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The Sustainable forest eNTERPRISE Incubation Program

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and Bridge for Billions, joined forces to create an incubation program that will support up to 50 early-stage enterprises from Vietnam with the potential to promote sustainable timber trade in the region.

The Sustainable Forest Trade Incubation Program has been created to support the emergence of commercially-viable, community-inclusive and climate-resilient businesses that support the emergence of commercially-viable, community-inclusive, and climate-resilient businesses focused on sustainable forest trade. The program seeks to attract projects that show robust revenue generation perspectives and ambition to reach a critical mass. We aim to build a diverse and attractive cohort demonstrating commercial potential and wide adoption of nature-positive business models.

This program is part of the UN-REDD Lower Mekong Initiative on Sustainable Forest Trade.


Why participate?

Make an impact

Connect with the entrepreneur behind the project you are most interested in and be part of the responsible developmentby supporting early-stage ventures in their journey to creating a positive environmental, economic and social impact across Vietnam.

Learn to mentor as you go

As a volunteer mentor, you'll be provided with a clear structure and regular check-ins. Our program blends robust online content with weekly mentorship sessions between you and your mentee to truly create successful companies.

Learn more about our methodology here >
Develop your skills

Develop your hard and soft skills to become a great mentor. Past participants report increasing their listening, leadership, coaching abilities, critical thinking as well as business skills.

Anytime, anywhere

Our program is 100% online and allows you to have a flexible schedule. Collaborate from anywhere at any time through our online platform. No barriers, limits, or excuses: just internet connection.

Get a certificate

Upon completing the 4 months of mentoring, you will earn a certificate recognizing all the skills you've developed on the way and the meaningful impact you've had.

Become part of our community

Be part of a community of like-minded earth champions building solutions to create sustainable forest trading practices Keep in touch with other mentors like you supporting entrepreneurs worldwide!

This program is perfect for you if:

Send your application before


DEADLINE: june, 11th 2023



Selection process and training

If you are one of the selected mentors, you will be invited to participate in a training session to welcome you to the incubation program. In this space, we will cover your role as a mentor, the use of the online incubation platform, and solve any questions you might have.


Pair up with a project

Take part in our matching process! You will have the opportunity to meet online with different entrepreneurs. Once you have met several entrepreneurs, both you and them will send us your rankings in order to let us know who you want to work with. After that, we will make the best mentor-mentee pairs.


Start the program!

  • Follow the online incubation experience with the weekly 1.5h-2h mentoring sessions, working with your mentee on the platform business modules tools and follow our a step-by-step methodology.
  • You will have 4 months to support your entrepreneur to complete the incubation cycle and support them to build a commercially-viable, community-inclusive and climate resilient business.
  • You will also be invited to join the monthly cohort meetings, where you will be able to meet other mentors as well as share learnings and challenges.
  • You will be accompanied during the whole program. Our incubation team will be available at all times for any questions you may have during your mentorship process.

Do you want to know more?

Can’t find your question here?

Connect with our program managers

Alexandra Martins

Bridge for Billions Program Manager for the Sustainable Forest Trade Incubation Program

George Scott

Program Manager from UNEP

Nguyen Bich Hang

Manager, Forest Sector Transformation & Sustainable Forest Trade in the Lower Mekong Region, WWF-Việt Nam