Monthly Archives: September 2019

Jam the Yogurt | Series 1 Prelude 

Last Saturday IHY launched its new food innocation series with a bang!!!  This innovative event aims at creating a safe space for the food entrepreneurs and producers to meet, discuss and foster innovation in the industry of Myanmar. The session was well attended with great participation from the audience. There were amazing presentations on the food sector as well as interesting guest speakers. (Honorable Guest Speakers: Kyaw Thu Htet (Founder of MILS) and Calvin Pun (Founder of KekoKua | Haven Honey)
Products were available to see and to discuss processing and marketing techniques with the producers – and to taste!!! Showcasing included: Chat Kyee and Haven Honey.
With the technology sector and retail sector growing, many young people and even the policy makers in Myanmar tend to overlook the importance of promoting Myanmar food and agricultural sector. As a consequence, Myanmar producers, especially food entrepreneurs and enthusiasts run into heavy roadblocks. Impact Hub Yangon team has long have the passion of providing guidance for the entrepreneurial community in Myanmar. With this new innovative event, IHY team aims to help support and grow the food entrepreneurial community of Myanmar. 
The topics discussed during the forum: 

1. Do we need to consider food safety in value chain when we processing food through different value adders to become value-added products? How important is it? And what is the best way to control it?

2. Who are the relevant stakeholders in this process? What can they help with? Do they make things more complicated or easier? 
3. As an entrepreneur, what roles we can take and what can we contribute to improve the food sector?
Both honorable guest speakers touched heavily on the food safety concept. Founder of MILS noted that they are dedicated to be the innovative focused company that aims to bring the values of food safety sustainability to the food chain. Ko Kyaw Thu Htet focuses on the importance of producers to comply with, at the least, basic cleanliness and safety standards in processing and final packaging. Founder of KekoKua stated Haven Honey has surpassed the food standard of Myanmar FDA. After going through the lengthy and difficult administration process for 14 months, Haven Honey proudly holds the Myanmar FDA certificate as well as a hard-core customer base through respected chains like City-Mart Marketplace. Calvin highlighted the strict process of keeping dust away from the production site as well as the heavy efforts required to keep the site up to the required standards.
As an ending part of the fire-side chat, audience raised the 2 notable questions regarding: 
1) Myanmar FDA regulations on getting the products certified
2) What is the motivation behind the founders to start a food start-ups


On 17th August, impact Hub Yangon (IHY), in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Myanmar, (FNF) ran Event #2 – part of the “Myanmar Digital & Development Event Series”. The Series aims to create a dialogue platform to raise awareness about the development of digital economy, innovations and startup ecosystem in Myanmar. In this workshop, more than 45 people from public and private digital sectors, entrepreneurs, academics, and speakers from FNF and IHY discussed and reviewed the existing digital polices, identifying constraints and challenges for development, and innovating solutions. Participants worked in groups and clearly enjoyed the presentations and networking sessions – and the food and drink, too.

Many businesses in Myanmar are focusing to develop the digital sector of the digital economy. Myanmar has a number of challenges in digital economic policy and related sectors. IHY and FNF teams have a passion to develop a strong digital economy community. The Digital Series aims to identify various kinds of digital businesses established in Myanmar, through a series of networking and workshop events and to create a digital dialogue platform to share experiences and raise awareness about the development of the digital economy and digital innovations in Myanmar.

In SeriesⅡ, we discussed the following topics:
1. Digital Literacy for Market/Consumer
2. SME Tax Payment
3. Digital Payment for Consumer/Client
4. Digital Security for Consumer/Client and
5. Media and the Digital Sector
Participants divided into five groups for the five topics and discussed topics such as stakeholders in the Ecosystem, including beneficiaries, challenges, constraints. There was also discussion about how to overcome constraints for each of these topics.

Description of the Digital Dialog Platform
IHY has the wide network of startups, entrepreneurs, and investors, and works closely with them, IHY is in an excellent position to lead the creation of a digital dialog platform where people can get inspired, discuss a range of digital topics happening in Myanmar, and share skills and experiences. The platform will help to build good relations between stakeholders, including investors, startups, and ecosystem builders, as well as assisting policy makers from the public sector to improve digital sector policies while recognizing the important role that the government plays in the development of the digital economy. IHY sees close synergy between this proposed work and the current mission of FNF Myanmar.

What’s in it for you, the participant?
– Taking part in this event from the start will enable you to:
– Turn your challenges and needs into new opportunities
– Have a chance to advocate the public sector people focuses on digital sector
– Get to know the current digital policies and regulations and the future plans
– Learn from relevant best practices from other startups and experts
– Meet the investors
– Networking to build new partnerships and get inspired

Keep yourself updated with Impact Hub Yangon Facebook Page and Website.
www.facebook.com/IHYangon/
www.impacthubyangon.net

We will continue organizing more of series to further explore sustainable solutions to the challenges identified – in Series #3…. Watch for event timings and come join us!!!

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