The most dynamic city in the Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City hosts a vibrant and nurturing environment for young, ambitious entrepreneurs looking to launch their own tech ventures. And with more than 8 million inhabitants—more than 10% of the total Vietnamese population—the region’s market potential is certainly ideal for launching new consumer products and services.
The following are 13 of the most outstanding tech startups from Ho Chi Minh City you need to know about in 2016.
Umbala develops a mobile video streaming app that allows users to capture and edit 12-second video clips, broadcast selectively to a group of friends/colleagues, or share with the entire world.
Sendo is a popular local etailer carrying a wide range of clothing, cosmetics, accessories, electronics, and more. From sporting goods to traditional medicine to household utensils, this website has it all.
Triip is a personalized travel platform that helps travelers find unique getaways and destinations relevant to their interests. Users simply choose a guided-crafted trip and book directly online with a credit card or PayPal.
Similar to Yelp, Foody is a dining and restaurant app that offers culinary enthusiasts useful suggestions and tips and other tools/resources. The service is currently expanding into delivery and restaurant booking and is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Zalo is a free messaging and calling application that features high-quality voice calling, an expansive emoticon and sticker collection, and easy group messaging, among others.
Giaohangnhanh.vn is a leading last-mile delivery service that provides online merchants with logistics services like goods delivery, warehouse storage, call operations, customer care, and more.
Lozi is a social platform centered around all things dining-related—the website and app features crowdsourced food and restaurant reviews, the sharing of culinary experiences between members, and more.
Chopp offers on-demand groceries delivered from locally trusted sources and stores in Vietnam, delivered in 1 hour. Ordering is done through its handy app, available for both iOS and Android devices.
MimosaTek develops IoT-based solutions for the agriculture industry, enabling farmers to achieve better harvest management and run more successful farming businesses.
LoanVi focuses on developing peer-to-peer lending solutions for providing personal loans in Vietnam. Incubated by the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology and in partnership with Vietnam International Bank, the company’s mission is to leverage technology for alleviating poverty through open access to non-traditional financial products.
Purportedly the first of its kind in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, Ebiv is essentially a TripAdvisor for people and ecommerce websites. The company’s target demographics are 19-23 year old students in the region.
ELSA—short for English Language Speech Assistant—is a mobile app that helps English learners around the world speak more correctly and confidently. The startups has offices in Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco.
iCare Benefits develops end-to-end comprehensive employee benefits packages for improving workers’ quality of life and well-being. The organization targets employees of companies operating in markets where incomes are between $150-300 USD monthly.
As you can see, Vietnam’s southern capital of Ho Chi Minh City is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic ASEAN tech startup hubs. Be sure to keep track of these thirteen startups as they expand into greater Southeast Asia and beyond with their innovative products and services.