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Andrew Rowan

Andrew Rowan

Vietnam

Director of GKTA Group and regularly writes about startups, innovative technologies, and entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia.

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Andrew Rowan is an American entrepreneur who currently lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. Prior to moving to Hanoi in 2014, Andrew lived in Ho Chi Minh City for one year where he worked as a tech consultant and plunged into Vietnam’s startup scene. As Director of GKTA Group, he established a partnership with the €11 million ($13.1 million) Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), which accelerates growth for startups originating in Vietnam and is supported by the Governments of Vietnam and Finland until 2018. Andrew regularly collaborates on innovation initiatives in Vietnam with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, as well as with Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). He graduated Beta Gamma Sigma and Pi Sigma Alpha from Sacred Heart University and holds a master’s degree in international business from Hult International Business School. His work has been featured by Tech In Asia, e27, Tech Wire Asia and BBC Radio 4’s Today program; and he has presented at the University of California, Davis and New York University on the topics of startups, innovation, and economic growth in Southeast Asia.

Selected Recommendations:

“Andrew and I worked together when I was an editor with regional tech media e27.co -- he would regularly contribute well-researched and insightful reports on Vietnam's growing ecosystem. As I'm now a freelance journalist who’s interested in reporting more on Vietnam, Andrew has been one of the few key people I've reached out to when trying to better understand the local tech scene, and he's always been very proactive when helping make introductions to potential sources. In all, just a good person to know if you want to get plugged in with entrepreneurship and innovation in Vietnam.” —Iris Leung, former editor of e27

“Andrew has advised Echoes since almost its conception. He is a consummate professional advisor and consultant, and has provided invaluable insight into the startup ecosystem in South-East Asia. He offers a considered and insightful opinion, with crafted strategic business advice. He has a strong background in project management and journalism, which gives him a unique viewpoint and knowledge of the regional startup scene. Andrew is professional and easy to work with.” —Josh Kopecek, founder of Echoes, a geolocation startup formerly based in Hanoi, Vietnam

Selected Quotes:

“After getting into the conversation it was very apparent that you have an immense base of knowledge about what is happening in the start-up ecosystem in Vietnam.”

-Vincent C. Lewis, Director, Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at University of Dayton; Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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“Great times in Hanoi – thanks for introducing me to some of the leaders in the [Vietnamese] tech scene.“

-Matthew Kurlanzik, Director, Government Relations, Asia at 21st Century Fox

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“We do hope that GKTA Group can help build up stronger capacity for local companies as VCCI is pursuing our mission to a stronger business community in Vietnam.”

-Nguyen The Hung, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Ho Chi Minh City

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“Thanks for the work you are doing in Viet Nam.”

-Do Hung Viet, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to the United Nations

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“Your works here in Vietnam are fantastic. These are the fresh air that our country needs. I really appreciate that.”

-Chu Bao Khanh, Associate, Russin & Vecchi

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“Your activities in Vietnam are interesting and inspiring and I’m glad to see that people like you are spending time and effort driving the development of Vietnam.”

-Michele Daoud, Monk’s Hill Ventures

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“I’m very impressed by what you’ve done for the startup ecosystem in Vietnam.”

-Khoi Nguyen, former Senior Director, Topica Edtech Group

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“Kudos on the work you’re doing to promote social innovation in Vietnam.”

-Ron Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation

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“Thank you very much for your [continued] support to WECREATE VIETNAM and Vietnamese businesswomen.”

-Ngo Thi Hoai, Programs Director, WECREATE | VIETNAM

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“I was very intrigued by the depth of your knowledge in the cultural differences between the West and the rest of Asia. I was also very impressed with your observations.”

-Kenneth La, former Operations Manager - North Region at Starbucks Coffee Vietnam

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“Andrew is a leading expert in Vietnam on entrepreneurship, tech start-ups, and serves as a consultant to [the public sector.]”

-Hub Langstaff, Director SECO Entrepreneurial Program - Vietnam at J.E. Austin Associates, Inc.

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“Thanks again for the great questions and discussion, and for helping us to build the Vietnam ecosystem.”

-Christopher Zobrist, former Senior Innovation Partnerships Expert, Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Program

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Update #5 - Happy Holidays! Dec. 23, 2018

Dear All,

If you haven't already, please check for an email from SendOwl for a link to download your copy of Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic. (Finally!)

If you have any trouble accessing the file then please reach out to me.

Another email will be sent out once the physical copies have shipped! The official launch date for the book will be in March/April 2019 so the book will be shipped out before then.

Wishing you and yours a joyful, healthy, and fulfilling holiday season and a very happy new year.

Sincerely,

Andrew

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