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Vietnamese team champions at SAGE World Cup

Released at: 08:36, 07/10/2019 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Vietnamese team champions at SAGE World Cup

Photos: SAGE World Cup

Rainbow Straws team the winner of contest to search for and nurture future entrepreneurs.

by Thanh Thanh

The four Vietnamese members of the Rainbow Straws team made history in becoming champions at the SAGE World Cup for children aged 13 to 18 held at the University of California, Berkeley, in the US from August 7 to 12.

The SAGE World Cup is a contest for students aged 13 to 18, to search for and nurture future entrepreneurs. It is held annually at the national and global level. Students with a keen interest in innovation present business ideas to a judging panel consisting of outstanding figures in the field of business, community work, and education.

The four members of Rainbow Straws are Hoang Ly Tuan Long (Grade 9, British-Vietnamese International School), Dam Minh Chau and Pham Gia Khanh (Grade 8, Star Secondary School), and Vu Huy Phong (Grade 8, Vinschool The Harmony).

The SAGE World Cup this year attracted teams from countries such as the US, Israel, the Netherlands, Ireland, Nigeria, Kenya, Japan, China, and Zambia, as well as visitors from South Korea, Uruguay, and the UAE.

This was the first year Rainbow Straws has participated in the SAGE World Cup. After an intense qualifying round, with inspirational presentations and smart responses, the team was selected as one of three finalists, along with Japanese and Chinese teams.

The three projects presented in the final round were edible straws made from rice (Vietnam), high tech, rotating waste and recycling disposal equipment (China), and replenishment of degraded forests (Japan). Thanks to an outstanding presentation and answers to the judging panel’s questions, Rainbow Straws won the contest and was given the chance to meet billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman.

SAGE first came to Vietnam in February 2019, bringing together six teams showcasing their capabilities via making business plans and taking part in entrepreneurship training courses. There were two winning teams, one of which was Rainbow Straws.

The SAGE World Cup 2020 will continue to seek participating teams from June in SAGE Vietnam and send the winner to the final round in the US next summer.

The first SAGE World Cup was held in 2003, with participating teams from Poland, Mexico, Tajikistan, and the US. The competition has been held in seven US states and other countries. Since the first season in 2003, more than 12,000 students from 1,200 schools worldwide have taken part in the SAGE World Cup.

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