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Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2022

On November 10, 2022, SK Group will organize the Final Demo Day of the SK Startup Fellowship Program (SKSF). This marks the third batch of the program since its launch in 2020. Pitching at the Day are Top 12 startups of SKSF 2022, which were selected from hundreds of applications and have gone through 6-month intensive acceleration activities, e.g. 1-1 mentoring, financial training, fundraising workshop, and networking sessions. The startups will have a chance to showcase their products and pitch their businesses to SKSF’s network of partners including VCs, CVCs, corporates, and other local partners, to explore further investment or business opportunities. Most importantly, SKSF Demo Day welcomes a prestigious Board of Judges made up of the region and Vietnam’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts. The Board will evaluate and decide on the winning Top 4 startups of SKSF 2022, each of whom will receive a non-equity grant worth US$50,000. The remaining 8 startups will each receive a non-equity grant worth US$16,000.

Stay tuned with SKSF Demo Day 2022 to find out who the winning startups are!

SKSF Demo Day 2022 – One of the best places to look for potential startup deals

For the past 6 months of SKSF 2022, Top 12 startups in the program have gone through intensive acceleration activities, including 1-1 mentoring with industry experts and Vietnam’s top businessmen, training on corporate finance and governance, workshop on fundraising with focus on fundraising during an economic crisis, and networking with SKSF’s partners, e.g. VCs, CVCs, corporates, and other local partners.

The program is rigorous, and designed to push startups to “do more faster”. By the end of the 6-month program in 2022, SKSF startups have shown significant growth and achievements:

–       Bizzi signed a partnership agreement with HCMC Young Business Association (YBA) which gives them strategic access to a large potential customer pool

–       Fundiin and VUIHOC successfully raised 6-figure rounds from regional and local investors amid difficult economic times

–       BenKon, Selex Motors, Hi-tech Care Technology JSC, Realbox, Selly, SoBanHang, Cypher AI, CyberPurify, N2TP all made significant progress in key business functions such as revenue growth, new product launch, human resources and organizational development, etc.

These highlights demonstrate that Top 12 startups of SKSF 2022 have channeled their efforts into building strong internal capabilities which later paved the way for their sustainable growth strategies and successful fundraising during times of economic downturn. Graduating from the program, SKSF startups now have a strong foundation ready to scale. All of these will be shared on stage at SKSF Demo Day 2022, making the event a unique opportunity for investors and corporations alike to look for potential startup investment deals or partnerships.

Top 12 SKSF 2022 in a training

SKSF Demo Day 2022 also welcomes Mr. Louis Nguyen – CEO and Founder of Saigon Asset Management (SAM) who will deliver an opening Keynote at the event. With his deep investment insight and experience in private equity, listed equity, and financial operations in the United States (Osprey Ventures, Intelligent Capital) and Vietnam (SAM, IDG Ventures, VinaCapital), Louis’ keynote is expected to be of high value to SKSF startups, alumni, and other audiences.

After the 6-month journey, Top 12 startups of SKSF 2022 are ready for the final leg at the Demo Day. Who are the winning startups this year? Please stay tuned with SKSF Demo Day 2022.

Watch the livestream of SKSF Demo Day 2022 on November 10, 2022, 13:30 – 18:00 (GMT+7) on our fanpage SK Startup Fellowship | Facebook.

SK Startup Fellowship 2022, Batch#3:Organizer: SK Group – the second largest conglomerate in Korea. With an establishment history of nearly 70 years, SK has more than 100 subsidiaries that operate across over 40 countries and territories, spanning a diverse pool of industries such as: Energy, Telecommunications, Semiconductor and Materials, Biotechnology and other services. SK Group recorded revenue of US$139 billion in 2021 and was ranked in the Top 100 Global Enterprises of Fortune 500. Since 2018, SK Group has officially entered the Vietnamese market through major investments such as: approximately US$1 billion investment in Vingroup, more than US$1.2 billion investment in Masan Group and its member companies, etc. In 2020, SK Group launched the SK Startup Fellowship program, demonstrating its commitment to long-term investment in the Vietnamese market.

Program Partner: BSSC is one of the most prestigious and largest startup support units in Vietnam. BSSC’s ecosystem has more than 15,000 Startups/SMEs, 25,000 Entrepreneurs, 100 Mentors & Professionals, 200 Angel Investors and Venture Capital Funds. As a Program Partner of SK Startup Fellowship 2022, BSSC is committed to contributing quality resources to the program.