Contest supports female entrepreneurs hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the award ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
As many as 68 outstanding projects, including 23 by women with disabilities and 10 by female students, of a start-up contest launched by the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) were announced at a ceremony in Hanoi on October 13.

The award ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Ann Mawe, and Head of Office for UN Women in Vietnam Elisa Fernandez.

In his remarks, Deputy PM Dam lauded the achievements the VWU has recorded in assisting its members, including disadvantaged women, and expressed his hope that the contest will help to spread the start-up spirit nationwide.

According to VWU President Ha Thi Nga, this year’s event drew more entries than the previous two years, with contestants of different ages and coming from different sectors.

Notably, up to 12 percent of the projects hailed from ethnic minority-inhabited areas, and 3 percent by disabled women, she noted.

The wining projects have reflected connectivity between scientists and farmers, producers and consumers, and between producers, while ensuring green, clean and safe production with technological applications.

During the three-year implementation of the project supporting women in startup for the 2017-2025 period, up to 46,825 ideas and projects have been sent to startup contests, and 38,415 women received assistance in startup./.