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Obama inspires future business leader

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 11:00
Alumnus Lu Nguyen Phuc Thinh (2nd from left) and his start-up team at their free government- allocated free working space.
Alumnus Lu Nguyen Phuc Thinh (left) heard President Obama speak and started a business with HCMC University of Technology student Le Hoang Nhat.

Hearing US President Barack Obama’s words on how young people can make the world a better place has inspired an RMIT Vietnam alumnus in his quest to become an entrepreneur.

The University sponsored Lu Nguyen Phuc Thinh to attend the May 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations headquarters in Kenya. There Thinh heard Obama speak and personally thanked him for his inspiring words.

“He shared his vision about how young people can have impact through economic development, co-operation and civic engagement,” Thinh said.

“It was a great opportunity to hear about entrepreneurism from one of the world’s most important leaders.

“I also met other young entrepreneurs around the world.”

Since then Thinh and his business partner, HCMC University of Technology student Le Hoang Nhat have begun their start-up, creating and promoting a new app to which they’ve applied a gamification technique.

“Young people are spending a lot of time playing games and can be disconnected from the real world,” Thinh said.

“This app will keep them connected to the real world – it’s a quest related to self-improvement in terms of physical abilities, knowledge and networking.”

Thinh and Nhat’s start-up has already received support from UNICEF and Action for Wildlife in Vietnam and has won an incubator program sponsored by the Vietnam Government.

They have also been allocated free working and server space in a newly-built government co-working space.

Amazingly, in November 2015 Thinh was invited to hear Obama speak again at the Young South-east Asian Leaders Initiative at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur.

“He spoke as if he was a friend of the audience and it made him enjoyable to hear,” Thinh said.

“It wasn’t advice – more like a sharing session between teacher and student. I believe great leaders should be able to do that.”

Story: Sharon Webb