There are three prizes in each category. The winners will be chosen by a group of experts and online voters from the community.
Nguyen Viet Dung, Director of the department, said the annual competition honours outstanding and innovative start-up achievements by individuals and organisations.
The award promotes the use of research outcomes in production and the community to foster the city’s sustainable development, he said, while calling on donors to continue supporting the awards.
Entry forms are available at doimoisangtao.vn/giaithuong2019.
People can vote on the website until the end of September.
The awards ceremony will be held on the sidelines of the “Week for Ho Chi Minh City Innovation, Start-ups and Entrepreneurship” in October.
The competition received nearly 200 entries when it debuted last year.
Eleven individuals, organisations and businesses received the 2018 I-Star Award and a cash prize of VND50 million (US$2,150).
The prize money for the awards was donated by businesses, organisations and individuals.