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JAA’s Swiss Entrepreneurship Program in Vietnam Presents at Techfest 2020

Through our Swiss-funded Entrepreneurship Program, JAA arranged for a presentation on impact investing by Keith Ippel, one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence, at #Techfest2020, Vietnam’s largest innovation event.

Now in its sixth year, the Entrepreneurship Program, Swiss EP, helps entrepreneurship ecosystem support organizations (ESOs) improve their programming and business strategies, helping business startups and scale-ups.  These ESOs – such as incubators, accelerators, universities, angel investors, entrepreneur associations, venture capital, mentorship organizations, workspaces, innovation centers and networks, and their events and services, form the core of sustainable, high-quality ecosystems.  Swiss EP’s ecosystem focus in Vietnam is on Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hue.

JAA also assists public and public-private organizations, advising national and municipal programs and policy development targeting entrepreneurship and innovation.

Swiss EP has emerged as a trusted resource for ecosystem stakeholders.  We have helped create and build specialized resource providers’ capacities – the Vietnam Mentors Initiative, women’s entrepreneurs’ networks, and angel investment network.


Swiss EP’s Phase One results (2015-2019) substantially exceeded target goals and included approximately:

  • $15m Capital raised by the entrepreneurs assisted by our partner ESOs
  • 1400 mentors trained
  • 825 investors trained
  • 66 implementing partners
  • 7000 new jobs created

The 7-country Swiss EP is implemented by Swisscontact and J.E. Austin Associates in Partnership. JAA is the lead partner for the Vietnam program.

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