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[About TECx Event]
TECx - Technology Entrepreneurs Creative Arts Mix 2023

TECx is the premier event celebrating the convergence of technology and the arts. Remarkable advances in Fintech, VR/AR, Web3, Geoverse, Blockchain, Biotech, CleanTech, Robotics, among many other technologies, will revolutionize the human experience. Will PE-type investments accelerate this revolution and capitalize on Vietnam’s ascending growth?

[Our Timetable]
It's About Time!

What started as a small conference has turned into the unmissable rendez-vous to celebrate creative minds in tech, film, and music. Please check out our planned schedule below.

VIP Reception
Wednesday, June 21st
First Day
Thursday, June 22nd
Second Day
Friday, June 23rd
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Registration and Guest Check-in/Networking
Speakers: SAVVi
Location: Entrance Seawind Hall
4:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Reception for VIP and Early Birds - Light Food from Thien Kien
At the VIP Reception, we gather to celebrate the remarkable synergies between technology, film and music. There is no better evidence of these synergies than the presence of our diverse speakers from both the US and Vietnam. As two countries, the partnership between the United States and Vietnam have blossomed and thrived in the realms of culture, technology, education, and film. These synergies exemplify the power of collaboration and the boundless potential that emerges when two nations come together, united by a shared vision of progress and mutual understanding. Tonight we will experience how culture, education, technology and the creative arts come together, balancing
tradition versus modernity.

Speakers: Thomas Vallely @FUV; Brad Nguyen @JK Technologies; Phong Le @Geofi; Rafael Masters @Vulcan Augmetics; An Mai @IMT; Dai Hoang @ThienKien. Fireside chat with Director Leon Le, Actress Hai Yen, and Interviewer Mai Huong Hoang

Location: SSMC - Seawind C & Seawind B

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Registration with light food
Location: VIP Room Hallway
8:30 am - 8:45 am
Opening Keynote
Speaker: Graham Harlow, Deputy Consul General U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Seawind A
8:45 am - 10:15 am
Plenary 1: Vietnam The Rising Tiger
Vietnam's market and economy have undergone significant transformation over the years, leading to robust economic growth and increased international integration. Vietnam has experienced impressive economic growth, averaging around 6-7% annually over the past decade. This growth has been driven by various sectors such as manufacturing, services, technology, education and agriculture. This plenary session explores Vietnam's macro issues and helps to answer the question: Is Vietnam ready for sustained private equity investments across sectors or are opportunities sector specific?
Speakers: Marco Breu @McKinsey, Tommy Vallely @FUV, Thanh Vu @US-Asean
Location: Seawind A
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Plenary 2: Vietnam's Super Charged Music Industry
The music industry in Vietnam has experienced significant growth and transformation in recent years. It has become a vibrant and diverse landscape, reflecting the country's rich cultural heritage and its integration with global musical influences. It continues to evolve, with artists pushing boundaries and exploring new sounds. Over 60% of the population is under the age of 30, giving rise to V-Pop and Viet rap. This key demographic, along with the relative ease in producing and distributing music digitally, has super-charged this industry to grow not only in Vietnam, but internationally.
The combination of traditional Vietnamese elements with contemporary influences has helped create a unique musical identity that resonates with both local and international audiences. What are some key aspects and trends in the Vietnamese music industry? What are the key business factors affecting the music industry's growth? Are there opportunities available for local artists to expand beyond Vietnam and vice versa? Is the music industry in Vietnam ready for private equity investors? How would concentrated dosages of investment help VIetnam's music industry? The founders of POPS, the leading music platform in Vietnam, and BAA, a leading music talent agency, will explore these issues in depth.

Speakers: Esther Nguyen @POPS Worldwide, Chau Le @BAA
Location: Seawind A

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Luncheon -SSMC
Meal reserved for lunch ticket holders only
Location: Marina Bay
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Breakout 1a: Vietnam 's Tech Landscape on the Rise
Vietnam's tech and startup landscape has been rapidly evolving and gaining attention in recent years. The country has witnessed a flourishing startup ecosystem, with a growing number of tech startups and supportive infrastructure. Venture capital investment and funding for startups have surged. Both domestic and international investors are increasingly interested in Vietnam's startup scene. Funding rounds, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs have been on the rise, indicating growing confidence in the market. How are Vietnamese startups leveraging technology in various domains, including e-commerce, fintech, edtech, healthtech, logistics, and agritech?
Speakers: Lan Phan @FUV, Justin Nguyen @Monk's Hill, Son Phan @FPT
Location: Seawind A
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Breakout 1b: Technology in the Vietnamese Film Industry
Vietnam sits in an ideal position when it comes to technology and film. Labor is cheap and manufacturing of high tech, state of the art products is being done locally, allowing for inexpensive access to a large pool of talent who are experts in tech trends. This session explores how new technologies will revolutionize film and creative content and why Vietnam will be a leader in this innovative space.
Speakers: Brad Nguyen, K'Linh Nguyen, Phil Tran
Location: Seawind B
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Breakout 2a: Vietnam's PE Deals Gaining Traction
The private equity (PE) landscape in Vietnam has been gaining momentum in recent years, reflecting the country's growing economy and increasing investment attractiveness. Vietnam's PE industry has experienced significant growth, driven by a combination of favorable economic factors, government reforms, and increasing interest from domestic and international investors. The industry has expanded in terms of both the number of PE firms and the size of investments. Which sectors are actively engaged in PE? Manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, real estate, infrastructure, financial services, technology, healthcare, and renewable energy? What is driving these investments? Could tech be a sector of focus for PE?
Speakers: Ken Katz @Tau Investments, David Do @Vietnam Investments Group, Chad Ovel @Mekong Capital, Trung Anh Nguyen @Phoenix Holdings
Location: Seawind A
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Breakout 2b: A Brief History of Vietnamese Music
Vietnamese Music From the Time of Music Reform to Modern Music. Three people represent 3 generations of musicians.
Speakers: Phil Tran; Duong Thu; Huy Tuan; Nguyen Hai Phong
Location: SSMC, Seawind B
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Tea Break - by Thien Kien
Relax & Networking
Location: Hallway - in front of restaurant
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Breakout 3a: Innovation in HealthTech and MedTech
Healthtech and medtech industries in Vietnam are experiencing rapid growth and innovation. There are numerous healthtech startups focusing on digital solutions to improve healthcare access, delivery, and patient outcomes. These startups are leveraging technologies such as telemedicine, mobile apps, AI-driven diagnostics, health monitoring devices, and data analytics. Similarly, the medtech industry in Vietnam is growing, driven by an increasing demand for medical devices and equipment. Local manufacturers are producing a wide range of medical devices, including diagnostic equipment, surgical instruments, imaging technologies, and wearable devices. What are the factors driving this growth and which companies are leading these sectors?
Speakers: Rafael Masters @Vulcan Augmetics, Dr. Cuong Nguyen Huu @Google (moderator), Gabriel Sim @APAC Med, Joseph Mocanu @Verge VC, Janice Trinh @Quadria Capital
Location: SSMC, Seawind A
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Breakout 3b: Directing Panel:Turning Vietnamese films into the country's golden goose
Vietnamese films have transformed drastically in the last decade. With directors in Vietnam now adopting internationally successful techniques, the quality of Vietnamese films is increasing steadily. Experience an overview of directing in Vietnam, its history, how it's changed, and insights from some of the great directors of this generation. Meet the people exporting Vietnamese culture to the world.
Speakers: Charlie Nguyen @Chanh Phuong Films, Vo Thanh Hoa @89s Group, Ly Minh Thang @DOISTUDIO, Trinh Dinh Le Minh (Moderator)
Location: Seawind B
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Breakout 4a: Impact and Climate Tech Investments in Vietnam
Impact and climate investments in Vietnam are witnessing several noteworthy trends. These trends reflect the increasing recognition of the urgent need to address climate change, promote sustainable development, and transition to a low-carbon economy. What are these trends?
Speakers: Thao Tran @New Energy Nexus Vietnam; Tien Nguyen @Earth Venture Capital; Hanh Do @Buyo; Tevinder Singh @Quest Venture
Location: Seawind A
5:45 pm -6:45 pm
Breakout 4b: Vietnamese Short Film Screening
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a screening of some emotionally powerful Vietnamese-written and directed short films. Experience stories brought to life by the next big film directors.
Speakers: Trinh Quang Minh, Vũ Nguyễn Nam Khuê, Đoàn Tuấn Đức, Đặng Thảo Nguyên
Location: Seawind B
6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Break Time
Relax & Networking
Location: Hallway
7:30pm - 8:30 pm
Dinner - SSMC
Complimentary food for the PE track ticket holders.
Location: Seawind A
8:00 am - 8:30 am
Registration with light food - SSMC
Location: VIP Room Hallway
8:45 am - 10:15 am
Plenary 3: The Business of Film in Vietnam
Vietnam's film industry is in a unique position to explode in the coming years, acting as a proxy for economic growth in the country. With a growing audience, a population with an increasing amount of disposable income, and a population double the size of Korea's, it's clear the Vietnam's film industry is ready to take over the world. This plenary session explores every way to benefit from Vietnam's cinema business, from investing in films and the huge ROI that comes with it to the unique benefits that only the Vietnamese film industry can provide compared to other cinema markets around the world. Most importantly, straight from the experience of uniquely qualified industry builders, hear the answer to the question: If you had $10 million to invest for guaranteeing the international explosion of the Vietnamese film industry, how would you allocate it?
Speakers: Lucas Luan Nguyen, Tran Thi Bich Ngoc @Autumn Meeting, Phan Xine @Xine House, Lương Công Hiếu @Galaxy Media & Entertainment, Lê Hồng Lâm
Location: Seawind A
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Breakout 5a: Investment Bankers and PE Cross-Border Structures in Vietnam
Private Equity (PE) firms structure their investments in Vietnam through various mechanisms depending on the specific transaction and investment strategy. Investment bankers play a crucial role in facilitating and advising on the structuring of PE investments in Vietnam. This panel goes into depth on how PE deals are structured and the PE deals that have closed in Vietnam.
Speaker: Huy Do @SAVVi; Bich Pham @HSC; The Anh @KMPG
Location: SSMC, Seawind A
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Breakout 5b: Vietnamese Animation
Animation in Vietnam is currently in its infancy, but the market is loaded with ambitious talent who are building the industry up project by project. This session brings together 4 of the most prominent players in the burgeoning Vietnamese animation industry to give unparalleled insite into their plans to make Vietnamese animation universally known.
Speakers: Truong Huyen Duc @Sky Mavis, Leo Dinh @Sunwolf, Doan Tran Anh Tuan @Colory, Thierry @AIOI
Location: Seawind B
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Breakout 6a: Vietnam's Active VC Landscape
The venture capital (VC) landscape in Vietnam has been rapidly evolving, driven by a growing startup ecosystem and increasing interest from both local and international investors. Vietnam's large population, growing middle class, and favorable demographics make it an attractive market for investors. VCs look for startups that can tap into Vietnam's domestic market and have the potential to expand regionally or globally. Each VC has its own thesis and LP profile, affecting its investment choices. What are the trends in VC investments in Vietnam? How are macro issues affecting follow on rounds?
Speaker: Huy Do @SAVVi, Vy Le @Do Ventures, Binh Tran@Ascend Ventures, Trung @VinaCapital Ventures, Ngan Le @ThinkZone
Location: Seawind A
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Breakout 6b: Double Feature: Small and Large Scale Film Success
A specific case study about a boutique studio on how they identify themselves, their bussiness strategy and make moves in the film industry. Awareness of the compete of Film Theater Distributors with streaming platforms, social media, etc. Predict the film distribution trend and come up with some guideline on How to earn more revenue to a film when facing up with the Financial Crisis?
Speaker: Nguyễn Hoàng Hải @CGV, Quan Hoang @ProductionQ
Location: Seawind B
12:45 am - 1:15 pm
Lunch - SSMC
Meal reserved for lunch ticket holders only
Location: Marina Bay
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Breakout 7a: Games and Esports--Can Vietnam become a world leader?
The games and esports industries in Asia, including Vietnam, have experienced remarkable growth and have become significant contributors to the region's entertainment and economy. Asia is the largest games market globally, accounting for a significant portion of the global gaming revenue. Countries like China, Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asian nations have substantial player bases and generate substantial revenue through game sales, in-game purchases, and esports events. Vietnam's games market has been experiencing rapid growth, driven by increasing smartphone adoption, internet connectivity, and a young demographic of gamers. What are the opportunities for both local and international game developers and publishers? What are the positive societal and business implications of a growing games industry in Vietnam?
Speakers: Huy Do @SAVVi Code, Ngoc Nguyen @Cerberus Esports, Hoang Luan @Box MCN
Location: Seawind A
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Breakout 7b: Screenwriting Panel Discussion: Breaking into and growing the industry
Screenwriting is the gateway to the success of the Vietnamese film industry. Tasked with creating investable scripts that appeal to a large international audience and keep Vietnamese culture at the forefront, three screenwriting experts discuss how they got into the screenwriting business and built their careers, give advice, and provide opinions on where the industry is going, along with the challenges it faces and how to help it grow by bringing in new talent.
Speakers: Phan Gia Nhat Linh, Binh Bong Bot, Nhi Bui, Tran Khanh Hoang
Location: Seawind B
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Tea Break - by Thien Kien
Location: Hallway - in front of restaurant
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Breakout 8a: Web3 Adoption and Hyperscaling in Asia/Vietnam
Web3 adoption and hyper-scaling, referring to the rapid growth and adoption of decentralized technologies and platforms, are gaining momentum globally, including in Asia and Vietnam. Web3 projects in Asia, including Vietnam, have attracted significant investor interest and funding. Venture capital firms, angel investors, and crypto funds are actively investing in startups and projects related to blockchain, DeFi, NFTs, and other Web3 technologies. How does this funding support innovation, development, and adoption of Web3 solutions in the region? Is Asia, including Vietnam, ready for this rapidly growing technology ecosystem? How can startups and projects in the Web3 space gain hypergrowth and scale as they attract investments, build partnerships, and expand their user base?
Speakers: Huy Do @SAVVi, Geoffrey See, Lyn Nguyen @Wolffun Game, Sasha Mai @Kyber Network
Location: SSMC, Seawind A
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Breakout 8b: Music Production (Part 1)
With the advancement in technology, music production has gotten easier. For most amateurs a home studio might just be a way to produce reasonably high quality recordings. With a mixer, a headphones, smartphone you too can make your own music in your bedroom.
Speakers: Phuong Ngo, Le Huy @Ryo Band
Location: Seawind B
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Breakout 9a: Vietnam's FinTech and Financial Inclusion
Overall, the FinTech (Financial Technology) sector in Vietnam is ripe with opportunities driven by a large unbanked population, rising digital adoption, and government support for innovation. FinTech startups can play a crucial role in promoting financial inclusion, offering innovative payment solutions, and addressing the evolving needs of consumers and businesses in Vietnam's rapidly developing economy. Where are the opportunities? Digital payments? Peer to peer lending? Insurtech? WeathTech? Ecommerce and retail finance? This sector provides a promising area for growth and investments.
Speakers: Huy Do @SAVVi, Jonas Eichhorst @Timo Digital Bank Michael Kokalari @ VinaCapital
Location: Seawind A
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Breakout 9b: Lights, Camera, Action; Experiences of a Reluctant TV PitchMan
How to get into the film industry as a screenwriter and how to get paid as a screenwriter. Questions and Answers from the audience. Learn how to structure and deliver a captivating pitch that attracts investors, secures funding, and generates interest from industry professionals. Explore the strategies, techniques, and key elements necessary to craft a winning pitch, while gaining insight into building relationships and navigating the competitive landscape of the entertainment industry.
Speakers: Michael Thai, Matt Dearborn @Southern Star Creatives Foundation
Location: Seawind B
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Breakout 10a: Biotech - An Industry Made for Vietnam
Vietnam's biotech industry has been growing steadily and gaining recognition as an emerging sector with significant potential. Vietnam is increasingly investing in biomedical research and development activities. Academic institutions, research centers, and private companies are engaged in conducting research on various fields of biotechnology, including genomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and drug discovery. Commercially, Vietnam's biotech industry has witnessed the emergence of startups and entrepreneurial ventures. These startups are focused on developing innovative solutions, technologies, and products in areas such as diagnostics, therapeutics, environmental solutions, and agriculture. How can Vietnam capitalize on this industry? What companies are leading the way?
Speakers: Prof. Thuan Nguyen @IU-VNU (Moderator), Dr. Trung Tran @Van Hanh Hospital, Prof. Hiep-Thi Nguyen @IU-VNU, Dr. Nghia Nguyen @MGI
Location: Seawind A
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Breakout 10b: Music Production (Part 2)
For commercial music release that requires the best of quantity and a wide range of musical instruments, a recording in a production studio is a must. On top of that, more and more music is consumed on social platforms, thus video production for your music is essential. Listen to music production expert Nguyễn Hải Phong discuss everything there is to know for 45 minutes, followed by Denis Dang sharing his insightful experience for 15 minutes.
Speakers: Phil Tran; Nguyễn Hải Phong; Denis Dang
Location: Seawind B
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Dinner - SSMC
Complimentary food for the PE track ticket holders.
Location: Seawind A
10:00 pm - 12:00am
Relax at Lush, Network, Drink, etc.
Speaker: Lush and SAVVi
[Our Partners]

Companies and organizations that made this event possible

[Our Speakers]
Who's Speaking?

Here are our main stage invited speakers:


IMT Solution




Film Industry


Ascend Ventures


JK Technology


Mekong Capital


Chanh Phuong Films


BAA - Bamboo Artists Agency
Discover Our Venue

TECx 2023 will take place at Saigon South Marina Club, District 7, HCMC Vietnam.

Creative Arts Track

2 days

Access to Creative Arts Track
(Music & Film)

3,000,000 VND

PE/Tech Track

2 days

Access to PE/Tech Track (Private Equity & Technology)

9,000,000 VND

All Tracks

2 days

Access both tracks
(PE/Tech Track and Creative Arts Track)

This purchase includes the flexibility and freedom to attend any track for both event days, guests will save money and not miss out on agenda events, connecting to a full range of founders, industry experts, investors, and more…

10,200,000 VND

[Ticket Options]
Benefits of Early Bird Tickets

Secure your Early Bird pricing by completing the Registration Form by May 20th, 2023. Use the code [EARLYBIRD25] for a 25% discount!

Early Bird Registration Benefits:

• Discount of 25% off the ticket price
• SAVVi Deluxe Membership – 1 year ($100 value)
• VIP Reception – Wednesday Evening (June 21st)
• After-Party Invite – Friday Night (June 23rd)

Standard Tickets

The Early Bird Discount will not apply after May 20th, 2023. All registrants will pay the standard ticket amount which also includes a complimentary 1-year SAVVi Basic Membership.

Lunch & Dining ADD-ON

Eat your lunch, have your dinner, or enjoy both by adding this onto your reservation. Catering onsite has its conveniences, but the food here is classy and appetizing, a fusion cuisine experience you will not forget. Guarantee your seats with registration, drinks and cocktails are not included. Please share your dietary restrictions, if any. Note that The Early Bird Discount does not apply to this add-on. 

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