My focus is on university initiatives that are:
3. Be multi-disciplinary
4. Cross university campuses
Looking forward across 2017, I have five ambitions and hope to join forces with people and organizations to make them happen:
1. Quarterly forums where policy-makers, business leaders and non-governmental actors listen to kpi reports and policy recommendations on how universities are operating in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
2. The creation of a Hanoi-wide Startup Student Council, with student representatives from all the universities, that issues policy recommendations.
3. Establishing Entrepreneur Labs at different universities (basically just some sort of room where students have access and administrators are making a commitment to Startup Nation goals)
4. Startup internship programs with Associations and business groups where students can get access to real-world business environments.
5. Startup competitions which bring different universities together.
In the spirit of the last ambition, student competitions, I am currently working with a Lecturer from Thuy Loi University who is an expert in Civil Engineering and we are going to be putting together a startup competition focused on the construction sector. I hope to bring subject-matter students from Thuy Loi together with business students from universities such as RMIT and FTU and technology students from universities such as HUST. It is by breaking university barriers like this, I believe, that will lead tomorrow's VN entrepreneurs to create really cool, big and impactful startups.