Cambodian high school nurtures entrepreneurs to create change

(From left) Students Angely Rose, 13, Yanich Khin, 14, Wathna Sao, 14, and Bopha Um, 13, are part of a team of five girls from Liger Leadership Academy who took part in Technovation Cambodia, a competition for girls to pitch technology-based ideas fo
(From left) Students Angely Rose, 13, Yanich Khin, 14, Wathna Sao, 14, and Bopha Um, 13, are part of a team of five girls from Liger Leadership Academy who took part in Technovation Cambodia, a competition for girls to pitch technology-based ideas for social change. Their app, which allows people to book tickets for performances by Cambodia's struggling traditional artists, won the top prize for juniors this year.ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE

Academy gives full scholarships to students, grooms them to be 'entrepreneurial thinkers'

Bopha Um, 13, is mulling over whether she can spend more time in the coming school year expanding an award-winning mobile phone application for cultural promotion that she and her schoolmates developed.

"It's a calculated risk-take," she says in English, with the discerning air of a future venture capitalist.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'Cambodian high school nurtures entrepreneurs to create change'. Print Edition | Subscribe