Vietnam's Booming Startup Scene: A Goldmine for Tech Talent and Investors

Vietnam's Booming Startup Scene: A Goldmine for Tech Talent and Investors

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"... Decree No 38/2018/ND-CP provided a clear framework for investing in innovative startups."

Calling all tech enthusiasts! Buckle up, because we're diving into the dynamic world of Vietnamese startups.

Get this: Vietnam's startup scene is exploding at a "dizzying" pace, attracting a swarm of investors both local and foreign. As of June 2024, there are roughly 3,800 startups in the country, 11 of which are valued over $100 million USD! Three heavy hitters – Momo, VNG, and VNLife – have even reached unicorn status (over $1 billion USD valuation).

What's fueling this growth? 

Here's the perfect storm:

Investment Magnet: Vietnam is Southeast Asia's third star in the startup triangle, alongside Singapore and Indonesia. This prime location makes it incredibly attractive to global investors.

Innovation Culture: The country fosters a culture of innovation, creating a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Top-Tier Tech Talent: Vietnam boasts a highly skilled tech workforce, making it a dream destination for startups.

Tim Cook recently visited Vietnam showing interesting in the expanding tech sector.

Capital Inflows

But access to capital is king, and Vietnam understands the game. Decree No 38/2018/ND-CP provided a clear framework for investing in innovative startups. This sparked the creation of over 40 domestic investment funds specifically for these ventures.

While the number of angel investors is still growing, over $1.4 billion USD in venture capital poured into Vietnamese startups in 2021! However, around 90% came from foreign sources. This means Vietnamese startups sometimes have to adapt their structure to secure funding.

There's a slight catch though. The global economic slowdown has impacted venture capital activity in Vietnam. The total value of deals dropped 13% in the first nine months of 2023, with the number of transactions plummeting by 40%.

But here's the good news: This dip signifies a shift towards larger deals, highlighting the growing maturity of Vietnamese startups. Investors are also being more selective, focusing on ventures with higher potential.


The future, however, looks bright. Reports predict an 83% surge in investor activity in Vietnam between 2025 and 2030! By creating a transparent and secure investment environment, Vietnam can unlock even greater opportunities for its innovative startups to thrive. So, if you’re top tech talent looking for top jobs or an investor looking for a hotbed of top talent to drive production, Vietnam seems to have a bright future! 

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