Innovation, startup week opens in HCM City hinh anh 1At the opening ceremony of the week (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - The 2019 Ho Chi Minh City Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Week (WHISE 2019) kicked off in the southern hub on October 18.

The event is jointly organised by the municipal People’s Committee and the Finnish Embassy in Vietnam.

Director of the municipal Department of Science and Technology Nguyen Viet Dung said that the city is determined to build a sustainable development model based on technology and innovation in order to maintain and promote the city’s socio-economic achievements.

Municipal authorities have issued and implemented many programmes and action plans, with specific and concerted tasks and solutions, he said, adding that activities to support innovation and entrepreneurship have contributed to expanding cooperation in the field.

WHISE 2019 demonstrates commitment of the municipal administration to supporting the startup community, towards soon turning the locality into a city of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, Dung said.

Finnish Ambassador Kari Kahiluoto said businesses of Finland are willing to share experience and support HCM City in innovation and startup activities to become a smart city in the future.

In the framework of the week, 30 events will be organized, including forums, seminars discussing the role of education in innovation and startup, startup connection events, and contests./.