Projects at Ho Chi Minh City Startup Day inspired by practical needs

Many startup projects introduced at the Startup Day, an annual event in Ho Chi Minh City, on Saturday have been inspired by daily practical demands.

The Startup Day 2016, taking place at the Riverside Palace Convention Center in District 4 from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, was attended by thousands of visitors, including investors, incubators, businesspeople, and entrepreneurial organizations.

Pham Minh Cong, a senior from the University of Da Nang – University of Science and Technology, and his group developed a automatic feeding trough for pigs, inspired by his harsh experience in raising swine at home.

According to the local newspaper Phap Luat (Law) Online, Cong’s family is farming some 100 pigs.

“It is quite hard to feed them,” Cong said.

“As automation engineering is my major, I came up with the idea of creating a machine that can handle the feeding,” Cong was cited byPhap Luat Online as saying.

Many projects stick firmly to the aim of producing safe food “for a healthy Vietnam” like the Kamaboko fish cakes of Nguyen Huu Tho, hailing from Nha Trang, a touristy city in south-central Vietnam.

Tho said that he and his group had spent more than two years studying Japanese technology in making the cakes.

“We hope to serve lots of consumers with our safe products,” he toldTuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

“The event was held to promote and support young entrepreneurs to help them find prospective investors and advance further on their career path,” Truong Ly Hoang Phi, CEO of the Business Startup Support Center, said.

Startup Day is organized annually by the municipal Young Businesspeople Association under the leadership of the Vietnam Youth Federation, the Vietnam National Union of Students, and the BSSC.

This year’s event was supported by the municipal Department of Science and Technology and the Ho Chi Minh City Energy Saving Center.

BSSC is the only organization in Vietnam offering specialized support services to young start-ups. We offer help with finance, material facilities, consultation, training, trade promotion and other services.