Welcome to the Start-up Challenge 2020

A nine-day entrepreneurship event with startup idea competition which is designed to help entrepreneurs.


Entrepreneurs and working professionals from various backgrounds, various sectors.

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Young innovators

Young innovators and experienced entrepreneurs from the Pacific Islands and business community with passion and full commitment.

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People of any gender, age, nationality, religion, and education

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A platform designed for start-ups

Start-up Challenge is a nine-day entrepreneurship event with start-up idea competition which is designed to help entrepreneurs with modelling their business ideas around inclusive business across multiple sectors. With the vision to expand the tech-ecosystem in Pacific Islands countries further, Phandeeyar holds on a mission to bring the emerging tech community together in order to create tangible tech solutions tackling big problems in Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The Start-up Challenge is a platform designed for start-ups to get an opportunity to collaborate with Phandeeyar(“Creation Place”) to dive into the tech-community and scale up their business ideas. It is ideal for people who already have a business idea or are interested in working with start-ups or start-up founders who are currently running a start-up.

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One-to-One on-boarding

21st of August to 7th of September (Rolling Basis)

If you want to learn more about Start-up Challenge and Launch Pad programs, you can meet with one of our representatives to consult. We can help you go through the application and other miscellaneous matters concerning the programs.

The one-to-one on-boarding sessions will be on the rolling basis until the application deadline.



Application Deadline

7th of September

Don’t forget to submit your application to participate in the Start-up Challenge before this date.


Start-up Challenge Week

9th of Sep - 18th of Sep

The nine-day entrepreneurship event is on! On the final day, entrepreneurs will be able to pitch to some of the most prominent investors in the region.


Launch Pad

21st of Sep - 9th of Nov (tentative)

Launch Pad programme is the aftermath coaching intensive programme for Start-up Challenge teams that would last at least 6 weeks. Established enterprises can also join this programme without participating in the Start-up Challenge Week.

A Comprehensive Training Program

For established technology start-ups looking to further refine their knowledge and business operations Launchpad 2020 is a 4-6 week comprehensive training program.

This program is best suited for both technology start-ups that are aiming to scale with an established business model and small and medium enterprises(SMEs) that are looking to incorporate tech tools.

The program gives participants access to new insights, professional business coaching and expands their networks to potential investors. The most promising ideas and aspiring founders from the Start-up Challenge will also receive a place in the Launchpad program.

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Learn more about the program

Bringing the emerging tech community together in order to create tangible tech solutions tackling big problems

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One-to-One On-boarding

You can book a session with our representative

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can get more information about start-up challenge 2020.



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Adamas Belva



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Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Sehat Kahani

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Amit K. Garg

Building Inclusive Digital Ecosystems

Self Employed

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Gibran Huzaifah (eFishery)



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Dr.Iffat Zafar Aga

Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer

Sehat Kahani

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Jeff Liew

Fintech & Inclusive Finance Practitioner/Design Thinker/Mentor/Impact Investor

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Soe Thiha

Startup Coach & Entrepreneur


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Paing Hein Htet

New Ventures Manager


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Su Myat Htet

Sr. Project Associate


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Mark Witthuhn

Chief Executive Officer

Digicel Samoa

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Yin Yin Phyu

Co-Founder and Director of Opearations

Greenovator Co., Ltd.

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