(25 March 2021)
Sunwah – In the morning of 25 March 2021, Sunwah Innovations joined hands with Zone Startup Vietnam and Swiss EP to start off the EMpower Program – a free four-week accelerator designed to support early-stage tech-based female entrepreneurs.
Launching Ceremony of EMpower Program
The EMpower Program covers an array of core business areas, including Product Developing, Marketing & Communications, Operations, Leadership and Fundraising, plus 1:1 mentorship with leading entrepreneurs and experts from Vietnam, Singapore and Canada. The program also provides female entrepreneurs the access to the community of inspirational female leaders, seed funds, other resources and services to help the startups scale up fast.
The Launching Ceremony of EMpower Program was held at Sunwah Galleria, with the participation of more than 100 guests, including many startups, corporations and venture funds joining physically and virtually. Keynote speakers at the Ceremony included Ms Quynh Vo, Director of Zone Startups Vietnam; Ms Quynh Anh, Manager of Swiss EP; Mrs Tieu Yen Trinh, CEO of Talentnet; and Mr Jesse Choi, Director of Sunwah Vietnam and CEO of Sunwah Innovations. The Launching also included a panel discussion on “Journey of Women Entrepreneurs”, with valuable sharing from experienced panelists from Swiss EP, Genesia Ventures, SkyX Solar, Topica and Ru9.
The panel discussion on “Journey of Women Entrepreneurs”
Kicking off the program, Ms Quynh Vo, Director of Zone Startups Vietnam, shared that she has the idea of a women’s acceleration program for a quite long time and has been able to push it forward thanks to partners such as Sunwah Innovations and Swiss EP.
Mr Jesse Choi, Director of Sunwah Vietnam and CEO of Sunwah Innovations
Speaking at the Ceremony, Mr Jesse Choi introduced about the flagship Sunwah Innovation Center in Ho Chi Minh City and the Sunwah International Innovation Platform, which were launched in December 2020, as a part of a series of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sunwah Group in Vietnam. The Center aims at becoming a key player in Vietnam startup ecosystem, providing a place that inspires new ideas and also resources to support those ideas. Apart from the Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Sunwah Innovations has already opened other Innovation Centers in Nanjing, Shenyang, Wuxi and Beijing in Mainland China, and expect more to come in other places where Sunwah does business. The Sunwah International Innovation Platform will be linked to all Sunwah Innovation Centers around the world to serve as a sharing network for local and international partners to facilitate greater information exchange, market exposure, connectivity and access to programs.
Female entrepreneurs receiving trophies of EMpower Program
Also, during the launch, Mrs Tieu Yen Trinh, CEO of Talentnet, a leading Vietnamese HR consulting firm, delivered an inspiring speech. She shared her valuable insights and experiences while working in the human resource industry. Mrs Trinh affirmed that women have an absolute advantage when taking lead in doing business, which is a natural skill in engaging people, focusing, and connecting with other people. That is one of the key factors to success.
After the Launching Ceremony, all guests were invited to join the Networking session at Sunwah Innovation Center Ho Chi Minh City. The Center is also the venue to host different workshops of the EMpower Program in the coming time.
Networking at Sunwah Innovation Center Ho Chi Minh City