The final round of the Creative Idea Challenge – CiC 2023 was held on November 25, 2023, in Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Tri, Nguyen Quang, General Director of Vu Phong Energy Group, attended and awarded scholarships totaling 60 million VND to the top student teams.
CiC is a startup competition organized by the VNU-HCM Innovative Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) to create a practical experience environment, inspire, and equip students with the skills for building startup ideas.
CiC 2023 is the eighth season of this meaningful contest, with the theme “Digital innovation – Green transformation,” emphasizing the strategic role of new technology in the Fourth industrial revolution period. This contest seeks to explore and exploit the potential of digital technology in promoting societal green transformation. CiC 2023 also contributes to the National Digital Transformation Program by 2025, which aligns with the 2030 vision and Vietnam’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Contestants in the CiC 2023 contest were encouraged to bring innovative and breakthrough ideas to contribute to the country’s sustainable development. The contest, held in July 2023, attracted 270 creative ideas, innovative solutions, and startup projects from 42 provinces and cities, 150 universities, colleges, and high schools, and over 800 registered participants.
Part of the contest at the CiC 2023 Final round
The CiC 2023 final was held on November 25th, with a vibrant contest among the 12 best projects and ideas. The finals were held as part of the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Festival and Ho Chi Minh City Innovation Startup Week 2023 (TECHFEST – WHISE 2023), organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Tri, Nguyen Quang, CEO of Vu Phong Energy Group, attended the finals and awarded scholarships totalling 60 million VND to the highest-achieving student teams.
Vu Phong Energy Group has been a sponsor of the CiC contests since it started. Mr. Phong, Pham Nam, Chairman of Vu Phong Energy Group’s BODs, has been a consultant, judge, speaker, and angel investor in many projects in the contest for many years.
Mr. Phong, Pham Nam – Chairman of Vu Phong Energy Group’s BODs (who is sharing) – with entrepreneurs in an activity accompanying CiC 2023
Vu Phong Energy Group has consistently aimed to support children, students, and youth via various programs, particularly by sponsoring education and collaborating with innovative competitions. In addition to sponsoring the CiC contest, Vu Phong Energy Group has participated in numerous programs that support and nurture student talent, such as Annual scholarships for students at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology; Sponsorship for various technology, startup, and innovation competitions such as the IoT Startup series, DigiTrans Edtech competition,…; Collaboration on career orientation, training, and recruitment with universities; Participation in exhibitions, sharing sessions on clean energy with students; Accompany on building schools in remote areas,…
Vu Phong Energy Group’s meaningful activities align with the pursuit of sustainable values, as outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as Goal 4 – Quality education and Goal 8 – Decent work and economic growth.
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