Recently, 02 technologies by VNU-HUS staff were selected to participate in the Remote Mentoring & Technology Commercialization Support Program organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); 01 start-up project by a VNU-HUS student was also included in the 160+ list of the 2021 Elevator Pitch Competition (EPiC).
The two technologies by VNU-HUS staff that were selected to participate in the Remote Mentoring & Technology Commercialization Support Program include GreenHydrogel based on natural polymers from agricultural residues and their preparation process by Dr. Phan Thị Tuyết Mai (Faculty of Chemistry) and “RARE: a radiative cooling coating for external surfaces” by Dr. Nguyễn Quốc Hưng (Nano and Energy Center). These are two of the eight Vietnamese technologies selected by the World Intellectual Property Organization to participate in the Remote Mentoring & Technology Commercialization Support Program for the IP-HUB network, of which VNU is a member. This is a good signal in promoting technology transfer and commercialization of VNU-HUS.
EPiC is an international startup competition held annually since 2016 by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. The startup project that entered round 160+ of EPiC Contest 2021 is: "GreenHydrogel - Towards a green life" by a group of students (Nguyễn Hải Linh, Đinh Thị Hồng Vân, Đinh Ngọc Anh, Nhữ Thị Lệ, Nguyễn Phú Kiên, Nguyễn Thu Hà, Nguyễn Diệu Phương) under the guidance of Dr. Phan Thị Tuyết Mai (Faculty of Chemistry). This is an outstanding project selected from the VNU Start-up Ideas and Innovation Contest 2021.
Surpassing 40 outstanding projects from 40 countries, "GreenHydrogel - Toward a green life" was chosen as one of the 160 projects participating in the Virtual Elevator Pitch round. In this round, participants will have 60 seconds to present their ideas before a board of evaluators. This year EPiC's prize is worth up to $200,000. In addition, outstanding projects will also be given opportunities for in-depth training by the Organizing Committee and the chance to be showcased to businesses and potential investors. This is an opportunity to compete, learn from experience, and overcome challenges from the commercialization of scientific research products.
At VNU-HUS, innovative activities and technological transfer are always promoted and prioritized. Students and VNU-HUS staff are always encouraged to participate in technological transfer and start-up activities. Currently, the number of valid intellectual property patents, inventions, and utility solutions by individuals and groups accepted by the University is increasing every year. In addition, activities to approach and promote commercialization are also interested by VNU-HUS.