Philippine Startup Week, the Country's Biggest Gathering of Tech Entrepreneurs, Starts Now

Philippine Startup Week will bring together the country’s growing startup ecosystem through a blend of online and offline events.

After two years of online streams and Zoom conferences, Philippine Startup Week is back, bigger and better than ever. The annual conference, which gathers the largest crowds of entrepreneurs and founders every year, will take place from November 14 to 18 and consist of in-person events for the first time since the pandemic hit.

Philippine Startup Week was a hit when it launched in 2019, and 2022 will mark the event’s return to in-person events, focusing on the theme “Homegrown Heroes: Cultivating Future Tech Giants.” With a special focus on tech this year, Philippine Startup Week will bring together the country’s growing startup ecosystem through a blend of online and offline events.

The week-long conference kicked off with an in-person meet-and-greet at the Blue Leaf Pavilion, which will be followed by a series of virtual talks with experts, entrepreneurs, and inspirational leaders from the Philippine startup space.

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“We want to level the playing field and give Pinoy startups the resources, the opportunities, and the network that they would need to be able to compete on the global stage. The Philippine Startup Week is a constant reminder of that goal and how we are progressing year on year,” said Katrina Rausa Chan, Executive Director of QBO Innovation Hub. Along with Ideaspace Foundation, QBO held a press conference of the first day of the week-long celebration to discuss the current state of startups with government sectoral representatives.

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“Different initiatives and stakeholders are joining hands with startup founders to discover, develop, collaborate, invest, and showcase what the Philippines, through our homegrown heroes, has to offer in the global startup ecosystem.”

Philippine Startup Week 2022 is gathering the startup scene’s best and brightest, including representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and QBO Innovation Hub.

Aspiring entrepreneurs and startup founders will get the chance to hear directly from dust Secretary Renato Solidum Jr.; DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual; DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy; Rene ‘Butch’ Meily, President, QBO Innovation Hub; Nuseir Yassin, founder and CEO, Nas Company; Georg Steiger, CEO & co-founder, BillEase; Steve Sy, CEO & co-founder, Great Deals Inc.; Stephan Kuester, partner and head of ecosystem strategy consulting, Startup Genome; Carlo Delantar, founding partner, Gobi-Core Philippine Fund; Kimberly Yao, founder, CloudEats; Artie Lopez, co-founder and startup coach, Brainsparks; Patricia Sosrodjojo, partner, Seedstars; and Nicha Suebwonglee, venture capital business development manager, AWS.

Startup Week has always been considered an avenue for learning, but it’s also an important platform to meet and connect with professionals from all corners of the startup space.

“The conference is seen as giving opportunities for founders in the Philippine startup ecosystem, from networking to exploring the different community events showcasing the startup ecosystem,” Rene “Butch” Meily, QBO president said.

This year’s Philippine Startup Week is co-presented by PLDT, 917Ventures, Accelevents, AWS, Microsoft, Pilipinas Shell, along with Accenture, Meta, Xendit, Globe Business, Qapita, AHG, and Jobstreet.

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