A Winning Week of Vietnamese Women Entrepreneurs

12 March 2016 | This is really a winning week of Vietnamese women entrepreneurs.

On March 6, the Moroccan Times features an interview with Loan Duong the winner of the “Best Woman Entrepreneur” of the year award in Lausanne, Switzerland, part of the prestigious startup competition for emerging markets Seedstars World. Omniup is an innovative advertising solution on smartphones providing free wifi services in public place against video ads & web interaction. This is an interesting globalization story. A Vietnamese(?) woman founded a startup in Morocco and won an award in Switzerland.

On March 9, the SXSWedu Conference & Festival, powered by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, names ELSA as the winner of the SXSWedu Launch startup competition. ELSA is a mobile app for language learners to improve pronunciation and reduce accent, utilizing in-house speech recognition, automated feedback and deep learning technology. ELSA works to enable 1.5 billion learners to increase language fluency at the lowest cost and unlock new opportunities.

ELSA was created in 2015 by the ELSA team, with two Vietnamese women, CEO Van Dinh Hong Vu (MBA & M.Ed), and CPO Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu (BA & MBA) and leading speech expert from Spain, PhD Speech Processing Xavier Anguera. FPT Ventures has funded ELSA apart from two individual investors.

On March 11, Microsoft Educator Exchange announces the winner of 2016 is the team that hacks the classroom with a strategy on using Microsoft OneNote to help students – especially foreign and migrant students. The strategy is to (i) increase equity of learning opportunities; (ii) improve class management; and (iii) prevent foreign students from being felt isolated. The team has three entrepreneurial educators: Ha Nguyen Thi Hai (University of Lecturer from Vietnam); DeAnne Hainlen (School Administrator from the USA); and Stefan Malter (University Lecturer from Germany).

The strategy is as follows.

  1. Foreign students create and share multimedia notebooks about their story, background and country in native language.
  2. Resident students create and share digital notebooks including useful information for the new students, i.e. about their school and city.
  3. Use the built-in translation feature of Microsoft OneNote
  4. In addition, there are further ICT tools for translating, including Bing Translate, Translator App, and Skype Translate.


What a globalized world and talented women!


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