1. Coordinating department:
Danang People’s committee
– Department of Science and Technology
– Danang Startups Council (DSC)
– Danang Business Incubator (DNES).
Pre-SURF activities will be happening from : 28/10 – 31/10/2019.
The main event will be taking place on the 1st November 2019, including: Opening Ceremony; the Main Stage featuring an overview on entrepreneurship; 03 thematic seminars about entrepreneurship in the fields of information technology, tourism and agriculture; the Final Round of the Pitching Competition; and the Exhibition of startups and businesses. The Closing Ceremony and Award Ceremony will take place in the evening of 1st November 2019.
Eden Plaza Danang – 05 Duy Tan Street, Danang city
5. Themes and messages
– Theme: “Leveraging local advantages to encourage a creative startup system”
– Message: “Start your creation journey”
6. The purposes and meaning of SURF
The startup conference and exhibition in Danang – SURF 2019 is an annual event and the startup and innovation day for the entrepreneurial community of Danang, attracting the interests from investors, businesses/group projects, together with startup support organisations and international and national experts.
The organization of SURF every year aims to boost the connections of entrepreneurial ecosystem, to get closer to international and national experts, capitals and technology and to showcase and connect the city’s entrepreneurial communities. Through the Pitching Competition and exhibitions at the event, potential startup projects, products, services and business prototypes are widely introduced to everyone to call for investment.
Especially, there will be famous international and national startup experts and speakers coming to the event to share their valuable experiences on startup with the entrepreneurial community of the city such as Mrs. Jan Lederman – Canadian Venture capital fund and Mr. Dominic Mellor – ADB Venture capital fund. On top of that, tech billionaire Peter Vesterbecka will be attending the event as a speaker and expert for the pitching competition. Other famous national speakers will also be joining the event, such as Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung – member of Government’s Financial Adviser Group, Mr. Pham Duy Hieu – Acting Managing Director of An Binh Bank, Mr. Nguyen Manh Dung (Shark Dung) – Managing Director of Cyber Agent investment fund, and Mrs. Thach Le Anh – Founder of Vietnam Silicon Valley.
The event will have the attendance of representatives from governmental agencies, universities, research institutes, and startup support organizations. It is expected to welcome 30 experts and speakers to share valuable insights during the time of event, 70 exhibition booths of startup projects and startup support organisations and 2000 attendants.
SURF 2019 will be a precious opportunity for innovative projects to gather and introduce their products and services to national and international customers and investors, as well as to connect the business community. Simultaneously, activities happening at the event will contribute to the growth of the entrepreneurial community in Danang, steps by steps helping Danang to become the Innovation Startup Center of Central Vietnam and Central Highlands region, in accordance with the Resolution 43-NQ/TW on 24/01/2019 by the Ministry of Politics.