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What is InnoEx?

INNOEX

Innovation for Sustainable Growth

InnoEx is an annual international event promoting innovation and growth for the business community of Vietnam and the ASEAN region, and is being held for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City in August, combined with longstanding programs the Vietnam CEO Forum and the Startup Wheel contest

InnoEx is being organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Young Business Association (YBA), the Business Startup Support Center (BSSC), and the Investment and Business Partners (IBP) Vietnam, with the theme “Innovation & Green Economy”​

Organizers

Organized by community support organizations Leading enterprises in Vietnam

HCMC YOUNG BUSINESS PEOPLE ASSOCIATION (YBA)

HCMC Young Businesspeople Association was established by the Vietnam Youth Federation of Ho Chi Minh City in 1994, with 30 founding members. YBA is the first association of business in Vietnam, with the mission to facilitate business exchanges and trade, and to provide support for the development of the City business community not only in HCMC but also the whole nation ​

BUSINESS STARTUP SUPPORT CENTRE
(BSSC)​

Founded in 2010, BSSC is one of the most prominent startup support centers in Vietnam. BSSC provides a wide range of intensive programs for startups at all stages including financial support (micro-loan), startup accelerators, competitions, startup and tech events for Vietnamese and international startups

Since 2013, BSSC and IBP run the largest annual startup competition called Startup Wheel that attracts 1,500 Vietnamese startups and 500 international startups

INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS PARTNERS
(IBP)

IBP was founded by business veterans in HCMC. With a network of more than 10,000 local and international tech companies, startups, R&D teams, and experts built over the past 12 years, IBP focuses on consulting and supporting businesses to build new growth drivers through innovation

Some of our corporate partners are Qualcomm (US), SK Group (Korea), Alibaba (Hong Kong) Vingroup, Hoa Binh Construction Group, PNJ, KIDO, etc

HCMC YOUNG BUSINESS PEOPLE ASSOCIATION
(YBA)

HCMC Young Businesspeople Association was established by the Vietnam Youth Federation of Ho Chi Minh City in 1994, with 30 founding members. YBA is the first association of business in Vietnam, with the mission to facilitate business exchanges and trade, and to provide support for the development of the City business community not only in HCMC but also the whole nation

BUSINESS STARTUP SUPPORT CENTRE
(BSSC)​

Founded in 2010, BSSC is one of the most prominent startup support centers in Vietnam. BSSC provides a wide range of intensive programs for startups at all stages including financial support (micro-loan), startup accelerators, competitions, startup and tech events for Vietnamese and international startups

Since 2013, BSSC and IBP run the largest annual startup competition called Startup Wheel that attracts 1,500 Vietnamese startups and 500 international startups

INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS PARTNERS
(IBP)

IBP was founded by business veterans in HCMC. With a network of more than 10,000 local and international tech companies, startups, R&D teams, and experts built over the past 12 years, IBP focuses on consulting and supporting businesses to build new growth drivers through innovation

Some of our corporate partners are Qualcomm (US), SK Group (Korea), Alibaba (Hong Kong) Vingroup, Hoa Binh Construction Group, PNJ, KIDO, etc

WATCH THE INNOEX 2023 HIGHLIGHTS

FAQs

InnoEx is an expanded version of the event with a 10-year history, originally organized as Vietnam Startup Day, initiated by IBP and BSSC. InnoEx, launched in 2023, is co-organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Young Entrepreneurs Association, BSSC, and IBP.

InnoEx aims to be an international event with a community built over many years by member organizations. Therefore, at this point, InnoEx has successfully invited numerous international organizations, associations, and businesses to participate. The program is expected to attract:

  • 20,000++ Visits
  • 2,000++ Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders
  • 50 Investment Funds (VCs, PEs, Angel,…)
  • 200 Corporations, Startups, and Tech Companies from 52 countries, selected based on criteria such as innovative model, prominent technology, and pioneering approaches.

With the action slogan “Innovation for Sustainable Growth”, InnoEx aims to connect and create conditions for collaboration, promote pioneering businesses in innovation, provide resources, and catalyze cooperation and cross-sector partnerships both domestically and internationally. The mission of InnoEx is to seek and create opportunities for innovative businesses to convey messages, products, and brand stories to both domestic and international markets. It encourages and connects supportive resources for businesses investing in innovative activities, green economy, and sustainable development.

  • Pioneering innovative businesses in both domestic and international fields.

  • Startup companies with breakthrough ideas, potential, and high applicability, are ready to receive market feedback.

  • Government agencies, management boards, and policy leaders seeking insights into the innovation trends during the restructuring process.

  • Financial institutions, investment funds, and investors looking for projects, ideas, and innovative approaches with investment potential.

  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders attend to share experiences and knowledge, gain inspiration from peer CEOs, and expand networks.

  • Access to information and forecasts on technology and market trends is a crucial foundation for guiding businesses in innovation strategies.

  • Technology talent and experts in the field of innovative innovation during the era of digital technology.

  • Consumer communities are interested in innovative products, innovative solutions, and technological developments in current trends.

  • Media organizations and journalists cover and report on the activities taking place during the event to the public both domestically and internationally.

  • Valued insights from pioneering innovation and tech companies, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

  • Global best practice in driving new growth based on innovation from the leading companies in Vietnam, Sea and worldwide.

  • Rich and efficient resources curated in a one-stop-shop readily available for corporate innovation.

  • Direct opportunities for business partnerships and investment in fast-growing companies.

  • Immediate market reception for newly launched products and solutions from the savvy consumer communities.

  • New synergy is nurtured and fostered among different fields and markets.

InnoEx is structured with a combination of activities taking place before, during, and after the event to enhance awareness of business innovation, share resources, methods, and innovation strategies, aiming to increase competitive advantages for the business community based on the platform of innovative innovation in the global value chain.

Specifically, at the InnoEx event, it is structured into six major activities:

  • Startup Pitch: A competitive rendezvous for the final round of two innovative startup competitions, Startup Wheel 2023, and Green Innovation Fellowship.
  • Exhibition and Launchpad: A showcase and introduction of products, services, intelligent solutions, advanced technologies, and breakthrough innovations from 200 businesses from 52 countries worldwide. A dedicated area for introducing new products and breakthrough technologies from pioneering businesses in innovation.
  • Business Networking: Business connections through networking, creating opportunities for B2B, G2G, G2B, and B2G cooperation within the region and across industries.
  • Investment Zone: Promoting investment opportunities and technology collaboration, highlighting outstanding startups in the region through sessions connecting with over 50 investment funds, individual investors, and businesses.
  • Talent Hub: An area for technology talents and experts seeking opportunities in positions and projects within suitable corporations, businesses, and industries. With the participation of 50 universities both domestically and internationally.

Especially in 2023, the InnoEx organizers collaborate with the Vietnam CEO Forum to organize the Vietnam CEO Forum. This is the largest annual event for Vietnamese CEOs, attracting over 10,000 CEO participants and more than 1,000 policy planners, government officials, and associations over the years.

Over 60 media agencies and communication outlets have also participated and reported on this event.

In the National Overall Development Plan for the period 2021-2030, approved by the National Assembly in 2023, Vietnam sets the goal of becoming a developed country with high income by 2050, with the economy operating in the methods of the digital economy, green economy, and circular economy. Science, technology, and innovation are the main drivers of growth. The global economy has been sluggish in the first half of 2023, along with challenges posed by green business standards and the global shift in supply chains.

To achieve the stated goal, Vietnamese businesses need innovative solutions to improve operational efficiency and adapt timely to seize opportunities and take control, elevating Vietnam’s position on the international map. In this context, InnoEx is born with the message: “Innovation for Sustainable Growth,” with the mission of fostering innovation to create conditions for the dynamic and sustainable growth engine for both businesses and the Vietnamese economy, aiming for regional influence. This creates a special catalyst for the collaboration of InnoEx 2023 and the Vietnam CEO Forum through the theme: Innovation – Journey to the future: How to find the “ticket”?

The collaboration of InnoEx and Vietnam CEO Forum creates synergy in scale and resources: between international and Vietnamese scales, between new business models and traditional business models, between the influence of the world of technology and the experiences of the business market, between experts in the global education innovation and business people. With this collaboration, businesses have the opportunity to connect resources for innovation and transformation. Entrepreneurs and businesses participating in the Vietnam CEO Forum are not limited to the space of strategic exchanges and practical experience in a workshop but also experience a more vibrant atmosphere of innovation for two consecutive days from an enthusiastic business force eagerly looking for a “ticket” to board the “high-speed train” to the future and open up growth spaces beyond limits.