Each startup ecosystem is unique – offering opportunities as well as challenges for entrepreneurs.
This event is a cross-collaboration between Startup Grind Ho Chi Minh and Startup Grind Beijing. We are coming together to propose an insightful perspective on our respective ecosystems from our Community Builders' point of view. We partnered with Founders Lair, who supported us with extensive research and invaluable data.
In this online event, we will show you who to know and where to go when venturing out in Vietnam’s most active technology hub - Ho Chi Minh City
Firstly, we'll walk you through a general introduction of the Ho Chi Minh startup ecosystem, by exploring the following:
1. Introducing all crucial players from a macro perspective
2. Diving into special case studies to help you understand the ecosystem’s uniqueness
3. Showing you heroes to tap into for a smooth entrepreneurial start
A comparison between the two Asian hubs - Beijing and Ho Chi Minh, will then be made by local experts during a fireside chat. They will share their insights about the ecosystems, and answer any burning questions from the audience.
1. Sabrina Benioudren - Startup Grind Beijing Director
2. Catie Hang Le - Startup Grind Ho Chi Minh Director
3. Leo "Long" Pham - Associate, Access Venture
The APAC region is rich in technological hubs, and this event is catered for all the curious minds out there interested in learning about the similarities and differences of two diverse startup ecosystems in the region.
Make sure to tune in to learn and have fun!
Startup Grind Ho Chi Minh
Long "Leo" Pham is an Associate at Access Ventures - a SE Asia-focused VC fund (mainly Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore (as a hub) with a network creating relationships from working together across tech and investment giants companies such as Google, Yahoo, DFJ, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Tapjoy and Citibank.
Before joining the VC world, he spent 5 years as a software engineer in the U.S. and co-founded a startup in Greater Boston area. In 2017, he returned to Vietnam and joined VIISA Accelerator as its first Program Manager, working closely with VIISA founders and the startup ecosystem.
Leveraging these experiences, Leo looks forward to sharing about his ecosystem insights to the attendants of Startup Grind HCMC.
Catie Hang Le is a marketing strategist, community builder and tech enthusiast from Vietnam. She is Chapter Director of Startup Grind Ho Chi Minh, the largest independent startup community empowered by Google for Startups. Previously, Catie worked for a number of successful startups including UPGen - the biggest coworking business in Vietnam; Moca Mobile Payment - one of the leading mobile payments and Misfit Wearables, which was acquired by Fossil Group for $260M in 2015.
Catie gained her Marketing background and a MSc in Multidisciplinary Innovation from the UK, where she discovered her passion on solving real business problems and helps companies to better connect with customers and startup communities.
Startup Grind Beijing
Sabrina is a Beijing-based entrepreneur who leverages her multicultural background to harness and build stronger startup ecosystems. As the Co-Founder and COO of Founders Lair, a free peer-to-peer platform, she empowers founders with necessary and invaluable resources that ecosystem players have to offer around the globe. As the Director of Startup Grind Beijing, she leads one of the most active chapters of a global community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators.