The Silicon Valley based “500 Startups” estimates that 1,000 or more start-up companies launch in Vietnam every year. The entrepreneurial culture is so strong in urban centers like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, in fact, that it has prompted some scholars and businesspeople to wonder whether Vietnam will become the next Silicon Valley (according to The Atlantic).
In response to this growing trend, the U.S. Department of State has designed an on-demand program to invite 10 investors, lenders, and venture capitalists from Vietnam to the United States to explore themes such as start-up development, mentoring, accelerators, and best practices for venture capital funding and angel investment in the U.S. Over the course of two days in September, visitors will meet with Michael Goldberg, creator of the largest massive open online course (MOOC) currently in existence: “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies.” They will also meet with several other top experts and local organizations to learn about Cleveland’s nurturing environment for start-up companies and to see how good ideas get funded.
International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program
Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields. Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program.
By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.