The Hanoitimes – Around 24 innovative clean-tech startups have graduated from Vietnam’s first-ever Clean Tech Bootcamp this week. The Clean Tech Bootcamp aims to help small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) develop and bring to market innovative clean-energy and energy-efficiency solutions and adaptation technologies in the areas of transportation, agribusiness, and water management. The initiative was developed by infoDev/World Bank’s Climate Technology Program (CTP), in partnership with the Asian Devolvement Bank (ADB), to accelerate the growth of new green businesses in the region and helps reduce the significant threats posed by climate change. Vietnam is one of the five most vulnerable countries to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. In the last 50 years sea level has risen by 50 cm, while extreme climate events (typhoon, flood, landslide, drought, saline intrusion, etc.) have cost the country 9,500 human lives and approximately 1.5% of GDP each year. The 4-day program of lectures and hands-on workshops gives these innovative entrepreneurs an opportunity to refine their product strategies, business models and marketing pitches; sharpen their negotiating skills; and network with clean-tech entrepreneurs, investors and peers. With the successful conclusion of the bootcamp, the program will continue to nurture and mentor these and other climate…
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