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US-backed training program to empower women’s entrepreneurship opens in Vietnam

US-backed training program to empower women’s entrepreneurship opens in Vietnam

Wednesday, November 01, 2023, 08:13 GMT+7
US-backed training program to empower women’s entrepreneurship opens in Vietnam
Participants speak at the launch ceremony for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023, October 31, 2023. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

The Vietnamese organization ForGood Vietnam, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Vietnam, on Tuesday officially launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023 (AWE 2023), which is designed to enhance women’s entrepreneurship through training, mentorship, community building, and support resources.

AWE 2023, a global program taking place in nearly 100 countries, is being hosted in Vietnam across three locations -- Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. 

About 100 female entrepreneurs joined the AWE 2023 launch in an in-person event in Ho Chi Minh City and online from Hanoi and Can Tho on Tuesday.

The program, fully sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers female entrepreneurs the knowledge, networking opportunities, and support necessary for the development of thriving businesses. 

The initiative has already empowered approximately 25,000 women worldwide to expand their enterprises and fully realize their economic potential.

Natella Svistunova, Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, speaks at the launch ceremony for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023, October 31, 2023. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Natella Svistunova, cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, speaks at the launch ceremony for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023, October 31, 2023. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Eligible applicants for AWE 2023 in Vietnam are Vietnamese females between the ages of 20 and 45. 

They must be either business owners, actively managing a small business, in the early stages of launching a startup, or testing a prototype for a business concept. 

Preference will be given to startups with a strong tech focus or those with a significant social impact. 

Applicants are required to have a proficient level of English and basic computer skills and submit their applications by November 15.

Thai Van Linh, CEO and founder of TVL Group, speaks at the launch ceremony for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023, October 31, 2023. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

Thai Van Linh, CEO and founder of TVL Group, speaks at the launch ceremony for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023, October 31, 2023. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

The program combines localized in-class mentoring and training facilitation via the use of complimentary online platform DreamBuilder and 100 Million Learners, another digital platform developed collaboratively by Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Freeport McMoRan Foundation. 

Through AWE, participants learn critical business skills such as strategic planning, marketing, and financial management, and apply these skills in the classroom and through experiential learning with mentors from the local business community.

AWE participants will have the opportunity to learn from and network with successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and U.S. Exchange Alumni in the Vietnamese business community. 

Participants pose for a photo at the launch ceremony for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023, October 31, 2023. Photo: ForGood Vietnam

Participants pose for a photo at the launch ceremony for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs 2023, October 31, 2023. Photo: ForGood Vietnam

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