Unveiling Training of Trainers together with Sihub at Advance Saigon


Ho Chi Minh City, April 14, 2017. Today, the Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Programme Phase 2 (IPP2) together with its partner Saigon Innovation Hub (SIHUB)  have held a demo day showcasing the results of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Training of Trainers program (TOT-HCM) for universities in Ho Chi Minh City, as part of the Advance Saigon event.

The TOT-HCM program consists of two weeks boot-camp training from April 4 to April 14, 2017. The boot-camp will be followed by two additional training workshops in May and July 2017. TOT- HCMC was built on the basis of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) Open Curriculum developed by IPP2 and piloted in 2016 with the goal of joining local universities across the country together for the development of an innovative startup ecosystem. The program has selected 28 lecturers from 6 universities within HCMC, including: Hoa Sen University, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, University of Science Ho Chi Minh city (HCMUS), University of Labour and Social Affairs II, Vietnamese-German University and Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City. Participating in the program, there are SIHUB’s innovation experts which will later help to support and facilitate collaboration among the startups in Ho Chi Minh City ecosystem.


During 10 days of Boot Camp, the participating lecturers worked together and experienced an extensive training program covering startups tools, methodologies, innovative mindset together with international experts with extensive knowledge who have worked all across the world. The program also invites representatives from start-ups, ecosystem developers, key stakeholders to share and support the IPP2 training program and SIHUB during its duration.

The results after two weeks of intensive training are proposals for developing support services for startups ecosystems, this was developed by joint teams of lecturers from local universities participating in Boot Camp. This will plant a seed to further develop support programs and projects that will benefit the startup ecosystem in the future.

The IPP2 Training of Trainers Program is a joint collaboration with SIHUB to build capacity for higher education institutions and enhance the role of universities within innovation ecosystems in Ho Chi Minh City through the training of high-quality experts to serve in the business sector, contributing to creative mindset, developing innovative culture and entrepreneurship in Vietnam. After this collaboration, IPP2 and SIHUB will continue to cooperate in organizing more Training of Trainers Programs for Ho Chi Minh City.


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. For more information, please see www.ipp.vn.


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-HCMC Contact information


Ms. Nguyen Thu Ha

TOT-HCM Coordinator, IPP Partnership Manager

Email: thuha@ipp.vn, Mobile: +84 904229006