DNC launches the community bookcase called “Soul”

With the aim of developing a reading culture, improve knowledge as well as the skills of the members, DNC – Danang Coworking Space builds the community bookcase called “Soul”.

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Explaining the special name of the bookcase, a DNC’s representative shared: “Build a community bookcase is not an easy job, so we are not only considering it as books but the soul. We hope the bookcase can bring the knowledge and improve the reading culture”.

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“Soul” is built on the model of “public goods”. It means the bookcase is formed and operated by the community. In just 1 week from the launch day, DNC has received more than 100 books from the members.

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Members of DNC now can freely access and read the books in various genres such as startup, literature, historical…

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If you are interested to develop the bookcase, feel free to contact us at the reception desk of DNC or via the hotline: 01264.785.304 (Ms. Van).

 

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New initiative launched to catalyse tourism sector growth

The Mekong Initiative for Startup Tourism (MIST) has been launched in HCM City to boost investment and innovation in the tourism sector in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Việt Nam.

The MIST founders are the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) and the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI).

MTCO will receive funding from the governments of Cambodia, China, Laos and Myanmar, as well as Thailand and Việt Nam, while MBI will receive funds from the Asian Development Bank and the Australian government.

In Việt Nam, MIST was organised with the support of the Đà Nẵng Business Incubator (DNES). Partners of the initiative are the Seoul Global Startup Centre and the Swiss government-funded SECO Entrepreneurship Programme.

“Innovation and technologies are transforming the world’s tourism sector, but the Mekong region has lagged behind,” Dominic Mellor, head of the MBI at the Asian Development Bank, said at the launch ceremony on Friday.

“We are eager to see the region’s startups innovate and create new avenues for tourism growth,” he said.

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MTCO Executive Director Jens Thraenhart said the Greater Mekong Subregion is a magnet for tourism, but accelerating tourist volumes to drive inclusive growth is facing many challenges.

“The region will need to develop and innovate if it is to sustain today’s growth over the long term,” Thraenhart said.

Võ Duy Khương, Chairman of the Đà Nẵng Startup Network Coordinating Council and DNES, affirmed, “Tourism is a major industry in Đà Nẵng, and the startup council is committed to fostering startups and promoting innovative approaches and solutions for sustainable growth in the industry.”

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MIST will work with local tourism industry players to identify critical industry challenges and bottlenecks. The programme will then solicit solutions from global experienced innovators, encourage exchanges between global providers and local startups and organise competitions among startup teams.

The first tourism startup contest will be held in Đà Nẵng early next year.

MIST has invited startups, particularly those led by local men and women, to participate in a contest to develop solutions for identified tourism market opportunities. The winners will be matched with suitable investors.

The best startup teams from across the four countries will be invited to an intensive boot camp and Demo Day at the 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang in Laos. The best Vietnamese startups will be invited to a Demo Day at the APEC Investment Summit in November 2017 in Đà Nẵng.

MBI is an advisory facility supported by the Asian Development Bank and the government of Australia, promoting private-sector development in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Việt Nam. It fosters the development of ecosystem innovation by supporting angel investments, business incubation, and technology commercialisation.

MTCO was established in early 2006 and is a collaborative effort between the six countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS): Cambodia, China (specifically the provinces of Yunnan and Guangxi), Laos and Myanmar, as well as Thailand and Việt Nam.

The mission of MTCO is to help GMS National Tourism Organisations develop and promote the Mekong as a single travel destination, offering a diverse range of good quality and high-yielding sub-regional products; adding to the tourism development efforts of each GMS destination; contributing to poverty reduction, gender equality and the empowerment of women; and minimising any adverse impacts of tourism through sustainable development activities. — VNS
Read more at http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/346615/new-initiative-launched-to-catalyse-tourism-sector-growth.html#TwMPRp53s6CX63Vo.99

Co-working Space – What You Need To Know

WHAT IS CO-WORKING SPACE?

Co-working Space, which is usually an independent office, is a form of space working in a share environment. Unlike typically working offices, those who use this service are not in the same organizations, they are maybe freelancers, those who usually move and work, or work-at-home person/ group, startups… Co-working Space is not only a place gathering independent groups, but also a place for those who are willing to share the values, a concern in aggregate strength when working together.

WHAT IS CO-WORKING SPACE DIFFERENT FROM SHARE OFFICE?

One of the most important things which makes “Co-working Space” differ from “Share Office” is Culture & Working Environment.
Besides the provison of daily office service, Co-working Space often offers special preferences for its own members, such as a free ticket for joining Co-working Space events, networking workshop… with the aim of creating a common working environment, the values for the members.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CO-WORKING SPACE?

In spite of the fact that Co-working Space is a gathering place for those who are not acquainted with each other and do completely different works, it is quite successful in building community. 70% of those surveyed by GCS said that they realized a strong community in a common working space, and 67% of them believed that their names were known well by the community.
Moreover, more than 68% of them said that they would like to be shared knowledges by others, and 55% by new employment opportunities. It is noteworthy that 51% are willing to put their phone on the desk at anytime with no worry about being stolen.

According to the survey of Georgetown and Michgan Universities in America, those who use this working spaces do self-assessment of their work at 6/7, higher than 4/7 or 5/7 in traditional offices. According to Regus’s survey in UK, 61% of surveyed people said that a Co-working Space helped them more creative, and 54% of them felt motivated to update their own skills.

Let’s become a member of DNEs Co-working Space by registrating at the website: http://bit.ly/2bCAuP1