ViCo is Vietnam’s first national center for sustainability in Ho Chi Minh City. In a time of great demand for sustainable solutions in South-East, ViCo's innovation community supports and connects socially and environmentally-driven businesses and entrepreneurs. ViCo offers connection, community, knowledge, inspiring workplaces, supporting resources, and attracts like-minded clients and projects to organizations focused on sustainable development.

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ViCo aims to facilitate and support the growing demand and need for more sustainable buildings, business models, and interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration in Vietnam.

Now is the time for a sustainable Asia to emerge

As sustainable development is becoming a main pillar of policy, investment, and innovation in South-East Asia, the need for knowledge, experience, and partnerships is growing.

Vietnam has taken large steps with its Green Growth Strategy policy, and is accelerating sustainable development. A diverse and resilient nation in development, Vietnam is ideally situated to emerge as a sustainability leader in the region. Industry, urban environments, food production, water management, energy, resilience and social harmony are all seeing significant development.

The future looks bright. In this process, many organizations and individuals look for professional support in their journey toward sustainability. ViCo, Vietnam’s first sustainability innovation community, connects those working on this better future together.

ViCo's ambition

The Vietnam Community (ViCo) aims to become one of the main centers for sustainability partnerships and innovation in South-East Asia. It facilitates and enhances the growth of a professional community to exchange knowledge, spur innovation and new collaborative business models in Vietnam. Its activities are:

  • Strengthening sustainability partnerships and networks
  • Enabling access to world-class knowledge, training, and innovation
  • A platform for sustainability innovation development and promotion
  • Connecting organizations for sustainable industry, urban development, and policy

Become part of a pioneering community

ViCo's collaborative community is housed in a circular, self-supporting, and inspirational building. In the center, a range of activities take place, all centered around sustainability awareness, knowledge, training, and collaboration. Besides office spaces for community members, it has venue spaces for events, media rooms, exhibition spaces, sustainability-focused retail, and entertainment. ViCo also caters to regular visitors, from business relations to policy-makers and the general public.

Benefits to ViCo Members:

  • Connect to and be part of the national center and its professional community
  • Exemplary sustainable, inspiring workspace, in the form of offices, desk spaces, or flex spaces
  • Shared sustainable facilities (media & meeting rooms, café, library, event spaces)
  • Access to training and knowledge resources
  • Admission to regular events, workshops, and performances
  • ViCo is now seeking initial members, sponsors and development partners.

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Innovation communties like ViCo house sustainably and cooperative-minded businesses and entrepreneurs and regularly host events and performances to enhance networks and knowledge.

How can you engage?

We seek partners interested in sustainable development in Vietnam. Become part of ViCo in the following ways:

Core Membership
Core members rent office space in the building, and become part of the core community of the sustainability center. Contact us for options.

Core Sponsor
These partners associate their name to support sustainable development, as well as gain access to teams of their organization to the public spaces, events, and training programs of ViCo.

Sustainability-minded contractors and service providers supporting ViCo's community and sustainability center in achieving shared goals.

Governmental agencies
Policy makers that use ViCo for events and meetings, spread awareness and knowledge through the training center, and help fulfill Vietnam's potential as a regional leader in sustainability.

Development partner
We seek partners interested to help realize, manage, and operate the center, and connect to other organizations and development to strengthen the network.

Please contact Chi Nguyen to get involved.

  • ViCo is a collaborative workplace with organizations working on building Vietnam's future, that brings experts, knowledge, innovation and investment from around the world.

    Tom Bosschaert

    CEO Except

Connected to our other sustainability centers

ViCo follows the example of our other sustainability centers. We aim to redevelop an existing and otherwise ‘wasted’ building into a shining example of adaptive reuse. As an exemplary sustainable building, ViCo showcases the value of renovating and revitalizing older buildings in Vietnam. Here are three other sustainability centers that showcase our vision:

  • UCo (Utrecht Community) - Netherlands

Housed in a heritage-listed warehouse and now one of Europe’s most sustainable buildings. Read about UCo here.

  • RoCo (Rotterdam Collective) - Netherlands

The precursor to UCo and the first of this type of sustainability-driven innovation community. Read about RoCo here.

  • Japan’s first sustainability center

Two sister buildings in central Tokyo to become a national sustainability education and business center, in development.

Current partners

  • Royal Haskoning DHV
  • Consulate General Netherlands
  • Eurocham - European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
  • Dutch Business Association Vietnam (DBAV)
  • New Energy Nexus
  • Vietnam Sustainability Social Enterprise (VSSE)
  • CHANGE Vietnam
  • Institute for Circular Economy Development (ICED)
  • Except Integrated Sustainability
  • GSB systems project / IHCIC
  • Sunbytes
  • Earth Venture Capital
  • Vietnam Climate Change Association (VCCA)
  • Intescene Vietnam
  • Pondera

Become a part of ViCo

We're looking for members, sponsors, and suppliers or manufacturers who'd like to join us in laying the foundations of Vietnam’s first innovation community for sustainability.

Contact Chi Nguyen to find out how we can work together.

Feb. 1, 2022

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