Multinational partnership provides leg-up to women tech start-up entrepreneurs

Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 07:54

Women tech entrepreneurs take part in the EMpower Programme. — VNS Photo

Zone Startups Vietnam in partnership with Sunwah Innovations and the Swiss Government-funded Entrepreneurship Programme has launched the EMpower Programme, an accelerator designed to support early-stage tech start-ups by women.

The four-week programme, which began on Thursday, covers a number of core business areas, including product development, marketing and communications, operations, leadership, and fundraising.

It focuses on supporting 15 Vietnamese tech entrepreneurs, including through one-on-one mentorship, with entrepreneurs and experts from Viet Nam and Singapore.

The start-ups can access inspirational women entrepreneurs, seed funding and other resources to help them scale up faster.

EMpower provides the women and their employees with training, a professional network of peer sharing and a comfort zone to receive professional and mental support from the mentors, Quynh Vo, director of Zone Startups Vietnam, said.

They then could become programme ambassadors to empower the next generation of leaders, she said.

Jesse Choi, director of Sunwah Vietnam and CEO of Sunwah Innovations, said the latter aims to become a key player in the country’s start-up eco-system, providing a place that inspires new ideas and resources to support them.

Tieu Yen Trinh, CEO of Talentnet, a Vietnamese HR consulting firm, said women have advantages when doing business like a natural skill in engaging people, focus and connecting with people. — VNS

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