UNDP Viet Nam Accelerator Lab

We are working on enabling circular business and improving government innovation capacity on both national and provincial levels.

The UNDP Viet Nam Accelerator Lab team is among the first Labs cohort. We aim to enable businesses, policymakers and communities to move towards sustainability.

In the area of circular economy, we ran a behavioral experiment to help the Danang municipality design a better waste sorting intervention. Collective intelligence research on the informal waste sector using GPS and ethnographic studies shed light on the life of previously unseen informal waste workers. In addition, the team worked closely with the government and business community to develop a Circular Economy Hub in Danang to incubate local circular solutions.

In the area of government innovation, we partnered with the National Economic University, and have built an Anticipatory Governance curriculum for both university students and government officials. In addition, we work with the National Innovation Center to shape their strategy on building the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) innovation ecosystem. In Danang, we have helped to establish a City Lab task force under the Danang City government, inspired by other government innovation labs in the world.

The UNDP Viet Nam Accelerator Lab was selected as a participant in the Japan SDGs Innovation Challenge. Through the Innovation Challenge, seven UNDP Accelerator Labs are collaborating with Japanese companies to co-develop and design models to test potential solutions to address specific development challenges problems identified by the Labs.

The UNDP Accelerator Lab in Viet Nam is working with JAMSS (Japan Manned Space System Corporation) on a feasibility study using remote sensing to identify plastic waste hotspots from satellite imageries to build a business model suitable to Viet Nam's market.

  • Learn more about this initiative here
  • or watch it here

Our team

Giang Tran
Head of Experimentation
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Lan Phan
Head of Exploration
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Luong Nguyen
Head of Solutions Mapping
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Our learnings

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Our partners

We want to express our sincere thanks to the following partners:

Ministry of Investment and Planning National Innovation Center (NIC)
Viet Nam National Economic University (NEU)
Danang Institute for Socio-Economic Development (DISED)
Danang Entrepreneurship Support (DNES) - Incubation Center
Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE)
Foreign Trade University (FTU)
Department of Natural Resource and Environment (DONRE)

We hope to continue our good collaboration and call for more partners to make Viet Nam’s innovation ecosystem an even better place.

Visit the UNDP Viet Nam website for more information.