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SC Ventures by Standard Chartered and VinUniversity partner to launch Intrapreneurship programme for students

SC Ventures, the innovation, fintech investment, and ventures arm of Standard Chartered, and VinUniversity have inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the launch of the Intrapreneurship programme for VinUniversity (VinUni) students to help them develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills.

Under the MoU, the Bank will host an  innovation challenge that VinUni students will be invited to participate in , hosted on SC Ventures’ FinTech Bridge community platform. Through the challenge, the Bank will provide coaching and facilitation support for shortlisted teams of VinUni students over three “bootcamps” as well as facilitate a judging panel for students’ pitches towards the end of the bootcamps.

The programme will be run by SC Ventures, a business unit that provides a platform and catalyst for Standard Chartered to promote innovation, invest in disruptive financial technology and explore alternative business models. The Intrapreneurship programme is run by SC Ventures to evolve ideas to live implementation by equipping intrapreneurs with a full suite of tried and tested resources to help them manage their journey.

Michele Wee, CEO of Standard Chartered Vietnam, said: “We believe that equipping students with necessary future skills is critically important to ensuring their success post-graduation and preparing a quality workforce serving the country’s economic development. We are delighted to partner with VinUniversity to bring our intrapreneurship program to benefit the students in their learning and development journey.”

Jason Wiggin, member of SC Ventures said: “We’re thrilled to partner with VinUniversity on this project. By leveraging SC Ventures’ expertise in Intrapreneurship and Venture Building, we’re confident that we can foster a deeper understanding and passion for venture building in VinUni’s students, and help to drive a new generation of entrepreneurs in Vietnam.”

VinUniversity (VinUni) is a private, not-for-profit university established by Vingroup. VinUni aspires to become a university of excellence with a mission to develop talents for the future. The university has built strategic collaborations with Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, the university provides degrees in three main categories of majors: Business and Management, Engineering and Computer Science, and Health Sciences. As a university that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship spirit, VinUni provides students with opportunities for real learning, real practice, early failure to succeed in the future. Each year, VinUni pledged 100,000 USD in funding for students’ start-ups, research, or community projects.

Standard Chartered Bank is a leading international bank in Vietnam, which has been present in the country since 1904. The Bank has been recognised the “Most inspiring brand in Vietnam in 2022” by International Business Magazine and the “Best Foreign Bank in Vietnam” in 2022 by Global Business Review for the second consecutive years.