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Can Startups Play a Role in Times of Natural Disasters?

Three startups win funding for innovative ideas addressing calamity-related issues

 Innovations for the disaster-prone Southeast Asian region took center stage at the Startups to the Resque, a pitching competition by public-private partnership QBO Philippines together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). The competition aimed ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 25, 2017 12:00:00
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Coming Soon: Special Fiscal Incentives Exclusively for PH Startups

The government is preparing a package of tax perks for innovative businesses, says DTI Sec Ramon Lopez

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is currently mulling various options to expand support for the country’s Philippine startup system, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez revealed.At the Slingshot ASEAN Startup and Innovation Summit last October 20, Lopez said that the DTI is ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 23, 2017 11:00:00
News and Events

Which PH Tycoons Are Partnering with Their Potential Disruptors?

PwC’s 2017 Philippine Startup Survey says big businesses are tying up with innovative startups

Among the many roles worn by a startup is that of a disruptor. Many startups describe their technology, products and/or services as disruptive of incumbent industry players. They are changing the game by offering an innovative solution that is more efficient than ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 20, 2017 01:00:00
Business Ideas

PH Tech Firm Launching Blockchain-Powered Rewards Platform in the US and Thailand

Appsolutely’s LoyalCoin aims to be a unified loyalty program that can be used across different brands

Philippine startup Appsolutely has developed a digital loyalty rewards program that will be used in companies and organizations in the US and Thailand by the first quarter of 2018. In an event last October 18, the company announced that it has already ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 19, 2017 02:00:00
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AIM, Banatao, DOST Launch PH’s Most Ambitious Incubator to Support ”?"Deep-Tech” Startups

Program aims to support deep technology, science or engineering solutions to emerging world problems

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and IT pioneer Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, chairman of the PhilDev Foundation, have launched an incubation program that aims to support early-stage startups “with deep technology, science, or engineering solutions to ...

by Roel Landingin  | August 10, 2017 12:00:00
News and Events

Home to Grab and Zalora, What Can Malaysia and Singapore Teach PH in Helping Startups?

Apart from supportive policies, the gov't must also help develop tech and funding for startups

Singapore and Malaysia are home to some of the biggest startups in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.According to research firm CB Insights, both countries have between them 10 startups that have raised at least $1 million in equity funding ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 10, 2017 10:00:00
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Are You A Startup with Early-Stage Tech? A Php15-M Research Grant Fund from DOST May Help

PCIEERD has allotted funds to help technopreneurs develop products further or launch them to market

The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), a unit of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), announced its first-ever call for proposals for its Startup Research Grant last July 28.The research grant targets startups that ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 04, 2017 10:00:00
News and Events

Senate Bill Aims to Create Php10B Fund to Support Innovative Startups

Proposal also seeks exemption of technology enterprises from national and local taxes for two years

A bill aiming to reduce the barriers to starting up innovative and technology businesses in the country was filed in the Senate on Tuesday, August 1.Proposed by Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Senate Bill No. 1532, or the Innovative Startup Act, ...

by Shadz Loresco  | August 03, 2017 02:00:00
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Mentorship from Microsoft, Huawei, Launchgarage Awaits Winners of PH Student Startup Challenge

The DICT-backed contest aims to discover infotech solutions to social problems

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) launched the fourth edition of the Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC) last August 1. The nationwide competition aims to promote innovative thinking among college students and to encourage ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 02, 2017 02:00:00
News and Events

Whatever Happened to the Saltwater Lamp Hailed by Obama?

Delays underscore the challenges of product development and fundraising faced by startups

Raphael and Aisa Mijeno attended this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 Conference held at Solaire Resort and CasinoFifteen minutes of fame may be all it takes to launch a career in the entertainment industry but it’s definitely not enough to ensure the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 01, 2017 11:00:00
Business Ideas

Pinoy-Founded Air Quality Monitoring Startup Eyes $1.5M in Seed Funding

UHoo sells $300,000 worth of devices that detect allergens, toxins in indoor air since March launching

When Dustin Onghanseng suffered from chronic asthma attacks in Hong Kong three years ago, he suspected it was caused by something in the air in the building where he stayed. The Filipino, a former management consultant, was in the former crown colony ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 17, 2017 10:00:00
Business Ideas

This Homegrown Tech Firm Customizes Sights, Sounds and Smells For Businesses

With over 2,000 clients, Audiowav's next step is to list in the stock market and expand its presence abroad

Audiowav is a tech company that fits brick-and-mortar stores with customized visuals, sounds and even scentsFor local businessman Carlos Hinolan, success can stem from one’s ability to leverage failure.A testament to this is Audiowav Media Inc., a homegrown firm that develops content ...

by Angelo Cantera  | June 24, 2017 10:00:00
Startup Tips

This Online Marketplace for Flexible Workspaces in Southeast Asia was Born in the PH

FlySpaces lets you choose the location of your workspace

It was 2015 and Mario Berta was working for Rocket Internet. He was in Southeast Asia and he needed a flexible short-term office space. Finding affordable and flexible term agreements with landlords was next to impossible, and with the dynamic SME and ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | June 17, 2017 10:00:00