With Vietnam’s transition to a higher value economy, the country faces different social challenges such as matching jobs and youth with different skill sets, inequalities in education access and inclusion among disadvantaged groups and communities, etc. Particularly, the turmoil of COVID-19 pandemic triggers the uncertainty and increase the vulnerability of this under- severed population. Thus, more social challenges need to be solved through an innovation living-lab.

Initiated by Shinhan Square Bridge project team in Vietnan, Management and Sustainable Development Institute cooperated with National Economic University (NEU) and then Happy Women Leader Network (HLWN) Vietnam launch Social Challenge and Innovation Village (VISION) in Techfest 2021. VISION is designed as a living lab of joint efforts of different stakeholders including investors, NGOs, government agencies, communities, media and different development actors to join with startup/ corporates to Identify issues/challenges/opportunities, Seek the opportunities, and Create changes. The VISION is critically essential to connect the “owner of the challenge” to the “solver/innovator” to translate the theory into practice in the changing context toward sustainable development.

The VISION in Techfest 2021 is a platform for innovation and technology startups, in partnership with other stakeholders, to creates values to Vietnam communities. Therefore, the key focus of the village is to promote and accelerate innovation and technology to create inclusion for development. The Village’s slogan is “Live United – Creating trend, leading changes”.

The Village’s activities are sponsored by Shinhan Square Bridge coordinated by MSD/UWW and the contribution from Program 844 coordinated by NEU


Organization Board

Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh

Head of VISION Techfest 2021/ Executive Director of the Management and Sustainable Development Institute

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Do Huong Lan

Cohead of VISION Techfest 2021Program Coordinator 844 at National Economic University/ Program 844

Ms. Tran Van Anh

Co – head of VISION Techfest 2021Program Director of MSD/ United Way Vietnam

Ms. Hooyoung Young

Co – head of VISION Techfest 2021Vice – president of United Way Worldwide for Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan

Ms. Do Huong Ly

 Cohead of VISION Techfest 2021Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Happy Women Leader Network

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Ms. Le Thi Khanh Van

 Cohead of VISION Techfest 2021/Director of the Center for Science and Technology Application and Entrepreneurship, Vietnam Association for Intellectual Women

Donors and Partners


Future Solution 2021

“Future Solution 2021” Contest of Vietnam Social Challenge and Innovation Village TECHFEST 2021 is a program to find, support and honor Vietnamese innovative startups operating at home and abroad with efforts to transform, adapt, survive and develop, contributing to the implementation of the dual tasks: effectively preventing and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring economic development while addressing social challenges.  

The contest is expected to bring Vietnamese entrepreneurs and businesses connections in terms of financial resources, development partnerships, knowledge sources and also support from experts. Innovative startups joining the contest also have the opportunity to pitch in front of domestic and foreign investment funds and further expand their connections with experts and advisors in different fields.

Teams participating in the “Future Solution 2021” contest will focus on providing solutions to social challenges and issues in the following areas: 

  • Education 
  • Medicine – Health 
  • Livelihood and creating job opportunities 
  • Environment 
  • Good and exclusive governance

Solutions should aim to support and meet the needs of customers falling into at least one of the following groups: children, youth, women, people with disabilities, farmers, migrant workers, ethnic minorities, or other organizations/enterprises serving at least one of these customer groups. 

Contest Rules and Regulations

  1. Registration deadline: from September 16th – October 16th, 2021. 
  2. Registration form: 
  • Competition Teams download the application form, fill in information and submit at the official homepage of Innovative of Technopreneur Contest 2021 (TECHFEST 2021): https://techfest.vn/hoat-dong/tham-gia-cuoc-thi/ or send your application to the organizer’s email: Cuocthi@techfest.vn or hello@svf.org.vn  
  • Mandatory: Select “Future Solution” – Social Challenge and Innovation Village 
  • The application must be in English (or bilingual English – Vietnamese) 
  • Competitions will choose the field and Organizers will divide the teams into the villages regarding the selected field in registration file. 

3. Requirements:  

  • Companies/teams are responsible for filling in all required information in English in order to be considered valid registration and confirmed as a competition team. 
  • For applications that do not provide enough information or use another language, the organizers will contact according to the information provided to conduct additional information.  
  • In case the company does not provide sufficient information before the application closing date is not considered valid registration and is not eligible to participate in the contest. 

Eligible participants

(1) Vietnamese individuals or people of Vietnamese origin who are living and working in and outside Vietnam regardless of gender, age, occupation and have innovative products/services/technology, has already had business registration and a sample product; 
(2) The individuals who are eligible to participate in the contest are referred to as “Competition Team”; 
(3) Techfest 2021 Contest will have 2 competing tables for companies with the following characteristics: 

  • Tech-driven Table: For businesses that provide technological products or services for customers and markets, including brand new technological products and services or using new technologies to achieve rapid growth and scaling. The enterprise owns the technology or has registered intellectual property.  
  • Innovative business model: For businesses that have innovative elements in their business models, products/services…; apply technology to boost efficiency. Special technologies, technology ownership or intellectual property registration are NOT required. 

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