WE ARE VMI

Vietnam Mentors Initiative (VMI) is an effort following the open discussion among mentoring programs and ecosystem actors -those offer mentoring services to entrepreneurs and startups - in November 2016. VMI is supported by Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) and Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (SwissEP).

Develop mentoring capacity

VMI focuses on building capacity for organization members. VMI builds mentoring capacity by providing mentors and to-be mentors with zero-cost training courses. Participants of the courses just have to commit to provide a certain amount of time in a year to deliver voluntary mentorship to entrepreneurs and startup founders introduced by organization members of VMI. Different courses will be designed to meet different levels of mentors’ experience.

Build a mentor community

VMI builds a mentor community by sharing and leveraging resources among organization members such as mentorship manuals, mentorship skill materials, joint mentorship programs, mentor lists, and the likes.

Honor mentors

VMI honors mentors in the ways that are well acknowledged by the startup ecosystem and the public audience, and give the mentors chances to upgrade the personal skills as well as business competence.

OUR PROCESS

To be Mentor

Mentors are people who use their wisdom and business & social networks to help entrepreneurs and startup founders develop problem solving capacity and leadership. Mentoring relationship should be long-term and voluntary while both mentees and mentors are equal and mutually benefited.

To have Mentor

Analysis of New York City tech firms founded from 2003 to 2013 reveals that companies where a founder is mentored have increase in sales growth of 3.5 times. The companies are also 7 times more likely to raise money than those without mentorship.

Our Executive Committee

Here are several most active mentors in VMI's network, who come from our organization members such as SVF, VMCG, BK Holdings, Angel4Us, KisStartup, DNES, SHTP-IC...

Phan Dinh Tuan Anh
CEO of Angels4us

Phan Dinh Tuan Anh
CEO of Angels4us
Trinh Minh Giang
Chairman of Venture Management Consulting Group (VMCG)

Trinh Minh Giang
Chairman of Venture Management Consulting Group (VMCG)
Pham Duy Hieu
CEO of Startup Vietnam Foundation

Pham Duy Hieu
CEO of Startup Vietnam Foundation
Nguyen Trung Dung
CEO of BK-Holdings

Nguyen Trung Dung
CEO of BK-Holdings
Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh
CEO of KisStartup

Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh
CEO of KisStartup
Do Tu Anh

Do Tu Anh
Vu Anh Ngoc

Vu Anh Ngoc
Tran Vu Nguyen

Tran Vu Nguyen
Ly Dinh Quan

Ly Dinh Quan
Nguyen Tien Trung

Nguyen Tien Trung
Le Thanh Nguyen

Le Thanh Nguyen
Huynh Kim Tuoc

Huynh Kim Tuoc
Truong Ly Hoang Phi

Truong Ly Hoang Phi
Nguyen Anh Thi

Nguyen Anh Thi
Tu Thu Hien

Tu Thu Hien
Dang Quoc Long

Dang Quoc Long
Tran Tri Dung

Tran Tri Dung
Doan The Cuong

Doan The Cuong
Pham Thuy Lien

Pham Thuy Lien
Duong Van Anh

Duong Van Anh

Our Members

Joining hands in building a sustainable mentor community.

Startup Vietnam Foundation-SVF (South)

http://startupfoundation.org.vn
Startup Vietnam Foundation (SVF) is the first non-profit & socialized organization authorized by Vietnamese government to cultivate startups. Funded and supported by various organizations such as The IMPERIAL Group, KOVA Group, SECO EP, I.Value, TransformedU, etc, SVF also has a wide network of experts, specialists, scientists, corporate high-level executives, successful business owners that commits to nurture and empower the new generation of entrepreneurs. Current activities grouped into two main cores: ecosystem building unit and accelerator programs driven by ultimate purpose of turning Vietnamese ideas into global success.

VMCG (North)

http://www.vmcg.vn/
VMCG (Venture Management Consulting Group) is an investment and holding group built to become a market leader in effective marketing agency, business intelligence consultancy and market-place builder. With core values based on the 4 V.I.E.T: Valuableness - Innovation - Efficiency - Technology, VMCG's company members' mission is providing proper and timely services and solutions that can optimize business values of local clients as well as overseas customers, creating typical market places that can intelligently match the providers and the buyers as well as mentoring and investing in potential tech startups.

BK Holdings (North)

http://www.bkholdings.com.vn/
BK-Holdings was established by HUST according to the strategic direction of business to mobilize sources of government, organizations, individuals, domestic and foreign corporations which joint in the research, incubation, commercialization process of science and technology products in HUST. Scientists have become the capital contribution, intellectual, and business building.

DNES (Middle)

http://dnes.vn
The Da Nang Business Incubator was established on 14 December, 2015 under the name of the Da Nang Start-up Support and Investment Company Ltd (DNES) with initial charter capital of around VND30 billion (US$1.4 million), funded by the municipal authorities, enterprises and individuals. It aims to boost business start-up activities and nurture business projects by providing support such as coworking space, training, mentoring, networking, and other services. DNES are currently incubating 9 startups in Da Nang.

HATCH! Venture (North)

http://www.hatch.vn
HATCH!” was inspired in late 2012, after San Francisco-originating serial entrepreneur, Aaron James Everhart shared with his Vietnamese colleagues about the United States Small Business Association, which helps forge startups that stay successful, and grow. The Vietnamese colleagues, Ms. Vu Anh Ngoc, Mr. Pham Quoc Dat, and Mr. Le Viet Dat, along with Everhart, subsequently created HATCH!. HATCH! has since grown in size and impact 100% annually. HATCH! was reorganized in 2016 as “HATCH! VENTURES”, known as a Vietnam's original entrepreneurship ecosystem builder and incubator, along with additional venture partners, and continues to offer a premium, integrated solution of ecosystem activities: HATCH! INCUBATOR; HATCH! NEST, a chain of co-working spaces; and HATCH! PROGRAM, the startup ecosystem building pillar crowned by HATCH! FAIR (the 4th event was organized on October 7&8 in HCMC with 128 exhibited startups, 70 speakers from 20 countries and 2,500 participants).

French Alumni Vietnam Startup Network - FAVSN (Nouth)

http://favsn.org
FAVSN is a program run by the French Alumni Vietnam (UAVF). It serves as a channel to assist, connect, train, invest and crowdfund for startups founded or invested by the UAVF alumni. At this moment, FAVSN is supporting 12 start-ups members and a strong network of more than 30 mentors. Our vision is helping members to get: - CONNECTING: Cultivate a network of experts and mentors. - EVENT NETWORKING: Facilitate networking events with UAVF (apéro, dinner, matching...) and other groups/organizations. - TEAM MATCHING: Execute business matching to optimize resources for the startups. - PITCHING: Assist in making pitch presentations to attract funding. - SEEKING INVESTORS: Develop a list of potential investors. - CONFERENCING: Hold conferences and discussions about investment, market and technological trends. - TRAINING: Facilitate training programs about business administration and investment attraction strategies. - GLOBAL NETWORKING: Connect globally.

KisStartup (North)

http://www.kisstartup.com
KisStartup founded by the group of experts completed the Innovation Partnership Program's (IPP) Innovation Champions with a desire to contribute positively to the development of entrepreneurship Vietnam and the region through training, coaching, mentoring for startups. KisStartup adopts lean startup methodology to bring its mindset and approach to start-up community, to improve entrepreneurs' capacity and the ability to reach out to international markets.

BSA (South)

http://www.bsa.org.vn
The Center of Business Studies and Assistance (BSA) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization. Established in 2008, BSA currently manage the operation of the Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Goods (with more than 450 SME members) and a Leading Business Club (LBC - with 35 entrepreneur members, who own leading companies in their industry across the country). Since the end of 2013, BSA started a new project on supporting and promoting business innovation among the SME community in Vietnam. At the same time, BSA formed Innovative Entrepreneurship Club (SKC in Vietnamese) to support agri-preneurs, as one of sub-branch for such project. So far, there are 14 SKCs was established in 14 cities and provinces with about 400 members. SKC’s main activities include: connecting, training and communicating.

ITP (South)

http://www.vnu-itp.edu.vn
To develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem at ITP is a micro-initiative by the Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City to enhance simultaneously three vital factors to the development od Vietnam's economy, including: 1. Enhance innovation capabilities. 2. Improve technological readiness. 3. Improve the quality of the workforce in the Information and Communication industry. Our definitive vision for this initiative is to create an enriched environment for startup ventures to grow start and grow into quickly scalable business, becoming an important intergrated parts of a developing economy. Established on the technological infrastructure funded by the government since 2003 at the gateway of Vietnam National Universitty Town, ITP will push forward collaborations and partnerships with public and private skate holders to provide businesses, especially startups, with the necessary resources to assure their successes. Inlike other projects, both governmental and public resources are contributed to the building of ITP sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Saigon Hi-Tech Park Incubation Center (SHTP-IC)

http://www.eng.shtp.hochiminhcity.gov.vn
Saigon Hi-Tech Park Incubation Center (“SHTP-IC”), a subsidiary of the ManagementBoard of Saigon Hi-Tech Park (“SHTP”), is not-for-profit organization, was established on August 28th ,2006. SHTP-IC not only determinates the successful development of startups and fledging companies, but is also the guideline for all activities referred to as “clients”. SHTP-IC has been promoted the concept of growth innovation and application of technology, scientific ideas or prototypes to become perfect technologies, supports economic development strategies for small business development.

SME Mentoring (South)

http://www.mentoring1on1.com
In 2011, SME Mentoring won funding in a competition organized by the US Department of State for alumni in exchange programs. SME Mentoring was created with the sole purpose of providing mentorship 1 on 1 to local entrepreneurs in Vietnam. Til now, nearly 100 mentors & over 200 entrepreneurs havejoined the mentoring program.

Business Startup Support Centre (South)

http://bssc.vn/
BSSC viết tắt từ chữ Business Startup Support Centre – Trung tâm Hỗ trợ Thanh niên Khởi nghiệp. BSSC được thành lập theo Quyết định số 4532/QĐ-UBND của Chủ tịch Ủy ban Nhân dân Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh ngày 13/10/2010 về tổ chức lại Trung tâm Thông tin Tư vấn Kinh tế Thanh niên thành Trung tâm Hỗ trợ Thanh niên Khởi nghiệp trực thuộc Hội LHTN Việt Nam – TP Hồ Chí Minh.

Our Partners

3 partners in Vietnam are committed to developing Vietnam startup ecosystem.

“VMI aims to become a hub connecting young entrepreneurs with successful leaders, who want to give back.”

Pham Duy Hieu - CEO of Startup Vietnam Foundation

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Co-ordination team

Drop us a line or give us a ring. We love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions.

Ha Noi

1. Nguyen Trung Dung - dungnt@bkholdings.com.vn - 0913534544
2. Trinh Minh Giang - giang.tm@vmcg.vn - 0904074877

Da Nang

Tran Vu Nguyen (Bung) - bung.tran@dnes.vn - 090339489

Ho Chi Minh City

1. Pham Duy Hieu - henrypham@startupfoundation.org.vn - 0989955550
2. Phan Thuy Ly - ly.phanthuy@shtpic.org - 0988437772