The top 3 - Etic, Goodluck and VunArt - of the competition will receive the 16,000 USD in total as the free- equity seed-funding from UNDP Vietnam. The top 2 (VunArt and Goodluck) will receive trips to attend the TECHFEST Viet Nam in South Korea to study the country’s start-up and social enterprises support system, as well as connect with investors and experts for the potential collaboration. The intensive incubation programme will be given for the 2 potential teams (VunArt and Etic) by National Startup Support Center and KisStartup, respectively. Read more


An ecosystem to support autistic children and their families, with the use of AI.

Sensor devices which translates the sign language into text. 

A sensitive glass device that acts as a wireless mouse to help users control through facial movements. 

Training IT skills and providing the IT jobs for Persons with Disabilities.

Providing visually impaired experience to increase public awareness and support.

Providing sign language interpretation service through mobile application and teaching the sign language.

Manufacturing and distributing separate tractors for wheelchairs.

Building network and job orientation for people with intellectual disabilities.

Person with disabilities makes handicrafts (bags, canvas mosaics, etc.) from waste cloths from garment industry.


Over 7 percent of the in Viet Nam live with some form of disability - that is more than 6 million people. In addition, the country has a growing ageing population. One of the most pressing challenges for people with disabilities and older persons is accessibility. Accessibility is not only a right of persons with disabilities, but also a means of ensuring that they are able to exercise all their rights and are empowered to participate fully in society.

The Industrial Revolution 4.0 presents some major challenges for Viet Nam, but it also presents opportunities to use technological advances to reduce inequalities and ensure that no one is left behind in the transition to the IR4.0. UNDP and the National Start-up Support Center (NSSC) have therefore partnered together to launch the SDG Challenge 2019 to find and incubate impact start-ups which provide innovative solutions to support accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, and further advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  

This competition to promote inclusive innovation is part of the TechFest 2019 process and built on the previous initiatives that support a number of start-ups with and for people with disability, including Imagtor and SC Deaf - winners of the SDG Challenge 2017, and Vulcan Augmetics - top 10 of the 2018 TECHFEST competition. 



THE JUDGES                             



(July - August)

to support accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, and further advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


(August - September)

Selected teams get training and mentoring from experts via impact acceleration programme, and will be connected with investors.



Policy makers, stakeholders and PWDs will discuss policy vision in supporting the disability. Selected teams will showcase their innovative solutions.

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The private sector is recognized as a key stakeholder for the achievement of the ‘Global Goals’, and businesses expected to contribute to the realization of the new agenda.
At the global level, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets of the new agenda will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators.

In 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, President Truong Tan Sang announced Viet Nam's commitment to implementing 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Since then, Viet Nam has been implementing projects to reach closer to these goals.

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