Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam was launched in 2018, by UNDP Viet Nam, Citi Foundation, and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Since 2021, Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam has been implemented by UNDP and Business Forum Magazine, under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Working at both national and sub-national levels, Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam leverages public, private, academic and youth organization partners to create an enabling environment and appropriate incentives for supporting young social entrepreneurs and innovators, to accelerate the national achievement of SDGs.
Despite the recent economic growth, Viet Nam faces many challenges which threaten the country’s continued development, including income inequality, climate change and rapid urbanization. Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam is created to address these challenges, based on the potential of the emerging impact start-up ecosystem in Vietnam with a pool of innovative and ambitious young people.
500+ youth participated in the sub-national and national policy dialogues at the local and central level, and have been empowered.
500+ young entrepreneurs in which nearly 30% came from marginalized background were trained on SDGs Entrepreneurship.
110 impact mentors from 28 provinces and cities nationwide joined the Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam training on Impact Entrepreneurship.
51.4% of female participation in
Youth Co:Lab trainings
Financial and Technical Support
35 startups received financial and technical support through the SDG Innovation Incubation Programme.
Asia-Pacific Youth Co:Lab Summit Hosting
UNDP Viet Nam proudly hosted the second Asia-Pacific Youth Co:Lab Summit in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 2-5 April 2019. The summit brought together 500 key stakeholders from 20 countries including youth, government officials, the private sector, representatives from the UN and other international organizations to collectively work towards building an ecosystem conducive to driving social change through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Youth Co:Lab's regional report "Climate Concern to Climate Action: The Role of Young Social Entrepreneurs" provides an overview of the nexus between young social entrepreneurs and climate action.
First launched regionally, the study explores the views of young social entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region on climate change and its impact, how they are engaged in providing climate solutions, the challenges they face in advancing climate action and their future support needs. Please refer to the full report for the findings, research methodology, survey questionnaire, and a summary of the research limitations via this link.
With reference to the report this country snapshot of Viet Nam presents an analysis of 80 survey responses from Viet Nam, and is intended to be read alongside the regional report.
Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam's Journey
September: Conducted a “Research onto Assessment and Projection of resilience and Adaptation of youth for Entrepreneurship and Impact business development”
October: SDG Innovation Incubator 2020
November: National Dialogue under TechFest 2020
December: Entrepreneurship Training Kit for Young Entrepreneurs
September - October: 4 training courses and 1 bootcamp for impact entrepreneurs & impact mentors
October: National Competition and Incubation Programme for Youth-led Start-up 2021
November: International Startup Forum 2021
December: National Dialogue under Techfest 2021
Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam Videos
Youth Co:Lab Viet Nam Recap
Movers in Viet Nam
Movers was launched in Viet Nam in June 2021. The Movers Programme is a regional movement of youth volunteers who develop SDGs awareness, entrepreneurial mindsets, and 21st-century skills by conducting localized workshop trainings at the grassroots level. Movers Programme uses a train-the-trainer approach and works with key community partners to target harder-to-reach groups to make sure that no one is left behind. To date, 150 workshops were organized by 130 Movers facilitators and mentors with 6000+ participants joining from across the country.
To learn more about Movers, click here.