Northern startups reach US Embassy’s National Competition

At the Northern Regional Competition of the US Embassy in Vietnam’s 2017 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge on May 30, 14 startups emerged as semi-finalists and will compete in the National Competition on June 14. This year’s Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge includes three categories: social entrepreneurship, idea stage, and startup stage. The goal of the US Embassy’s initiative is to help Vietnam expand its entrepreneurial ecosystem and encourage innovation.

Counselor for Public Affairs Ms. Molly Stephenson opened the pitch competition, expressing her gratitude to the many Challenge sponsors, including Ms. Christy Trang Le for a $5,000 scholarship to attend the Vietnam Executive MBA at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Mr. Nghia Vu for a $500 cash prize in the social entrepreneurship category, and institutional sponsors: the Topica Founder Institute, the Toong Co-working Space, the UP Coworking Space, and the Seattle-based non-government organization Jolkona. She also recognized the many individuals serving as judges and trainers in support of the three-month initiative.

The leaders of the startup semi-finalists come from diverse backgrounds: the Green Tea Pork team is a group of high school students from northern Thai Nguyen province while the AliceNote team includes seasoned software developers. The vast majority of the teams include young professionals and entrepreneurs working to develop and lead a successful business.

The semifinalists include:

Social Entrepreneurship Category:

  • VJU for the Grannies
  • Red bucket wind turbine
  • Indigen Peak
  • Green Lady Viet Nam
  • Kids Need Books

Idea Category:

  • Green Tea Pork
  • Meraki

Startup Category:

  • Fresh Deli
  • Alicenote
  • JOBO
  • Hachi – Smart Agriculture

[Source: Vietnam Economic Times 1st June 2017]