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Understanding Vietnam: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Vietnam.

At A Glance

As two of the world's biggest economies, China and the US are sparring over trade tariffs, one country that has emerged as the biggest beneficiary from the trade conflict is Vietnam. Its economy has grown by almost 8 per cent because of the shift in production from overseas as it attempts to escape the heavy tariffs from the US. Vietnam's exports to the US have also jumped by 34.8 per cent in the first nine months of 2019. But the growing trade deficits between the US and Vietnam have now caught the attention of the Trump administration. It has now started to impose selective tariff measures on exports coming from Vietnam. How did this previously war torn economy turn it all around in the space of thirty years, being the only major Southeast Asian economy to avoid a recession in 2020? To answer this, we need to take a look at what happened to Vietnam’s economy after the Vietnam war.


This section explores key background of innovation and entrepreneurship that lead to the development of the startup ecosystem in the country. This segment hosts reports or write-ups from several communities in Indonesia.

Key Players and Community Groups

This section explores information on current players, vertical investors information in the ecoystem. Current SMU students are encouraged to prospect the following databases for company research in the ecosystem. 

The following is a list of some of the key community players in Vietnam

Reading List

This sections provide essential readings on the topics. Resources in the form of online magazine on the subject matter are suggested here as well.

What You Need to Know

This section explores key information on setting up companies in Vietnam as well as laws, country risks, policies, market, and funding etc. (Note: This may have repetitions from the Business and Economics Tab)

Current Development and Trends

This section explores key developments and trends in the ecosystem. It includes information on size of the digital economy, consumer, Internet, Technology Framework et cetera. Current SMU students are encouraged to harness these resources for their research.

Selected print books & eBooks

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy