The launching ceremony “Silicon Valley Ecosystem in Viet Nam‟ on June 4, 2013 showcased the commitment of the Government to build a Silicon Valley for Startups in Vietnam.
The Project seeks to create an ecosystem of innovations and technology commercialization in Vietnam – by combining our Vietnamese entrepreneurial spirit and innovative nature with the most successful practices that America has to offer in startup development and mentoring, accelerators, and venture capital funding and investing.
The Project marks the beginning of a dynamic and exciting ecosystem for technology entrepreneurship and startups in Vietnam with the application of Silicon Valley – tested training and development programs and networks of mentors from Silicon Valley to stimulate the growth of Vietnam’s Startups.
Without further ado, let us together take the first steps toward this incredible future.
With such strong emphasis on social sharing at this time, it is strange that there is not a place for food lovers to share their passion. Lozi gives young food lovers a place to share their experiences, passion and the opportunity to try new food in new places.
Lozi’s customers include: anyone who find themselves asking questions such as: What should I have for breakfast/ lunch/ dinner? Where should I go to have the best [any dish]? What can I eat near my place?
Anyone who wants to easily build a wish list of meals they want to share with their families and love ones.
Lozi also focuses on helping small, startup restaurants and chefs to find customers through prioritization of good dishes instead of the restaurant itself.
Our website Lozi.vn has over 2 million visitors each month with 300,000 registered users. Having tested their advertising service with a few restaurants, Lozi will continue to promote its social sharing site to drive in more traffics to increase its value with restaurant owners.
See more at: http://lozi.vn/
Jobwise.com offers a cloud based hiring solution. The Startup sets out to help businesses of any size and recruit their most important assets, Human Resources. Good hiring manager and hiring process is associated with big companies and the head hunting service but not every business can afford the expertise or the expensive service. Jobwise offers a professional hiring solution that scales with businesses of any size. The solution comes with a standard optimized hiring process that any business can follow to find the most suitable candidate for the job. Furthermore, it is the centralized hiring management system from job posting through to placement. Jobwise also has the ability to allow businesses to leverage LinkedIn to find the candidates. The company was founded by Tuan Nguyen, who has more than 10 years working as a head hunter and hiring system solution expert.
See more at: https://www.jobwise.com
LoanVi want to build a micro finance platform. According to World Bank’s data, rural population of Vietnam is at 70% while income of USD 500/ month is in the top 20% of the population, their’s not many people in Vietnam qualify for financial solution such as Bank loans or Overdraft. Yet the borrower market existed, State Bank of Vietnam estimate this market to be 40 billions per year. Borrowers in Vietnam only to borrow a small amount of money but with high volume. This is the market LoanVi want to tackle.
LoanVi help borrower to compare and choose between different financial package across these institutes to find the best deal. On the other hand, transaction history of borrowers on the platform will help certify them with lender. LoanVi will gradually change into a peer to peer lending platform.
See more at: http://www.loanvi.com/
CSK is a Cloud software service that allows retail businesses to exponentially increase customer retention rate and up sell rate through smart automated engagements through digital channels.
CSK’s customers include: retail businesses that struggle with customer retention and up sell; small businesses with limited resources that want an integrated customer relationship management system.
CSK's solution: (1) Automated engagements between businesses and their customers for basic enquiries such as reminders and promotions… All communication is auto-adjusted based on past behaviors of the customers and it notifies business when further actions is needed. (2) Customer Behavior reports, sales reports and suggestions help businesses and customer relationship managers to follow up with their customers effectively.
CSK's performance: CSK founders – Nam Nguyen and Cuong Hoang validated the market through separate products and services called Topmail and We-can Group. They have built a database of more than 300 customers, including paid ones. Their biggest customer to date is Viettel.
Viet Creative distribute game for children from 1 to 10 years old. Children game is a massive underserved market. Children aged 1 to 10 is knowledge sponge yet there are so few content available for them and they often not easy to access. Viet Creative give developer children’s game builder tool. Developer can create and distribute content on Viet Creative’s platform. The company has the backing of VTV and Vinaphone to push marketing for the distribution platform and broadcast their live game on TV.
The team launch its prototype on Babybean.vn with 40 games on the platform with another 120 ready to deploy. They also start broadcast a live game play for children on VTV channel.
If someone want to renovate their home what could be better than actually standing inside the finished product and start changing things. The team work on a technology allow everyone to have a 3D rendering of their actual space and they can drag and drop furnitures to build the room to their style. They also allow manufacturers to sell their furniture directly to end customers.
An e-commerce site for the products are created and made by artisans, artists, designers in Southeast Asia. Users can hunt for something unique products expressing their aesthetic interests and styles, from designer fashion, the interior ornaments to handicraft products. More specifically, customers can place order according to their own style…
KiDi is a tool to help parents recording the memorable moments of the child in each stage of his development. KiDi is also a safe social network allowing parents to sharing photos and stories about their children with higher security features than other social networks. Parents have greater control over content and theirs network. KiDi’s ambition is to develop into an online diary for parents to record the little moments in life and track the development of their children.
Tuvanxaydungonline.vn is a system combining specialists in construction field, and IT professionals with the aim of:
Alan Barrell has spent almost 30 years in senior executive positions in technology based industries and has become one of Cambridge's most articulate promoters of entrepreneurship. He was a founder shareholder in Library House Ltd, and is now Entrepreneur in Residence at the University's Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and Visiting Professor of Enterprise at the University of Bedfordshire School of Graduate Business Studies. He is also Distinguished Guest Professor at Xiamen University, Visiting Professor at Shanghai College of Science and Technology and at the Fujian International School of Economics and Business, Fuzhou and Guanzi University, all in China. He acts as Consultant to the China (Shanghai) Public Practicing Base for Entrepreneurs.
Over 20 years of experience in research, management and business in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and venture capital sectors. Founder/Director Biolatris Ltd. providing duediligence services to support decisions relating to investment and options to leverage the potential commercial value of intellectual property. She also held several senior positions such as non-executive Director of Videregen Ltd., advisory board member Trakcel Ltd. and Member of the Board of Trustees IMET2000, founder of the ‘Quartet’. Mentor to the Ignite Summer Business School programme (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Cambridge University), Senior Associate for the Masters in Bioscience Enterprise (Cambridge University) and Visiting Professor at Kings College, London. Co-editor and contributor ‘The Delivery of Regenerative Medicines and Impact on Healthcare’ (CRC Press).
Prof Russell Smith began his career in business by starting an electronics company, whilst still studying for his PhD, in the early 1980s. Products from that company were promoted by the British Council and sold in 27 countries worldwide. In 1986 he joined the pharmaceutical industry, running drug development programmes for major pharmaceutical companies in North America, Europe and Japan finally leading a team of more than 100 staff. Since 1998 Russell has worked exclusively with start-up businesses from many sectors but with a focus on bioscience.
In 2012 Her Majesty The Queen was graciously pleased to approve the Prime Minister’s recommendation that he should receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion which was announced in the Birthday Honours list
Mr. Vu has rich and diverse 20-year experience and high reputation in financial service industry. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of VIB - One of the top five local private banks. He is also seating in the Board of Directors of several other famous firms including those operating in insurance, investment fund, properties development. His strong background of international business, including 16-year working experience in top American and European banks brings him the solid leadership skills and extensive business network. Mr. Vu was the honourable speakers at various international forums such as Asian Banker Summit March 2008; Retail Finance Asia Pacific Conference October 2007 in Kuala Lumpur; Investment Forum organized by HSBC November 2007 in New York & Boston; Branch Banking Summit organized by Financial Times Business March 2007 in London... He also holds the Honourable Citizenship from Columbus City of Ohio.
David has extensive executive and strategic business development experience in various industries. David began a consultancy career with LEK Consulting who recruited him from the prestigious Wharton School in Pennsylvania. David subsequently gained strong entrepreneurial credentials having founded several start up businesses in UK, Italy and USA, raising over £4m from venture capitalists, and achieving trade sales.
David has worked with a wide variety of blue chip and start up companies, particularly focusing on market structure and sales decision making processes.He has participated as founder or director in over 15 entrepreneurial companies in 4 countries, living overseas for 5 years. As a founder or co founder of over 15 technology start ups, he has raised multiple rounds of venture capital (VC) investment for his businesses totaling £4.5m, and negotiated trade exits up to $9.5m.
After managing the commercialisation of many new technologies, primarily from the physics, chemistry and engineering departments, one of the companies he helped to start - Oxford Catalysts Plc - offered him the chance to experience life in a rapidly growing, high-tech start-up. Oxford Catalysts is now listed on the London AIM market.
After several years gaining valuable experience he returned to Oxford University, based again at Isis Innovation, but in a new role offering consultancy services to promote technology commercialisation and innovation. He worked with universities, large multi-national companies, and entrepreneurs in SMEs and start-ups... racking up the air-miles as we worked with clients around the world.
Specialties:Clean energy, entrepreneurship , university spin-out companies, licensing, nanotechnology, business planning, raising investment, intellectual property, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong
Mr. David Goddard holds a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia together with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney in Australia. He has significant experience in various fields covering banking, funds management and international trade consultancy, including 10 years at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and 3 years at Macquarie Bank.
Before joining VIB, David acted as an Executive Manager of Retail Distribution Finance, Direct Channels Finance and Retail Banking Strategy at CBA. Upon joining VIB in April 2011, David initially had responsibility for Head of Finance – Projects before being appointed to the Head of Strategy & Business Development in April 2012. He has responsibility for managing & facilitating the development & execution of strategy and business development activities across the VIB.
Sue Higgins is a Chartered Marketer, and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing.
She has worked in marketing for over 20 years and her commercial experience, combined with her strong analytical skills, provide her with the ability to focus on the key issues confronting early stage companies. Sue has a wealth of experience in communications, planning, and implementation. She is highly motivated and experienced and has a reputation for “innovation, as well as getting the job done, on time, and within budget”. Sue founded Brand Elevation in 2005 and, prior to setting up her own business, she was a Director of Technology for Industry, the micro and nano technology marketing consultancy. Sue has extensive knowledge of the Cambridge high technology community and clients have included Cambridge Capital Group, a leading business angel group.
Mrs Thach Le Anh has worked for many multinational businesses, global law institutions on designing business concepts, business models, evaluating investment opportunities before establishing ATV Vietnam. Experience from harsh trials brings her the excellent understanding and practices of business development, office management, financial and accounting controlling and human resource management. Her expertise lies in business and investment consultancy and business promotion and her solid background in multi-cultural business. Mrs. Le Anh is excellent at establishing and managing relationship with government executives and international agencies. She actively assists regional governments in researching development strategy in socio-economic development.
She holds B.A in Finance and Accounting, National Chief Accountant, B.A in English, Russian and French and holds MBA Degree from Southern California University, USA.
Ms. Neef uniquely combines an engineering background with international marketing expertise.
She started her professional career in the late nineties, working as a director for a marketing agency in the San Francisco Bay Area and serving technology companies like Apple, Acer or Sony. Moving back to Germany, she became an independent entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to governments of Mexico and Guatemala. She successfully helped building new businesses in Latin America and Europe in the technology and infrastructure sectors. Ms. Neef has also been on the board of directors of various non-profit organizations contributing to social and arts organizations and currently serves on the advisory board of The Do School. Her NGO Rock it Biz helps children to learn entrepreneurship. Ms. Neef obtained her education at Technische Fachhochschule Berlin, University of California, Berkeley and Darden Graduate School of Business..
Mr. Doan Trong Bang is a senior attorney in the field of consultancy and litigation. He has in-depth knowledge and experience in various field such as banking and finance, investment law and business law… He is proving legal consultancy for several big clients in commercial business in Vietnam (including domestic and foreign clients) as VINACONEX, ADG., Corp, EVN Telecom, IDC Group… Mr. Bang has a lot of experience in support customers in many important transactions including analysis and give legal opinions in the review of the legality of the credit agreement, capital contribution contracts, commercial contracts...
Dr. Tran Luong Son is currently Chairman and CEO of VietSoftware. He has obtained PhD. degree in 1988 in Metallurgy at Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, former Soviet Union.
After returning from his Fulbright exchange program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in 1999, he founded VietSoftware, and later, a number of small technology and education companies, most of which are in operation until today.
In his field of software and information technology, Mr. Son is active in advising government authorities in policy making and international relations. Besides his own businesses, Mr. Son participates in teaching undergraduate and graduate students at universities across Vietnam. His main teaching subjects are strategy, technology management and entrepreneurship. Mr. Son is a frequent speaker at many student audience with career orientation and entrepreneurship topics.
Mr. Thuy Dam established a private foreign investment consultancy firm with four colleagues right after graduating university in Vietnam. It was the first privately owned company in Vietnam facilitating foreign investment and developed clients such as ANZ, Phillip Morris, Coca Cola, IBM and Citibank… In 1995, she joined ANZ Singapore to help set up the investment bank business in Asia for 10 years.
Ms. Dam Bich Thuy has also hold many senior positions in large Vietnam corporation as well as international such as CEO of Greater Mekong Region of ANZ , CEO of Vietnam and Indochina at Australia & New, Director of Saigon Securities Inc., CEO of VIB...
Mr. Hung Pham is an entrepreneur and expert in ICT, specialize in data mining, web services, Saas, artificial intelligence and mobile application. He has alot of experience working with national agency in huge project such as Vietnam National Examination System with Ministry of Home Affair of Vietnam. His first startup is Nes Inc. with promising products such as a Location-based Social network (Yoo.vn), a Network for Entrepreneurs and Scholars (NES.vn, VNES.vn). He is in Product Advisory Board of Vimass Corporation, from 2013 till now. His latest startup, Tech Elite, has raise succesfully about 350k USD in Serie A round in 2014 with product BigTime.vn.
Lloyd E. Dakin, Jr.
Senior Patent Attorney
Mr. Dakin has worked as a Patent Attorney for over 20 years at a law firm and at several well-known Silicon Valley companies, including NXP Semiconductors, Hewlett-Packard and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Mr. Dakin brings a diverse set of professional experiences and personal interests that drive him to both support and learn from small and medium businesses in the area of Intellectual Property Law.
He is a Licensed Attorney in both California and Texas, Licensed before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and holds B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State, a J.D. law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Mr Pham Duy Hieu has more than 16 years’ experience and Specializing Knowledge in banking and finance field. In 2014, he was awarded Sao Do - The Outstanding Vietnamese Young Businessman Prize.
After many years of holding many important positions as CEO of ABBank, CEO of VietABank, CFO of Geleximco Company and CEO of Vincom Securities Company, now he is a founder shareholder of I.Value JSC which offers financial consultancy services and he is also a teacher of Program Bullet Proof Manager (Crestcom).
His management and working philosophy emphasizes that human development is the foundation of every successful businesses. In all management positions in those corporations, he has always devoted to the training and coaching.