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Can Tho kicks off Women Startup Day

The Women’s Union of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho launched the Women Startup Day on March 6 to celebrate the International Women’s Day (March 8) and encourage the women to start businesses.

The Women Startup Day will have a series of programs to support the women’s startups between 2018 and 2025 as they are facing a number of barriers in skills, resources and ability to use advanced technology.

The support will be provided for all women living in the city with a business idea, those wanting to start a business, new cooperatives and startups owned by women, and female entrepreneurs clubs. Priority will be given to women living in difficult circumstances, or from ethnic minority groups, or with disabilities.

From March 2018, the city will select innovative and feasible startup ideas to provide support in branding, funding and training.

The city’s Women Union will introduce women with startup ideas to participate in vocational training courses that offer knowledge in startups. It will also give them legal assistance in registering trademarks to original inventions, patents or local specialties.

It will work with banks and credit institutions to give women entrepreneurs better access to funding and organize regional and international trade promotion events to help them improve their businesses’ competitiveness.

Can Tho sets to raise awareness of career and startup issues among 70 percent of its women, support the establishment of at least 20 cooperatives managed by women, and advise and aid the development of 1,500 newly-found enterprises owned by women.