GIA Ho Chi Minh City Acceleration Programme

About this programme

Organised by Quest Ventures, the GIA Ho Chi Minh City Acceleration Programme is designed to support Singapore startups and tech companies explore the Vietnam market and find out more about the business potential for their technologies.

Applications are open for the two cohorts in the following themes:

  1. Mobility and Logistics

    Along with its growing urbanisation rates, Vietnam's strategic location along key Asia-Pacific shipping routes makes it an attractive destination for mobility and logistics technology solutions.

    This cohort is for Singaporean companies that aim to redefine how people move, live, and interact between urban areas and cross-border business environments. These technologies may be part of sectors including but not limited to:

    1. Transportation
    2. Delivery
    3. Supply chain management

  2. Smart Cities

    With enhancing smart city development a top priority since 2018, Vietnam has witnessed significant transformation through leveraging technology for sustainable urban development.

    This cohort is for Singaporean companies that deploy technologies from sectors including but not limited to:

    1. Internet of Things (IoT)
    2. Clean Technology
    3. Agricultural Technology

In both cohorts, the programme will consist of three phases:

  1. Pre-physical immersion
    1. Market Preparation: Receive guidance on their market access strategy and resources to expand their knowledge of Vietnam before embarking on the physical immersion.
    2. Mentorship: Participants will also be connected to industry-specific mentors from Vietnam to prepare for in-market business matching.

  2. Physical Immersion in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
    During the 1 week of physical immersion, participants can expect:
    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. Investor networks: Network with top VCs in Vietnam through curated networking and live pitching sessions
    4. Business partner networks: Gain access to the biggest conglomerates in Vietnam

  3. Virtual Business Mentorship

    2 weeks upon returning to Singapore, Quest Ventures will continue to support participants in business matching and reconnections with matched mentors. This allows participants to deepen professional networks and expertise in the Vietnamese market to further growth and access.

    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 programme alumni.


About Quest Ventures

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


Key features

  • Masterclasses
    Participants will have the opportunity to join highly curated Masterclasses, including in-person sessions to help you delve into the Vietnamese market and its sustainability landscape. Gain insights into the macroeconomy, funding trends, and effective expansion strategies into Vietnam and more.
  • 1-to-1 mentoring and business matching
    Participants will receive mentorship from Quest Ventures’ network of Vietnamese experts and advisors who have deep industry expertise and networks. Participants will also be connected to potential clients, partners and investors.
  • Pitching opportunities
    Participants will have the opportunity to pitch to potential investors in curated round-table discussions.

Eligibility

  • 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
  • Singaporean business entities with a focus on either themes of Mobility and Logistics, or Smart Cities

How to apply

Applications for both cohorts in the GIA Ho Chi Minh City Acceleration Programme are now open and will close on 7 April 2024:


You are highly encouraged to apply early as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

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