The Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship (WISE) is a high profile non-profit organization supporting women-led start-ups and businesses in Vietnam. WISE offers all rounded business development support for women including capacity building, business incubation and acceleration, business mentoring, improving access to finance and investment, business community building, research and policy advocacy, and fostering connections with resources and opportunities for women to create new startups as well as innovate and grow their businesses.
WISE has provided capacity training for over 15,000 WSMEs, including many ethnic minorities. We have equipped 8000 women with business knowledge and skills through a mobile learning platform, and provided mentoring, networking opportunities and other resources to a community of 18,000 businesswomen. WISE accelerated and supported female-led startups to grow and raise US$2.5 million in early stage investment, and even engaged in promoting enabling policy environments for WSMEs by leading the advocacy for inclusion of WSMEs in legislation.