Technovation Challenge is the world’s largest tech entrepreneurship program for young women, focused on girls ages 10-18. The program is working to address the global gender gap in technology fields.
Technovation was first organized in Cambodia by USAID’s Development Innovations between 2014 and 2016. Later, Development Innovations worked with the Ministry of
Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, implementing partners and private sector companies to expand the program. Since 2014, the program has helped more than 600 young Cambodian women learn essential tech entrepreneurship skills. Each participant learns how to identify a problem in their community, and learns coding and practical business development skills to develop a mobile app to address the problem over the course of three months.
From 2020 on, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia will coordinate Technovation Cambodia with support from the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, local mentors and Technovation Clubs across the country, and other public and private partners. In both 2017 and 2019, Cambodian teams advanced to compete at the Technovation World Pitch summit in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, US, beating out over 1,900 other teams from around the world each year.
The Technovation Cambodia three month learning program runs from January-April each year. The learning program ends with a pitch competition in Phnom Penh, and each team submits their project to Technovation’s global headquarters in San Francisco, USA to see if they qualify for the prestigious World Pitch event.