Ms. Melanie Mossard

Community Director, Impact Hub Phnom Penh

Community Director at Impact Hub Phnom Penh, Melanie has been working with young Cambodian entrepreneurs for 2.5 years. As a mentor and startup advocate, she is part of the growing ecosystem players promoting the growth of social enterprises in Cambodia. Connecting entrepreneurs, networking partners, and individuals in her role as a Community Director, she is also in charge of facilitating business model validation programs and mentoring young aspiring entrepreneurs.

Melanie facilitated 4 cohorts of the Cellcard Lab, a 2 months business model validation program for aspiring social entrepreneurs. She is now facilitating the SmartStart program, bringing support to the teams during the incubation period. Melanie is also the initiator of the Impact Hub Entrepreneur Club, a network providing access to mentoring and support to grow their impact and businesses, for 30 Cambodian startups. Finally, she is part of the ASEAN Center for Entrepreneurship, representing Cambodian entrepreneurship ecosystem.

She is playing a key role in the development of the platform Social Enterprise Cambodia, the first platform in the Kingdom dedicated to social enterprises. Melanie has Master Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from IESEG School of Management (France).

Link to Presentation: Collaboration 

Abstract

“Alone we can go faster, together we can go further.” When we are starting a business/project, we realize soon that we cannot achieve all alone and we will need the help and support of partners and collaborators to achieve our objectives and impact. Identifying the right people to work with, and especially knowing how to approach them and build a healthy relationship is essential to building a long-term partnership.

In this presentation, we will learn the top tips to build trust even with limited experience. We will get the best advice on how to identify and approach potential partners/collaborators to build a win-win situation, in an intercultural context highlighted with some examples of successful and unsuccessful collaborations.