Innovate Like a Swede 2019

09 Sep 2019, 2.00 PM - 06 Nov 2019, 5.00 PM

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation in Vietnam.

Innovate like a Swede 2019
9 September to 6 November 2019.

Do you have an innovative and sustainable solution to one of the many challenges faced by Vietnam today? The contest “Innovate like a Swede” will give you a great opportunity to present your innovative skills to representatives from Swedish companies and provide you with a valuable experience that will be useful in your future career.

Innovate like a Swede is an annual innovation contest for Vietnamese students focusing on one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed by all the member states of the United Nations. The main purpose of the contest is to encourage creativity and to find innovative solutions for challenges faced in a local context.

The focus SDG for our contest this year will be goal #9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are a key priority for the Swedish government as well as one of the major tasks for the world as a whole. This contest aims to inspire students in Vietnam to use innovation as a means to reach an SDG in a Vietnamese context.

The contest is organized by the Embassy of Sweden, Swedish companies, and Uppsala University with the support of Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Vietnam Youth Union.
The contest is launched on 9 September in Hanoi and the deadline for submission 6 November 2019. Participating students need to form a team of two members, and their contribution will be assessed based on whether the entries are innovative, creative, feasible, sustainable and commercially viable, as well as on what kind of lasting impact they will have. The jury consists of representatives from sponsoring companies, Uppsala University and the Embassy.

The winning team will be offered a trip to Sweden and a visit to a number of Swedish companies’ headquarters as well as Uppsala University. The winning team and the runner-ups will also be awarded internship opportunities with sponsoring Swedish companies with business presence in Vietnam.

Do you wish to participate? Please see the formal requirements and further information in the linked documents below:

Innovate Like a Swede - Flyer
Innovate Like a Swede - Description
Why SDG #9
Annex 1 - Template for proposal
Annex 2 - Template for criteria


Submission and more information:

Send your submission to
Before 5 pm, 6 November 2019

If you need more information, please contact us on the e-mail above.
Last updated 09 Sep 2019, 11.46 AM