"Women entrepreneurs in Australia and Vietnam: Building capacity, building relationships" with two-series workshops was organized in the collaboration between Deakin University (Australia) and the University of Economics and Law (Vietnam). These workshops aim at providing opportunities for 20 Vietnamese women entrepreneurs to enhance their capacities and experiences, as well as to build their relationship as a start-up community. The training workshop is the activity of the project “Women entrepreneurs in Australia and Vietnam: Building capacity, building relationships” Program, funded by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program involves two training workshops including intensive training and coaching sessions with guest speakers from Australia and Vietnam, with the goal of delivering information to participants and developing their start-ups.
The first training workshop was held from February 21st to 25th, 2022 in which all participants attended the coaching 360 degrees program. This program provided all participants with knowledge about entrepreneurs, marketing, and problem-solving skills. Participants also visited the Information Technology Park VietNam National University Ho Chi Minh City (ITP) and met with the entrepreneur community in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as visited start-up companies and innovation labs, such as Study Melbourn Hub and Saigon Innovation Hub. The “Coaching one by one" session was the most outstanding aspect of this program because candidates had the opportunity to learn from their coaches.
The second training workshop was held from April 18th to 22nd, 2022. Similar to the first workshop, the candidates were provided with all knowledge related to finance for start-up and market research for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), better developing their business models. If the participants were also given the opportunity to share their journeys from business ideas to business models during a "Showcase" session, during the " PITCH DAY" session, their business models were presented to receive feedback from experts on the fields.
To sum up, the training workshop has provided many opportunities for the candidates to not only develop their own capacity for start-up but also create the connection through many meaningful and humane sharing activities. It is believed that the program has finished successfully and opened up new opportunities for the University of Economics and Law, Deakin Business School and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to continue more meaningful projects in the future. .