Twelve Filipino Startup entrepreneurs participated in the 2018 SWITCH (Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology) convention for technology entrepreneurs, held at Sands Convention Centre, 17-20 September 2018. The Filipino participation was led by QBO Innovation Hub, the business incubator established as a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) program between the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry Exporting Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) and IdeaSpace Foundation
The Startups and their respective business solutions area were:
- Antipara Exploration (underwater drone-driven coastal 3D mapping),
- Container Living PH (building systems using decommissioned shipping containers),
- eCFulfill (logistics tool for e-Commerce and m-commerce),
- Husay Co. (performance arts business solutions, outsourcing, networking),
- Jazzypay Inc (mobile payment platform),
- Olivia App (personal savings and investment app for women),
- Penbrothers (offshore recruitment, payroll assistance, legal services, shared office space tool for startups),
- Pinoytravel Inc (online aggregator for bus and ferry service schedules),
- Senti Techlabs (AI for voice and text analytics),
- Stylegenie Incorporated (personalized fashion styling application),
- Tripzeeker (travel planning tool),
- Valea Health (SMS and chat-based health management service).
These Startups are newly-established, and two of them have already shown early successes: eCFulfill (whose drop-shipping and logistics platform is used in PH by Lazada.com, Amazon.com and other e-Commerce companies) and Antipara Exploration (whose sea-floor mapping drone was developed by University of the Philippines professors for the PH Government to assess the destruction to Tubbataha Reef corals caused by USS Guardian in January 2013).
QBO Associate for Startup Development Adria Viñas said that around 400 Filipino Startups are registered with QBO, which was established in 2016. DTI-EMB partners with QBO to provide incubation support and marketing support to Startup enterprises.
Viñas said that Filipino Startups can be competitive in SG, as large companies look to Startups for innovative scalable enterprise solutions. During SWITCH, the participating Filipino tech entrepreneurs received promising leads from several companies.
In order to participate in the bidding for projects in Singapore, Filipino companies, including Startups and SMEs, must register as business entities in SG. QBO Director Katrina Chan said that two Singapore organizations, Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) of the Singapore Management University, are ready to provide advice and assistance to Filipino Startups.