This month, Phandeeyar Accelerator welcomed 2 new members to its team. After months of searching, going through a list of highly qualified candidates, we’ve finally found the right people who not only understand the work we do at Phandeeyar Accelerator, but also share our passion and dedication towards supporting the startup ecosystem in Myanmar.
First to join our Accelerator Team, and Phandeeyar’s Panda family, is Ko Soe Thiha, our startup coach and entrepreneur-in-residence for Cohort 2. He will be mentoring and guiding the tech startups from Phandeeyar Accelerator Cohort 2.
Ko Soe Thiha came to Phandeeyar Accelerator equipped with lots experience with startups and accelerators. With a passion and keen interest for technology, he started his entrepreneurship journey while doing his Masters in Sweden, where he worked remotely as a cloud integrator for a Silicon Valley-based firm. After coming back to Myanmar, he founded not one, but two tech startups. He also got involved in a few initiatives to gain more insights about the startup ecosystem in Yangon. Now, inspired by his startup coach from MaGIC accelerator program based in Malaysia, he has joined Phandeeyar Accelerator to support up-and-coming tech startups.
Next to join us is João Dutra, Phandeeyar’s new Director for the Accelerator Program. João has over a decade of experience in creativity and innovation fields. Before coming to Myanmar, he started his career at Isobar, a top advertising agency in Brazil. Then, he migrated to the startup scene where he helped Brazilian early-stage entrepreneurs to start and grow their ventures, and even founded his own digital marketing consulting firm called PlannUP. João then moved to Amsterdam, where he got his Masters degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Amsterdam, and was part of ACE, the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship.
We’re all very excited to have João and Ko Soe Thiha, and glad to have them join us on our journey to accelerate change and development in Myanmar.