REQUEST
FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:

Establishment of Vietnam Climate
Innovation Center

http://infodev.org/vcicreoi

USD 5M Grant Award

REOI Closing Date: Monday August 26,
2013

infoDev (www.infodev.org),
a Global Partnership Program of The World Bank, with support from theAustralian Government’s Overseas Aid Program AusAID and the United Kingdom’sUKAid  is launching a Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Vietnam. TheVietnam CIC (VCIC) will provide a country-driven approach to dealing withclimate change and support the government of Vietnam’s National Strategy forGreen Growth. The VCIC will provide a range of venture acceleration, marketdevelopment and technology commercialization services to enable domestic
entrepreneurs and start-ups to pro-actively and profitably develop innovative climate technology (clean tech) solutions that meet local needs.

Description of the Opportunity

infoDev is now seeking expressions of interests (EOIs)from organizations or consortia interested in establishing and operating theVietnam CIC. An initial grant award of up to USD 5.0 million will be made tosupport the two phases of the CIC establishment, including Phase 1: Launch(years 1 to 2) and Phase 2: Scale-Up (years 3 to 5). This funding will coveroperations, programs, and implementation. In the first five years, the CIC isexpected to provide support to up to 65 Vietnamese climate technologyentrepreneurs and new ventures and generate up to a projected 3,500 direct andindirect jobs.


Submitting Expressions of Interest

infoDev now invites eligible organizations (e.g.private firms, NGOs, universities, research institutes, civil society) orconsortia to submit EOIs. The selected organization or consortium will beresponsible for all aspects of the VCIC establishment and operations includingsecuring appropriate facilities, identifying a world-class management team,providing the services and programs described in the business plan, ensuringeffective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of programs, reporting toinfoDev, and ensuring in all ways the long-term sustainability of the VCIC. Alead partner must be identified in the EOI and should be legally registered inVietnam. Respondents are encouraged to consider partnerships/joint ventureswith other organizations, inside and outside Vietnam, in order to provide thebest range of capabilities necessary to establish and operate the VCIC.

Interested organizations or consortia should provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.
Important evaluation criteria include:

Capabilities to build and manage complex organizations
Proven ability to attract and build a strong team.
Understanding of the needs of clean technology start-ups in Vietnam, including experience evaluating and incubating early-stage businesses.
Strong local and regional links and networks in the clean tech space
Ability to leverage existing and additional sources of funding
Ability to implement and maintain procurement and financial management processes and a comprehensive M&E strategy.

Based on responses to this request for EOI, a shortlist of applicants will be established and invited to submit a full
technical proposal and work plan.

To respond to this request for EOI, please see full REOI at http://infodev.org/vcicreoi.
Responses should be submitted, no later than 11:59 pm EST on Monday August 26, 2013.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.