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Entrepreneurial Vietnamese students recognised for their initiative at recent summit

Brittany Li

Mon Mar 26 2018


Three Vietnamese international students were recently recognised for their entrepreneurial acumen at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit by a member of the New South Wales Government.

Minister for Trade & Industry Niall Blair cited Macquarie University students Rita Do, Danny Trinh and Edwin Do as “a fantastic example of the great work being undertaken by international students here”.

Together with their co-founder Andrew Cipollone, the Vietnamese trio launched Packsy, a service dedicated to supporting new international students by providing a range of basic household necessities in welcome packages. These include packs for bedding, cooking and washing.

The service was “born out of [the students’] experiences settling into Australia as international students”, Packsy co-founder Rita Do said.

Speaking before the ASEAN Youth Entrepreneurs Council, a network for business-minded international students from countries such as Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia, Mr Niall also encouraged all international students to develop their business ideas and skills.

“Today provided a fantastic opportunity for international students and entrepreneurs in NSW, including the Packsy team, to network with ASEAN delegates,” Mr Niall said.