|Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue (central, standing) attends the ceremony announcing the "Startup Nation" - a new TV programme promoting start-ups on VTV. (Photo: chinhphu.vn)
The announcement was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, leaders of the youth union and major companies in Vietnam.
The talk show format will air on VTV1 every Friday evening from April 14 and rebroadcast Saturday afternoon.
Another programme titled “Startup Coffee” will air from April 10 every morning as part of the programme “Good Morning” on VTV1.VNA
VTV Director General Tran Binh Minh said the programme producers wanted to deliver a message on startups, which is "Renovation is continuous and enduring. It’s not just a movement but a path for the nation to follow."
He said successful businessmen would be invited to “Startup Nation” to share experiences and comment on startup models or business trends in Vietnam and across the world. They could then suggest or invest in promising startup ideas.
The TV programme is part of the Government’s mission to make Vietnam a nation of startups.
First Secretary of HCM Communist Youth Union Le Quoc Phong said the youth would applaud the new programme, which offers them an opportunity to present their startup dreams, and make those dreams a reality.
Phong said the youth expected relevant agencies to hear their ideas and suggestions thanks to the TV programme and subsequently timely adjust policies to support them.
In the first quarter of this year, 26,478 new enterprises were established in Vietnam, a record number in the last six years.
Last year, Vietnam recorded the establishment of 110,100 new enterprises, the highest number compared with the previous years. Last year is the first time the country had more than 100,000 new enterprises in one year, which is said to be the result of the Government’s strong promotion of startups.
Vietnam is expected to have one million enterprises by 2020.