Start-up Mentoring Program
The Startup Mentoring Program is developed by Elab to connect entrepreneurs-in-residence with students and teams at VinUni who have startup ideas. This arrangement allows mentors to enhance their mentorship skills and give back to the community, while mentees get the help they need to achieve their personal/professional goals, and developing more confidence in turning their ideas into feasible solutions for wide adoption.
Other mentoring programs may be quite general and help you with different aspects of your personal and professional development. Our program focuses on helping you solve challenges related to turning your innovative ideas into reality, gain skills related to innovation and entrepreneurship, and create real-world impacts.
HOW TO BECOME A MENTEE?
You only need to be a VinUnian with an innovative idea and commitment to learn and grow. No further requirement is needed. Get more information and register via this link: bit.ly/VinUniStartupMentoringProgram.
UNIQUE FORMAT OF MENTORING PROGRAM
With a mentor pool of 50+ industry mentors in diverse fields (startup founders, CEOs, venture capitalists, social entrepreneurs, UX/UI experts, accountants, professors, etc.), our mentorship programs generally fall into one of three program formats which are built based on actual needs of mentees, each with their own opportunities and challenges:
- Start-up idea stage: Consult mentees who have a startup idea and wonder how to turn the idea into reality and share difficulties they can face with.
- Start-up incubation: Support mentees to deal with difficulties in operating, building catchy Pitch Deck, launching MVP to the market or connecting resources to promote the product market. Moreover, in this stage, mentees also get advanced training by industry leaders and founders for start-up teams.
- Fundraising stage: Assist mentees in calculating company valuation and cap table, building term sheets and connecting with external investment funds and angel funds.
WHO ARE THE MENTORS?
Elab carefully selects a limited number of experienced mentors who play a number of roles based on the needs of each individual and team. The advisory board helps students in the following ways:
Ask tough questions
Advisory board members ask tough ‘critical path’ questions designed to help our team’s to improve their concepts.
Advisory board members provide perspective on issues ranging from the start up process and fundraising, to product development and distribution of equity to employees. They bring their experiences and wisdom to the table to help our teams succeed.
Advisory board members provide regular feedback on strategy, products, pricing, sales strategy, marketing plans, investor decks, legal factors and many of the other issues that entrepreneurs explore as they undergo their journey.
Dr. Trinh Viet Dung, PhD
Program Director, College of Business and Management
Dr. Viet Dung Trinh is the Project Director for the Agile & Innovation Center and the Academic Program Director for the College of Business and Management at VinUniversity in Hanoi. Before moving to Hanoi, he has held an array of positions in higher education, from university teaching to managing joint degree programs, and strategic partnership development for the International University – Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, with a focus on advancing educational quality and student experience. He continues to maintain a high caliber profile in a wide range of industry sectors, where his extensive industry and research expertise have led to much success. Recent portfolios include FE credit, Honda, and Sabeco.
Dr. Trinh has extensive experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Asia and Australia. His research agenda is centered on premium branding, customer experience design, and marketing technology application. Multiple national and international conferences have included his presentations on marketing, premium branding, and customer experience design. Additionally, he has published widely in journals, book chapters, and other publications.
Mr. Rusydi Khairul
Co-Founder & CEO at Reactor School
Khairul Rusydi co-founded Reactor in 2012 after observing that students in the Southeast Asian education system are not well-equipped to be entrepreneurs. Speaking about his motivations in establishing Reactor, Khairul Rusydi said:
“We (Southeast Asian students) are good at testing, but the future demands people who can build and solve problems…I built Reactor School because I believe entrepreneurship education helps us fill that gap. Currently, we only apply 3% of what we learn in the classroom to our daily lives; we learn the rest on the job. I want to optimize that process and help students build skills that remain relevant throughout their life.”
Find out more about Reactor School: https://www.reactor.school/
Mr. Thang Tran
Innovation Program Manager of IPSC, USAID
The Improving Private Sector Competitiveness (IPSC) project at USAID seeks to remove policy, market, and firm-level constraints inhibiting the growth of SGBs, including those owned or led by women and vulnerable populations. The goal is to foster an innovative and dynamic Vietnamese private sector that expands economic opportunities at home and is able to compete regionally and globally.
Prof. Wray Buntine
Computer Science Program Director at College of Engineering & Computer Science, VinUniversity
As an academic and university professor, I have been interacting with different companies on R&D projects since 2004 in areas like social media, news monitoring and medical informatics. My own experience with start-ups spans a 5 year period. I ran my own company doing research contracts and developing internet software, Ultimode, with about 4 other partners and employees in Silicon Valley 1995 to 1999. In 1999 we sold out to Dynaptics, Inc., an early internet advertising start-up with which I developed a number of patents. The company went defunct in early 2001 and I went to work at Google, then a small company in two office floors in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Huy Pham
Managing Director at Lotte Ventures Viet Nam
Lotte Ventures is Korean-based VC that has invested in more than 250 startups all over the world with USD 300M under management. Having served as a Managing Director of Lotte Ventures Vietnam, I’m looking for potential startups and great founders to leverage the entire infrastructure and business of 30 subsidiaries of Lotte group in Vietnam – retail, logistics, culture, tourism, food & beverages, chemical, and finance.
Ms. Tra Hoang
Managing Partner at Vietnam Silicon Valley
At VSV Capital, Tra is incharge of both firm and fund operations. Along with Partners of each fund, she manages the whole process from fundraising and fund administration to deals sourcing and portfolio monitoring. In 2021, she also led fundraising and management for Batch 7 of VSV Capital’s annual flagship acceleration program.
As a Partner, she regularly works with startups to develop their go-to-market strategy, operations, and fundraising procedures. Tra also plays an important role in creating opportunities for portfolio companies to connect with potential downstream investors and engaging with external partners to provide startups with crucial resources.
Mr. Kevin Dang (Thanh Dinh)
Founder & CEO at Nerman
I am a passionate entrepreneur with over several years of experience in Leadership, management, and Marketing Strategy. My main activities have been related to the start-up process of new products or services, which has led to many exciting opportunities. My experiences have included the launch of multiple successful business ventures. My passion for Project Management is highlighted by all the different teams I worked with from the initial stages to reaching our highest potential. Currently, I’m managing two companies and working with students to develop their online learning solutions.
Mr. Tuan Ngo
Founder & CEO at Beloved & Beyond
I studied information technology, but my dream is to start a business with only one goal in mind: to leave something for the next life.
I’ve worked in different jobs, from professional to amateur, technical to executive, but all with the same goal in mind.
I’ve started about 8 projects so far, including Founder and Co-Founder, but it appears that success is not destined for me, so it keeps failing.
My current project is Beloved & Beyond, a personal gifting platform, and I believe in its future potential.
I trust my mind, and it is my guide throughout my life’s journey; success may come late, but it will come to those who believe and persevere in their chosen goal.
Ms. Selena Le
Founder & CEO WSAFE and Head of International Village of Techfest
She commits toward to Sustainable Future, Sustainability, kindness and responsibilities for our next generations, everything, every project, her heart her mind, her experience, her knowledge, her desire put in building a better future for our children. When apply tech, innovation, entrepreneurship combinate leadership with an amazing team.
Her role in this organization is building a better team, strategy, investment for startups, finding the best and suitable partnership in among of innovative startup Ecosystem
When you read till here, we wish you would join her team or provide the solutions to make a better world
So her strengths and passion are making a better entrepreneurship for sustainability!
Mr. Hieu Dao
Founder & CEO of MediClowd and Co-founder of Sub Wallet
Mr. Hieu Dao has 10 years of experience as Software Developer, Web Designer, and Entrepreneur.
SubWallet is the pioneer Web3 extension wallet in the Polkadot and Kusama ecosystem that is user-friendly and easy to use. SubWallet provides the simplest yet most secure way to connect to blockchain-based applications like DeFi and GameFi applications.
Ms. Annie Vu
CEO & Founder at Tubudd
I am a young, hungry and ambitious individual. I started working in PR and Events industry from 2010 and soon became one of the founding team of CREATIO agency in Vietnam. We started from nothing to working with international blue chip companies. I had a big turn when moving to Manchester, UK in 2014 for my masters degree in International Events Management. All from a sudden, I had to start all over again from scratch. Now I’m CEO and Co-Founder at Tubudd. The best is yet to come!!
Ms. Ngo Thuy Anh
Founder & CEO at HASU | Forbes 30 Under 30 Vietnam
HASU, is a comprehensive ecosystem designed for seniors to take care of them not only in terms of physical health, but also mental health and social well-being. Through a mobile application, seniors can access health advice, learn online, entertain, exercise, meditate, connect with their family and meet new people.
The Winner of Impact Startup Competition, organized by UNDP
Top 3 National Round, Entrepreneurship World Cup
Top 10 Entrepreneurship Asia Cup 2021
Top 10 National Innovation Startup competition – TECHFEST 2020
Top 10 Community Entrepreneur Award (Blue Venture Award 2020)
Website: www.hasuapp.vn (ENG|VIE)
Podcast of the Journey: https://www.lifelinethepodcast.com/post/38thuyanhngo
Ms. Trang Nguyen
Finance expertRead more
Mr. Nguyen Tri Hien
Chairman of GETjsc | Azota Singapore | EdtechAgency ||| edTech & eLearning Vietnam market
Co-head of Education village- Techfest
Ms. Tuyet Nguyen
COO of BambuUp
Mr. Long Nguyen
Founder & CEO of Genstory
Ms. Valerie Van Vu
Founder @ Ansible Ventures | Futurist | Startup Hustler | Podcasting @ForwardVN
Mr. Shawn Lee
CEO of SMSINO Investment Technology- Korean Venture Capital
Mr. Doan Minh Duc
CEO of HDS Law FirmRead more
Khanh To, Founder of Mediaverse Project
Our mentor helped us a lot during our idea development stage. He also has good connections among the start-up community which could be really beneficial to our team! He is supportive and very accessible!
Tran Tue Nhi, Founder of NextGenX Project
Insightful comments and feedback from the mentors. We really appreciate how engaging both of them were and genuinely wanted our product change for the better.