Professor of Practice Juan Montermoso hosted a delegation from Vietnam to help them understand more about Silicon Valley. He provided a review of the visit, which is printed below.
Vietnam Ministry Delegation Visits LSB/SCU to Learn about Silicon Valley
By Dr. Juan P. Montermoso
On June 18, 2015, a delegation from the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology met with some of SCU’s Leavey School of Business faculty and practitioners to learn more about what makes Silicon Valley tick. Professor of Practice Juan P. Montermoso hosted the group, headed by Mr. Tran Van Tung, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, who were eager to understand more about innovation and entrepreneurship.
Professor Montermoso arranged a series of presentations to provide unique perspectives on the Silicon Valley experience. As he reviewed past and current trends in business and technology, he highlighted the importance of talent development. In particular, Professor Montermoso noted the specific contributions SCU and the Leavey School have made not only through educational programs but also through organizations like the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Retail Management Institute,and the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, all of which deepen the engagement and collaboration of entrepreneurs, businesses, and SCU. SCU MBA candidate Ron Kwok provided the unique perspective of current Silicon Valley entrepreneur meeting the challenges of growing markets and evolving products with his own family business. An invited speaker, Mr. Dimitrios Dovas,, CEO of a technology startup as well as a Board Director of other Silicon Valley technology ventures, provided a perspective on Silicon Valley strengths and difficulties from his European and non –US experience.
The delegation, which also included Ms. Thach Le Anh, CEO of Vietnam Silicon Valley, as well as Vietnam Consul Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung based in San Francisco, were particularly interested in how to encourage entrepreneurial activity back in Vietnam. They hope to combine the concepts they learned at SCU with the specific ideas they were picking up during the week from visits with Incubators, like Plug and Play, with Angel Investors, and with technology firms like Microsoft. Said Professor Montermoso, “I believe the delegation left with a much deeper and broader understanding of the elements that make Silicon Valley successful and a stronger appreciation of how a university institution like SCU can help foster a dynamic ecosystem for economic growth in their own home country.”