Scaling Innovation and Supporting the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Across the Indo-Pacific, GSMA and DFAT


Service line: Responsible Companies

Project: Scaling Innovation and Supporting the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Across the Indo-Pacifc

Client: GSMA and DFAT

Date: June 2021 to Sept 2021

UrbanEmerge, working in partnership with The Hungry Lab, provided support to nine start-ups across a range of business needs as well as supporting sustainable impact business approaches and measures. GSMA are working with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to support start up entrepreneurship particularly in South East Asia and the Pacific by focusing on sustainability and increasing the capacity of selected start-ups to scale their concepts and operations. There is a strong focus on improving the resilience of businesses to survive the effects of COVID-19 and to contribute to the economic recovery process, by creating employment, improving livelihoods and supporting sustainable growth as well as addressing the effects of climate change. Specific areas of support include business strategy; data productisation; digital marketing; legal and IP related issues; technology development; financial management systems; and sustainable impact assessment, including the role of blockchain for carbon credits. Start-ups included ATEC e-cookstoves and bio-digersters in Cambodia and Bangladesh, Tun Yat and GreenWay sustainable farming platforms in Myanmar, RecyGlo waste management and AgTech in Myanmar, SkyEye’s MauaApp for e-commerce in Samoa, TraSeable Solutions in Samoa who use blockchain in seafood logistics, and At Your Door in Papua New Guinea, who deliver fresh produce from farms to households.