13/03/2017 14:06 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Finland-funded programme backs local innovative projects

Hanoi, March 13 (VNA) – The Vietnam – Finland Innovation Partnership Programme Phase 2 (IPP) held the IPP Harvest Day in Hanoi last week to review its activities and orchestrate its exit phase with an emphasis on creating partnerships, sustainability and impact.

The event, which took place on March 10, included an exhibition of the IPP’s projects, a review and graduation ceremony for the Training of Trainers 2 programme on innovation and entrepreneurship in collaboration with universities, co-creation and networking activities, and the announcement of the IPP exit plan and launching the IPP Alumni Network.

Over the past two years, the IPP has provided support for 32 company projects and ecosystem development projects across Vietnam, said IPP Director Tran Thi Thu Huong.

The IPP has also trained 47 innovation consultants, coaches and lecturers on innovation and entrepreneurship. At this event, sub-project teams demonstrated their achievements and shared experience, she noted, adding that it was an opportunity for team members, innovation and entrepreneurship lecturers and startup supporters to meet up, share their needs and challenges and plan for shared goals.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Quoc Khanh lauded the success of the programme which helped many products from startup businesses gain a foothold in domestic and foreign markets.

The ministry has been working with other agencies to complete legal framework and develop support mechanisms and policies for startups so that they can tap their potential, the deputy minister stressed.

He said the programme has helped Vietnam develop a healthy ecosystem for innovative startups.