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Q&A: QBO director Katrina Chan on the state of PH startups, coronavirus solutions

Jul 06, 2020 - 1:14 PM

'The ability of the startups to pivot is crucial for them to remain afloat during this time. They must be able to adapt and innovate quickly to continue operating and to also, protect the jobs of their workforce,' says the QBO director

Image from QBO

Rappler Talk: Saving PH startups from the pandemic

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Rappler talks to Katrina Chan of QBO Innovation Hub about what Philippine startups need to stay in business

CloudEats raises $1.4 million in seed funding

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The investment in CloudEats from local businesses and regional angel investors comes as demand for food deliveries rises amid the coronavirus pandemic

IdeaSpace launches ‘Opportunity Fund’ for Philippine startups

Mar 12, 2020 - 6:26 PM

The fund is for startups in their early stages, with the accelerator saying they're looking for startups with a focus on 'software and platforms'

Business pitches wanted: Dennis Uy in search of Philippine unicorn

Mar 04, 2020 - 9:20 AM

In business jargon, a unicorn is a startup with a valuation of $1 billion or more

5 female-led Philippine fintech startups promoting financial inclusion

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:21 PM

These companies may just be able to help you achieve your financial goals for yourself or your fledgling business

15 DOST-aided startups showcased at Philippine Startup Week 2019

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Check out these 15 young companies who have benefited from the DOST's Startup Research Grant in 2017

PH STARTUP WEEK. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Close to home: PH startup taps locals to promote sustainable tourism

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

'Behind every responsible adventure, jobs are generated, and nature is further protected.... Tourism, if done hand in hand with communities, is one of the best ways to redistribute wealth,' says Tralulu CEO Andrew Cua

TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL. Tralulu team and local residents gather in Binondo, Manila food crawl. Photo by Tralulu

Tech startups compete to represent PH at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019 will be announcing the national winners this coming October

Photo courtesy of the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards

Gov't to help PH startups get started, thanks to new law

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:19 PM

The Innovative Startup Act creates a source of funding for promising startups and makes it easier for foreigners investing in Philippine startups to enter the country

Blockchain-backed platform C Estates seen to improve buying, selling of real estate

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Startup C Estates marries real estate with blockchain for its platform which is set to launch in 2019

Company logo from C Estates

2 Philippine startups to compete at Hong Kong tech conference

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Bookgini, a self-publishing platform, and, a business-to-business online marketplace, are competing at Pitch 2019

IN PHOTOS: IGNITE 2019 brings global attention to the PH startup scene

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:10 PM

This is the third staging of the annual conference and the largest one to date, said the organizers

Thinking beyond the country’s tech capital: The case for secondary cities

May 28, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Some startups across Southeast Asia are bucking conventional thinking by establishing their headquarters outside capital cities

Graphic from Shutterstock

Highlighting Asia’s global startup leadership at Ignite 2019

May 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Connecting the innovation ecosystem of the Philippines to the world

IGNITE 2019 is a two-day conference set to shine a spotlight on the role Asia’s startups play in leading global change, as well as create collaborative opportunities through their regional pitch competition and business matching activities.

Tech today: Samsung stylus camera, PH startup bill, FB critic's new book

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Samsung's patent for a stylus with a camera on the non-writing tip gets approved by the US patent office

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PH startup Connected Women among 12 finalists at MIT innovation challenge

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Connected Women Jobs website allows Filipinas to search for online jobs in customer service, marketing, editorial services, and administrative work

FINALISTS. From left to right, the members of Connected Women: chief technology officer Bobby Jimenez, CEO Gina Romero, business development head Ria San Gabriel, and senior developer JC Soriano. Photo from Connected Women

2 PH start-up teams win global awards

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Philippine start-up teams Arooga Health and Phinix bag two of the five 2018 Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Innovative Awards in China

Meet the 10 new PH startups participating in IBPAP's 'Takeoff' program

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) hosts another batch of progressive, new ideas from the PH startup scene

TECHNOPRENEURS. 10 new PH startups join IBPAP's 'Takeoff' accelerator program

DICT introduces PH delegation for ConnecTechAsia 2018

May 31, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The delegation is comprised of 10 local companies, 7 of which are startups

DELEGATES. DICT undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, 3rd from left, takes a group photo with members of the Philippine delegation to ConnecTechAsia 2018. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

Senate approves bill granting gov't support for 'innovative' startups

May 17, 2018 - 11:32 AM

If Senate Bill 1532 is passed into law, startups would enjoy research grants, exemption from fees and charges, and free use of government equipment and facilities, among other incentives

STARTUPS IN THE PHILIPPINES. Thinking of building a startup or investing in one? Read this first.

AIM, BGC launc​h ​​fellowship ​progra​m for ​​innovators

May 08, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The ​fellowship ​program is a ​one-month module that will enable active knowledge transfer and creativity through competition, collaboration, and innovation

Filipina tech leader, Stephanie Sy, lands in Forbes' '30 Under 30 Asia' list for 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Sy is the founder of Thinking Machines, a startup that helps institutions make better decisions through the use of data

STEPHANIE SY. The founder of Thinking Machines, Stephanie Sy, at Rappler's #ThinkPH 2017 event held in July 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Call for Applications: ChangemakerXchange Indonesia 2018

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Join the upcoming #ChangemakerXchange summit in Indonesia from June 26 to July 1, 2018

Learn how to think like a growth manager

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

#WhatsNext and NXTLVL Academy partner for a breakthrough course on growth management and agile digital marketing from April 3 - April 19.

Leaders of Microsoft, Tinder, and ZhenFund announced as speakers of RISE conference

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:23 PM

RISE, Asia’s largest technology conference, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention Centre on July 9-12.

PH mental health startup wins int'l prize

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler-UNDP #HackSociety 2017 winner AroogaHealth wins at the Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit in Malaysia

HACKSOCIETY. AroogaHealth awarded as top 3 ASEAN startup at Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit in Malaysia. Photo by Dominique de Leon/

7 Filipino startups that can make your life easier this Christmas

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Preparing for the holidays? Let these Filipino startups help you beat the Christmas rush.

How to get your micro business tax exempted

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Do you own a micro business or interested starting one soon? Apply for BMBE accreditation and enjoy its benefits.

Online platform Startup-O brings accessible funding for startups

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Startup-O envisions democratizing the process of raising funds for emerging startups

Women Who Code Manila holds ladies' hackathon on November 24

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:28 AM

From November 24 to 26, Women Who Code Manila will hold its biggest event of the year, designed to boost the confidence women in programming

Filipino unicorn sets eyes outside ASEAN

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Revolution Precrafted, the first Filipino startup valued at more than $1 billion, wants to establish a presence in 18 countries

Japan reaches out to ASEAN startups

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Following China's lead, Japan is starting to aggressively invest in startups in Southeast Asia, creating opportunities mainly for firms focused on the Internet of Things and healthcare

ASEAN+SocialGood Forum: Building an inclusive ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On Monday, November 13, Rappler and the ASEAN Impact Challenge talk about innovation as a catalyst for an inclusive ASEAN

Startups, investors meet at the ASEAN Slingshot

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:07 PM

DTI leads the biggest government-initiated startup event in the Philippines and the ASEAN region

SLINGSHOT. DTI officials and angel investors pose during launch ASEAN Slingshot event. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

What you should know about the PH startup ecosystem

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Entrepreneurial spirit is seen to be flourishing in the Philippines

Electric jet startup could become 'Uber in the sky'

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Israel-based startup Eviation Aircraft is working on a self-piloting, electric aircraft that, in the future, may be summoned with a smartphone

ALICE AIRCRAFT. Eviation's electric aircraft is designed to take 9 passengers up to 1,000km at more than 240 knots. Photo from Eviation website

Advice for young tech entrepreneurs from young tech entrepreneurs

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:32 PM

The PH startup LX Innovative Solutions is made entirely of college students. Here they share what they've learned so far as a startup, hoping to inspire more

Startups tapped to rescue disaster-prone ASEAN region

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:34 PM

'Startups to the Resque' relies on the spirit and dynamism of the youth to propose solutions for disaster resilience and recovery

How to raise a 'unicorn' according to Filipino startup leaders

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'Go solve a problem for a billion people, rather than trying to be a billion-dollar company,' says one Fil-Am Silicon Valley guru

#2030NOW: Innovators, regulators clash on new technology

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:36 PM

The recent deadlock between LTFRB and companies Grab and Uber reflects the challenges encountered by innovators clashing with government regulators

A tip for startups: Dare to Fail

Sep 14, 2017 - 6:11 PM

Entrepreneurs share the failures they had to go through before reaching success

DARE TO FAIL. Kristina Guanzon, born with a hearing disability, wants to help other deaf people through her organization E.A.R.S. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Kementerian Komunikasi genjot pertumbuhan startup

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Kalau kami kemenkominfo membantu tidak dengan dana tapi dengan mempertemukan pebisnis startup dengan investor ”

Dirjen Aplikasi Informatika Kemenkominfo Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan bersama pendiri Shinta Dhanuwardoyo di Kantor Kemenkominfo, Rabu (23/8). Foto oleh Bernardinus Adi/

Myanmar's startups map past, shape future with virtual reality

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Tech startups are emerging around Myanmar s commercial capital Yangon many seeking to improve the lives of rural people most of whom still live without paved roads or electricity

VR IN MYANMAR. In this photograph taken on August 11, 2017, Nyi Lin Seck (R) speaks about virtual reality technology to curious people wanting to learn more about it during a one day open house at his office in Yangon. Photo by  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Kiat sukses bekerja dengan generasi millennial

Aug 05, 2017 - 7:12 PM

Generasi millennial diprediksi akan mengisi separuh tenaga kerja global pada tahun 2020 mendatang

MILLENNIALS. Generasi millennials diprediksi akan mengisi separuh tenaga kerja di dunia pada tahun 2020. Ilustrasi Rappler

DICT launches 4th startup challenge, urges youth to fail

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:03 PM

The agency invites college students to experiment innovate and set aside the fear of failure

FREEDOM TO FAIL. DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima highlights the importance of failure for aspiring innovators. Photo courtesy of DICT

Rainmaking, e27, and PwC announce new corporate innovation program, FORGE

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Launched at the Echelon Asia Summit 2017 last June 28 the program will focus on collaborative designing and deliver implementation projects in the Southeast Asia startup scene

Tech incubator founder resigns after admitting 'creep' behavior

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:52 PM

I m a creep I m sorry blogs Dave McClure admitting having engaged in inappropriate behavior towards women

RESIGNATION. Dave McClure relinquishes his CEO and General Partner positions at 500 startups. Image from Facebook

Gandeng 500 Durians, Ashraf Sinclair ingin bantu perusahaan startup Indonesia

May 06, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Ashraf berharap dengan adanya bantuan kucuran dana dari 500 Durians dapat mengembangkan perusahaan startup di Indonesia

PENDANAAN. Ashraf Sinclair menyadari salah satu masalah utama yang dihadapi oleh perusahaan startups di Indonesia yakni soal pendanaan. Oleh sebab itu dengan menggandeng perusahaan 500 Durians, Ashraf ingin membantu startups di Indonesia. Foto oleh Clara Alverina Jovita/Rappler

5 young PH entrepreneurs on Forbes '30 Under 30 Asia 2017'

Apr 13, 2017 - 2:10 PM

This year s list highlights 300 impressive young entrepreneurs from all walks of life pushing the boundaries of innovation

INNOVATORS. Forbes Magazine's '30 Under 30 Asia 2017' includes 5 innovators from the Philippines. All photos from Forbes Magazine website