Joint open call for IPP and SIHUB Training of Trainers program to HCM-based universities

IPP and SIHUB joint Training of Trainers program for HCMC based universities on Entrepreneurship & Innovation (TOT-HCMC)




Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Programme, Phase 2 (IPP) and Ho Chi Minh City Energy Conservation Centre’s Saigon Innovation Hub (SIHUB) are calling for applications from HCM based universities for a Training of Trainers program on Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I): TOT-HCM. The program is designed for 25 participants: Teams of 3-5 lecturers/experts from 5-10 universities. TOT-HCM comprises an intensive 2-week bootcamp, on 4-14 April 2017, and 2 follow-on workshops, in May and July 2017. The deadline for applications is 14 March 2017.

TOT-HCM builds on the Art of Business Creation curriculum developed and piloted by IPP in 2016, aimed at engaging universities in the development of E&I ecosystem across Vietnam. According to Mrs. Tran Thi Thu Huong, Director General, Assistant to the Minister of Science and Technology, and Program Director of IPP: “IPP’s Training of Trainers programs aim to build capacity for higher education institutions in Vietnam and strengthen their role in the ecosystem by supplying high quality human resources for business sectors, contributing to innovative thinking and creating and diffusing entrepreneurial and innovation culture in Vietnam”.

Director of ECC within HCM Department of Science and Technology and Founding Chairman of SIHUB, Mr. Huynh Kim Tuoc encourages all HCM based universities to apply for TOT-HCM: “SIHUB is happy to offer IPP tested and proven Training of Trainers program on Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Ho Chi Minh City based universities. The feedback from IPP’s earlier programs has been so convincing that we wanted to co-organise with IPP a TOT program targeted to HCM ecosystem. The program engages all key ecosystem stakeholders and equips universities to design, pilot and deliver integrated sustainable high-impact E&I offerings.”

The foundation of TOT-HCM is in IPP’s three pioneering training programs: (i) Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) targeted to startup and enabler teams, (ii) Training of Trainers Program 1 (TOT1) targeted to innovation consultants and (iii) Training of Trainers Program 2 (TOT2) targeted to university lectures from across Vietnam. TOT-HCM focuses on transferring key concepts and tested tools and techniques to be adapted and further developed by selected HCM universities. According to Mr. Lauri Laakso, IPP’s Chief Technical Advisor: “IPP has produced a set of ‘world class’ training programs with practical and highly applicable contents tailored to the reality of Vietnam ecosystem. We have engaged tested and proven instructors with globally relevant experience and highly inspiring guest speakers from local and international companies, startups, ecosystem developers and key stakeholders to contribute to the IPP-SIHUB joint training program”.

Lead Instructor Profiles

Karen Henken is Vice President of Business Development at Kountable, Inc, creating new business partnerships in Africa and other emerging markets for the Silicon Valley company. She has served as Adjunct Professor and still lectures at the University of San Diego School of Business, where she teaches Business and Social Innovation. As founder and principal of Henken & Associates, she helps businesses and nonprofits develop market opportunities, strategies and revenue models to expand their impact. She designs and delivers workshops on social entrepreneurship for leading global institutions and leads seminars and training of trainers programs and bootcamps on entrepreneurship and innovation in the U.S., Brazil and Vietnam. She has spent 20 years in Silicon Valley as an executive in high technology management and serves on the boards of several social enterprises. She has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Marko Seppä serves IPP as Entrepreneur in Residence, helping IPP funded startups, accelerators, incubators and university E&I programs sharpen value propositions, establish partnerships and create new opportunities. He has served as Professor of Growth Venture Creation at University of Jyvaskyla and as Founding Executive Director of eBRC, the shared e-business research center of Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere. Originally apprenticed as venture capitalist in Finland and the US, he ran a pioneering VC firm into Russia, Estonia and Latvia, in the 1990s. As Owner and CEO of VCC Oy he helps fellow entrepreneurs build companies investment-ready, sometimes as co-entrepreneur, and advises investors, corporations and public institutions in issues related to open innovation, business creation and VC. He holds a PhD in Corporate Strategy from University of Jyvaskyla.


Applications are invited from HCM based universities with strategic interest and university-wide commitment in long-term development of E&I activities. Applicant universities are encouraged to propose diverse teams comprising 3-5 lecturers/experts. Each individual participant is required to be fluent in English and have a personal long-term interest in E&I activities. Previous experience from E&I activities and/or business studies are appreciated but not mandatory. An ideal university team is interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral, comprising lecturers from different departments topped with an external expert of a closely associated incubator or accelerator.

An application template can be downloaded in the link below:

Application Form

To be eligible, applications must be send in English and are to be sent by 4 pm 14 March 2017, at the latest, via both email and posted mail, as follows:

Application email address:

Application postal address: TOT-HCM, IPP, Suite 1502, 15th Floor, Thang Long Tower, No. 98A, Nguy Nhu Kon Tum, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi



About IPP

Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) is an Official Development Assistance (ODA) program financed jointly by the governments of Vietnam and Finland. IPP is in its second and final phase running through 2014-2018 with EUR 11 million budget. IPP targets long-term benefits for the Vietnamese economy and E&I ecosystem. The program works with key national and international partners to scale up practical E&I training as well as to improve local support mechanisms and programs for Vietnamese new innovative companies. IPP connects key actors in the ecosystem in order to build a strong foundation for Vietnam’s next-generation entrepreneurs and promotes partnerships between Vietnamese and other, particularly Finnish businesses.


Saigon Innovation Hub is a strategic entity of Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Science and Technology to implement its activities and policies regarding entrepreneurship and innovation. The Hub bridges the entrepreneurial community of the City with the supporting resources from the Department and its many international and local partners. It aims to (1) raise awareness and build a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, (2) develop a sustainable and fruitful entrepreneurial ecosystem and (3) directly and indirectly foster the creation and growth of many of the City’s potential start-ups.

TOT-HCM Contact information

Ms. Nguyen Thu Ha

TOT-HCM Coordinator, IPP Partnership Manager

Email:, Mobile: +84 904229006