The PhilaU Entrepreneurs: Jonny Nguyen and Christopher Dang Plan to Serve On-The-Go Pho


Jonny Nguyen and Christopher Dang’s original pho recipe combines elements of their family recipes. Photo credit: Jessica Kim

After they graduate from PhilaU, budding entrepreneurs Jonny Nguyen and Christopher Dang plan to open a Vietnamese noodle soup restaurant, Pho me, Pho you, Pho us, in nearby Manayunk. Their business premise: offer an on-the-go version of the popular pho that will be suited to the busy lifestyle of young professionals.

Nguyen, a rising senior business management major, and Dang, a rising junior fashion merchandising and management major, both of Vietnamese heritage, said their passion for sharing their family recipes and their intended location will be key to their business success. “We both wanted to bring our homemade pho to a place where we knew it would thrive,” Nguyen said. “Manayunk is known for having great food lovers.”

Jonny Nguyen prepares a fresh pot of his original pho recipe. Photo credit: Jessica Kim

The team recently earned third place and $100 at a student business pitch competition sponsored by PhilaU Blackstone LaunchPad. They used the prize money to perfect their pho recipe. With a catchy title for their restaurant already selected, continued product development and market research will be the team’s next steps. “We want to let our fellow classmates taste it on campus first before selling to a bigger audience,” he said.

Read more about Philadelphia University’s startup culture here. The PhilaU Entrepreneurs, a series of profiles on student and alumni business ventures, continues July 1 with a story on recent industrial design alumnus Galen Kane’s innovative water collection and filtration bottle.

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Morgan Berman Designs My MilkCrate App for Sustainable Living
Galen Kane Designs a Better Water-Filtering Bottle

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