In anticipation of the forthcoming Philippine Startup Week (PHSW23) scheduled from November 20-24, 2023, the Philippine startup landscape is poised for a week-long immersion into the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
This annual event, a testament to the vigor of Filipino innovation, is hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
The collaboration extends to the public-private sector partnership, QBO Innovation Hub, a pivotal startup enabler, supported by key stakeholders including Bossjob and Uniquecorn Strategies.
Engaging discussions will span topics such as the investment landscape for Filipino startups, the pivotal role of women-led businesses in funding, the application of AI and emerging technologies, and the exploration of regional and international expansion opportunities for Filipino entrepreneurs.
Over 50 community events are planned across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, led by partners including Gobi Partners and Amazon Web Services. These events aim to foster collaboration, learning, and networking within the Filipino startup community.
Katrina Rausa Chan, executive director of QBO Innovation Hub, underscores the event’s objective: to position the Philippines as a burgeoning hub for startup investment in Southeast Asia and to provide a platform for navigating challenges and seizing opportunities in the tech startup sector.
Since its inception in 2019, PHSW has evolved into the country’s largest startup conference, attracting over 10,000 registrants globally and showcasing more than 100 Filipino startups. The event stands as a collaborative effort between DOST, DTI, and DICT, in conjunction with QBO Innovation Hub, Sinigang Valley Association, and various other partners.