Trương Lý Hoàng Phi, director of the Business Startup Support Centre, introduces the 2018 Vietnam Startup Wheel at the HCM City University of Science on April 18. – VNS Photo Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Registration is open until April 30 for an annual business start-up contest oganised by the Business Start-up Support Centre and the HCM City Young Businesspeople Association. Vietnam Start-up Wheel 2018 will be a forum for contestants to present innovative business start-up ideas and business strategies and mobilise funds for projects. Unlike previous years, the sixth edition of the competition is open to contestants of all ages and nationalities who have a start-up in Việt Nam, according to Trương Lý Hoàng Phi, director of BSSC. It also encourages science researchers at institutions and schools, whose studies are feasible, practicable and lend themselves to commercialisation, and overseas students with start-up ideas for doing … [Read more...] about Start-up contest returns
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Vietnam recently launched an ambitious plan to transform the country from an offshore manufacturing hub for foreign companies into a major player in the global digital economy. In doing so, the government has adjusted business policies to pivot around small and medium-sized companies and encouraged the start-up boom. There is no question that one of the challenges facing start-ups is to find the capital they need to get their ideas off the ground. There have been mixed opinions about whether or not the Vietnamese government should turn itself into a venture capitalist to support early-stage start-ups. Some experts don’t think that putting the government in charge of deciding which business ideas get funding and which don’t is a good idea. The Becamex Technology Innovation Center (TIC) in Binh Duong Province, just north of the country’s commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City, was launched in 2012. The center was expected to become a startup incubation center for 2025 … [Read more...] about Should the Vietnamese government invest in start-ups?
Mauled baby gets fresh start in life (29-04-2008) by Thu Giang Two-year-old child Ho Thien Nhan. — VNS Photo Truong Vi HA NOI — Left for dead and mauled by wild animals, little Phung Thien Nhan’s early days were filled with tragedy. But today the two-year-old is enjoying a positive twist to his unhappy fate - and the promise of a new start in life. Shortly after giving birth Nhan’s poverty-stricken, 16-year-old mother abandoned him in a banana plantation in the central province of Quang Nam. When Nhan was found three days later, he was barely alive. His right leg, testicles and penis had been eaten by wild animals. Local monks named him Ho Thien Nhan, which means charity and goodness. That was two years ago. Today the infant is looking forward to a fresh start. Begin again The forebearer of Nhan’s fate is mother-of-two Mai Anh, who went to visit the baby last year. Mai Anh said she first heard about Nhan’s story on the TV in July 2006. Moved … [Read more...] about Mauled baby gets fresh start in life
Inner Sanctum Pedicurist to the stars gets her feet wet Nail artist Pang My Linh is snagging more and more celebrity clients, and her name has been popping up in a variety of fashion and arts magazines. At 24, she founded the first pedicure training centre in Viet Nam. She now owns three training centres in HCM City and plans to spread her business northward. Linh sits down with Cam Giang to talk about her success. Inner Sanctum: Your father’s business went bankrupt in 1996. How did that affect and influence you? My childhood was very pleasant until my father’s company went under. It was the first major turning point in my life. We became crippled with debt, and my mother turned into the family’s bread-winner. It was not easy for her at first. She used to make dumplings and distribute them to the street vendors. However, the vendors would not pay her until they sold all the dumplings. We were poor, but the vendors were much poorer, so they had their way. … [Read more...] about Pedicurist to the stars gets her feet wet
Photographer Dinh Quang Thanh leaves a strong impression on those who meet him. His nimble gestures, powerful voice and sparkling eyes are in complete contrast to the image one expects a 75-year-old man to possess. They’d be more surprised if they were to follow him on his field trips and discover him whirling away with his equipment, joyfully exclaiming his compliments to nature’s bountiful beauties and the way he contorts his body, ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. After completing a photographic exhibition featuring 92 works of art titled Tren Nhung Cong Trinh Xay Dung (On the Building Projects) in 2006, Thanh became the head of the 16-member Hong Ha Photographic Artists Group and travelled tirelessly through out the country, seeking "life materials" for his photo book. "I’m full of energy, inspiration and I want to devote more to the photography circle as well as the national artistic field. Holding a camera and recording the most remarkable moments … [Read more...] about Photographer, age 75, just getting started