Application deadline for the WISE Women Innovation Challenge (WISE Challenge) is extended until May 31st 2018 to encourage more women startups with innovative ideas to join and compete for valuable support and prizes.

As the first-ever Mekong Region startup and innovation competition exclusively for women, that provides intensive, tailor-made support to the finalists, the WISE Challenge was launched with the goal of encouraging and supporting women-led businesses. Early stage startups with female founders and co-founders with innovative and scalable business models in the four countries are offered the opportunity to showcase their innovations, compete for prizes, gain valuable mentorship, access investments and markets, and widen their professional networks.

The challenge will help women-led startups to accelerate their innovative solutions with the following:

·         Promoting visibility, networks, coaching and financing

·          Facilitating cross-border business development in the Mekong Region

·         Connecting startups with local, regional and international funds, investors, mentors and coach

·         Supporting and steering resources to all applicants beyond the Challenge’s timeframe

The WISE Challenge is part of a series of innovation accelerators by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) which also runs the Mekong Agritech Accelerator (MATCh), The Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) accelerator, the SMART City Innovation Challenge Vietnam, and the Fintech Challenge Vietnam. The WISE Challenge was launched with funding and support from the Australian Government, the Asian Development Bank, the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program, and the Sai Gon Innovation Hub (SIHUB). The WISE Challenge will be powered by the WISE Alliance, consisting of key regional and local partners supporting women startups and entrepreneurship.