Why REAPRA is bullish about the startups in Myanmar despite its underdeveloped market

Much has been said about Myanmar’s turbulent social and political upheavals. But with the country taking baby steps towards becoming more business-friendly, a new narrative has emerged — innovation.   Thanks to the uptake of internet usage, due, in large part, to the slashing of costs for SIM cards, Myanmarese are now seizing the opportunity […]

Burma’s Next Generation of Tech Entrepreneurs Showcase Start-ups

RANGOON — Burma embraced a fresh generation of tech entrepreneurs who have abandoned traditional paths, as the country’s first startup accelerator presented its “most promising” tech startups. Phandeeyar, a creation space for the country’s technology community, organized a six-month domestic startup accelerator program last year to encourage entrepreneurship and attempt to ease a lack of […]

Tackling Asia’s final technology frontier

Honey Mya Win didn’t have to look far to discover the tech potential for Myanmar. A 26-year-old former telecom engineer at Huawei, she was directly involved in configuring mobile phone towers and base station controllers that expanded 3G access to the once reclusive nation. “My team was actually the one connecting the country,” she said. […]

Silicon Valley school comes to Yangon

Budding entrepreneurs dreaming about quitting day jobs to found successful start-ups will soon have access to a Silicon Valley-designed training school that aims to help them do just that. Yangon-based innovation lab Phandeeyar is opening a Myanmar chapter of the California-based Founder Institute to cater to what it says is a huge pool of local […]

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone – Forbes

The photo above shows a shiny new $19.44 smartphone for sale in Yangon.  When I saw this in small corner shop on Anawrahta Road near Pansodan a few weeks ago, the 23,000 kyat (at 1,183 kyat/US$1) price included one SIM card. As you can perhaps see, it’s 3G capable and has slots for two SIM […]

Slow take-off for cloud firms

Myanmar’s technology is already sky-high, with consumers zooming to “the cloud” every day through services such as Gmail. But it’s not all sunshine for companies that want to offer and run cloud services, as they face a sceptical market and capacity challenges. “Cloud” is a tech buzzword representing the idea that information stowed on the […]

Start-up competition gets going in Yangon

More than 200 people came to participate in a StartUp Challenge hosted by downtown innovation lab Phandeeyar on November 14, with entrepreneurs looking to launch businesses in e-commerce, mobile and more. The nine-day event, held in conjunction with Myanmar’s fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, urges budding entrepreneurs to turn brainstorms into businesses. It also gives […]

There’s an App For That (in Myanmar)

Emerging from years of censorship to capitalize on growing demand for local apps, developers jump straight to mobile. In 2004, the same year Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates, an 18-year-old in Yangon was hard at work on Myanmar’s first smartphone app. Their lives couldn’t have been more different. While Silicon […]

Startups in Myanmar Land of temples and tech

The startup culture germinates in an unlikely place REMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events space which sits atop a tower block in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Its north windows frame golden pagodas and colonial mansions; to the south weather-beaten cargo ships glide up the Yangon River. The […]

Google email arrives in local language

Gmail users will now have the option to run it in Myanmar language, Google announced today. The move to extend Myanmar language support to Gmail, Google’s email service, brings the firm closer to its goal of making language a non-issue on the internet, and is one of a number of initiatives it has aimed at […]