Toan Nguyen

Director, Zone Startups Vietnam

Toan was born in Vietnam but immigrated to Canada when he was 18. After he earned a Bachelor of Chemistry from the University of Ottawa, he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as a junior R&D engineer/scientist. He was the first team member of the newly formed Research and Development Team with the mission of making the Royal Canadian Mint become the most technologically advanced mint in the world.

From 1999 to 2013, he worked on numerous projects and technologies for the mint, with many achievements including: developing the first coloured circulation coins in the world, the first brass plating process without the use of cyanide, the first diamond-struck coin the world, and the first laser, hologram images with selective gold plating coins in the world.

In 2014, Toan moved back to Vietnam and, together with his partner, founded Fresh House Group, a company that specializes in high-end design and CGI for the real estate industry. Since then, Fresh House has evolved and expanded to offer a full range of services—not only CGIs but a complete service from branding, architecture designs, architecture rendering, animation, VR experiences, and full marketing strategies.