By Angie M. Brosas | Assistant Division Chief DTI-EMB
THE Philippine government is sending the Philippines’s first-ever delegation of Philippine start-ups to the RISE Conference 2019, the largest technology conference in Asia, from July 9 to 11 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Philippine participation in the RISE Conference 2019 is one of the key projects under the Start-up Assistance Program 2019-2023 agreed upon by the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), Science and Technology (DOST) and Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
The three government agencies are working together to promote and assist Philippine startups through the following joint initiatives: the digital start-ups Philippine Program of the DICT which aims to boost the ICT ecosystem and promote and develop local ICT start-up businesses; the Technology Transfer Support for Nurturing Tech Start-Ups of DOST-PCIEERD, which contributes to the economic and industrial development of the country; and DTI-EMB’s Startup Pilipinas, which provides government support to scale up local start-ups by participating in outbound business-matching missions and international pitching competitions.
The government selected the exhibitor-participants based on the following criteria: innovation, scalability, motivation and delegation profile. The DOST shouldered the tickets and conference passes of the start-up participants while DICT and DTI shouldered the booth expenses and country pavilion.
The 28 selected start-ups are Aiah, Arnichem Corp., BeamAndGo, Nexplay, Burket.Ph, Captivate, C Estates-Tokenized Real Estate Platform, Cocotel, Farmwatch Solutions Inc. Hoy, HYBrain, Hyperstacks, Insight Supply Chain Solutions, Jazzypay, Kumu Inc. Mayani, Mosaic Solutions, NXTLVL Farms, NXTLVL Water, PearlPay, Prosperna, Social Light, Stock Knowledge, StyleGenie, transitflix by GYPSY, Tudlo Innovation Solutions Inc., Wizher and Zeend.com. Partner incubators and accelerators—Brainsparks, Impact Hub Manila and QBO Innovation Hub will also take part of the Philippine delegation.
The participation of these start-up companies will feature the Philippine start-up community’s potential in the international market, and provide them with global exposure and opportunities on partnerships, mentorship and investments.
The Startup Pilipinas is a five-point program developed by the DTI as the industry cluster program to foster inter-enterprise linkages among MSMEs and strengthen collaborative networks. With this action plan, the Philippine government aims to create high-growth and high-impact start-ups that will nurture innovation, sustain economic growth and generate large-scale employment opportunities. Digital start-ups Philippine Program promotes and develops the country’s start-up ecosystem by bringing together industry stakeholders and enabling them to create innovative business products and solutions for economic development.