YSEALI Academy’s 2022 Entrepreneurship Seminar – “Born Globals: Scaling Startups beyond Borders”


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — The YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam (hereinafter the YSEALI Academy) officially announced the launch of its Entrepreneurship Seminar titled “The Born Globals: Scaling Startups beyond Borders”. This seminar is now open for applications until July 29, 2022.

Launched in 2020, the YSEALI Academy’s main mission is to build capacity and enhance leadership skills for young professionals ages 25-40 from across Southeast Asia and Timor-Leste. Each year, the YSEALI Academy offers four seminars on Public Policy, Technology & Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The 2022 Entrepreneurship Seminar on Born Globals: Scaling Startups beyond Borders is a 1-week in-person seminar series preceded by two online engagement sessions geared towards young professionals who are (or are planning) to hone their skills to grow new ventures internationally.

The combination of online engagement sessions and a week-long in-person seminar/workshops will be high-speed, ultra-meaningful, and prepare the fellows for the Start or Expansion of an international new venture. At its core will be an action-based hackathon complemented by lectures, panel discussions, and coaching sessions from a carefully selected group of faculty and mentors. Participants have a chance to build conceptual business solutions for pressing societal problems across borders, and finally, pitch their plans before VCs and business angels. This seminar will unlock Southeast Asian entrepreneurial potential that can change the world.

The Entrepreneurship Seminar on “The Born Globals: Scaling Startups beyond Borders” will be opened to YSEALI Academy fellows who are young professionals between the ages of 25-40, highly qualified and motivated, from all 10 ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste. Once selected, all participants will be fully funded by the U.S. Department of State to attend the seminar.

Seminar schedule:

  • Enrollment: July 7 – July 29, 2022
  • Announcement of Result: August 18, 2022
  • Seminar dates:
    • September 20 – 22: Online Engagement Session
    • September 24 – October 1: In-person Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

To apply:

Southeast Asia can pride itself on having more and more startups and entrepreneurial activities. Yet, scaling these startups internationally has been a challenge, partly because of the very diverse Southeast Asian home market. Learning from Born Globals can help to overcome these external obstacles. Born Globals are known for their unique startup capabilities to rapidly expand across borders: global leadership, adaptability, networking capacity, and innovative business models. If you want to be part of this movement for a more regionally and globally connected startup culture, our next Entrepreneurship Seminar is for you!”, Willem Smit, Ph.D., Lead Faculty for Entrepreneurship of YSEALI Academy.

As you are aware, Southeast Asia is one of the most entrepreneurial regions on this planet. There are over 70 Million micro, small and medium sized enterprises in Southeast Asia, which contribute to over 50% of the regional GDP. It is fair to say that entrepreneurship runs deep in our societies. You, as the young talents of Southeast Asia, will play a crucial part in shaping the regional ecosystem and solving the most pressing problems in our modern society. Despite the huge talent pool in Southeast Asia and the growth in capital, it has been historically challenging for Southeast Asian startups to scale beyond national boundaries or even establish themselves globally. Why has this scaling process been so hard and how can we enable it? This fascinating question lies at the heart of our upcoming Entrepreneurship Seminar on “Born Globals: Scaling Startups beyond Borders”.

“In order to tackle this question, we must engage in a dialogue that features stakeholders from different backgrounds in business, academia, and leadership. Be part of this exciting dialogue, which promises to yield insights that will help you cross boundaries on your entrepreneurial journey!”, Ha Thi Hoang, MD, PhD, Director of YSEALI Academy.

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