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[PRESS RELEASE] DTI, PhilDev announce 26 tech startups joining ‘IDEA’ and ‘ADVanCE’


MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and PhilDev Foundation officially announced on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, the 26 startups that will be receiving support through the IDEA and ADVanCE programs.


Launched in January, the Incubation, Development, and Entrepreneurial Assistance (IDEA) Incubationand the Accelerating Development, Valuation, and Corporate Entrepreneurship (ADVanCE) programs aim to provide customized support to tech startups in the Philippines to help them become market and investment-ready.


DTI Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba in her opening remarks, said that, “We put startups at the forefront of innovation- and S&T-based policies and with technology entrepreneurship at the core, the IDEA and ADVANCE programs can support the growth and development of startups, increase their access to trainings, market expansion activities, and funding opportunities. Through these programs, early- and growth-stage startups will receive customized incubation and acceleration assistance to enable them to grow and scale-up.”


After screening more than 60 applications from startups across the country, 26 will be moving forward to receive full incubation and acceleration support from the two programs.


Twenty early-stage startups from various sectors will be joining the first cohort of the IDEA Incubation Program. The cohort will be participating in workshops, receiving legal and financial management support services, and mentorship from world-class experts and entrepreneurs from the combined network of PhilDev and DTI.


The ADVanCE Acceleration Program, on the other hand, will be helping advance six growth-stage startups with solutions aligned with the Philippine Development Plan’s strategic priorities. In addition to workshops, masterclasses, and tailored mentorship support, the ADVanCE cohort will also be receiving legal and financial management assistance, public relations and marketing support and investor linkages.


In his message during the onboarding, PhilDev Foundation Founder and Co-Chairman Dado Banatao congratulated and welcomed the startups. Dado also expressed his support and gratitude to DTI for the partnership.


“Supporting startups in the last 10 years of PhilDev, shows how we can harness technology and innovation, and turn these into scalable businesses that can empower Filipinos to get themselves out of poverty.


We are grateful to be co-implementing [the IDEA and ADVanCE] programs alongside the DTI. With the combined expertise and experience of both organizations in business, industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship, we look forward to a thriving startup ecosystem in the Philippines,” Dado highlighted.


The IDEA and ADVanCE programs will run until June 2022. To learn more about the programs and the startup cohorts, visit the PhilDev website at www.phildev.org.


For more information and future collaborations, contact PhilDev at info@phildev.org. END

For more information, please contact:

Adriel Nisperos, Communications Officer, PhilDev Foundation adriel@phildev.org

About PhilDev Foundation

The Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) is an independent, non-profit organization that aims to eradicate poverty in the Philippines through its three (3) pillars: education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. PhilDev brings together government organizations, the academe, private industry, and the community in harnessing science and technology for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the Philippines.

Website: www.phildev.org

Facebook: PhilDev Foundation

Instagram: @phildev_org

About DTI – Competitiveness and Innovation Group


The DTI-CIG oversees the DTI’s initiatives in preparing industries for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital transformation, establishing Regional Inclusive Innovation Centers (RIICs), developing new creative industries, and growing a robust startup ecosystem.


Website: www.innovate.dti.gov.ph

Facebook: DTI-Competitiveness and Innovation Group

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