The forum “Connecting Vietnamese startups at home and abroad” is underway in Ho Chi Minh City in June 26 - 27. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– The forum “Connecting Vietnamese startups at home and abroad” was kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on June 26, bringing together about 400 startup experts, local and foreign investors, innovation and startup support providers and students.

In his opening remarks, Secretary of the municipal Party’s Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan said he expected that through the forum, experts will help the city and tackle problems that hinder its development, one of which is the lack of connectivity between the scientist circle and businesses.

To address the weak point, the city must foster the development of the local technology market in a bid to give firms better access to technological products, he said, adding that technology and business must go together when a new enterprise is formed.

Nhan moved on to say that after the recent visits to the US and Israel, the city’s leaders believed that it is very important to bring together Vietnamese people at home and overseas as experience sharing from such connectivity will support a business from the start, from market research, personnel recruitment to developing a business plan and making the product available on the market.

To grow faster, the city must rely on people, especially Vietnamese people overseas, the official stressed.

The forum, co-held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the city’s People’s Committee on June 26 - 27, aims to share entrepreneurship advice and startup experience, connect entrepreneurs at home and abroad and introduce them to potential investors and investment funds.

It is also an opportunity for the startups to discuss with local policymakers their challenges and needs for support.-VNA