By HEIN KO SOE | FRONTIER
YANGON — The organisers of Myanmar’s third Startup Israel competition have invited interested parties to submit their applications for this year’s event, which will take place on August 9.
The event is being organised by the Israel Embassy in Myanmar, in cooperation with the Myanmar Computer Federation, and invites applications from entrepreneurs and students who are developing technology related to social entrepreneurship, urban innovation and social and economic development, the organisers said at a press conference at Yangon’s MICT Park on June 22.
Dr Soe Mya Mya Aye, head of the computer sciences department at Yangon University, said that students were interested in taking part in this year’s event and were preparing their applications.
“The competition will attract entrepreneurs who work in the information technology industry, so it will be difficult for my students to win the event,” Soe Mya Mya Aye told Frontier.
Students from the Yangon Technological University were also preparing to take part in the event, said U Win Zaw, head of the university’s department of Computer Engineering and IT.
Last year’s Startup Israel event was won by Ko Moe Htet Kyaw, for his Shwe Bite app, a guide to restaurants in Mandalay.
In September, he travelled to Israel to promote his app at the annual DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, which is supported by the Israeli government and brings together investors and startups from around the world.
Moe Htet Kyaw said that everywhere you went in Israel you met entrepreneurs involved in startups.
“Israel is a startup innovation country, and is contributing to a new startup [culture] around the world,” he told Frontier.
Applications will be accepted between June 22 and July 27. For more information visit mcf.org.mm.