May 15, 2017
Startup Wheel, Vietnam’s largest, most intense and ambitious startup contest, is underway. The event, now in its 5th year, aims to have 1,000 projects from students and entrepreneurs in Vietnam and multiple teams from other Southeast Asian nations. The presented business ideas and working models will compete for 2 billion VND in total prize money.
Organized by BSSC (Business Startup Support Center) and steered by the Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City and the Youth Union of Vietnam in coordination with the YBA (Young Business Association), the contest invites experts from diverse fields to lead workshops, discussions and mentorships. Activities will be ongoing until August when 10 teams are shortlisted and contend for the top prizes.
On Wednesday, Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Sciences hosted the important early workshop titled Power of Technology – Intellect-Driven Startup. The event was inaugurated by BSSC’s CEO Ms. Truong Ly Hoang Phi, moderated by Setech’s CEO Mr. Doan Thien Phuc and included panelists Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Dung, Vice President of Vietnam E-commerce Association (VECOM) and Nicole Nguyen, Infinity Blockchain Lab’s Head of Corporate marketing. Ms. Phi promised “Our panelists as industry experts will help shed light on the latest technologies, which I believe are now triggering numerous new startup ideas and concepts for entrepreneurs around the world”.
The constructive discussions included what common challenges student startups often face and how the need for technology depends on one’s business model, its development state and the team’s skillset. The panelists also offered opinions on if/when to incorporate 4.0 technologies (i.e. internet of things and blockchain) and personal experiences on networking practices.
Blockchain in particular garnered significant attention from the audience. Many had never heard of it, and some will surely try and incorporate it into their plans. Infinity Blockchain Labs is seeking future collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Sciences in spreading awareness of the technology and lending our expertise to teams interested in the technology.
We will keep you updated on future workshops, discussions, mentorships and events. In the meantime, please visit the contest website here http://startupwheel.vn/en/ for more details and ways to get involved.
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