This is the reason why national vietnamese government, cities, private sector, IPP and different startup communities are joining forces to build Digital Vietnam Ecosystem, a digital backbone to digitally connect and visualize Vietnam startup ecosystem functions to stimulate further innovation in its emerging tech scene. Solution is built as cloud infrastructure, to collect, maintain, distribute, showcase and use vietnamese startup ecosystem information on real-time to benefit all parties involved.
One quite common starting point to connect, support and grow a startup ecosystem is by mapping it in order to know what is going on in the startup ecosystem, who are doing what and why, where and when are things happening or how different parties can "get in on it". Some relevant reference cases related to that are Berlin Startup Map, Mapped in Israel or Digital NYC to name a few.
However, usually in this type of cases there’s an important speed gap between the showcased information and real startup ecosystem activity that generally becomes into outdated and inaccurate information for all user roles within the startup ecosystem, generating a lot of frustration.
The main reasons behind that result are:
- Big effort to collect information (ie not all information is up to date, easy to find or publicly available to do proper mapping)
- Maintaining the correctness of the information and also to improve the quality of the information (ie. about changing programs and their availability, events and event overlaps, funding applications and requirements, services and whom those are targeted for, new startups born and existing making their pivots, new talents, etc.)
Therefore, the level of maintaining the basic information and improving quality and completeness of the information becomes "continuous effort to sustain", so more systematic and sustainable solution is eventually needed.
As we described in the last blog post, IPP Digital Ecosystem Infrastructure solution has the architecture to connect these manual mapping efforts with systematic approach to get primary measurable data from the startup ecosystem and one key component connected to this digital infrastructure via API's is the ecosystem view module that can showcase all the information and resources of Vietnam’s digital economy in one place, visualising the pulse of startup ecosystem functions by startup development phase, location, industry, time, etc. helping people and startups find the right services and connections at the right time and also helping public & private sector decision makers and service providers target their services to the specific needs of the startups and other ecosystem actors.
As a national startup ecosystem is the sum of their local and regional ecosystems, we are implementing this module for Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and these three will also be connected with single national ecosystem view in order to get a holistic and national ecosystem picture that can be also filtered by city.
These national and city region local ecosystem views will provide access to tools, services and support needed to turn ideas into real businesses, including:
- Access to relevant events
- Access to relevant services (support, funding, permits, etc.)
- Access to relevant discussions and news
- Access to relevant tools assisting the company building
- Effective matching for connections, hands-on assistance, motivational support
Additionally, from local/national economic development or innovation agencies as well as supporting organizations perspective, the ecosystem view module turns the collected information into actionable knowledge to improve and redesign existing programs, services, funding schemes, etc or to create new ones as fast as possible, getting for example:
- Key volume and quality metrics
- Relative impacts between metrics of different activities/services
- Connections between actors
- “Map” to display the completeness and balance of the services and illustrate the need for new services or change of cous in overlapping services
- Compare investment to quality and quantity of outputs
- Knowledge about quality of teams and ideas
- Knowledge about customer progress and stages
Information sharing and ownership
● You decide the information you enter
● You own your information and decide what to share
● Communities own the information created
● Communities can share own information created
● Ecosystems can only see and list public or shared information
Our role is not to sell but protect your information, it’s up to you to share want you want to share.
Eventually IPP program will pass on the ownership of the pilot and core responsibility of the digital platform infrastructure and all related tools and materials for the most logical entity, entities or actively participating and contributing consortium concluded during pilot phase, having target and commitment for successful long term development and sustainability of the digital startup ecosystem.
Make your move and be active part of making the Vietnam digital ecosystem the fastest growing digital ecosystem.