Last September, the second Startup Weekend was held in Ho Chi Minh city here in Vietnam. Not to be outdone, here comes Hanoi’s first ever Startup Weekend. The event starts on June 14th (starting at 6:30pm) and spans until June 16th (to 10pm) and will be held at FPT University in Hanoi.
This year’s theme is “No Talk, All Action” and will focus on getting teams together to come up with ideas that have a strong business model, understanding of the market, product, and customer. So far, the event already has 250 sign-ups who want to participate, with 35 percent of them with more than two years of experience in engineering, design, and web development. They’re expecting 400 total sign-ups and have 14 mentors to guide the teams. So if you’re in Hanoi and you want to join, you better do it soon by signing up here.
Thus far, Ho Chi Minh city’s Startup Weekend events have been relatively successful in producing new startups like Keewi, so this will be an opportunity for Hanoi to get in on the wave. Although Hanoi has always had a smaller startup community with fewer events, I’ve noticed that startups coming out of the capital city to be quite robust. There are certainly more startups in Ho Chi Minh city, so perhaps the first ever Startup Weekend in the north of the country next month can help balance things out.