April 15, 2021

According to Startup Blink rankings 2020, Vietnam was ranked at #59 in the world. Also in 2020, Vietnam remained at 42/131 countries and territories in Global Innovation Index (GII). These achievements have the merits of Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem in foreign countries. Nowadays, apart from the growth in the number of students studying abroad, there are approximately 500 Vietnamese scientists each year participating in teaching, researching as well as technology transfer and investment cooperation for enterprise development. They are a valuable source of human capital for our country on the path of socio-economic development in general, and science and technology development in particular.

According to President Nguyen Xuan Phuc: “We must use knowledge, science and technology as well as innovation, which are the endogenous factors for economic growth. Technology is the decisive factor in economic growth and the key for development breakthrough in order to avoid the middle-income trap. ”

Therefore, The Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts Global –AVSE Global launches Hack4Growth –Unlimited contest with the aim of bringing Vietnamese’s knowledge worldwide to contribute to the development of Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem and solve the local problems in Vietnam. The contest is sponsored by the State Committee For Overseas Vietnamese -The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the first season with 2 phases, Hack4Growth and Hack4Growth COVID –Endgame attracted more than 500 candidates along with 150 high-quality projects in a wide range of fields from Health, Education, Environment, etc. We also attracted more than 30 advisors and mentors who are industry experts from over 15 countries with more than 1,000 hours of training and coaching for contestants.

Hack4Growth –Unlimited with the slogan “START LOCAL –RISE REGIONAL –GROW GLOBAL” has the mission to encourage creativity of overseas Vietnamese and unite the compatriots in Vietnam to join hands to find the solutions, at the same time help the innovators access science, technology, and innovation in a global scale to solve regional problems in Vietnam. Accordingly, under the patronage of the StateCommittee For Overseas Vietnamese -The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hack4Growth gathers opinions from 25 provinces in Vietnam, making the issues the subjects for the competition. These include issues such as solutions to digital transformation for Businesses and State agencies; solutions to address climate change; E-commerce; social problems among ethnic minorities;and local products development, and so on. Apart from being kicked off in Vietnam, Hack4Growth Season 2 will be launched in four major regions, including:

  • Europe: accompanying Vietnam Startup Network Europe (VNSE)
  • Australia: accompanying Vietnam -Australia Innovation Network (NIC -AU) and Vietnam Startup Promotion Network in Australia -Startup Vietnam Frontier (SVF -AU)
  • North America: accompanying The Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Network in the United State of America –VENUSA
  • Japan: accompanying Vietnam -Japan Open Innovation Network (VJOIN)

To successfully launch Hack4Growth -Unlimited!, we are going to hold a Kickoff Webinar at 20:00 (GMT + 7) on April 15, 2021.

Kickoff Webinar comprises 02 main panels: the 1st panel is about the details of Hack4Growth and the 2nd panel is the precious sharing about the overseas Vietnam’s innovative ecosystem with the participation of

  • Mr. Nguyen Duc Khuong -Professor of Finance, President of AVSE Global and AVSE Corporation Vietnam•Ms. Nicole Nguyen -Head of Organizing Committee of Hack4Growth Contest -Unlimited!
  • Mr. Uong Dinh Minh, Co-Founder of VENUSA, Head of Organizing Committee of Hack4Growth in North America
  • Mr. Nguyen Dinh Quy, Founder & CEO of VietSearch, Organizing Committee member of Hack4Growth in North America
  • Ms. Phuong Nguyen, Deputy of VENUSA, ViceChairman of California Association of Volunteers, Organizing Committee member of Hack4Growth in North America
  • Ms. Thai Ngoc Bao Tram -Co-founder of VSNE, Organizing Committee member of Hack4Growth in Europe
  • Mr. Le Ba Nhat Minh -Vice President of NIC-AU, Organizing Committee member of Hack4Growth in Australia
  • Mr. Le Duc Anh -Representative of VJOIN, Organizing Committee member of Hack4Growth in Japan
  • Mr. Luu Vinh Toan –CTO of V-Space, Head, and Specialist of Image Processing at Move Digital AG, Switzerland.

Hack4Growth Unlimited! towards to be:

  • The biggest competition to connect provinces and the startup community thanks to the patronage of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese -The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • A pioneering innovation competition is organized at an international scale with its regional chapters held in 5 crucial innovative hubs including Vietnam, Europe, America, Japan, and Australia, through connection and partnership with top-notch innovation communities at both regional and global levels.
  • The competition is extensively supported by a large community of 10,000+ international experts, advisors, and partners from over 20 countries and territories. Participants, advisors, and partners will stay connected via an exclusive platform developed by AVSE Global.

Currently, Hack4Growth has received the confirmation to participate from influential Advisors and Mentors such as Mr. Nguyen Duc Khuong -President & CEO of AVSE Global, Deputy Research Director, IPAG BusinessSchool, France; Mr. Vu Duy Thuc -Co-Founder & CEO of Kambria, USA; Mr. Pham Thanh Hung -Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEN Group, Vietnam; Ms. Le Diep Kieu Trang -Founder of Alabaster Company in the United States and Vietnam; Ms. Nguyen Thuy Duong -President of E&Y Consulting Vietnam Company; Mr. Tran Ngoc Phuc -President of Metran Company in Japan, and many other famous people are waiting for ideas of innovators.

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