About this programme

Organised by Quest Ventures, the GIA Ho Chi Minh City Acceleration Programme is designed to support Singapore startups in their expansion to the Vietnam market.

Vietnam is a dynamic emerging economy in Southeast Asia with a robust economy supported by strong domestic demand and an export-oriented manufacturing sector. The tech-savvy population and propensity to spend provide opportunities and challenges for tech startups expanding in the region.

This Acceleration Programme positions startups for success in Vietnam through mentorship, business matching, and support in navigating its business landscape. Participants will spend 1.5 weeks of the programme in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

The 4 weeks programme will consist of 3 phases:

  1. Pre-physical immersion
  2. Participants can expect to receive guidance on their market access strategy and resources to expand their knowledge on Vietnam before embarking on the physical immersion.

  3. Physical Immersion in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi)
  4. During the 2 weeks of physical immersion, participants can expect:
    - Masterclass: Learn about the Vietnamese market through in-person masterclasses held with our partners to understand more on the macroeconomy, funding trends and expansion strategies into Vietnam
    - Foundational support: Gather insights into the market through ecosystem engagement events with key partners and government-linked entities to leverage on their network and resources in Vietnam
    - Investor networks: Network with top VCs in Vietnam through curated networking and live pitching sessions
    - Business partner networks: Gain access to the biggest conglomerates in Vietnam

  5. Virtual Business Mentorship
  6. Upon returning from Vietnam, participants will continue following up with their matched mentors who have deep professional networks and expertise in the Vietnam market to further your growth and access into Vietnam.

Upon completion of the entire programme, participants will be given access to Quest Ventures’ network and resources in Vietnam and the region. Participants will also be put in touch with participants from previous batches.

About Quest Ventures

Quest Ventures is a venture capital firm in Asia. It has more than 100+ venture-backed companies operate in more than 150 cities across Asia.

Key features

  • Masterclasses
    Participants will get to attend Quest Ventures' highly curated masterclasses, which cover key topics such as Vietnam's business environment and regulations.
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities
    Participants will get the opportunity to connect with potential business clients, partners and investors in the market, as well as receive guidance and advice from Quest Ventures' network of partners and mentors.
  • Pitching opportunities
    Participants will have the opportunity to pitch to potential investors at demo days.


  • Business entity registered and operating in Singapore
  • Company has at least 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership
  • Has a minimum viable product with existing customers and/or partners
  • Seed stage and beyond in terms of funding raised
  • Has the potential to address market needs in Vietnam and the region

How to apply

Applications for the GIA Ho Chi Minh City Acceleration Programme are now open. Interested applicants should apply here by 4 October 2023.

For further information, you can visit this page or contact vngi@questventures.com for any enquiries.