“The journey will be hard with lots of ups and downs, but it will be worth it,” judge Ha Thanh An, Vice Director of Vintech City, encouraged the competing start-ups as VietChallenge Semi-final Regional Round in Hanoi came to an end.
VietChallenge 2019 Hanoi Regional Round took place on May 27 at RMIT University Hanoi. Eight teams with both unique and practical ideas, such as Smilee’s subscription service for toothbrush and Tubudd’s platform for finding local traveling buddies, pitched against each other heads-on. They came to learn, to challenge themselves, and to further develop their start-ups.
Teams like Hanpu Technologies, a virtual platform for wedding services, and Chungxe, a virtual platform for renting and sharing rides, evidently stepped out of their comfort zone.They bravely spoke in their non-native language to connect with judges, fellow competitors, and audiences from all over the globe, a case in point for what makes VietChallenge special–bridging Vietnamese entrepreneurs to the world.
The competition has been a journey for each team. And this journey, too, had many ups and downs. The ups were when the teams were applauded by the audience, received valuable feedbacks from the judges, and downs were when they could not satisfactorily answer the judges’ questions or pitch their idea the best they could.
Even with all the downs–it is okay. That’s the message that everyone attending the competition received and hopefully will carry with them leaving the competition.
With the end of the semi-final round in Hanoi, some teams will have to say goodbye to VietChallenge. However, as judge Denny Cowger, Chief Administrative Officer of Ortholite, aptly said for VietChallenge and many others, “You all are true winners to me tonight.”