Top 12 teams from Z Pitch contest explored green business at Vinfast factory
The first round of Z Pitch Green Startup Contest hosted by Vinschool’s The VZNIS business club ended in October. Z Pitch is a playground for Gen Z students to come up with innovative and environmentally friendly startup ideas.
The top 12 teams entering the second round, including Vinsers from all over the country and students from Bac Ninh High School for the Gifted, Quang Tri Town High School, Tran Hung Dao High School for the Gifted, Duy Tan High School, and Foreign Language Specialised School for the Gifted, and FPT High School – Can Tho, have won the heart of the jury with unique projects such as fashion products made from spider web, indigo fabric products, cotton swab recycling machine, and organic straws.
In preparation for the second round – involving the presentation of business ideas and plans – the contestants and members of the Organizing Board participated in an exploratory and fact-finding activity at Vinfast, a business whose motto is “For a Better Future”. The mission is in line with “Sustainable Production” – the theme of the contest. The contestants joined the members of Vinfast’s management board to visit its essential factories, including the battery production and packing factory and the automotive body assembly factory. They also learnt about the 21-month journey of turning a swamp into a world-class factory and observed the operation of a smart electric vehicle brand aiming to drive the movement of the global smart electric vehicle revolution.
Participating in the experiential event, the contestants were extremely excited because they had the chance to learn many useful things to apply to the contest. “When I first entered the factory, I was overwhelmed because it was much larger than what I had imagined, and it was surrounded by many trees. It’s the first time I’ve visited an automobile production factory, which is an opportunity for me to learn useful things for our group’s upcoming pitch”, said Hoang Ngoc Anh from TKIDS team.
The contestants of the 12 teams also participated in a training workshop under the guidance of the Embassy of the Netherlands to Vietnam led by Mr. Kees Van Baar to gain better insight into sustainable development goals (SDGs), entrepreneurship, business planning skills and presentation of ideas via teamwork activities. “What impresses me about the contest is that the contestants have proactively looked for necessary ideas, solutions and plans for a future of their own and of the society at large, instead of merely looking for the most competent people,” said the Ambassador.