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The Ultimate Guide to Philippine Startup Week 2021

Startups— they’ve been the star of business conversations, the topic of K-dramas, and all the rage in the world of business. Seemingly overnight, they’ve even taken the Philippines by storm— doing the impossible and changing the landscape. Now, here we are, gearing up for the country’s largest startup conference that’s set to hit the virtual stage on November 15-19, 2021.


With the ongoing support of the government and both local and international investors alike, the Philippine startup ecosystem is advancing like never before! It’s a fantastic time to join in on the fun and explore the opportunities that the local startup ecosystem has to offer.


Are you ready to take the deep dive into this fast-paced world?


Whether it’s your first time at Philippine Startup Week or not, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where exactly to begin, especially with all the activities and events we have lined-up. As such, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet below with a guide to the event tracks and a list of talks and workshops that you may want to check out.


We created the five tracks, Discover, Develop, Collaborate, Invest, and Showcase, to help you customize and navigate your PHSW21 online experience. By the end of the week-long conference, we hope that you're able to gain new insights and foster deeper connections within the local startup ecosystem.


For newbies to the Philippine startup ecosystem

Take the DISCOVER track and explore all there is to know about the world of Philippine startups by checking out these events below.


Opening Ceremony

November 15, 2021 | 9 AM to 12 NN

Get a bird’s eye view of the local startup ecosystem and hear about the progress that has been made in the past year from the government agencies, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Innovation and Communications, alongside QBO Innovation Hub. The opening ceremony is a good starting point as it will provide insight about the challenges startups have faced and the plans to move forward and build a more innovative future for the nation.

Launching & Scaling Your Virtual Food Venture by Draper Startup House Manila

November 15, 2021 | 4:30 to 6 PM


Are you looking to redefine opportunity through innovative virtual experiences? Curious about how to navigate the world of F&B in the digital space? This session aims to explore synergies in tech, delivery, F&B, and e-commerce by bringing together thought-leaders and key players from different sectors in a panel discussion.

Youth in Energy: Voices from the future of the Tech Energy Sector by New Energy Nexus Philippines

November 16, 2021 | 5:30-6:30 PM

Recommended for students, innovators, and the local startup community


This hour-long activity will showcase the different organizations in the country that promote and advocate for renewable energy literacy and the just transition to clean energy. How can technology be used to work towards a sustainable future? The key is to heavily involve the youth in these solutions. Attend this event and learn how startups are using their solutions to resolve the different concerns in the energy industry.

Philippine Venture Capital Report 2021 - Key Insights and Findings by Foxmont Capital Partners

November 17, 2021 | 1-2 PM

Foxmont Capital Partners will present a summary of insights gathered from the Philippine Venture Capital Report 2021. This in-depth report will tackle topics such as the Philippine fundraising environment, key developments of the ecosystem, and insights gathered from interviews with practitioners. This presentation can provide a nuanced understanding of the Philippine startup ecosystem— connecting its key players, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs. It’s the talk to attend if you want to learn the latest data about the state of startups in the country.


For budding entrepreneurs looking to put up their own startup

Take the DEVELOP or SHOWCASE track to learn from some of the leading minds in the startup scene. These events below might be helpful on your founder journey as well.



No Code, No Problem: A Primer On No-code and Low-code by No-code Philippines

November 15, 2021 | 3 -4:30 PM


No-Code is the future— it’s the key to startups creating their Minimum Viable Product with little to no expense! Invest in yourself and get your idea off the ground even without funding. Find out how no-Code can work for you and your startup with No-code Philippines, an online community that supports the use of no-code tools.


Exploring the Elements of Startup Success by Openspace Ventures

November 17, 2021 | 1:30 - 2 PM


Openspace Ventures has been an active investor in some of Southeast Asia’s most successful technology companies over the last decade— helping fund successful startups such as GoTo, Kumu, and FinAccel, just to name a few. Attend this event to learn from their team of operations experts as they share their biggest insights about the growing startup ecosystem. Find out how rising startup founders like you can apply these lessons to your own growth journey.


From Smarts to Start: Intellectual Property Law Basics for PH Startups AMA Session by Pinoy IP Works-FNSLaw

November 18, 2021 | 2:30-4:30 PM


Learn from legal and technical experts and discover the importance of putting Intellectual Property (IP) at the center of startup success. USP/UVP. Atty. Bayani B. Loste will analyze the startups that became unicorns because of the success of their IP. A panel of startup founders will join in the conversation and discuss the challenges they encountered and share stories about how they use their IP to expedite product-market fit, a Q&A will wrap up the entire event.


For entrepreneurs and startups looking to grow and scale their business

Take the COLLABORATE, INVEST, or SHOWCASE track and learn from the innovators and game changers that changed the startup landscape with their solutions. Check out these events below to find out how you can take your startup to the next level.



Smashing the Gender Finance Gap: Investment Readiness for Women Entrepreneurs by Villgro Philippines

November 17, 2021 | 5-6 PM


In the Philippines, MSMEs make up 99% of all businesses, the majority of which are women-led. Despite these astounding numbers, women entrepreneurs struggle to grow their businesses due to lacking access to finance. Speakers from Villgro Philippines, inBEST, SWEEF, and Green Habits discuss the current situation for women entrepreneurs. While gender lens investing is catching steam, are we on the right track at the right speed?


Demystifying Equity Crowdfunding by Talino Venture Labs

November 18, 2021 | 6-7:30 PM


Raising funding can be a daunting albeit necessary step for all startups. Join this virtual event about equity crowdfunding and why it’s worth exploring for both startups and investors. The event aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions by startup founders— what is equity crowdfunding?, How can startups and SMEs use it as a leverage?, & why is it a good investment method for retail investors?


Scaling and Fundraising by 335

November 19, 2021 | 1-2 PM


Growing your company is never a clear-cut process but you can always learn from the experiences of other founders. As you grow and scale up, many complicated questions arise— How can you reach more customers without sacrificing product quality or burning out employees? Should your company stay bootstrapped or should you consider fundraising? Learn from Join Luis Sia from 335 Fund and PayMongo, Justin Banusing from AcadArena, David Marquez from Shipmates and Dexter Ligot-Gordon from Swarm as they chat about the best ways to scale and fundraise for your startup.


We can’t wait to have you join in on all the fun. Gear up for the week-long conference by making sure you’ve signed up for your free ticket! The virtual hub for Philippine Startup Week 2021 is now open. Feel free to browse through the full line-up of events and familiarize yourself with the online platform. We’ll see you in a few days!