Established in 2014, Startup Vietnam Foundation (SVF) is the first socialized and non-profit organization to support Startup ecosystem and innovation ecosystem in Viet Nam. With a desire a united Vietnam to shine through the strength of technology on the world map and a mission of creating a kind business generation, SVF has implemented projects to develop local ecosystem formation consulting, increasing the number of and supporting programs, connecting resources, finance, and opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs in each stage of their development, from the stage of business concept, team building to raising capital, scaling..
🔥2020 marks a year full of fluctuations and challenges for individuals, businesses, and organizations, forcing SVF to improvise and change to fit with the "new normal" life. However, in the pandemic, even in the difficulties itself, has rekindled bright moments and opportunities not only for SVF but also for the national innovation ecosystem.
✨ Let's take a look at the key milestones of 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐩 𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐦 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 in 2020, at the outstanding initiatives and events and get ready for 2021 with many challenges and opportunities ahead.
NISD (National Innovation System Development) has completed a framework for measuring and managing innovation ecosystems. This is the basis for periodic assessment of the current state of innovation activities in locality, as well as determining the development stage of each locality as a basis for developing action plans and distributing suitable resources, towards the overall efficiency of the National Innovation Ecosystem
Recognizing that promoting and developing national innovation is an important thing, NISD has specific activities to approach and support localities, regardless of the level of socio-economic development. Accordingly, NISD has accompanied leaders and specialized departments of the province to promote innovation as well as call for resources and improve the quality of activities for the community, local entrepreneurs, startup community
In 2020, SVF-NISD chooses to be a local specialist unit to assist the provinces in building institutions and action programs to encourage and support the development of innovation ecosystems at the local level. Taking into account the degree of growth of local innovation ecosystems, 2020 is the starting point for an in-depth development of creative activities by local industries, towards regional linkages and value chains.
SVF-NISD has successfully placed itself as a specialist consultant on the strategy and execution of the strategy of developing a innovation ecosystem in the province, and in 2020, SVF will gain the confidence of the leaders of the two provinces, Dong Thap, Daklak and will continue to be a consultant for the period 2021-2025.
Startup Vietnam Foundation has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Education and Training to implement the project "Supporting students to start a business until 2025" for the period of 2021-2025.

Starting in 2017, Project 1665 has developed a platform to help student projects, which helps students to grow in practice and bring value to the community and society. Innovation and entrepreneurship have become topics of research and training institutions; a network of more than 100 officials and school lecturers trained in basic knowledge of entrepreneurship; 800 trainees have enrolled in business start-up and business administration training courses with many specific outcomes that have been introduced from 2017 to 2019.
In order to continue the successful implementation of Project 1665, the Ministry of Education and Training will collaborate with start-up agencies to create high-quality content on entrepreneurship and innovation relevant to students. At the launch ceremony of the competition on 21 July 2020, a partnership agreement on the implementation of Project 1665 from 2021 to 2025 between the Ministry of Education and Training and the Foundation of Startup Vietnam (SVF) was signed.

Ms. Bui Thi Hoa - Director of VNES - SVF has shared "VNES is one of the four key programs planned and developed by SVF to carry out its mission to improve the quality of young human resources in Vietnam, since we understand that this is one of the key factors that will enable SVF to realize its dream of having a positive impact on the growth of the private sector. The establishment and development of many businesses that need high quality labor resources and nowhere else in the school is the cradle of this operation. The next generation of nation leaders must be prepared for the future in terms of capability and mindset, and be versatile in terms of business and social change."

Cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training is a new phase in the mission of VNES, and once again the path chosen by VNES in the program has been confirmed. Like the enthusiastic sharing of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, "We do not expect to build many startups that are students, but we want to promote entrepreneurship among students, link colleges, research institutes and enterprises. We hope that this partnership will really carry with it a lot of strong resources that VNES and SVF have accumulated in the past, so that , along with the Ministry, we not only stop at the quantity but also care about the "quality" of resources that students are ultimate beneficiaries." 
On October 8 2020, the Ministry of Science and Technology of VietNam in collaboration with Startup Vietnam Foundation (SVF) and Startup World Cup officially launched the National Innovative Technopreneur Contest - TECHFEST 2020. This is a place to seek and support innovative startups founded by Vietnamese in both domestic and international. The contest mainly focuses on fostering innovative thinking, business development skills set and providing the opportunity to exchange and connect with investors, supporting organizations, domestic and international resources. During 3 months, from September to November, the series of training activities, direct interaction, application consultation will take place on online platforms organized by startup communities of provinces, tech communities, associations and startup supporting communities in both domestic and international. The qualifying round takes place from October 8 to November 8, 2020 with the process of submitting project documents online on the official website of Techfest. The organizers will select 60 teams (30 teams in each table) to enter the training session. The semi-finals will take place on November 24, 2020, Ho Chi Minh City and the final is on November 29, 2020, in Hanoi. The winner of the contest will be the representative of Viet Nam to attend Startup World Cup 2021.

Accompanying as the Head of the Organizing Committee, SVF has supported more than 120 connections between startups and the Experts/ Investors. In addition, the contest has the companionship of the community with nearly 100 experts, nearly 50 units/ organizations and more than 610 hours of experts and investors spent on the contest.

The grand finale is the last round of a two-month journey of finding and supporting innovative startups. The finale was attended by Mr. Huynh Thanh Dat - Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Tran Van Tung - Deputy Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Pham Hong Quat - Head of General Department, National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization development, and leaders, representatives of departments, branches, speakers, experts, head of 12 villages TECHFEST 2020 and startup community.

The champion of the contest belonged to Go Stream Technology Joint Stock Company. Gostudio is an interactive Livestream streaming application on all popular social networking platforms: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter... The first runner-up is 𝐄𝐌 & 𝐀𝐈 - 𝐀𝐈 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞. EM&AI - AI Self-Service is a comprehensive ecosystem that supports businesses to automate customer care and manage PBX quality with AI virtual assistants.The 2nd runner-up goes to 𝐂𝐓𝐂𝐏 𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐚̀𝐧 𝐜𝐚̂̀𝐮 - leading technology Simultaneously multi-dimensional real-time interaction in online education. As a total solution including LMS, Authoring Tool and Virtual Class developed in pure. In addition, 𝐂𝐓𝐂𝐏 𝐏𝐡𝐚́𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞̂̉𝐧 𝐯𝐚̀ 𝐡𝐨̣̂𝐢 𝐧𝐡𝐚̣̂𝐩 𝐇𝐀𝐒𝐔 is the unit that received a sub-award pledge from SunShine Holding - the companion sponsor of the competition. This is an application with a friendly interface, simple operation, easy to use, suitable for both middle-aged to old people, the reaction has started to slow down, the ears and eyes are gradually getting worse
In its first time as the official sponsor for the organization of the competition, SVF has helped connecting resources and accompanied with startups in 7 territories in Asia (Viet Nam, Laos, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Phillipines, Myanmar, Cambodia)

363 applications
Many representatives from 7 countries in Asia
53 Experts, community partners from 7 countries accompanying KSGC

K-Startup Grand Challenge is a startup accelerator program supported by the Government of South Korea. The program was launched in 2016 by the National IT Industry Promotion Agency and funded by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups of South Korea. The key purpose of the competition is to help startups, like yours, get on their feet and run with new ideas, encouraging them to merge, collide, and lead on to new innovations.
SVF accompanies the Department of Science and Technology of Ho Chi Minh City in the role of implementing training sessions for HCMC Artificial Intelligence (HAI) 2020. This is the first time SVF organized a bootcamp entirely on an online platform, helping participants have the opportunity to be trained, practiced and connected with many experts in the industry.

Outstanding numbers from HAI 2020:
-TOP 50 excellent projects entrepreneurs of HAI - 2020
-25 Leading Investor, Expert of the innovation ecosystem in Viet Nam
-25 Startup Supporting agencies, Venture Capital, national and international corporations.

With the desire to create a place to connect and develop AI human resources, encourage the movement to make AI stronger in Vietnam. The Department of Science and Technology of Ho Chi Minh City issued a plan to organize HCMC Artificial Intelligence (HAI) 2020. 
To construct a year of 2021 with more achievements and positive impacts, we call on the cooperation from businesses, experts and investors as well as the startup community to create a sustainable development for the innovation ecosystem. If you are interested in and would like to accompany SVF, please contact us via:
+ About Partnership programs: (Ms. Van)
+ About the Sponsorship and Aid package: (Ms. Huyen)
+ About Communication Support: (Ms. Thanh)
☘️ 2021 is knocking on the door, may this year bring you peace, new goals, new achievements and a lot of inspirations on your life. Wishing us a year filled with breakthroughs and creating more value to the Vietnamese entrepreneur innovation ecosystem!
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