Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng conducted a presentation on his environment-friendly startup project at Vietnam Startup Wheel competition
A ten-year-old boy in South-Central of Việt Nam has successfully created a dishwashing and floor cleaning detergent that is both environmentally friendly and safe for human skin.
The idea first came to Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng two years ago when his mother was driving him on the streets of their hometown Nha Trang and a massive trash bag suddenly hit them on the road. The then eight-year-old boy suddenly knew that he had to do something for the environment.
Two years later, at the age of ten, he participated in the Vietnam Startup Wheel, competing against 1,500 other contestants with his environment-friendly project “Green E - I Love U Mom” - a detergent for dishwashing and floor cleaning that does not do damage to human skin.
Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng was among the authors of 60 most outstanding applications shortlisted from the Vietnam Startup Wheel were invited to make a presentation about their products during the Vietnam Startup Day 2018 on August 24. On that day, he found himself on the stage in front of four most influential and successful businessmen in Việt Nam talking about his startup project as everyone in the room was listening intently.
“The whole room fell silent during the two-minute presentation of Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng and everyone applauded loudly when it was over,” said Ms. Nguyễn Thị Diệu Hằng, one of the judges and vice president of Business Startup Support Centre. Everyone was impressed with the emotions and determination Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng invested in this project, as well as his neat and persuasive presentation.
Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng first started working on his environment-friendly detergent in March, 2018, with the help of his mom. He would usually do the experiments from 9:00 pm until late 11:00 pm after finishing all of his schoolwork. After three months of working, experimenting, learning, and waiting, the first prototype finally came to life.
The first product was not that good yet because the scent was not light enough even though the cleaning ability was amazing. During the experiments to create the cleaning enzyme, Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng said he has discovered which fruits will improve the product and how to combine them to attain the suitable scent for his detergent. The young boy also learned about the fermentation process, as well as how to create natural pleasant smells that are so attractive even bees do not want to leave once smelling it.
“Green E does not harm my mom’s hands”
Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng named his product “Green E - I love U Mom”, believing that the product will be used by mothers and women in families to clean houses. Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng’s mother played a vital role in both inspiring and supporting the young boy.
He said: “I thought a lot about whether there is a dishwashing soap or floor cleaning solution that is of good quality but does not harm our health and environment. My mom asked me why I wanted to work on such a project, so I told her it was because I saw her using a chemical solution to wash dishes which harms her hands”.
After listening to her son’s desire, Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng’s mother looked for information in English on the Internet that was related to his idea so that she could best support him.
The product is also sold at a very reasonable price. Nguyễn Hữu Hoàng’s efforts were eventually rewarded. The ten-year-old environmentalist has received his first recurring order of detergent for factories for a seafood manufacturing company after they tried out the products.
Bảo Bình (Source: Tuoitrenews)