SURF 2018 – A significant step-up for the startup ecosystem by the sea

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The 3rd International Startup Conference and Exhibition in Danang – SURF 2018 with its final big day on June 29th, 2018 at Da Nang City Administrative Center has welcomed more than 2,000 turns of visitors, hosted 73 exhibition booths and been seen as the most remarkable startup event in Central Vietnam in the year. 

With more than 40 speakers and startup experts, domestically and internationally, delivered over 30 talks and panel discussions addressing the most essential matters of the industry – Startup Capitals, which refers to five key capitals for successful startups: Financial, Technological, Human, Local and Social Capitals.

Especially, one of the main focuses – “deep tech”, the combination of different technologies in a particular startup product, was put on table, debated and discussed by leading experts. This helped facilitate startups that want to pursue this new trend.

Mr. Vo Duy Khuong, Chairman of Da Nang Business Incubator (DNES)

“On determining that innovative startups are the driving force for the socio-economic development of the city in the future, Da Nang People’s Committee has set a target in enabling Da Nang to become a destination for startups and to be an innovation hub of Southeast Asia by 2030,”, said Mr. Vo Duy Khuong, Chairman of Da Nang Business Incubator (DNES). “Obviously, this is a lengthy and challenging journey that, without the efforts of the local startup ecosystem along with the contribution and support of friends and partners all around, it will be difficult to achieve. This is the cause for the creation of SURF and the effort for making it annually organized in Da Nang as a valuable place for the entire ecosystem to gather together with partners and  come up with visions and solutions for  the ultimate goal. We believe that SURF 2018 will be a significant step-up for the startup ecosystem by the sea”.

Mr. Ho Ky Minh – Vice Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee
Cáit Moran – Ambassador of Ireland to Vietnam

Nonetheless, the 7 (seven) Finalists of Pitching Competition, namely Camera 360, BGift, Ikkai Inc, TOB, EduSi, Xedike and Carami had surpassed 20 other projects in the Semi-final Round to compete in the Finale for the prizes of up to VND 200 million, and one study trip on entrepreneurship to Israel, as well as opportunities to call for investment from angel investors and venture capitals.

During the SURF Week of June 25-29, 2018, a wide range of activities and events were organized which included the mini accelerator program of Israeli experts, panel discussions on “Building creative hubs” hosted by British Council (Vietnam), workshops on Intellectual Property and IP registration by the National Office of Intellectual Property – Branch Office in Da Nang and a festival for developers and IT students,  followed by the spotlight of the major exhibition and pitching day on June 29, 2018

SURF 2018 was an attempt to kick off and explore different perspectives and to create a hub where capital holders came together and seeked for ways to initiate sustainable startups. This event, in addition, was a great opportunity for startups to meet up and connect with the above-mentioned entities. It is the core meaning of the “#linkthewaves” message that SURF 2018 conveyed.

The 3rd  International Startup Conference and Exhibition in Da Nang – SURF 2018 was organized by Da Nang Business Incubator (DNES) under the direction of Da Nang Startup Council and endorsed by Da Nang People’s Committee.

Without the support and companion of our friends, partners and sponsors such as the Embassy of Israel in Vietnam, Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP), VietinBank, Ba Na Service Cable Car Joint Stock Company, Grab Vietnam and many other organizations, it would not be able for SURF 2018 team to make the event this successful.

It was expected to be a gathering point for not only impressive initiatives and insightful consultancy, but also for connecting resources, especially capitals, in order to motivate the local and regional innovative startups,  and  to make Da Nang a hub-to-be of entrepreneurship and innovation in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

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The 3rd  International Startup Conference and Exhibition in Da Nang – SURF 2018

SURF 2018 – A significant step-up for the startup ecosystem by the sea
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