Two current RMIT students and two RMIT alumni were honoured to join the Vietnamese delegation of eight to participate at the ASEANpreneurs Youth Leader Exchange (AYLE) 2012 held in Singapore last February.
AYLE is an annual program held by ASEANpreneurs, an international youth-led organisation, conducted to promote entrepreneurship amongst youth community in the ASEAN region. This year's AYLE gathered about 70 delegates from all ASEAN countries to interact, network, share ideas and gain inspiration on three main themes of Social Entrepreneurship, Ecopreneurship and Technopreneurship.
Surpassing thousands of applicants nationwide, four RMIT students and alumni joined the delegation of Vietnam to present at AYLE on the current practice of youth entrepreneurship in Vietnam, the potential for development and key activities of Viet Youth Entrepreneurs (VYE), which is an organisation run by Vietnamese youth dedicated to create a global community of diverse, high calibre Vietnamese entrepreneurs and young professionals passionate about contributing to Vietnam.
"Delegates from other countries got very good impression of the Vietnamese delegation's presentation. They also appreciate our spirit of 'work hard, play harder' during the whole program. Some even suggested Vietnam should consider to host the event next year", says Cao Le Dieu Vinh, one of two RMIT alumni presenting at AYLE.
Two current RMIT Vietnam students joining the delegation were Mai Hong Khoa (BIS) and Hoang My Linh (Commerce). The other alumna was Le Nguyen Van Anh from RMIT Melbourne.
During this weeklong program, delegates had chances to cultivate their entrepreneurial sense by joining different entrepreneurship related activities including critical discussions with entrepreneurs, inspirational talks, workshops, social networking sessions and company visits to Singapore's successful start-ups with rich entrepreneurial background.
"The most memorable moment of the whole program was when Adam Khoo gave an inspiring training for us. Adam Khoo is a young millionaire Singaporean entrepreneur and a best-selling author that I have admired for a long time. Although it was a short session, he truly inspired me with many insightful patterns," shares Mai Hong Khoa.
Along with inspiring entrepreneurial learning sessions, a plethora of entertaining activities was also engaged for culture exchange and closer bonds amongst delegates, who will be agents of future positive change in the ASEAN region, as active leaders in general, or entrepreneurs in specific.