Israel embassy in VN kicks off startup competition

The competition aims to find the best Vietnamese early-stage technology startup ventures to join entrepreneurs from around the world at a boot camp in Tel Aviv, which boasts the second largest success rate for new businesses in the world. At the launch ceremony, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung revealed the sector aims to establish 3,000 new businesses by 2015, emphasizing technology startups are a driving force in the modernization movement. For his part, Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam, Meirav Eilon Shahar shared Israel’s start-up experiences, adding that the event will create stronger links among Vietnam’s young enterprises and serve as a bridge with Israeli businesses. The competition entitled Startup Israel – 2014 targets Vietnamese young businesses operating in the fields of web, mobile, agriculture and science from two to three years.... [read more]

(VOVworld) – The best startup projects of the year were announced at the final round of the 2016 Startup competition on Tuesday in Hanoi. Contestants at the final round of the 2016 Startup competition (Photo: dangcongsan.vn) This year’s competition to promote startup ideas among young people was expanded to include remote mountainous areas. Hoang Quang Phong, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said this year’s competition received 412 entries from 30 provinces and cities: “The competition helps to change young people’s business awareness and give them a forward-looking orientation. Many projects from remote mountainous areas have taken part and startup clubs were set up at universities following this competition”. The award ceremony for the competition will be held on January 6.... [read more]

Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, an economic hub of the Mekong Delta, is expected to become a startup valley in the Mekong Delta region by 2020. The goal was made at a workshop on “Vietnam Startup Index 2015/2016” held on December 13 by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce andIndustry (VCCI) Can Tho branch and the municipal of Department of Planning and Investment in the city. The workshop focused on measures for startup development in Can Tho based on the startup situation in Vietnam in 2015 - 2016. Can Tho had 67,000 enterprises and business households as well as 221 cooperatives in 2016, contributing 4 trillion VND to the local budget and providing over 125,000 jobs, said Nguyen Thanh Dung, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, adding that the city’s economy steadily grew at 5.88 percent per year, ranking 14th among 63 cities and provinces in competitiveness. However, a lack of a comprehensive legal framework and stable government investment has posed challenges to local startups. They also lack confidence, experience and creativity. To tackle these problems, the city is advised to create a creative environment while promoting training programmes for startups and businessmen, said Truong Quoc Trang, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Planning and Investment. He added that a training course themed “Your startups” will be held by the department and the VCCI Can Tho chapter in 2017. The course is expected to provide basic skills and knowledge on startups for youths.…... [read more]

Two young men from Vietnam and Canada have turned their vision of helping Vietnamese learners pick the right school into the Southeast Asian country’s first education review community. Two young men from Vietnam and Canada have turned their vision of helping Vietnamese learners pick the right school into the Southeast Asian country’s first education review community. Vietnamese Ho Duc Hoan, 26, and Canadian Austin Carter, 24, met in France while the two were attending the Catholic University of Lyon back in 2013. With a common passion for startups, they kept in touch after graduation to exchange ideas on a possible startup on which they could work together. The decisive moment came last June, when Carter decided to quit his high-paying job in Canada and came to Vietnam to start working on their first education startup upon the suggestion of his Vietnamese friend. Hoan also gave up an opportunity to work and settle down in France to pay full attention to his ideal of creating a platform where learners could leave comments and reviews on educational institutions in the country. His idea of such a platform came as a result of his own observation of how Vietnamese people are treated with a lack of credibility abroad. “There was this time when I was transiting at Frankfurt airport, out of hundreds of passengers, only a group of Vietnamese students were held up for a thorough security search,” Hoan recalled. “During my study in Europe, I could see that the trust level of…... [read more]

Tran Le Quang Tien, 14, beats out other young artists at the International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan. A Vietnamese teenager, who began to take violin lessons only four years ago, has claimed the top prize at the sixth International Violin Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Tran Le Quang Tien, 14, impressed all 11 members of the jury with his performances in the under-17 Junior category of the competition, which took place from October 26 to 31. The competition attracted 40 international contestants who performed masterpieces by Bach, Brahms, Paganini, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. The Grand Prix prize in Junior category was worth $10,000. Tien has been studying with renowned violinist Bui Cong Duy at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. The young artist started violin lessons at 10. After two years, Duy said the boy could play as well as graduate students at the music academy. He also won the top prize at the Mozart Violin Competition in Thailand two years ago. Related news: > Startup Competition for Female Founders Kicked Off in Vietnam by Israeli Embassy > Vietnamese students strike gold at international chemistry contest > Vietnamese whizz-kid wins international math contest... [read more]

Co-working spaces have grown into an increasingly popular choice among young local and expat freelancers and startup owners in Ho Chi Minh City. Co-working spaces have grown into an increasingly popular choice among young local and expat freelancers and startup owners in Ho Chi Minh City. Over the past few years, dozens of co-working spaces have sprung up in the southern metropolis, providing an auspicious new working space for fledgling and freelance office workers and entrepreneurs. Co-working is a modern-day model in which individuals pay to use a shared working space. In co-working environments, young office workers are no longer confined to the conventional workplace, using the social aspect of the venue as an opportunity to interact and take on more challenges alongside other like-minded professionals. Most of these young people are dynamic, rambunctious, and fluent in English. Co-workers and complete strangers often sit side-by-side, engrossed in their laptops, communicating with brief looks, smiles, and the occasional whisper. These modern-day urban work spaces cut the cost of conventional office rent, enhance work efficiency, enable people from various fields to exchange experience and foster new professional relationships that might bring about business opportunities. Toan, founder of Perkfec Co., a consultancy that focuses on promoting corporate culture, sits on the same desk with four of his colleagues at a popular co-working venue in the downtown area. They share the same spacious office with dozens of others from different companies, using sound-proof studios for private space during meetings and taking advantage of the…... [read more]

Israeli embassy launches startup contest for Vietnam women The Saigon Times Daily The Israeli Embassy in Vietnam has launched a startup contest for local women, called Start Tel Aviv 2016, in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Business Studies and Assistance Center (BSA). Unlike other previous startup competitions, this year’s event is open to women aged from 25 to 35 and active in the mobile, information and communication technology sectors. The goal of the contest is to advance women in society and particularly in the startup community, the embassy said in a statement. Start Tel Aviv is an international-scale startup contest held by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tel Aviv City. Startups from 30 different countries will compete for the opportunity of a five-day startup experience in Tel Aviv. This is the fifth annual competition, formerly known as Bizcamp Tel Aviv, and the second time Vietnam has been invited to join. Start Tel Aviv 2016 will take place at the same time with the annual DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival 2016, giving a chance for Start Tel Aviv 2016 competitors to meet and exchange with business partners and experts in the technology and innovation fields of Israel and the world. Some of the participating countries this year are Norway, the UK, Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, Korea, India, Japan and Russia. Those interested should call 0914 551 528 or email to [email protected]... [read more]

BabyMe represents Vietnam to join World Startup Competition Duc Tam By Duc Tam in HCMC Defeating 11 rivals, BabyMe has won the final of the competition Demo Day 2014 to represent Vietnam to join the World Startup Competition in Seoul, South Korea from November 23 to 25. The competition, part of the Startup Nations Summit 2014, will feature participation of startup companies from over 40 countries around the world. The winning team will be awarded a prize of US$100,000 in cash. Nguyen Duc Hai, head of the organizing committee of the contest Demo Day 2014, said that contestants will be judged by an international panel and many investors from around the world. Phan Duy, finance director of Yola Institute, said that the triumph of BabyMe was due to its high-quality, convenient and vanguard product that meets the strong demand of the market. Malikat Rufai from the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC, who is representative of the judge panel of Demo Day, said that BabyMe needs to prove its potential of commercialization on the world market to compete with other rivals in other countries if they want to win the competition in Seoul. BabyMe is a mobile phone application that provides information and clear up queries for mothers from the period of pregnancy until the babies get two years old. The application is developed from the application Ga Trong, which won the UNICEF Mobile Hackathon 2013. Trinh Tuan, co-founder of BabyMe, said the application is in test run and is scheduled…... [read more]

The Easyjob team with their job-search phone application took first place at Start Tel Aviv 2016, a startup contest hosted by the Israeli Embassy in Viet Nam. — Photo dangcongsan.vn HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Easyjob team with their job-search phone application took first place at Start Tel Aviv 2016, a startup contest hosted by the Israeli Embassy in Viet Nam. Surpassing five other finalists, the team gave an impressive talk on the Easyjob application, which helps connect recruiters with suitable workers. Start Tel Aviv is an international startup competition held by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tel Aviv city authorities. This year, the contest was unique in that it only accepted female candidates in a bid to promote the role of women in the start-up community. Start Tel Aviv 2016 was held in 31 countries. Representatives of the best startup companies in those countries vie to win the chance to participate in a five-day study tour in Tel Aviv to learn about the startup ecosystem there. — VNS... [read more]

Start Tel Aviv is an international startup competition held by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tel Aviv city authorities. This year, the contest is unique in that it is open only to female candidates in a bid to promote the role of women in the start-up community. Start Tel Aviv 2016 was held in 31 countries. Representatives of the best startup companies in those countries will win the chance to participate in a five-day study tour in Tel Aviv to learn about the startup ecosystem there.... [read more]




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