International Innovators Award

The International Innovators Award (IIA) is an annual activity of SEPT Competence Center, the City of Leipzig and our partners in Vietnam. For more than 5 years the competition has created the opportunities for young enterprises and start-ups in Vietnam to connect and explore the new markets in the European Union and Germany in particular. The International Innovators Award offers a stage for young entrepreneurs to present business plans that have high potential to implement in European markets.

Our offer

The International Innovators Award offers the following benefits for innovative Vietnamese companies interested in business development abroad:

  • Occasion to present the product and service portfolio to an international jury
  • Training on designing international Business Models and pitch preparation
  • Gratification of the top 2 winning startups/SMEs with a trip to Germany, getting access to office space in Leipzig University including flights and travel expenses
  • Opportunities for direct matchmaking with German business partners/customers as well as for product/service validation on site in Germany
  • Chance to establish a long-term international cooperation
  • Opportunity to develop a network of business contacts in Germany
  • Chance for networking with the Vietnamese community in Leipzig

Target group

  • Dynamic Vietnamese startups and young SMEs offering innovative products, services & technologies
  • Interested in settling in Germany and/or business development on the German market
  • With good English or German skills (the presentation will be held in English)
  • With can-do attitude, international orientation and ability to be innovative

More information about IIA 2022 including detailed process you will find in our ↗️flyer.


  • Submit a short profile of your company and offered products, services or technology in English
  • Give a short summary on unique selling proposition of your products or services
  • Present reasons to go international and your business goals
  • Present business development strategy and action plan for the German market

  • Application deadline: 30th of June 2022

To submit your application please fill the form below and attach your pitch deck:

Winners 2021



Contact us

Mr. Wojciech Muras
SEPT Competence Center
Leipzig University
Ritterstraße 9 – 13, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
📞 +49 341 97 33760

Ms. Hien Nguyen Thanh
Program Manager Ho Chi Ming City
Vietnam SEPT Office 4th Floor, German House 33 Le Duan Str., Dist. 1 HCMC, Vietnam
📞 +84-917385728