Startup Weekend Ho Chi Minh

    Friday, August 25 - 27, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Ho Chi Minh

Friday, August 25 - 27, 2017

Friday, August 25 - 27, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Saigon Innovation Hub
273 Điện Biên Phủ, phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. 

As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. 

By partcipating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.

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Friday August 25th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Ice breaker session

7:45 pm
Van Tran - CEO, Founder at

8:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:10 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:25 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday August 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:20 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday August 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Sharing Session
Evolution of the VC and Investing Landscape. Learn about new trends and important changes within the VC and investing space, with a particular focus on Viet Nam. The panelist will share their experience and insights with the audience.

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Van Tran
CEO, Founder at

Van Tran is the Founder and CEO of This based online bus ticket portal officially launched in 2013. enables its users to find out and compare information about fares, schedules, phone numbers and addresses. It has around 700,000 monthly visitors to its sites and over 1,000 bus operators. It is now the number one bus portal in Vietnam. received undisclosed seed funding from Cyberagent Ventures Vietnam within a year of inception. As A CEO/Founder, Van has diversified background in e-commerce, brand management, business development, IT..etc. He also earned his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Event Judges

Hajime Hotta

- Serial Entrepreneur, who experienced two buyouts in Japan
- Leading Series A funding at Naked Tech (acquired by Mixi)
- Inventing & Leading core product at Cirius Tech (acquired by Yahoo Japan)
- Strong academic background on Artificial Intelligence, AI-integrated web applications

Specialties: Entrepreneur, fundraising, Asian market, Social-based user experience design, business model patenting, ad tech, Mobile, data analysis, data mining , artificial-intelligence-based systems(ad. delivery system, recommendation system), consultation of system architecture, designing internet business.

Adrian Tan

Adrian is  the Program Director of VIISA, a Saigon-based $6M accelerator and seed fund that will invest in over 100 startups in Southeast Asia.

Previous he was an entrepreneur-in-residence and lean innovation coach at JFDI Asia an he has mentored over 1000 startup founders across the region. He also had the opportunity to work with large multinational companies to kickstart their innovation projects for Asia. 

He designed and facilitated corporate innovation workshops in lean startup, product development, growth-hacking and design thinking for companies and participants from Schneider Electric, Bosch, Sivantos, Manulife, ProsiebenSat1, Google, Rolls-Royce and Skyscanner.

Coaches and Mentors

Anh Phan
Founder at Angle 4 Us

Anh Phan is the founder of Angel 4 Us, an angel investment group for entrepreneurs and angel investors in Vietnam. At the same time, he is the mentor and program manager at SME Mentoring, a non-profit project providing 1 on 1 mentorship program to local entrepreneurs. He earned his Bachelor of Law & Commerce from Australia and his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the UK. He has diversified background in PR, franchise, business consultancy, M&A and investment. Giving his favorite quote from Martin Luther King “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what you are doing for others, Anh, with over ten years working experience, hopes to share his experience to young Vietnamese entrepreneurs

Vincent Huynh

Mr. Huynh is a Technical Consultant with 8 years experience. - Digital Business Strategist. - Project Manager of many large projects.- An open mind, collaborative, sociable and funny guy

Ngan Le

Ms. Ngan is the Founder of which is the leading tech news in Vietnam which focuses on technology entrepreneurship. They deliver not only latest local news but also market insight, know-how and consumer behaviors in Internet business. 

Thang Huynh

Over 8 years experienced, Thang is engaging and consulting actors in several industries, including start-up mentoring. With high communication and leadership skills, he is also leading young Vietnamese communities from various backgrounds in IT to Business & Marketing.

Rene DeAnda

He is interested in new & growing companies, new technologies, and helping growth in developing/emerging markets. All with the end goal of helping people live better/safer lives with more opportunity. If this resonates with you please feel free to message him to chat!
He is a curious individual. He enjoys learning how something works so I can help make it better for others. Creating something that will improve someone's life excites me!
He has an MBA graduate degree with a focus in marketing and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering.

Skills: relationship building, idea creation, troubleshooting, process improvement, HTML, CSS, Java, Android development, VBA programming

Viet Anh Nguyen

Nguyen Viet Anh is President Office Director at Infinity Blockchain Labs. He graduated from the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City and then spent 2 years working as a software developer in the Japanese market. He has 5 years working as an IT administrator at Saigon Tax Trade Central (controlling all servers/clients/telecom material) and 3 years as a business representative for a Thai ceramic company dealing with such top companies India, New Zealand, Italy and Germany. Before joining Infinity Blockchain Labs, he founded a company that imported European crystals and exported completed art to the United States.

Lynn Hoang

Lynn Hoang is an initiator/founder of BlockchainShapers, a community hub for blockchain/crypto builders to discover, connect and collaborate. Previously, Lynn was COO at Remitano, the largest P2P crypto exchange in Vietnam/Malaysia/Nigeria, and Project Director at Infinity Blockchain Labs, one of the largest R&D blockchain labs in South East Asia. 

Lynn holds a B.S. degree in Finance/Accounting from San Francisco State University,  M.B. A from Golden Gate University. Lynn is also a self-taught programmer, film producer, writer, speaker, mentor, and community builder. Lynn has been working with Seedstars, Techstars, Product School, DevNetwork, Y-Combinator Startup School, Vietnam Innovation Network, and is an active member of cryptocurrency certification consortium.

Tom Horward

He helps  organizations become more scientific and empathy centered in their innovation and development process. A lifelong technologist and product geek, Tom has worked in both startup and Fortune 500 companies. 

Most recently at FactoryX in San Francisco, a product studio founded by a GoogleX co-founder and Google Glass inventor, where we were rapid prototyping and spinning out new products every 10 weeks.

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