There are numbers of incubation and acceleration programmes in Viet Nam booming in the past few years. Besides a couple popular names, most of them are still relatively young, managed by people lacking business or start-up experience.

In the last two years, the quality of services that incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurship programs offer to start-ups and the ecosystem has continued to improve but remains inconsistent.  In addition, the senior leadership in these institutions continues to be distracted from acceleration and incubation activities to focus on trying to create sustainable business models, especially those are privately run.

The Organizers

The 844 Program and Swiss Entrepreneurship Program, therefore, organize a 2-day bootcamp led by veteran international incubator-accelerator manager will provide opportunity to:

  1. Access knowledge and expertise in running incubators and accelerators;
  2. Learn best practices for program design, delivery, and company support;
  3. Address specific issues that the managers of incubators and accelerators face in daily operations; 
  4. Expand business network and explore collaboration opportunities both nationally and internationally.


The Expert

Keith Ippel – Activator of Spring, Vancouver, Canada, https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithippel/

Is passionate about helping entrepreneurs change the world by connecting their ideas with the right tools, resources, technology, and funding. He is also passionate about Vancouver finding it's unique and important place in the global startup stage. Keith co-founded Spring to focus on early stage entrepreneurs with high growth potential who want to make the world a better place.

Spring runs a comprehensive set of entrepreneur, incubator, accelerator, and funding programs for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs. It's the only global entrepreneurship program based in Vancouver (and Canada). Spring’s programs run in over 30 cities on 5 continents. In Vancouver, Spring has supported over 700 entrepreneurs launching 350+ businesses, creating 300+ jobs, and raising over $16Million in early stage capital.

Keith’s most recent experience in working with managers of incubators & accelerators is a bootcamp organized by Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) in Zurich, in June 2018. About 30 managers and ecosystem builders from six countries – i.e., Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Vietnam – participated the bootcamp. In one week, Keith led the participants to (i) define goals of their institutions, (ii) figure business models, (iii) learn about how to build capacity to deliver core incubation & acceleration services, including mentoring and financing startups, (iv) develop measurement of performance and progress, and (v) sketch out action plans. Keith has also worked with ecosystem development across Latin America, working with organizations in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

In July 2018, Keith run a bootcamp for Women Initiative for Startup and Entrepreneurship (WISE) in Hanoi. In two days, Keith and a team of mentors helped women-led 12 finalist startups on improving business model and pitching.

High level of satisfaction of incubators, accelerators, ecosystem builders, and founders those worked with Keith drives Program 844, TechFest Organizer, and Swiss EP to invite Keith to be keynote speaker at TechFest. On this occasion, Keith is willing to lead the bootcamp prior to the main event. Keith has also been a speaker at Recap 2017 (Belgrade), The 2018 BC Tech Summit and the upcoming Peru Venture Capital Conference.


The Facilitator

Tran Tri Dung – MRM Specialist of Swiss EP, https://www.linkedin.com/in/vebimo/ - has been provided Vietnam’s upper stratum private enterprises with business advisory services since 2004, focusing on investment, financial planning, and globalization & innovation strategy. He is currently a member of implementation team of the Swiss Government-funded Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) in Vietnam. Swiss EP supports supply side players of startup ecosystem including mentors, accelerators & incubators, and angel investors.

Since 2014, Dung has been engaged in accelerating entrepreneurship ecosystems in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, especially in building mentor communities. Dung is currently serving as executive secretary of the Vietnam Mentors Initiative (VMI), which currently has 17 organization members. VMI mission is to build capacity for both mentoring programs and mentors.


Date: 27 & 28 November, 2018
Venue: Surf Space, 35 Thai Phien, Hai Chau District, Da Nang



  • Certificates of Participation by Swiss EP

  • Action plans include:

    • Programs and master classes that will create unique value

    • A mentor network plan and knowledge of best practices

    • Attracting investors to your program and companies

    • Measuring success

    • A financial sustainability model

  • Collaboration opportunity with international and national ecosystem players


English with simultaneous interpretation.

Application Process

Interested participants are expected to send application form to Ms. Pham Thi Van Trang (trangptv26@gmail.com, Mob.: +84 969 582 668) or Ms. Dang Ngoc Dung (dangdung@jeaustin.com, Mob.: +84 90 3699720) before 19:00 on 16 November 2018.

Application can be in English or Vietnamese.

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Participants are expected to cover traveling and accommodation themselves.

The Bootcamp is offered to 25 participants on a first come, first served basis.