EuroCham Gala Dinner & Business Awards 2018
GEM Centre, HCMC


Re: EuroCham Gala Dinner and Business Awards 2018: Apply to be nominated!

Dear members and friends of the GBA,

end of this year EuroCham will celebrate two decades in Vietnam. The celebration will be in the format of a Gala Dinner to be held at the GEM Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday 03 November. This festive event will also feature EuroCham’s first-ever Business Awards.

To mark this milestone the European Business Associations and direct members of Eurocham wants to recognise the success of European companies and their contribution to growth, living standards and innovation in Vietnam.

The EuroCham Business Awards 2018 will highlight the achievements of European companies in 5 categories:

1. Business Excellence (Nominated by BAs)
European companies in Vietnam include some of the best and most successful global brands across a range of sectors and industries. This award recognises the business that has shown long-term growth and success, has been a model of responsible and profitable business and has made a real contribution to Vietnam over the last two decades.

2. Entrepreneurship (Nominated by BAs)
This award recognises the business that has shown outstanding entrepreneurial qualities, such as being innovative, creative, disruptive and competitive to overcome challenges and become successful in Vietnam.

3. Alumni
Vietnamese students educated in Europe get more than a degree. These students also bring back new ideas, connections and practices that benefit business back home. This award recognises the person who has made the biggest contribution to Vietnam after being educated in Europe.

4. Start-Up

Vietnam is a magnet for start-up companies. This award recognises the most innovative, enterprising and forward-thinking new Europeans opening a brand new small business in Vietnam.

5. Sustainability Initiatives

Vietnam’s economic growth has improved education, living standards and opportunities for millions. But it is now creating environmental problems that threaten the health of its people and the future of its natural environment. This award recognises the business that has done the most to adopt sustainable practices and reduce its environmental impact.

The independent panel of judges formed by Eurocham will shortlist companies in each of the 5 categories. The winners will be announced at the EuroCham Gala Dinner, and will receive a certificate and a prize.

You as member of GBA and Eurocham have the possibility to apply for a nomination in the first two categories, Business Excellence and Entrepreneurship. The board of the GBA will independently decide who will be nominated for the main event on November 3rd.

To make a nomination, just send a PowerPoint presentation of no more than 3 slides to our GBA-team via email: (Ms. Khanh Linh) showing how your nomination meets EuroCham Judgement Criteria. Nominations will close on 08 October 2018 and final winners will be announced on the evening of EuroCham Gala Dinner.

Apart from the longstanding presence of German entrepreneurs in Vietnam and their outstanding business excellence also  the 3rd , 4th and 5th category are business areas where German companies, organizations and institutions have contributed in the past and can nominate candidates for this Eurocham Business Awards.

I would like to especially encourage you as a GBA member to help us to identify alumnus who have studied and worked in Germany and are now ambassadors of our values, our language and culture. Please spread the word to your networks!

I think that this is an excellent possibility for all corporates and institutions to present their expertise at an high profile and high visibility event at very limited time, effort and expense. I am convinced that this event that marks 20 years of united European presence in Vietnam comes at a decisive point of time when looking at upcoming European elections and the ratification of the European-Vietnamese Free Trade Agreement.

With best regards,
Thomas Debelic
On behalf of the Board

German Business Association
04th floor – Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City
33 Le Duan Boulevard – District 1
Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
t:   (84) (28) 3823 97 72 – ext: 114
f:   (84) (28) 3823 89 09

Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Anh
Event Manager
+84 28 3823 9772, ext 112