Paving the way for entrepreneurs to start up a business
using solar for the agri-fishery market
What Is the Switch to Solar Incubation Program?
A one-year program to support entrepreneurs launch and grow their startup business.

The program provides:
  • Seed Investment Grant
  • 6-weekend Bootcamps
  • Fortnightly Coaching and Mentoring
  • Pitch Preparation
  • Investor Introductions
  • Access to Co-working Space
    How Does It Work?
    The program covers 3 phases over the year:
    support you to build and launch a minimum viable product and secure your early adopters
    support you to begin selling your product, manage finances, organisation
    support you to strengthen your operational financial capacity to grow
    What Is Included?
    Dedicated Khmer and English mentors to keep your team on track to success and co-design your business model
    Market linkage and networking
    Connect to experts and businesses working in solar, agriculture and fishery sectors
    Financial support and investors
    Grant to prototype your product and launch your business. Training and support to access investment
    Business training to develop entrepreneur skills
    Team creation
    Help to find other team members if you have an idea but looking for other skills and expertise
    Co-designing your business
    Assistance to codesign your business concept using pool of experts & using market knowledge
    Multi-year program
    Learn from other cohorts and apply when you're ready during the 4 year program
    Support from advisory board and a pool of mentors after 12 months incubation
    Partnering with Khmer Enterprise to Support Your Growth
    Through our partnership with Khmer Enterprise, startups have access to 'Seed Investment Grant' to support costs with prototyping, marketing, reaching customers and other expenses.
    • No fixed amount for each startup, it depends on progress & needs.
    • Startup work with mentors to cost and plan budget for each phase.
    Other Aspects of Khmer Enterprise Partnership
    Successful startups from Incubation Program pitch to Khmer Enterprise for scale-up investment
    Access to network of mentors, ecosystem, startups collaboration
    Access for to Khmer Enterprise co-working space
    Can you participate in the Incubation Program?
    Are you ready to participate?
      • Are you an entrepreneur with a business prototype?
      • Is your prototype business concept using solar to add value to the agriculture or fisheries market in Cambodia?
      • Do you really want to launch a business - if so can you commit to participate in a one year incubation program?
      If your answer is yes to any of the questions, you can apply to join the Incubation program. If you are at an earlier stage, please consider joining our Hackathon or Pre-Incubation Program.
      Eligibility and Requirements
        • A member of the team must be Cambodian national.
        • You must have a concept, technology or business model related to the agriculture/fisheries market using solar.
        • You can commit to joining a one year program of the Incubation Program, including mentoring and at least 6-weekend bootcamps.
        • You are ready to start working full time or at least part time on the development of your startup.
        • You must have team members who will work with you on your startup.
          Incubation Timeline
          Switch to Solar Incubation Applications Open
          July 2021
          Launching Event
          Thursday 8th July 2021
          Applications Close
          15 November 2021
          Successful Applicants Announced
          4th December 2021
          Sign Agreements and first grant payment for prototyping
          1 year Incubation Program
          • December 2021 - December 2022
          • 6 weekend bootcamps through-out year
          • Fortnightly mentoring
          • Adhoc technical support
          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
          Phanith Chou
          Program Manager, Sevea
          biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services valuation, rural enterprise
          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
          Supporting your entrepreneur journey from early ideas, validation, prototyping, first customers and growth.
          Feel free to contact us. We really love to communicate with you or send us your business concept whenever you are ready and we can help you to build your application.
          Ratana Pich
          Program Manager
          Phone: ‭+855 77 72 88 29
          E-mail: [email protected]
          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.