This report ranks Organizations in and surrounding the Social Impact and startup communities with their systems and assistance to startups in gaining the "results causing and determinant" finance and investment the startups need to get off the ground, start making revenue, expand, and make the social Impacts in their potential and planning. A 10 score would be near "Fair Relative measure" to Silicon Valley Standards in terms of excellence of procedures, focus, design, development, vision, methods, and execution. Numbers are a score of 1 out of 10, based on enough experience either directly dealing, via witness, or deep survey, notes provided. More detailed information can be requested or added by Organizations upon notification if we are unaware of some other points in our dataset and reporting. Having more than 24 years exposure to the investment markets, being from silicon valley and travelling to such places around the world, gives us a good experience view to rank and do so independently.
The Bottom Line in "Startup Scene Investment" (and comments on Cambodia startup finance):
"Self-proclaimed Investors" around the Startup community which often consist of people who are not actually investing in anything and not thus investors at all, like to say "there is always money for good projects". However, every quality businessperson, value investor, visionary, entrepreneur child, engineer, or business development manager or salesman knows how ignorant a statement this truely is. Every rare investment dollar not only needs to be fought for, but continually there is lack of access to capital and this the major single driver of lack of economic development speed second only to energy lack and even with quality capital you could quickly overcome this problem. Not only is there a severe lack of quality capital where it's needed most in development, startups have a major disadvantage as they are not yet profitable and sustainable, and need the investment just to get started, and build and stay afloat. Cambodia is rapidly falling behind other nations in startup, technology, economic competition, and can be expected to do so even more as a free trade nation with zero barriers to very consumptive, pollutive, and non-human interest and non-social benefit concerned China, and as well much less socially inclined bigger brother Vietnam and it's very high number of money-worshipping-at-all-human-costs China-like counterparts in business.
Cambodia at every level needs to improve and advance, and the Startup eco-system just can not grow without adequate investment and finance. If you build the startup to large revenues or profitable, they don't need investment any longer they can get it from commercial finance (if they are knowledgeable and built their model for that). Where and when startups need the capital is BEFORE they are making money, BEFORE they are well established, BEFORE they are profitable, and if you aren't funding them, then some other nation's startups will simply be expanding to your country and eating your market instead of that local entrepreneur you said no to, refused to support. So much for your jobs, so much for your communities, so much for the future development of your people, all the profits are going overseas, the jobs, your money, and your futures. Cambodia desperately needs to get some funding for its startups, and the real startups. Startups are not profitable companies, not large established companies with ten million dollars in the bank and 200 employees, Startups are just that, Starting-Up. This means just beginning, no money, no to small revenues, not really any major support yet financially, certainly not yet profitable in vast majority, and need capex to get to it. If the business community by in large isn't willing to support startup community without them paying top price for everything, it's going to take 100 times longer for it to ever begin to rise, if it ever can. By that time, other nation's well funded centers will be expanding to take over, and these people are already touring Cambodia looking to control, monopolize, and do so, in predatory fashion. All over asia now are predatory startup communities with terms, deals, and investment dependant on highly anti-founder conditions, resulting in massive failure rate of investments 90-95% common in asian startup centers due to failed forced together teams, anti-sole founder cultures to rip more control, votes, and unfair shares to VCs in such centers, rip or steal technology, products, ideas and models from founders, and short change founders on their real value and worth in a corrupt game of basically legalized fraud due to positioning and monopolization. There is no real regulation in this market to ensure proper dealmaking standards, and it would be a real shame to see Cambodia monopolized to this regard, which I can see already the writing on the wall as such incubator bosses come hawking around looking for ways to control, but combined with zero interest to invest in local startups. Cambodia really needs to arrive at the game, I wish I could say step up to the game. Startup simply can't happen without investment, and currently there is absolutely none in Cambodia of any regard.
After seeing and writing down over 100 great startups with possibility to grow 10 times or more that would be ideal for a VC Startup fund of 30 million, 300k into 100 startups, enough to get them built, developed, set up, proven, validated, and expanding like mad, certainly one or even a few dozen could be taken onto the stock market, just one at a million earns a year would return the full 30 million in value, and 99% could fail (ain't gonna happen) before investors lost any money. Great idea, but any capital in Cambodia for this to happen? Not one dollar for any of them really. Just a few talkers showing off as if they might invest in something, and a couple awesome true-leader local bootstrappers with no real capacity financially either to do so.
I never expected there to be any funding for our type of startup coming to Cambodia of all places to Change The World, however I am surprised at the appalling world-sized mass of money reportedly coming into NGO's and the absolute total lack of any funds whatsoever to the small business community, its startups, and the real changers of industry, technology, energy, and development future tech of the nation. Not only that the general attitude isn't good, and the knowledge of even this idea is about clueless. I fully expected every dollar we need to survive or grow would have to be self-made in other business, or gained from overseas likely USA investors, but I didn't expect the absolute cluelessness, incompetance, and lack of willingness to help by groups like a very well funded international Eurocham, or an "Regional Angel Investor Network" run by foreigners without any seeming interest to invest in locals or Impactful social enterprise, making very demanding statements to poor Cambodians hoping to get funding of "We demand 10 times our money from you!! 1000% Interest!! and we only fund world class teams!!!" Which made me sick to my stomach to see, and also they have really no record to speak of ever doing any real funding to these little startups either and it certainly isn't at all visible or known. The total lack of any systems for outbound organization and seeming total cluelessness about such or incompetance take your pick to explain why it's chosen not to be done, the near total lack of marketing, zero technology systems in place to drive a market, zero real organization occurring. There sure is a ton of money flowing a lot of somewheres. I see 100 startups getting great results in their zero cost efforts, but I see about absolutely zero in terms of funding, nor scaling and real development from most of these organizations with huge funds supposedly meant to do so, yet their clear statement is "We don't have anything to do with investment into scale up of start-up businesses, don't know about it, don't know anyone, and don't know where to send you or how to help you, sorry, that's not our program focus." Well, whose is? The answer for the time being for Cambodia is, Absolutely No Ones.
With that being said, Never Giving Up, and Never Closing Down, 100% Guaranteed zero fail investment. You want us to fail? Shoot us, or force us into one of your team-slap-up and zero protection centers for idea model product and tech. Worse yet add a controlling board of people who aren't involved in the day to day business until the founder can't take it any more and quits. Short of that we will never be out of business and will keep fighting for Change, and for the Underdogs of it's delivery, the True Freedom fighters of our world.
This Small Private Innovator of Change Signing off, Alpha Omega Energy, We Changed The World!
**Note - These grades are based on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Startup Investment Needs and assistance for Social Startups gaining the capital dependent for their survival, growth, and ultimate success. These grades of course have nothing to do with the organization's main purpose or performance in. This is solely social entrepreneurship startup funding related. For example we have charities whose mandates are not oriented at all towards startup here of course, but when approached by social entrepreneurship startups to work with or collaborate with them, who have significant donor and fundraising networks, what is the reaction and possible availability for those social startups to gain support, and or projects to help those organizations. Some of the rankings may not look fair being it's not the mandate, but compared to other social organizations who are scoring top grades on this scale, it is a grade at least. We of course will upgrade points and notes should we become aware of any other data. We also don't have total mandate and internal information of programs for all these organizations and can thus only grade on an efforts made basis by the public startups trying to approach them directly in several points of contact and meetings, communications, conversations, inquiries, visits,solicitations, phone calls, website research, etc. Real attempts made. For example, Leopard Capital is not focused on startup funding, and thus of course will have a low score, however they tick some points due their other attributes. I'm probably going to get an absolute thrashing for posting this and being tough-butt, but of course I'm willing to adjust marks if any new data comes up. I may be being too hard on some groups after all, anything is possible, even that. (humor)
(Final note) This is a hard look no punches held back report written by "critical-engineering thinking, problem identifying and solving ex-forensic investment analyst and strategist" Who closes with Quote "You can't solve problems or improve the conditions unless you first find and admit the problems for which solutions can then be made, and process improved for the betterment of all people." Thanks for the consideration and support.