Finland earns medal for Vietnam innovation and start-up support

During Techfest 2016 in Hanoi the Finnish government was awarded by the Vietnamese government for long-term commitment and excellent results in the development of Vietnam’s innovation system.


H.E Mr. Chu Ngọc Anh Minister for Science and Technology presented H.E Mr. Ilkka-Pekka Similä Ambassador of Finland in Vietnam with a medal for Finland’s support to innovation and start-ups there.

The Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP2) has since 2009 played a central role in Vietnam with its focus on supporting the Vietnamese start-up ecosystem.

The bilateral relations between Finland and Vietnam are in transition. After almost 40 years of development cooperation, the relationship is shifting towards business and networks led cooperation. The Embassy of Finland in Vietnam, along with trade promoting organisations and programmes in Vietnam, are now focusing on building these future relations and prerequisites for businesses and innovators to succeed and find each other.

One of the promising areas of business collaboration is in the start-up and growth company sector. The annual Slush event in Helsinki Finland, which attracts more than 15,000 companies, investors and media from around the world, is a wonderful platform for cooperation. In 2016 almost 50 start-ups, ecosystem developers and policy-makers will attend Slush as a delegation from Vietnam.

Source: Embassy of Finland in Hanoi, Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Programme

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