When we think about recent entrepreneurs we would obviously think of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates from the technology world with J K Rowling from the literary world. All three started very small ventures and became immensely successful. I find the story of another famous entrepreneur, Walt Disney, just as utterly fascinating. Walt Disney started off as a farm boy drawing cartoon pictures of his neighbour's horses for fun. When he was older, he tried to get a job as a newspaper cartoonist, but was unable to find one and ended up working in an art studio where he created advertisements for newspapers and magazines. In time, he began to work on commercials, became interested in animation, and eventually opened his own animation company. I suppose the rest of the story speaks for itself and he and, of course, his company became a great success. Early attempts at success were not easy for him but he persevered until he finally prevailed. The same can be said of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and JK Rowling who also had to show great perseverance on their journey to success.
Perseverance is one of our key attributes at BIS HCMC and last night I attended the “Saigon Enterprise Challenge Final” held in our Secondary Theatre. We hosted seven teams of entrepreneurs from BIS HCMC, BVIS HCMC and EIS. Each team had devised and created exciting business initiatives which they presented to a very supportive and interested audience. Three invited judges listened to and analysed their presentations and questioned them about their business ventures. After seven wonderful presentations the judges discussed and announced the winners of the various categories. Congratulations to all seven teams and to the overall winners (Amber Jarigsma, Jasmine Nguyen, Milly Duong, Crystal Tran Lam, Hong Hang Pham, Charlotte Jacquemin). I am also very grateful to the Judges (Brian Caleda, Simran Rajpal, Vivi Nguyen) for their time and energy to the whole event. Each team showed great perseverance to come as far as they have and it is extremely pleasing to see one of our key attributes in action to such effect. Finally, I would like to thank BVIS and EIS for their participation and congratulate Mr Robbie Alexander and BIS staff members for organising an excellent event.
I do hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.
Anthony Rowlands, Principal