The Return of Philippine Startup Week: Showcasing the Trailblazing Filipino Startup Pioneers

(source: Philippine Startup Week)

Local startup heroes and enablers will convene for the annual Philippine Startup Week (PHSW23) from November 20-24, 2023 to celebrate the growing Filipino startup ecosystem.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) host an annual event, which is supported by QBO Innovation Hub, a public-private sector partnership and startup enabler. Other startup ecosystem stakeholders, such as Bossjob and Uniquecorn Strategies, also support the event.

With the theme, “Investing in Filipino Homegrown Heroes as Global Game Changers,” the event will showcase a series of programs happening in person at multiple venues nationwide, bringing together the local startup community to discuss key issues among startup founders, investors, corporates, academia, and government agencies. Some of the discussions will include Filipino startups’ investment landscape, women-led businesses’ role in the current funding climate, the use of AI and other emerging technologies, and regional and international expansion opportunities for Filipino entrepreneurs.

On November 20, the DTI will hold the “Slingshot Conference x Venture Pilipinas” in Metro Manila, while the DOST will host the “Technology Business Incubator (TBI) Summit” in Iloilo on November 21. The “Geeks On A Beach” conference, organized by the DICT and Geeks PH, will occur in Bohol from November 22 to 24. 

In Metro Manila on November 21, QBO, AHG Lab, Foxmont Capital Partners, and Kaya Founders, founding members of the Sinigang Valley Association (SVA), will organize the first-ever “Sinigang Valley Conference.” The “Top 100 Startups SHOWQASE by QBO” and the inaugural “KMC Startup Awards” will also unveil the most promising Filipino startups of the year.

PHSW23 also includes over 50 community events spearheaded by various partners from all over the Philippines, including Gobi Partners, Amazon Web Services, 917Ventures, Manila Angel Investors Network, Google Cloud, Maya Philippines, Investree Philippines, FEU Tech Innovation Center, MindanowJuana, Greyhound Innovations, Bukidnon ICT & Innovation Council, Cebu City Cybersecurity Center, FHMoms, The Final Pitch, and Brainsparks. 

PHSW23 presents an illustrious lineup of leaders from the startup community, both from the Philippines and internationally. Esteemed founders leading the charge include Ron Baetiong of Podcast Network Asia, Dean Bernales of Uniquecorn Strategies, Kim Yao of CloudEats, Dennis Ng of Mober, Kimberly Chen of Bossjob, Nichel Gaba of PDAX, Mel Nava of 1Export, King Alandy Dy of Expedock, and Josef Werker of Humble Sustainability.

While the tech startup community is facing headwinds in the global “funding winter,” the conference acts as a nexus for innovation and growth, providing a platform for thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors to collectively navigate and shape the future trajectory of the local startup ecosystem,” said Katrina Rausa Chan, Executive Director of QBO Innovation Hub.

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