Intensive Trainings (Seven Modules)
  • Masterclasses
  • Fortnightly and Ad-hoc Coaching and Mentoring
  • Matching with Private Impact Investors
  • Team Building Workshops
Jun , 2023
Jun , 2023
Final Pitch
Jun - Dec, 2023
Jun - Dec, 2023
Additional Supports
Ongoing Support and Mentoring
Can You Participate in The Acceleration Program?


Eligibility and Requirements
1
A startup or established business with at least one founder with Cambodian nationality.
2
Your business concept, technology or model must be related to the agriculture/fisheries using solar as the core product value.
3
You already have a finished final product.
4
Already have ongoing sales and existing customers.
Meet Our Mentors
Buntong Borarin
Director of Research and Extension
Royal University of Agriculture
Agriculture post-harvest
Ian Jones
CEO, MiV
entrepreneurship, innovation, impact ventures

Thida Kheav
Director, Solar Green Energy Cambodia
solar, water pumps, component manufacturing, sales
Sebastien Pitot
Solar Energy Specialist, SEVEA
solar and renewable energy business development

Vansonita Men
Senior Consultant & Project Manager, Sevea
business development, of SMEs, Energy, WASH, and agriculture sectors
Boleap Born
Senior Project Coordinator/Business Advisor, Sevea
Startup business development, agriculture and clean energy

Cohort 01: Startup Teams
Cohort 2: Startup Teams
Feel free to contact us.
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If you want to expand your knowledge of using the Business Model Canvas, which we will be using during the Validation Stage, please check out these existing resources:
This SWITCH to Solar Startup Program is part of the SWITCH to Solar project, funded by the European Union (EU) through the SWITCH-Asia Programme and the Czech Republic through the Czech Development Agency (CzDA).
Khmer Enterprise provides seed investment grants in this Incubation Program under KE mandate to support the agriculture sector and use of solar.