Meet Ms. Pong Limsan: Cambodia’s Inspiring Female Tech Entrepreneur

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Meet Ms. Pong Limsan, an inspiring female tech entrepreneur from Cambodia who is breaking barriers and making a difference in the healthcare industry.

Ms. Pong Limsan, the co-founder of Peth Yoeung Healthtech start-up and Womentech Asia, is one of Cambodia’s well-known female tech entrepreneurs. Ms. Limsan strongly supports women in the technology field and is a role model for many young, tech-savvy women.

Mrs. Limsan, a mother of two, is also a freelance consultant for technology systems in the healthcare industry. She has more than 20 years of experience working on numerous projects for ministries and international organizations in Cambodia that involve technology and tech innovation solutions.

Peth Yoeung is a health services operating system that offers solutions for both public and private hospitals and clinics to aid in medical record-keeping, patient control, quality assurance for care, and daily operations. Currently, an estimated 200 healthcare providers, including public, private, and startup healthcare providers, trust Peth Yoeung with their operations.

Mrs. Pong Limsan was chosen as the runner-up in “She Loves Tech,” the biggest competition for women in technology in 2020, which attracted more than 3,500 competitors from Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Cambodia. Peth Yoeung was awarded by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication in March and has also gained recognition abroad, including in the US, Japan, Singapore, and Switzerland.

Mrs. Limsan’s journey to becoming a successful female tech entrepreneur is a result of her hard work and strong commitment. In the early 2000s, at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Ms. Pong Limsan was one of the few female computer science students. Her parents opposed her decision and preferred that she pursue a career in medicine after high school.

“IT is a field of study and career for both men and women. Educating young girls, their parents, and their teachers about the importance of technology is key to more successful women emerging in this field,” said Mrs. Limsan.

Her interest in technology started in high school when she learned about computers from her friends who had relatives working in the field. She was fascinated by the concept of computers. On the pre-election day in the Kandal province district, Ms. Limsan was captivated by the system that local authorities used to store people’s names for the election. She dreamed of creating something similar in the future.

To be successful in this field, the Peth Yeoung founder said that commitment is the key.

“In order to succeed in this field, whether you are a man or a woman, you have to follow your passion and be committed. IT is a difficult field of study that requires hard work and practice. Setting your own short and long-term goals is very important,” said Mrs. Limsan.

Ms. Limsan pursued her dream and graduated with a degree in computer science and engineering and then a master’s degree in information technology from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2006. From the early 2000s to 2010, Ms. Limsan worked as an IT specialist, database manager, and IT consultant in different organizations, including the Forest Administration, Agriculture Development International, and the Council for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Her life-changing moment was when she started working as an IT consultant for the Ministry of Health. She could see that the IT system in the healthcare industry in Cambodia was very limited. That was how she began her entrepreneurial journey with the Peth Yeoung start-up.

Ms. Limsan’s journey is a true testament to the power of following one’s dreams and the importance of hard work and commitment. She continues to inspire young women to pursue their passions and make a difference in the world.