Project Title

APEC Workshop on Promoting Innovation for Start-Up SMEs 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

SME 07 2016A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

SME 07 2016A 

Project Title

APEC Workshop on Promoting Innovation for Start-Up SMEs 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

125,000 

Co-funding Amount

20,090 

Total Project Value

145,090 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Indonesia; Malaysia; Mexico; Philippines 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Department 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trade 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Maipq@moit.gov.vn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Pham Quynh Mai 

Project Summary

In response to the APEC Leaders’ and Ministers’ priority to foster micro, small and medium enterprises’ participation in regional and global markets, Viet Nam would like to propose to hold the 2 day APEC Workshop on Promoting Innovation for Startups in Viet Nam in 2017. The Workshop is aimed at: (i) Gaining an understanding of the innovation of startups in the region, opportunities, challenges, potentials; (ii) Identifying challenges facing startups while pursuing innovation; (iii) Sharing experiences and best practices in facilitating innovation for startups from the perspectives of the public and private sectors, and international organizations as well as research institutions; etc., and (iv) Making recommendations to APEC to support innovation for startups. 

The project falls into both Rank 1 and 2 as under the 2016 APEC Funding Criteria.

Relevance

Nowadays, innovation is increasingly recognized as one of the crucial factors to enhance the business’s competitiveness and gain success in the global market – driven economy.  According to some credible surveys, it is indicated that firms that know how to manage innovation can seize new business opportunities, become key players in growth industries and turn themselves into highly profitable companies. 

It is true not only for big enterprises but also remains the case for small ones as it might serve as a key to differentiate themselves from the rivals. 

Most of SMEs, especially start-ups are increasingly recognizing the importance and opportunities of innovation in enhancing their competitiveness and accessing to regional and global markets in the context that they enter the markets at later stage and with less advantages and resources. However, the fact is that not many start-ups are capable of utilizing innovation as an efficient tool to gain the advantages against bigger rivals due to their inexperience and/or incapability in innovation management approaches/processes/tools; or lack of finance, technology, human resources or incentives to implement innovation; or all.

This project is expected to bring together governments’ officials, representatives from both SMEs, start-ups as well as bigger enterprises, multinational corporations, international financial organizations, research institutions, etc., that are involved in either startups and/or innovation to share experiences and best practices in how to facilitate innovation for start-ups with the views of improving their competitiveness and access to markets. 

Since SMEs account for more than 95% of enterprises in the APEC region, this project will definitely draw the attention as well as bring about benefits to many APEC member economies especially the APEC developing ones. Their increasingly competitive participation in the economy will create a firm momentum for economic growth as well as poverty reduction since they help create jobs, increase revenues, and bring about social stability. 

The project falls in Rank 1 since it addresses promotion of regional economic integration through “MSME Modernization and insertion in GVCs”. It also falls into Rank 2 since it supports the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth through promoting innovative growth.

Objectives

The APEC Workshop on Promoting Innovation for Startups is aimed at the following objectives:

-  Gaining an understanding of the innovation of startups in the region, opportunities, challenges, potentials;

-  Identifying challenges facing startups while pursuing innovation;

-  Sharing experiences and best practices in facilitating innovation for startups from the perspectives of both the public and private sectors, and international organizations as well as research institutions, etc.;

-  Making recommendations to APEC to support innovation for startups

Alignment

In 2015, the APEC Leaders clearly declared their priority to foster micro, small and medium enterprises’ participation in regional and global markets that We will promote competition, entrepreneurship, and innovation through effective and comprehensive measures, including balanced intellectual property (IP) systems and capacity-building.” Also, in the APEC 2015 Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting, it is clearly stated that “In order to address the myriad challenges facing MSMEs, we broadened our work on many fronts, giving intensified attention to innovation, entrepreneurial development, business ethics, business resiliency, women’s economic development, finance and our intensified efforts on providing capacity building programs; and “We recognize the vital role of MSMEs in bringing new ideas to the market and in fostering innovation.  APEC needs to build an ecosystem that supports enterprise creation and improves the environment for innovation, as well as facilitates financial inclusion for start-ups”; and “We therefore instruct officials to work towards the creation of an ecosystem of entrepreneurship in the APEC region to encourage the development and growth of globally competitive innovation-driven MSMEs”. Apparently, this project directly responds to the APEC Leaders’ and Ministers’ priority and commitment to foster innovation for SMEs in general, start-up SMEs in particular. 

In the SME Working Group Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020, it stated their mission as “The SMEWG will further promote the development of an enabling environment, foster capacity building for SMEs and enhance the synergy with other APEC fora, the private sector and other stakeholders to promote the development and growth of SMEs, and to maximize the benefits of policy dialogue and best practices sharing in the Asia-Pacific region” and reach consensus on “fostering innovation in SMEs to strengthen business competitiveness”.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project seeks APEC Support Fund (ASF). 

The project directly provides capacity building for the APEC member economies, especially the developing ones. It is widely recognized that many APEC developing economies are increasingly in need of accelerating the national competitiveness in general, SMEs in particular. In developing ones, SMEs and especially startups are playing increasingly important roles to the national economy. If innovation is harnessed appropriately, it will dramatically contribute to their national economy growth and sustainability. However, given their limitedness in capital, human resources, technologies, market experiences, etc., they face a great deal of challenges in penetrating in and conquering markets. This Workshop aims to touch on innovation as a momentum to foster startups, to turn them into a sustainable development and growth. 

From this project, the representatives from governments’ and private sectors from APEC member economies, especially the developing economies will have the opportunity to exchange, share and discuss experiences, best practices in promoting innovation as a means to enhance startups’ competitiveness. 

Based on the selection criteria, the right speakers and participants from the developing economies will be invited to present and attend the Workshop These people might be able to train or exchange experiences with other people in their organizations after the Workshop. 

To make sure that the project supports capacity building needs of APEC developing economies, the organizers will also consider inviting experienced speakers/ experts from the developing economies to present the challenges, share experiences in the field.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Under this project, a 2 day “APEC Workshop on Promoting Innovation for Startups” will be held to provide the platform for the participants to share, discuss related issues facing Startup SMEs in promoting and managing innovation.  The Workshop’s Agenda will be designed to make sure it addresses the concerns of APEC’s member economies/participants; and experienced experts from the public, private sectors and academia will be selected and invited to present, aiming to bring about the most benefits to the participants. 

During the Workshop, apart from the opportunities to share experiences in promoting innovation for startups, all the speakers and participants will have the chance to discuss and present their views on what and how APEC should do to the field as the next steps. These recommendations will be compiled and attached to the Workshop’s report for APEC’s consideration for further action. 

Following the completion of the Workshop, a report will be made and circulated to all the speakers and participants as well as delivered to SMEWG and other APEC relevant committees, working groups for further discussion, follow-up. 

Outcomes: After the Workshop, the participants who are governments’ officials, representatives from the private sector, and associations, academia involved in innovation and startups/ SMEs might have the chance to exchange what they have learnt from the Workshop with their bosses, colleagues, partners and staffs. The good experiences, best practices of promoting innovation for startups, hence, are able to be more widespread among competent and/or authorized people in the field in APEC’s member economies. 

This project will provide inputs to not only policy makers among APEC member economies but also to SMEWG. As the project will target to people who have certain position/experiences in the field, it is expected that the outcomes of the Workshop will be brought back home to serve as good reference for policy making process. The speakers and participants will together discuss and choose one most feasible recommendation to develop a new or 2nd phase proposal for APEC and SMEWG’s consideration and realize it in the nearest future if possible. 

In the medium and long term, it is expected to bring about some positive changes (if needed and necessary, in appropriate situations) to the policy, regulation promulgation and implementation, business practices of startups in innovation. This change is expected to take place gradually rather than immediately. 

Beneficiaries: The selection criteria will be set to make sure that right participants will attend and benefit most as well as be able to bring about significant changes after the Workshop’s completion. The criteria might include, but not limited to:

-  Governments’ officials who are directly involved in the policy making and implementation processes;

-  Representatives from ABAC, SMEs, business associations from APEC member economies. Especially, startup SMEs in APEC developing economies will be encouraged and facilitated to attend as speakers and participants of the Workshop to promote experience sharing as well as networking;

- Representatives from academia (PECC, PSU) and international organizations (OECD, World Bank, ADB).

Dissemination

The Workshop’s report will be published on APEC publication database.

It also will be published on the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam’s and APEC’s website for reference and for widespread usage and saving cost.

Hard copies will be provided to all the Workshop's participants.  Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Workshop's documents widely.

A press release on the Workshop will be published on Vietnam’s media mass (Viet Nam News, Viet Nam News Agency, Industry and Trade Newspapers, etc.,). It will also be sent to SMEs associations, research centers, etc. to attract the attention to the event to encourage people to visit the documents online. 

The target audience includes those who are interested in, involved directly or indirectly in startup, SMEs and innovation from APEC member economies and outside. 

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Gender issue is seriously taken into account by the project proponent. Women are involved in the development of this proposal and both men and women will get equal opportunity to participate in the project implementation including in the process of preparatory stage, consultation and direct labours, etc. In addition, to address gender concern and make sure that men and women are engaged efficiently in the Workshop, the evaluation form delivered at the end of the Workshop will include information on gender to aggregate for project assessment. 

The Organizers will try best to invite the female speakers with enriched experiences and expertise to share at the Workshop. They might include but not limited to female leaders from enterprises, SMEs associations. 

The female participants will benefit from both female and male speakers since they have the opportunities to learn the experiences from the best experts in the field. The organizers will make sure that women are most encouraged and created favorable conditions to take part in and contribute to the Workshop by disseminating information and invitation to as many women as possible. For example, invitations will be sent through APEC PPWE (Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy), female business associations of Viet Nam and APEC member economies if available to invite and draw their attention to the Workshop.  It is expected that at least 40% of speakers and participants are female. 

Also, the workshop will address the challenges and concerns facing female-led startups by adding this in the Agenda.

Work Plan

Timeline

Key activities and deliverable outputs

June 2016

Develop the concept note and submit to SMEWG

Sept – Oct. 2016

Develop the full project proposal. Seek QAFs from the member economies.

June – August 2017

Plan to organize the Workshop , including arranging the meeting venue, employing direct labor, developing the agenda, setting selection criteria, inviting speakers, circulating invitations, work with the APEC Secretariat to assist speakers and participants to register and attend the Workshop .

September 2017

Organize the Workshop. Report the outcomes of the Workshop  to APEC and make recommendations for the next steps.

Risks

One of the risks is to ensure a selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Workshop. The speakers should be, but not limited to, authority officials to represent government; representatives from multinational corporations, SMEs and Startups, which aim to reflecting experiences and points of views from various perspectives. The Organizers will work closely with co-sponsoring economies to nominate and invite the most suitable speakers for the Workshop.

Another concern is to choose the right participants to the Workshop. To make sure that right participants are nominated to attend the Workshop, the Organizers will consult with co-sponsoring economies to set general criteria for participants. Participants should be government officials who are directly or indirectly involved in the policy making, management or implementation; academic or economic experts who have good background and experiences in the field. Business sectors are encouraged to attend the Workshop. To ensure the results, invitations will be sent through different fora in APEC including SMEWG, CTI, ABAC and PPWE. For the host economy, the Workshop is free open to business sector including business associations; apart from officials from the government and local authorities.

Another risk is that startups might find it difficult to implement initiatives, recommendations raised from Workshop due to lack of resources or capacity. This risk will be seriously taken into the Workshop’s agenda to draw the attention and discussion from speakers, participants, experts so that startups can find approachable solutions to their concerns.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback on the efficiency and outcomes of the Workshop whether the objectives are met, whether the information sharing is able to bring about changes after its completion and how. 

The speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback by filling in the evaluation form, delivered at the end of the Workshop. 

The following information will be collected to measure/assess progress and impact: 

-   The first indicator to be used is to assess whether the Workshop meets its set objectives. This can be assessed comparing what participants gain from the Workshop (using evaluation form) and whether the Workshop is able to produce practical recommendations to be submitted to relevant APEC committees/WGs/fora.

-  The second indicator can be whether the Workshop has accommodated right participants and there have been representatives of both public and private sectors. It is expected that the balance between the public and private sectors ranges from 50% - 50% or at least 40% – 60%.

-   The third indicator can be the quality of speakers; this can be assessed by compiling comments of participants in the evaluation forms. 

-   The forth indicator relates to gender issue: How many female participants can attend and learn knowledge/experiences at the Workshop and how many female speakers can come and share their expertise and experiences. It is expected to accommodate from 30% to 40% of female participants to attend the Workshop. 

- The fifth one is communication indicator in order to know how widely the Workshop’s materials will be disseminated to interested groups in APEC: it is planned that presentations and documents of the Workshop will be made available via the APEC Meeting Document Database. The Project’s Report will be presented to SMEWG for consideration. The PO will check with APEC Secretariat to make sure that the materials of the Workshop will be uploaded to the APEC AIMP; the PO will also be responsible for sending the report to APEC’s relevant working groups.

- The sixth indicator is how many participants from the developing economies can benefit from this Workshop.

Linkages

SMEWG will oversees this Project and be responsible for disseminating information about the Workshop among APEC member economies. The outcomes of the Workshop will be submitted to SMEWG for consideration and further action. 

ABAC will be consulted during the implementation of the projects (for example, ABAC can give advice on the agenda, inviting potential speakers and participants; attending the Workshop). The outcomes of the Workshop will also be sent to ABAC for collaboration. 

In 2015 and 2016, innovation emerges as a great concern of APEC member economies since there are a number of projects related to innovation in these two years, namely “The Role of Standards and Innovation for Driving APEC's Silver Economy ( aims to identifying and developing new strategies as well as implementing innovative market based solutions in sectors such as health, infrastructure and services); “Workshop on impact assessment and monitoring of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies” (aims to develop the participants’ capacity on impact assessment and monitoring techniques and methodologies by using case studies, domestic practices and policy analysis); “Capability Development  for Market-Oriented Innovation Management in SMEs of APEC Member Economies”  (sharing experiences in promoting market-oriented innovation management for SMEs through case studies); “APEC Best Practices in SME Innovation” (shaing “best practices” across the APEC region and realistically help those member economies in greater need for SME services, sincerely invites SMEs to join the selection of APEC Best Practices in SME Innovation in 2016.

This project will complement and also explore the aspect of addressing innovation for startups which have not been yet addressed in the other projects so far.

Sustainability

Following the Workshop, participants are expected to have a deep understanding of current status, challenges and potentials of innovation for Startups. They also have the chance to learn from best practices, experiences in applying, managing and promoting innovation for startups. 

To make sure that the Workshop meets its objectives, the organizer will seek approval from SMEWG for the recommendations in particular and the report in general.  Based on the recommendations from member economies, the organizer will consider proposing new activities/initiatives to follow up the outcome of the project. 

The Organizer also considers proposing the phase 2 of the project based on the participants’ recommendations. The networking will be used to review the implementation of recommendations. 

The PO will establish and update the network of experts in innovation and SMEs/startups for further potential cooperation opportunities in the near future.

Project Overseers

Ms. Pham Quynh Mai
Viet Nam SOM to APEC
Deputy Director General
Multilateral Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam

Tel: (84-4) 2220 5522
Email: MAIPQ@MOIT.GOV.VN

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to support 8 speakers in total for the 2-day Workshop.

Consultant: will work with speakers and discussants in drafting, revising and finalizing agenda; conduct researches, collect, analyze and synthesize data; develop curriculum for the Workshop; take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Workshop with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters (245 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistics arrangements for the organization of the Workshop (462 hours total – 2 or 3 staffs), seek APEC Funding.

Waivers

Waiver

Justification

Waiver for advance payment

Travel airfare, per diem for speakers, active participants – to encourage participation in the project as many speakers and participants are not able to attend the Workshop because of reimbursement. 

Simultaneous interpretation

Vietnamese speakers and local participants are invited to the Workshop, many of them are not English speaking and not good at English.

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to cover the fees of simultaneous interpretation for the Workshop. Simultaneous interpretation is very important for this project since many Vietnamese are experts in the field, however, not many of them are English fluent.  The Organizer will prioritize to invite Vietnamese speakers with good command of English but cannot guarantee. The waiver is just for speakers who are not fluent in English speaking.

Waiver is sought to invite 8 speaker to the Workshop

PO requests for funding of 8 speakers (2) for both days. In order to make this project a success, the PO strongly believes that experts from public and academic sectors should be invited to share their studies’ outputs and experiences. Their inputs will still be required during the last session that will include discussions of the participating APEC economies on recommendations of the Workshop to the EWG.

The number of speakers if reaches 8 will be discussed and decided by the PD based on case by case.  The PO will provide justifications for the PD’s decision.

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