The bahay kubo, or nipa hut, is one of the most recognizable icons of Filipino culture.
It’s a traditional one-room house made out of native materials and suited to the local needs and conditions of Filipino communities. To build and transport the bahay kubo requires the hard work, ingenuity, and collaboration of many.
QBO, just like the bahay kubo that inspired our name, is a modern space for Filipino startups and other players in our ecosystem to come together and flourish. The quirky twist on the name is derived from the Filipino digital transformation, where alongside the advent of cellphones and the internet also came the tendency to shorten or abbreviate words.
We were formed in 2016 when the public and private sectors came together and united their vision of Filipino startups changing the world.
Since then, our role has actively been about helping startups succeed, developing our ecosystem, and forwarding tech and innovation. We believe that unleashing the potential of an entrepreneurship-driven economy is a path to nation building, sustainable development, and inclusive growth.