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If you are interested in volunteering as an IHY Mentor we would like to hear from you! Please fill out the form (insert survey link –see questions below) and we’ll be in touch.

IHY Mentors are trusted advisors to the social entrepreneurs as they work together at various times during the incubation training program. IHY selects mentors who, through their education, background, and experience have knowledge of the fundamentals of business planning, financial modelling, branding and marketing, and the challenges of executing on those plans.

They are selected for their business acumen as well as their values, and are deeply committed to IHY’s vision to accelerate entrepreneurship to support economic development in Myanmar, support the social enterprise ecosystem and protect the planet. IHY’s incubation and other training programs offer a platform for mentors to engage with impactful, transformative missions and lend their expertise to individuals around Myanmar who often don’t have the infrastructure, frameworks, and networks we have at our fingertips in Yangon.

IHY incubation training helps social entrepreneurs focus, clarify, and scale their business through guided mentorship. IHY’s programs also provide a curriculum for mentors and social entrepreneurs to work through to develop and enhance the organization’s business components, but also to develop a relationship that allows for a powerful exchange of value on both sides.

Myanmar’s innovation ecosystem is geographically limited to Yangon. In order to take advantage of technology and practical developments occurring globally and in Myanmar’s neighbours, wide ranging support is needed to take innovation beyond Yangon’s city borders.

What’s needed to enable Innovation?

Critical areas and processes necessary to enable such innovation include: 1) product innovation where new, redesigned or substantially improved goods or services become available; 2) process innovation where new or significantly improved production or delivery methods evolve; 3) business model innovation where there is conscious change to an efficient existing or a new business model; 4) social innovation where novel solutions are applied to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable; 5) network innovation whereby processes involving multiple players (within and outside an organization) contribute towards creating the earlier noted innovations; and 6) organisational innovation where a new organisational method to undertake business practices is adopted.


Typical actors in Myanmar needed to help create an expanding, evolving innovative ecosystem include government agencies with committed policy makers and regulators to provide a positive enabling business and social environment, academics, start-ups & enterprises, incubators, accelerators and market facilitators, and of course,  finance providers.


The recently published innovation ecosystem snapshot of Yangon identifies the ecosystem  stakeholders and examines the processes in which the creation, diffusion, and transformation of concepts, knowledge and ideas are producing, or are needed to produce new or improved products, services, processes or business models.


The snapshot clearly shows there is increasing excitement about developing the outreach of Yangon’s innovation ecosystem to support and enhance the nascent innovation ecosystem, particularly in Shan State, the largest agriculture – based state in Myanmar. Finance providers and enterprises looking for potential business partnerships are examining opportunities to step into the new markets resulting from this evolving scenario.


For questions regarding the snapshot please contact Impact Hub Yangon on


Author: Rita O’Sullivan Funding and Partnership Development Adviser, IHY

Operations Lead

Title: Operation Lead Position: Full-time Location: Impact Hub Yangon-Yaw Min Gyi 

Our expanding team is looking for an Operations Lead to join our leadership team. You will be in charge of providing inspired leadership for which involves making important policy and strategic decisions, as well as the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures, alongside the management team. 

Interested applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree and have prior experience in a management or leadership position. Fluency in Myanmar and English is a must. A thorough understanding of entrepreneurship and community is a plus. 


  1. Space & Facilities Operations 
  • Coordination with operations team to have smooth daily operations at our multiple locations in Yangon. 
  • Interacts with existing clients to make sure their needs are well met. 
  • work with both operations and management team to develop sales and marketing strategies to acquire new members. 
  1. Event Coordination 
  • Work with management team to set-up and organize periodical events 
  • Coordinate with operations team and assigned tasks accordingly (such as logistics arrangements and event invitations) 
  • Communicate with precious speakers and engage potential speakers for the events 
  • Present at all events and engage with the audience/speakers 
  1. Program Management 
  • Prepare the venue and necessary logistics to run the programs/workshops. 
  • Coordinate with operations team and management team to assign tasks accordingly. 
  • Must have a clear understanding of each program and do thorough follow-up by providing meeting minutes and program updates to all teams. 
  • Coordinate and liaise with participants in the program as needed. 
  1. Finance Control 
  • Must have knowledge on working with finances. 
  • Keep track of company finances alongside the operations team and report analysis to the management team, if needed. 

Please submit your resume and expected salary to and contact 095103084 / 09795900446 for further information. 

GIZ PROJECT: Strengthening Capacities of the Private Sector in Myanmar

Position: Food Technologist Adviser
Location: Taunggyi
Duration: 3 weeks over a period of 2 months
Expected date of Start: ASAP until end of July

1- Background

The Private Sector Development (PSD) project in Myanmar, entitled “Strengthening capacities of the private sector” aims to improve the framework conditions and the provision of services for the integration of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) into value chains.

In line with the goals of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan the project aims at strengthening the role of MSMEs as a driver for inclusive, economic growth and job creation. With a specific focus on rural areas, the project aims at enabling a better
integration of MSMEs into value chains and at raising local value creation.
The project’s strategy is designed to improve the framework conditions for trade and investment and exploit the resulting opportunities by collaborating with leading companies to promote the integration of MSMEs into value chains and to enable local value creation. The strategy also involves the transfer of innovative and digital approaches to rural areas and making them available for MSMEs to exploit the potential for an enhanced competitiveness of various value chains. In a rapidly changing world, innovation is more important than ever for Myanmar to catch-up with or even “leapfrog” its neighbouring countries and main competitors.

Impact Hub in Yangon (IHY) and Kitchen Hub in Taunggyi (KHT)

The Project Management Unit (PMU) – comprising IHY and GIZ staff – is identifying and designing a kitchen hub in Taunggyi, as part of a makerspace development project to be undertaken by the Impact Hub Yangon in Taunggyi. The project aims to provide support and facilities for entrepreneurs wanting to experiment and develop cooked or processed food products and other value addition to agricultural products (preserving, drying, pickling, etc.). The project will also provide capacity development training in areas of food processing, food safety and hygiene, focusing on small agro-business enterprises (ABEs) such as start-up food producers, agricultural traders, processors and packing operators.

Food processing, fortification and production of special foods, be it for vulnerable groups or urban markets, require special quality management and assessment systems as part of the supply chain. At the same time, the complexity of many food supply operations, their geographical diversification and the often-adverse transport and storage conditions, call for increased scrutiny to ensure commodities are safe, of adequate quality and have a good shelf life, in line with defined standards.
A Food Technologist/Scientist is responsible for the safe and efficient development, modifications and /or manufacture of food products/processes. He/she ensures that food products are produced safely, legally and are of the quantity claimed. A wide range of processed products are currently being or can be produced in Taunggyi, and the Kitchen Hub needs to ensure that these products meet quality standards. Consequently, processors need to become more acquainted with the necessary national standards and regulations. In order to streamline the agro-processing sector to achieve the above goals, there is the need for the recruitment of a food technologists.

2- Profile
The principal objective is to ensure that food processing activities in Taunggyi, especially these that utilise primary agricultural products confirm to the regulations emanating from the national Food Safety Legislation, and produce agro-processed products that meet their standards.
The main output is to design a well organised agro-processing kitchen hub equipped with the necessary technology to ensure that quality and standards are maintained according to national specification and adhere to the national Food Safety Regulations.

3- Key Tasks and Responsibilities
The technical input provided by the food technologist will target the processing of agriculture produce, their hygiene and food safety aspects, and the packaging support so that products from the Kitchen Hub will have the necessary certification to be sold both locally and/or in Yangon (e.g. supermarkets such as Citymart).
Tasks include:
• List and collect the current national Food Safety Legislations and Regulations.
• Identify and review which streamlined procedures, checklists, manuals, etc. need to be developed and/or revised to increase awareness of the food hygiene, safety and quality assurance and standards in the production processes in the Kitchen Hub, to ensure these standards are met and monitor by the Kitchen Hub and trained to the processors.
• In cooperation with relevant Authorities, identify training needs for the relevant staff engaged in Kitchen Hub food system, and identify the needs for targeted awareness campaigns for the trainees.
• Assess feasibility of the various options available for the location of the Kitchen Hub in the Taunggyi area and assist in the design of the Kitchen Hub facilities (i.e. refurbishment work to be done) and identify suitable kitchen equipment (e.g. for grading, washing, processing, cooking, preserving, packing, etc.) to be supplied in order to create a processing and training facility meeting safety and hygiene standards.
• Recommend quality tools and procedures to implement and manage the site.
• Research the current consumer trends, markets and demand, first locally then nationally in Myanmar, and the latest technologies and innovation to develop new concepts and packaging.
• Based on market opportunities (see above), and based on a combination of culinary and scientific skills, propose the improvement, the modification and/or the development of existing and/or new agriculture products concepts (minimum of seven sustainable and sellable products, focusing on food and beverage recipes), prototypes and processes, from the raw material stage through to the finished product. They may also develop or improve the processing, packaging, storage, and safety of food in line with government and industry standards.
• Recommend marketing strategies for the various proposed products, and monitoring evaluations of new and existing products in their markets.
• Propose and assist to the design for preparing prototype and executing food processing experiments and trials alongside/together with product development.
• Propose management procedures and tools for the production of new products including maintaining precise records of formulas/ recipe and processes, as well as organizing and managing resources in order to deliver products and processes according to an agreed-upon level of quality and time frame.
• Prepare checklists to train and supervise the principles of processing and quality control (e.g. identifying, examining and choosing products from suppliers, testing and sampling, simple grading and washing, or more complex juice extraction and other forms of preservation, etc.) from the raw material stage through to the finished product (including compiling/checking/approving product specifications and labelling).
• Any other tasks determined by the GIZ staff and related to the project objectives.

4- Base and Line of Reporting
The Consultant will be based in the GIZ office in Taunggyi and the contract will be supervised by Henrik Wichmann, Head of Component – Development Partnerships with the Private Sector / Innovation and Digitalization and follow the other GIZ lines of reporting and authority. Note IHY (Okka Myo, Managing Director) is in partnership and thus will be coordinated in close consultation with both partners, including regular reporting.
5- Deliverables
Report with recommendations and checklists on the topics outlined above, to be presented to both GIZ/ IHY at a restitution/brainstorming meeting in Taunggyi.

6- Required Qualifications and Skills

• Bachelor degree in food technology, food science, or equivalent from a reputable university
• Minimum 5 years of senior experience in the industry and in the processing of tropical fruit and vegetables covering all aspects from simple grading to more complex processing where the raw material is altered significantly in the process
• Good knowledge of hygiene, food safety and quality standards and certification requirements in Myanmar
• Familiar with the other food safety legislation e.g. HACCP and ISO standards
• Good communication skills and oral presentation
• Fluent in English

Please get in touch under, in case the assignment has raised your interest.

UNDP, UNCTAD in partnership with Ooredoo Myanmar and Impact Hub Yangon promoted entrepreneurship and business skills by Empretec in Yangon.

The winners, runners-up, mentors and facilitators from the recent Hackathon 2018 organized by UNDP with Ooredoo Myanmar and Impact Hub, entrepreneurs and businesswomen were among the first graduates of the UNCTAD’s flagship entrepreneurship training organized in Yangon from 15-20 December 2018 with UNDP, and in partnership with Ooredoo Myanmar.

IHY team members joined this 6-days entrepreneurship training program which started on Saturday 15th December 2018. The program targets how to identify entrepreneurial potential, how to develop those competencies and identify new business opportunities.

Participants formed teams as co-founders and partners of their agreed business. They had to ‘register’ their company with the trainers, design their business model, and develop and market their product – all within 5 days!

The six-day training was offered under UNCTAD’s Empretec programme which began in 1988 and has trained more than 440,000 people in 40 countries and is the second collaboration between UNDP and Ooredoo following the signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations in November 2018.

The training is part of a bigger UNDP initiative to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in Myanmar through entrepreneurship promotion, employment creation and social impact investing for women and youth. UNDP is partnering with UNCTAD to pilot the Empretec training approach in Myanmar and assess its applicability in the country.

The Empretec graduates committed to working closely with UNDP to strengthen private sector networks, experience sharing and mentoring.

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