It was February 26th, 2020, five days after his 20th birthday, that Christian Lee boarded his flight to Vietnam alone. It was his first time leaving the United States. He went with a very specific purpose. For months beforehand, he’d researched places all over the globe, analyzing every bit of data he could to determine the absolute best place in the world to create and grow a startup. Ho Chi Minh City was the only place on Earth which matched all of his criteria, so he bought a ticket and he went without hesitation or any amount of reluctance. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as COVID-19 was given pandemic status less than a month later. Two months after his arrival, Christian managed to get a job as a data analyst at a new startup, where he stayed for over two years gaining experience which he could later use when founding his own company. Eventually, when he felt ready, he applied to Antler Vietnam’s second cohort. He was drawn to Antler by the fact that they invested from day zero, helping founders to build startups from scratch. He originally applied with two other employees of the startup he worked at. They each submitted their applications and were some of the lucky or qualified few to get interviews, of which they had to pass two in order to finally be accepted into the program out of thousands of other applicants. Unfortunately, the other two employees had to drop out of the program before it started due to personal reasons, but Christian was still fully determined to continue on his own, aware that a big part of Antler’s program was about matching with the perfect cofounders. Christian met the person who would become his cofounder, Abhishek Kumar, on the first day of the program. Abhishek had lived in Vietnam for over a decade and had years of experience in everything that makes a great business leader. He shared his startup idea with Christian, who thought it was incredible. Within weeks, they were actively working on the idea. The program from the start to the end was extremely useful even for those who didn’t end up getting funding, consisting of networking, masterclasses, boot camps, endless pitch refinement, and business validation. Christian and Abhishek worked tirelessly to stand out, attempting to have the best problem and solution validation in the cohort, as well as preparing a tech demo to prove their capability to execute their plan. By the end of the intensive 10 weeks, the two ambitious founders’ hard work had paid off. They were able to pass Antler Vietnam’s IC and get funding to create their company, which they called AuMBER. Both founders have unwavering confidence that they will build the world’s best, most innovative cloud testing platform. They are motivated to do so by the industry’s stagnation over the last few years, the desire to create value from that which had once been considered worthless, and to elevate Vietnam’s IT industry and digitization. Their current focus is to build traction with their product in order to raise additional funds at Antler Vietnam’s Demo Day in January.