Startups thrive in Iloilo City

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo 

STARTUPS are slowly reaching out to Iloilo City, according to Rayjand Gellamucho, manager of the Green Technology Business Incubator-West Visayas State University (GTBI-WVSU).

Start-ups are groups of developers who create mobile applications.

Gellamucho said that different sectors in the city are now supporting the initiative of startups after seeing its importance.

“We are on the stage where people are becoming aware on the innovation of startups. We are also getting support from the business community and the local government units,” said Gellamucho during the Road to Open Collaboration with East Asian Network (OCEAN18) Indipreneur Workshop on October 13 at The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Intended for indiepreneurs or “independent entrepreneurs”, the road show master class gathered local indieprenuers along with experts of various industrial sectors. Policy makers featured lectures, pitching, panel engagements, networking, and idea incubation among the participants.

The workshop will lead to the OCEAN18 summit in Mactan, Cebu on November 9-10 that will serve as a platform for the selected indiepreneurs to connect with key stakeholders from different government agencies, industries and companies to ultimately scale their community ventures.

With the theme, “Elevating homegrown innovation,” the summit is directed for indiepreneurs who will be creating impact in six identified sectors — creative economy, education, food, global Filipino engagement, healthcare, and tourism.

Elevating homegrown innovation is not just about designing something that is apt for the city or the province, said Hera Barrameda, curator of Global Shapers Iloilo and co-chairman of OCEAN Summit.

“It has something that brings together various sectors, equipping them with knowledge that they could also carry out in their own industries,” Barrameda said.

A platform that sustains the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN discussions and agenda closer to the grassroot level, OCEAN is a collaborative effort among the Philippine hubs of the Global Shapers, IT nonprofit DevCon Philippines, and social nonprofit Kaya Collaborative.

Iloilo City back in world’s top 100 “Super Cities”

The Local Economic and Investment Promotion Office (LEIPO) also recognized the role of technical innovations in services, support to startups and collaboration on the milestone of the city where Iloilo was again included in the Top 100 Super Cities of Tholons Services Globalization Index (TSGI) 2018 landing in 92nd spot.

“For an endeavor to be successful, the role of collaboration with the right organizations is of vital essence,” said Ritchel Gavan head of the Local Economic and Investment Promotion Office (LEIPO).

In her speech, Gavan added that Iloilo City has so much potential in terms of digital talents.

“Admittedly Iloilo City has the talents such as web developers and programmers. We only need to locate and give them the right platform to showcase what they have designed,” she noted.

Iloilo City has been consistently included in the top 100 Cities of Tholons except for 2017 where the city was dropped on the list because of lacking local tech startups.

Meanwhile, Tholons Service Globalization Index is the outsourcing industry’s premier rating and ranking of the 100 supercities in the world.

With Iloilo City back on the Top 100 list, the city is now expecting more investors to come.


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