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ABOUT QBO

A Story of Bayanihan

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.

Vision

Filipino Startups Changing the World

Our Story

Mission

Creating a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines through the dynamic collaboration of local entrepreneurs, talents, mentors, investors, and other stakeholders

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Rene "Butch" Meily

President

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Jay Fajardo

Executive Director

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Karla Legaspi

Head | Community & Ecosystem

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Dave Del Rosario

Head | Operations, HR, & Admin

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Matthew Cruz

Program Associate

Community & Ecosystem

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Mateo Gonzalez

Investment Associate
Strategy, Investments, & Partnerships

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Shoraliah Macalbe

Head | Startup Development

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Tessa Acosta

Head | Finance, Accounting, Treasury, & Tax

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Maqui Igual

Program Manager
Startup Development

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Karl Destreza

Creatives Specialist
Marketing & Communications

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Ben Alderson

Head | Strategy,

Investments & Partnerships

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Szachi Ducusin

Program Manager
Community & Ecosystem

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Lileth Mortañez

Program Associate
Startup Development

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Jane Acuzar

Creatives Specialist
Marketing & Communications

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Margaux Javier

Head | Marketing & Communications

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Ciara Tabaculde

Program Associate

Community & Ecosystem 

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Diether Bueno

Program Associate

Startup Development

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Mao Marasigan

Associate
Operations, 
HR, & Admin

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Emma Borromeo

Admin Staff
Operations, 
HR, & Admin

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Katy Fernandez

Senior Manager
Finance, Accounting, Treasury, & Tax

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Renebert Baylon

Admin Staff
Finance, 
Accounting, Treasury, & Tax

The Team

THE QBO QTIES

The Team
QBO EQSYSTEM

Our Founding Partners

Other Partnerships

Service Providers

Community Partners