HATCH! FAIR 2016 is chaired by Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology to foster and encourage a strong startup ecosystem.
Dr. Nguyen Viet Dung, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology said, "Ho Chi Minh City is proud to embrace Vietnam's emerging startup ecosystem by supporting HATCH! FAIR 2016. Ho Chi Minh City is welcoming people from 20 countries to this event, which supports entrepreneurialism, leading to jobs creation and strong brands."
HATCH! FAIR combines a Startup Exhibition with an Entrepreneurship Conference.
HATCH! FAIR STARTUP EXHIBITION participants are early-stage startups who will demo the latest product and service innovations. Most are tech-based, ranging from mobile and web apps, with integration to big data, artificial intelligence, IoT devices; in all there are 120 exhibitors. 20% of participants are startup ecosystem community builders, incubators, and accelerators.
HATCH! FAIR 2016 ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE is two days, featuring 60 business leaders from 20 countries bringing their experience in entrepreneurship and innovation management to the conference attendees on three stages. The stages are themed "Future", "Invisible", and "Work", respectively. Future Stage features workshops and panel discussions with 47 speakers with trending topics such as technology integration (artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, internet of things), woman entrepreneurship, startup ecosystem building, social impact startups, and investments, held over 2 days, 7th and 8th October. Invisible Stage features 14 speakers covering entrepreneurship lives and experience in startups and the innovation industry on Friday 7th, October. A smaller Work stage holds two days worth of hands-on training on skills for entrepreneurs with a technology focus.
Mr. Pham Quoc Dat, CEO and one of the founders of HATCH! FAIR today said, we are observing a fantastic turn-out, and this is the first year we're organizing the event in Ho Chi Minh City. The response underscores the importance of recognizing the startup ecosystem achievements of 2016, and to inspire entrepreneurs to make even more stretching goals for 2017."
Activities leading up to the annual event start early in the year, including three national-scale startup competition events, an investment forum event, and a social innovation summit event.
The national-scale startup competition events feature 54 finalist startups which will have their final battle at HATCH! FAIR, namely HATCH! BATTLE, HATCH! BATTLE Junior, Creative Business Cup, all of which will be held on Saturday 8th, October.
The "Angel Investment Forum" attracts 30 international investors who invest in startup companies, who join in discussions on how to invest into startups and methods of sourcing qualified deals for startup angels.
The "Social Innovation Summit" promotes implementation of tech innovations in addressing social issues, and is organized in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Oxfam, Wakeitup, Live&Learn, Mekong Business Initiative, Australian Aid, Asian Development Bank.
The chairing organization is HCMC Dept. of Science & Technology, the official organizer is HATCH! VENTURES and co-organized by ECC HCMC, Viet Youth Entrepreneurs and Creative Entrepreneurs Network. The event is made possible by the generous contribution of NutriBoost, the HATCH! FAIR 2016 Title Sponsor. Other major sponsorships include: MekongBiz, Asian Development Bank, and the Australian Government. Major support was provided by from SECO EP, Swiss Contact, J.E.Austin Association, Wakeitup, and Oxfam. Other supporters include UNDP, University of Dayton, Ohio, Tigers@Mekong, IBM, and the US Department of State.
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