Program Overview:
In recent years, Vietnam has become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Two of Vietnam’s most important sectors – agriculture and industrial – are becoming the country’s leading sectors globally. Both sectors are also very water intensive. In business-as-usual scenarios, Vietnam is at risk of facing a water security problem in the near future.

Guided by experienced Vietnamese and Dutch mentors, Vietnam AquaVenture 2023 offers an intensive entrepreneurship bootcamp with training, workshops and field trips to equip young entrepreneurs with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully develop their solutions.

Program Objectives
• Support aspiring and ambitious youth in Vietnam to develop their innovative water technology solutions as promising new start-up companies.
• Nurture the creativity and technology-savviness of Vietnamese young entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions for critical water issues in Vietnam.
• Connect young entrepreneurs with Dutch and Vietnamese networks for further business collaboration opportunities.

Focus Theme
Vietnam AquaVenture 2023 is focusing on two main themes:
• Water for Agriculture
• Water for Industry
Participants are to select from one of the two themes as their main focus. A combination of both would be welcomed.

• 3 – 21 July 2023: Application Open
• 28 July 2023: Participant Announcement
• July – August 2023: Phase I – Online Training
• August – October 2023: Phase II – Field Trip and Mentoring Session
• October 2023: Phase III – Investor Pitching and Final Showcase (in Ho Chi Minh city)*
(*) For Phase III, expenses for participants are paid for.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
• Apply as a team (2-3 persons per team) or as an individual.
• Has a business idea to develop. All entries must be the applicant’s original work and free from any claim of copyright, patent or other restriction. The business idea should not be in violation of any intellectual property rights.
• Vietnamese university students or young professionals with a maximum of three years of working experience.
• Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
• Willing to actively participate in an intensive program, field trip, and project planning.

Application and Submission Information
Step 1: Prepare supporting documents as listed:
1. An abstract of potential business concept (max. 500 words).
2. A maximum of three-minute video presenting your team and motivation.
Step 2: Go to and complete the Registration Form.
Step 3: Email supporting documents in Step 1 to In the email subject, please use this format: (Your Team Name) Registration for VAV2023

Application Deadline
The application deadline is on 21st of July 2023 at 11:59 PM (GMT +7). No exceptions will be made regarding the deadline.

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