Smart Axiata is one of the leading telecommunications companies in Cambodia, with over 10 million subscribers and a market share of more than 50%. The company is also committed to supporting the development of the digital economy and innovation ecosystem in the country, through various initiatives such as SmartStart, SmartSpark and SmartScale.
SmartScale is a 12-week acceleration program that aims to help early-stage startups grow and scale their businesses in Cambodia and beyond. The program is run by Mekong Strategic Partners (MSP) and Seedstars, with Smart Axiata as the main partner and sponsor.
One of the highlights of the program is the opportunity for the participating startups to learn from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, who share their insights and experiences on various topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.
11 startups were invited to visit Smart Axiata head office in Phnom Penh to get the sharing session on business and leadership experience from Mr. Thomas Hundt, the CEO of Smart Axiata Thomas Hundt has been the CEO of Smart Axiata since 2008, and has led the company through a remarkable transformation and growth journey. Under his leadership, Smart Axiata has become a leader in mobile technology and digital services, as well as a pioneer in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
In his session, Thomas Hundt shared some of the key lessons he learned throughout his career, such as:
- The importance of having a clear vision and strategy for your business, and communicating it effectively to your team and stakeholders.
- The need to constantly innovate and adapt to changing customer needs and market conditions, and to embrace new technologies and opportunities.
- The value of building a strong and diverse team that shares your vision and values, and empowering them to make decisions and take ownership of their work.
- The role of leadership in creating a positive and inspiring culture that fosters collaboration, learning and excellence.
- The responsibility of being a good corporate citizen that contributes to the social and economic development of the country and its people.
The session was very engaging and informative, and the startups appreciated Thomas Hundt's candidness and generosity in sharing his valuable insights and advice. They also expressed their gratitude to Smart Axiata for supporting their growth and development through the SmartScale program.
The SmartScale program will conclude with a Demo Day on July 25, 2019, where the startups will pitch their businesses to potential investors, partners and customers. The program hopes to create more success stories of Cambodian startups that can scale regionally and globally, and inspire more aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.
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