Kisstartup in 2023 - A Year of Milestones

As always, the beginning of a new year is a time for our team to reflect on the results of the previous year and to prepare for the plans ahead. Here are some key metrics that we would like to share:

  • 32: Number of events, including both in-person and online
  • 44: Training sessions
  • 126: Consulting and coaching sessions
  • 3: New international markets: Japan, Canada
  • 42: Programs designed and operated by KisStartup and KisImpact
  • 9: Mentor-mentee pairs established in the SME 1on1 mentoring program
  • 125: Networking community of businesses, startups, and investors, both domestic and international

For us, numbers are not just a reflection of success and failure. They are also a source of lessons and new ideas. We use them to improve our weaknesses and to be bolder in our changes.

To our partners, colleagues, and customers, we hope that these numbers provide a glimpse into our work and accomplishments. They are not the whole story, but they are a starting point for building trust and collaboration in the years to come.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the network of partners and collaborators in the KisStartup ecosystem for their tremendous efforts and support. We could not quantify their contributions, since they are invaluable.

From the KisStartup team.

Piloting the Vietnam Women's Union Mentoring program (VWU Mentoring)

Mentoring images of Mentor - Mentee couples in VWU Mentoring Program

Image source: Community VWU Mentoring

In 2022, KisStartup cooperates with the Economic Department - Vietnam Women's Union, and the Women's Union of Hai Phong City and Da Nang City to pilot the Vietnam Women's Union Mentoring program (VWU Mentoring).

This is another version that comes from the SME Mentoring 1on1 program that we strive to implement with the goal of: Pilot implementation, process transfer and orientation to replicate the Mentoring model specifically for women starting a business in localities in order to maintain and expand the operation of the network of women starting businesses across the country.

With 4 months of implementation, we completed:

  • Successfully organized 04 seminars to share knowledge about Mentoring in two localities;
  • Training 08 staff directly managing and operating the VWU Mentoring program (03 officials of Vietnam Women's Union and 05 officers of provincial Women's Union);
  • Successful matching for 28 couples of Mentor - Mentee;
  • Standardize processes, documents, tools used to manage and operate the VWU Mentoring program.

After program,,

  • 80% of Mentor - Mentee couples see the change and benefits brought by mentoring. At the same time, Mentor - Mentee couples in 2 localities continue to maintain and develop mentoring relationships;; 
  • Mentoring is integrated into the activities of the Women's Startup Clubs in two localities to help improve connections and support each other in business and life;
  • More new members have joined the VWU Mentoring community.


KisStartup's plan in 2023,

  • Continuing to accompany in order to maintain and develop the VWU Mentoring Community in Hai Phong City and Da Nang City;
  • Coordinate with Vietnam Women's Union to replicate VWU Mentoring model in other localities;
  • Working with Universities to pilot mentoring programs exclusively for students;
  • Ready to package and transfer the management and operation process of the mentoring program to organizations/individuals.


For any questions or concerns about the program, please contact us by email or phone number +84 969 902 553 (Ms. Cẩm -Program Manager)

KisStartup's 2022 journey


2022 witnessed the ups and downs, difficulties, efforts of enterprise to overcome COVID 19 and recover. Many SMEs in our network had to close down. However, we also have opportunities to accompany new innovation with original business models. KisStartup believes that 2022 is a full year of tears, sweat and extraordinary efforts. KisStartup constantly strives to accompany and build strong ties with businesses, organizations and promote the development of the VietNam startup ecosystem. On the journey of innovation, we are grateful to our partners for overcoming challenges with us and sharing our achievements.

With the KisStartup team, we had a proud year of hard working and studying wherever we were. We believe that the foundation in 2022 is a stepping stone for further steps and more value.

Let's look back on KisStartup's 2022 Journey and prepare for a new plan. 

Looking forward to having you in the 2023 journey!

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VWU MENTORING VWU MENTORING - Kick-off for the Women Entrepreneurship Mentoring program

 On September 5th, 2022, a training session on personnel and operation management was organized by the Vietnam Women's Union and KisStartup Joint Stock Company with the participation of representatives of the Vietnam Women's Union and also Hai Phong and Da Nang district women union. The training session did not only stop at training but also marked the beginning of the journey building in-depth start-up support activities for women in the localities.

Mentoring is not a new concept in the business and startup community in Vietnam. A mentor is actually an experienced person, who wants to help accompany founders and young business owners to grow in many aspects, thereby operating the business more effectively. For their part, mentors are also more mature in their ability to positively influence others, learn from younger generation and practice listening skills, the ability to ask good questions.

      Famous leaders or entrepreneurs in the world all have a mentor and mentee, typically Steve Jobs. One of his mentors is the Zen master Kobun Chino Otogawa - who had a great influence on Steve Jobs' outlook on life and the philosophy of Apple's designs.

      It would not be wrong to say that mentoring is the weapon of large corporations to small businesses in business operations.


VWU Mentoring program aims to:

  1. Build the first Business Startup Mentoring program of the Vietnam Women's Union.
  2. Have a sustainable development operating model, organizational structure, operate philosophy and create value for participants, especially women who start their businesses in localities.

Program logic:

  1. Stage 1: Run a workshop to find out the problems that female business owners face in the process of running their businesses).
  2. Stage 2: Design the model according to the actual requirements of Mentor - Mentee.
  3. Stage 3: Recruit Mentor - Mentee.
  4. Stage 4: Mentor - Mentee Pairing.
  5. Stage 5: Monitor
  6. Stage 6: Adjust the model

Information about upcoming events:

In Hai Phong:

  1. Workshop "Application of Startup Mentor in Small and Medium Enterprises" takes place on September 14th, 2022.
  2. Orientation and matchmaking session on September 28th, 2022.

In Da Nang:

  1. Workshop "Application of Startup Mentor in Small and Medium Enterprises" takes place on September 26th, 2022.
  2. Orientation and matchmaking session on October 3rd, 2022.

SME Mentoring 1o1 Hanoi: Season 2019 - 2020 get started

MENTORING 2019 – 2020

A new season of SME Mentoring has officially begun. Let's meet Mentor and Mentor - Mentee couples in SME Mentoring Program 2019 - 2020. With the 2019-2020 season, KisStartup expects nothing but the fact that each Mentor - Mentee pair will have interesting experiences and establish a beautiful friendship between an old friend and a young man over three months, then another 6 months, the next 12 months and much more. On October 5, 2019, the Matching Day set a starting milestone for an SME Mentoring 1on1 Hanoi 2019 - 2020. With the participation of 10 mentors and 16 mentees, this year's mentoring season start with 16 new pairs Mentor - Mentee. Especially, more than 02 mentors in the program also find a mentor - an old friend right on Matching Day. Wish you and your friends will come together through all ups and downs - 3 months, 6 months and complete the whole year seriously and gather many meaningful things and bring about interesting experiences.

#mentoring #smementoring1on1hanoi #covankhoinghiep






Dear alls,

Starting from the needs of your startup, in August 2016, KisStartup introduces you two websites we developed to better companion with you.

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COVANKHOINGHIEP.COM: Are you looking for a mentor? Do you want to be a mentor? Sign up with us on KisStartup's official website: Also on the page, you will find partners who are offering mentoring support across Vietnam. On the whole story with startup, it is together to build a mentoring culture.



What does KisStartup 2016 have?

If you are planning for 2016, take your time for our activities:

1. Training of Innovation Coach: Following the success of the TOT1 - IPP, we - the first seeds of the program are desiring  open Extensive network of innovative coaches and startups across Vietnam. In 2016, we expect to develop this program in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. If you are Interested in the program, please contact us.

2. Community Activity: Startup Square Startup Playground: A dynamic, impressive and vibrant space


- Mindset Playground: 1 time / month: Learn and practice through games in the series. Here you will experience the startup game to learn for yourself, your team and bring new tools for your business.

- Startup Book: 2 times / month. Introduce important books for startup and how to apply them.

3. Training and Sharing - Community Workshop: Weekly: Needed topics such as marketing, finance, investment, human resources, law, intellectual property, etc. will be introduced with our experts

4Mentoring Netwwork: With the success of the very first mentors and mentees in 2015, we keep going on developing a mentoring-1 to 1 in Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

Innovation is a process of learning, sharing, exploring and practicing continuously, so with these activities, in 2016, we hope to be with you  experience,






English is one of the biggest weaknesses of many startups in Vietnam. Wishing to support young people to improve their English language skills, KisStartup builds the Business English Mentoring Program (English for Startup).

The program is the result of serious observations and work by KisStartup. It provides practical and useful content to help business owners confidently enter the workforce.

We start with Level 1, which focuses on improving confidence with the basic, practical communication with startups.

- A modern learning style that enhances your initiative in learning;

- You will be taught, tutoring, editing and training directly;

- Our faculty is not only a teacher but also a mentor to you;

- Each day during the course you will have 5 minutes of speaking in English with mentor with a topic;

- To make sure the effectiveness, the class is limited to 4-10 students;

- Every week, you will be able to participate in ENGLISH ENGLISH at a KisStartup startup event.


Time: 04 weeks, 02 times/ week, 02 hours/ day, from 18h-20h.
Location: P209, 18T1 building, Le Van Luong street, Cau Giay district, Hanoi.
Tuition fee: 2,000,000 VND / student / course.
Fee for English Networking Night (optional): VND 100,000 / person.


Register at HERE.



Launching Mentoring 1-1 2016

After the first Mentoring presentation in April, we officially invite you to join Mentoring 1-1 with KisStartup. The program lasts until May 2017

Please follow 4 steps at to prepare your application

Share with us who you are and what our 1-1 mentoring program can help you in your personal development and career development in an A-4 page (see example here: http: //
Create linkedin account
Submit your linkedin and article to

Please keep the following timeline:

April 22: deadline application.All required document can be submitted to:
April 25: Informing the results
April 28: Orienting & training for new mentee
May 7: Deadline to Pay Membership Fee
May 14: Orienting & training for new mentors; Informing new mentor & mentee matching results.


About us

KisStartup was established in 2015 with the mission to accompany entrepreneurs and startups in enhancing their innovation capacity, to support them to innovate more effectively and bring more practical benefits to the community.

Our vision is to become a flourishing community of innovators, rooted in Vietnam and acting globally, that creates long lasting impact.

To realize our vision, we nurture the following values:

(1) Empathetic: Always starting a business, always empathize. We constanly nurture our entrepreneurial experience to have the deepest understanding of innovative people/organizations

(2) Trusted supporter: Always a good support partner for start-up projects, partners and customers

(3) Innovative: Continuously innovate to create new values

(4) Get it done: To us, simplicity is intelligence

(5) Learning: At KisStartup, no one is not learning something. 

(6) Challenge accepted: Setting up your own challenges is how our team matures


(7) Constantly curious:  Make us maintain motivation and excitement every day


(8) Transparency:  Make us always confident in our activities and values


We carry out our mission through a series of activities: 

  • Training

Lean Startup for Startups: provide knowledge and tools to validate ideas and business model, complete business model, and market products.

Lean Startup for Enterprises: provide leaders with right mindset and tools to innovate, develop products/services/project in the spirit of Lean Startup.

Training of the trainers (ToT)

Training of Innovation Coach

Training of Ecosystem player >> View details

  • Coaching

We adopt Lean Startup – mindset and tools – to support startups in finding, identifying, discovering customer and working out a sustainable business model.

Duration: Coaching 1:1 once per week for 03 – 06 months (or by request) is advised. >> View details

  • Mentoring

SME Mentoring is our not-for-profit activity as a part of SME Mentoring 1on1, first introduced in 2011 in HCMC. SME Mentoring helps to get community members closer and establish a mentoring culture, making it our feature activity. In 2015, KisStartup Cofounder and Manager Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh becam Manager of SME Mentoring & Networking Hanoi.

Find out more about SME Mentoring 1:1 in Vietnam in general and HCMC, Hanoi in particular here: >> View details

  • Research

KisStartup conducts researches related to innovation and entrepreneurship that are practical and useful for businesses, investors, domestic and international support organizations, and other stakeholders. Our research helps enhance the efficiency of the decision-making process.

Learn more about our research capacity >> Click here

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Learn more about our research case studies  >> Click here

  • Content Development

Enabling innovative projects to validate their business models via innovative content development and management. >> View details

  • Knowledge-sharing Channels Development

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