Innovation Program

About this program

The Vietnam Plastics Innovation Hub is proud to introduce the upcoming Innovation Program.  

This virtual 4-week fast-paced journey is designed to build personal and professional skills for those who are looking to refine a big idea which tackles plastic waste in Vietnam.  

Join us for weekly ‘flipped’ classroom learning experiences, expert coaching, high-profile guest speakers, and opportunities for you to share your experiences. 

Who is it for? 

The program has been designed to suit the needs of individuals and teams early in their journey towards setting up an impact-driven venture. This is a great opportunity for those who are yet to formulate a business idea, those who have many ideas, or those who have identified an emerging business opportunity.   

Why join this program?

At the end of this program, participants will learn how to: 

  • Gather evidence to better understand and articulate problems worth solving 
  • Best connect solutions with intended target audiences 
  • Capture value from customers, grow a business and find pathways to scale 
  • Develop a compelling narrative and practice pitching with a live audience online 

How long does it run for?

In order to get the best out of the program, participants will need to commit approximately 6 hours per week. 

Program Overview


31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov 

09:00am to 10:00am ICT
1:00pm to 2:00 pm AEDT 

Teams review online materials in advance of the session and then have an opportunity to apply the learnings, ask questions in class, and hear from guest speakers.  


2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov

Time arrange with coaches
(30 minute sessions) 

After applying the learnings from the Monday LEARN sessions and the online materials, coaches will be available to provide 1-on-1 tailored support and feedback.  


4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov

09:30am to 10:30am ICT
1:30pm to 2:30 pm AEDT 

Teams use a pitch format to share their progress and learnings achieved in the week. This is an opportunity for group feedback and development.  

Weekly Topics

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During this week you will gain valuable skills to ensure that you can prove there is a problem worth pursuing before investing too much time and resources into designing a solution.   

Learn how to gather evidence to better understand and articulate problems worth solving by: 

  • Applying systems thinking, and ecosystem/empathy mapping tools  
  • Identifying key stakeholders impacted by the problem you have identified 

Now that you have identified a problem that people experience and are looking to have solved, it is time to test how your solution might deliver upon needs, alleviate pain points and generate gains for potential customers and users. During this week you will work to identify your target audience and what sets your idea apart from the competition.   

Learn to best connect your solution with your intended target audience by:  

  • Understanding potential customer and user needs and pain points 
  • Designing and conducting discovery interviews to test and validate your assumptions  
  • Understanding where your potential business sits within the market 

During this week you will work on cash flow, sources of revenues and other finance essentials for startups, as well as learning about the different types of investors and funding opportunities available for early stage startups.    

Learn to capture value from customers, grow a business and find pathways to scale by:  

  • Adopting startup finance principles  
  • Investigating legal structures to fit circular economy solutions 
  • Identifying investment opportunities and options  

As an entrepreneur with a newly formed business you will spend a lot of time convincing people to spend money on your solution, invest in your vison, or even become part of your team. To stand out and impress, you must tell a compelling and captivating story. During this week you will learn how to tailor your pitch to different audiences and use storytelling techniques to complement your pitch.   

Learn to develop a compelling narrative by: 

  • Understanding what different audience members want to hear and connecting it with what you want to convey  
  • Clearly defining what you are asking the audience to takeaway from your pitch (e.g. a call to action, investment needs, and many others)  
  • Building highly visual slides to support your pitch 

Information Session

18 October 2022 (09:30am to 10:30am ICT | 1:30pm to 2:30 pm AEDT)

Come and learn how the Vietnam Plastics Innovation Hub’s 4 week Innovation Program can support your entrepreneurial journey.  

During this session we will provide an overview about the program, including the expected outcomes for participants, more information on the commitment required and how to apply.  

We will also introduce the skills and mindsets required to get into the mindset of a successful entrepreneur. 

Program Graduation Event

30 November 2022 (time to be confirmed)

The final stage of the program will include a networking event for participants to meet others in the community looking to combat plastic waste and exchange information. This session will also include a 3-5 minute pitch from a select number of participants/teams that have an advanced idea with specific needs to scale their impact.     

Key Dates

key dates for applications

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! The program has been designed to support those with ideas and those without them. The tools and skills you will build will help you identify a problem/opportunity worth tackling and the pathway to developing a desirable solution.  

The program is open for both individuals and teams. Hopefully, by the end of the program, you will have gathered the information and skills to build a team to support you deliver your solution.   

No, the program is also open for researchers and NGOs looking to scale their impact. Not everyone will be on a path to becoming a startup or business, however, we believe that building entrepreneurial skills and mindsets will enable any type of venture to improve its likelihood of success.   

Yes, you will have to attend all sessions. However, we understand that work and other life commitments can get in the way. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions make sure that you let the program facilitators know in advance. For those that have a team, at least one member must attend all sessions. All engagements will be recorded and shared with participants.  

The program is flexible to cater to different stages of maturity. Some of the content you might have covered, however, it is always good to revisit concepts and access new tools and frameworks. Coaching sessions provide an opportunity to deliver more targeted support based on your immediate needs. If you still think you’re too advanced for the program please reach out, there might be other ways the Hub can help you.  

The 4 weeks (Learn / Apply / Present) will be delivered online. The final graduation event, which will serve as a pitching and networking event, will be held in person. Final details are being arranged and will be confirmed soon.