A press briefing takes place on October 17 to introduce about the 2017 HCM City Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Week (WHISE 2017). (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– The 2017 HCM City Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Week (WHISE 2017), the city’s biggest startup event of the year, will take place from October 23-28.

The WHISE 2017, held by the city’s Department of Science and Technology in partnership with the Embassy of Finland in Vietnam, features about 30 seminars, workshops and discussions, including the Technological Exhibition and Innovation and Startup Conference on October 27-28.

It provides an opportunity for HCM City to foster innovation and startup models, said Director of the Department of Science and Technology Nguyen Viet Dung at a press briefing about the week on October 17.

It will also gather innovation and startup firms into one startup community for the development of the city’s startup ecosystem and to attract investment, he added.

The government of Finland hoped to share innovation and startup experience with Vietnamese enterprises through the WHISE 2017, said Lauri Laakso, Chief Technical Adviser of the Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Programme Phase 2 (IPP2).

He noted that highlights of the week will include a series of workshops to share international experience in education alongside solutions to build smart cities and a startup ecosystem.-VNA