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Which events are the PHSW21 team looking forward to the most?

Updated: Nov 9

It can be daunting to dive deep into the world of startups, especially with the local startup ecosystem continuing on an upwards trajectory. After all, the very nature of startups is to be fast-paced and ever-evolving— each day is rarely ever the same as the last.


But there’s no need to fret!


Despite the inherent jitters or reservations you may have about navigating the world of startups, know that it’s also quite possibly the most thrilling time to get into the startup scene. This is why the entire Philippine Startup Week 2021 team has been working hard to bring you the country’s best and largest startup conference to the virtual stage. Our hope is to be able to provide a space where attendees can explore and learn about the Philippine startup ecosystem.

Philippine Startup Week 2021 is happening in a week’s time!


From November 15 to 19, 2021, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from some of the local startup ecosystem’s leading founders, enablers, and innovators throughout all the community events. Our team has shared which events they are personally looking forward to the most. Keep reading to learn what these events are and why they’ve already been bookmarked in our calendars— we’ve even included other events that you may find interesting as well!

Opening Ceremony

November 15, 2021 | 9 AM to 12 NN

Recommended for all attendees of PHSW21! Get a bird’s eye view of the state of the local startup ecosystem and hear about the progress that has been made in the past year.


“I’m actually most looking forward to the Opening Ceremony. The topics this year are definitely interesting, and will include the first ever Series C investment in the country! I'm excited to hear the stories of the startups enabling a technological and innovative future for the Philippines, as well as the stories of hustle and passion from startups who are creating opportunities and even helping communities during the height of the pandemic.”

Dave Del Rosario


Learn more about the programs of the government for the local startup community in these events:


InnovNation by the Department of Information, Communications and Technology (DICT)

November 16, 2021 | 9 AM - 12 NN

Recommended for those interested in tech innovations


Is digitalization the future? The InnovNation program aims to promote a culture of innovation, provide solutions to social challenges delivered by innovative startups, create awareness on the opportunities created by startups, provide learning opportunities and initiatives that will support and foster the growth of the startup ecosystem. Find out how technology plays a key role in nation building by attending the InnovNation event!


5th National Technology Business Incubator (TBI) Summit by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

November 17, 2021 | 9 AM - 12 NN

Recommended for school administrators, professors, student organization leaders, those keen to learn more about TBIs and how to bring them to their own school, college, or university


Technology Based Incubators (TBI) have been making waves across the nation! TBIs find digital solutions to help aid long-standing issues across different fields— be it for logistics, medicine, business administration, and more. Catch the DOST TBI Summit to learn about the relevant updates, issues, and solutions that TBI startups are working on to build a more innovative future for the Philippines.


Slingshot Conference by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

November 18, 2021 | 9 AM - 12 NN

Recommended for those new to the world of startups


The Philippine startup ecosystem has experienced exponential growth over the past three years alone! It's an exciting time to be navigating the fast-paced world of startups, but what exactly has changed since the creation of the Innovative Startup Act of 2019? What changes has this act brought to the country? Find out and begin your startup journey by attending DTI's Slingshot Philippines Event.

Networking Events

Daily from November 15-19, 2021 | 1:30-2:30 PM

Recommended for startup founders, entrepreneurs, enablers, and those looking to put up their own startups


“I’m most excited about the daily networking events that are taking place throughout PHSW21. It’s cool to see how we’ve adapted and integrated these one-on-one interactions to the digital space. These sessions will also allow the participants to exchange ideas and expand their network in the process.”

Auguste Ku


Here are other events about startup collaboration and partnerships to tune into:


Jumpstarting Innovation: Co-Creation between Companies and Startups by PhilDev Foundation

November 16, 2021 | 6 - 7 PM

Recommended for everyone in the Philippine startup ecosystem


PhilDev is a non-profit organization that brings together government organizations, the academe, private industries, and the local startup community to harness science and technology for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the Philippines. Attend this talk to find out how partnerships between businesses and startups can prove to be beneficial for both parties.


Innovate with Data by Eskwelabs

November 16, 2021 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Recommended for all members of the startup community and those interested in data science


The future of Philippine start-ups is Data! Learn about the landmark partnership of AIM-DBI, Eskwelabs, and Accenture as they team up to empower and strengthen the local startup ecosystem. Learn more about the different workshops, community events, and implementation of data analytics and data science projects for early-stage start-up businesses through the “Innovate with Data” program.

Startup Pinay Summit

November 19, 2021 | 9:30 AM to 12 NN

Recommended for all students and all members of the local startup community

“I’m looking forward to the Startup Pinay Program. It always excites me to witness women leaders take the forefront in the corporate and startup ecosystem. Their grit and passion is contagious and admirable— especially for young women aspiring to be female founders and leaders in their respective field of expertise.”

Mariniell Clarete


Take a look at these other female-focused events that we have lined-up:


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

November 17, 2021 | 5-6 PM

Recommended for everyone, especially women entrepreneurs and students interested in a career in finance


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?


Women in Science, Science in Entrepreneurship Women-Helping-Women: Innovating Social Enterprise (WHWise) Program Launch by DOST

November 17, 2021 | 2-4 PM

Recommended for everyone— especially women interested in science, business, and innovation


The future is female. Apart from the program launch and announcement of the first cohort of women-led enterprises that will be funded by the DOST-PCIEERD, there will be a panel discussion focused on the issue of gender inequality in the workplace and the roadblocks that women entrepreneurs face on the road to success. The MOU signing between partners of the WHWise program will be featured during this event.

Venture Pilipinas: The Startup Venture Fund Pitch

November 19, 2021 | 2-5 PM

Recommended for the local startup community, students, and those new to the startup scene


“I'm looking forward to the Venture Pilipinas Pitch! It's always thrilling to watch competitions like this, and we have an exciting lineup of startups participating this year. I'm also super curious to find out which startup will win the People’s Choice award before the competition. The voting has been getting heated on social media!”

Bettina Gamboa


Here are similar events you should check check-out:


Growing the Digital Economy Together by PayMongo

November 16, 2021 | 3:30-4 PM

Recommended for students, startup founders, entrepreneurs, and those interested in bringing their business to the digital space


Learn firsthand from Francis Plaza, Paymongo’s CEO, as he shares his journey as a founder over the past year, amid the wave of digitalization in the country. Tune in to learn how you can grow your startup alongside the country’s fast-growing digital economy.


Exploring the Elements of Startup Success

November 17, 2021 | 2-3 PM

Recommended for startups and for those looking to join the local startup ecosystem


What makes a startup successful? Learn about the essential elements that help get a bold idea off the ground and get tips on how to build your own startup.


These are but a handful of the exciting events we have in store for Philippine Startup Week 2021! To catch these talks, workshops, panel discussions, and more, register now to receive your free ticket and get access to the full line-up of events on the PHSW21 website.