Category: News

  • IDEAS Davao presents best practices at DOST ReSEED Program Assessment, University of the Cordilleras, Baguio

    The 2nd day of the DOST ReSEED Program presentations of consortium milestones, best practices, challenges, and ways forward is punctuated by IDEAS Davao represented by its Project Lead A/Prof. Miguel Carlo Guillermo.

    Among the accomplishments of the IDEAS Davao are the conduct of startup community dialogues in Davao Region, Davao City Startup Ecosystem Map and Roadmap, technology business incubator (TBI) management workshop, 1st Mindanao TBI Summit, Gender-Smart Business Incubator Training, Impact Investing Webinar with Villgro Philippines, hosting of three proposal writeshop with startups for the DOST Startup Grant Fund Program, 1st Davao-Israel Innovation Night networking event, and the launching of the 1st Davao Startup Week in 2022 with 25 different community partners, 20 Events, 1047+ participants, and reached 1300+ more through various exhibits and collaborative events.

    The consortium, through the leadership of the University of the Philippines Mindanao Growing and Developing Enterprises (UPGRADE), also facilitated about P4-million equity-free funding to a local startup in Davao Region.

    Albeit the accomplishments, Guillermo also emphasized the challenges hoping to solicit suggestions and learnings from other DOST-PCIEERD-funded consortiums in the Philippines. This exchange of advice and learnings would help IDEAS Davao to improve its implementation of the program and strengthen further the community of startup enablers and ecosystem in the Davao Region.

    The second day of the program assessment was also dedicated for a proposal writeshop for the consortiums that would help them access funding for the second installment of the ReSEED program.

    ReSEED is a program of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) that aims to strengthen the startup ecosystem in the regions by establishing and formalizing a Regional Startup Ecosystem Consortium, developing a regional startup development plan, engaging with more mentors to upskill startups, and partnering with the regional development council.

  • IDEAS Accelerate: Here’s your 2022 Wrap-Up with IDEAS Davao

    As we look back at our first year as IDEAS Davao in 2022, we want to show some acknowledgment to our amazing community of startup champions this year through thoughtful documentation of our achievements in the community!

    With the goal of advancing regional competitiveness in sustainable and impact-driven innovation and business, let’s recall some of our milestones in the community this year.

    In this newsletter, you’ll hear about:

    • Davao Startup Week
    • UI/UX CrashCourse
    • Techstars Startup Weekend: Smart Cities Davao
    • Davao Startup Champion Awards
    • Startup Ecosystem Mapping & Validation
    • Mindanao Social Enterprise Forum
    • Davao-Israel Innovation Night
    • DevCon CodeCamp for Kids
    • WordPress Davao Meet
    • Saliyab Learning Series: Essential Skills in the Tech Industry
    • DICT Startup 101
    • There is No Planet B: How to Use AI for the SDGs
    • UPGRADE’s First Mindanao TBI Summit

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    We encourage you to continue sharing your amazing energy by collaborating with us for more events and activities this 2023. Helping YOUR business endeavors GROW helps everyone — and possibly connect you to more people interested in investing in your ideas. We’ll be featuring more stories soon in our future newsletter!

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  • Call for Volunteers for the Davao Startup Week 2022

    The Davao Region Startup Week 2022 is the first region-wide event showcasing the startup community of Region XI hosting various activities that gathers entrepreneurs, startups, investors, government and private organizations, and ecosystem champions.
    It aims to mainstream local startups and enablers from the government and private sector supporting the growth of the startup community in Region 11 through programs and policies.

    We need volunteers for the following roles:

    ✅ 1 Communication Lead and 2 Communication Associates
    ✅ 1 Marketing Lead and 2 Marketing Associates
    ✅ 1 Creative Design Lead and 2 Creative Design Associates
    ✅ 1 Event Coordination Lead and 2 Event Coordination Associates
    ✅ 1 Finance Lead
    ✅ 1 Sponsorship Lead
    ✅ 1 Technology Lead
    ✅ 1 Technology Support
    ✅ 1 Marketing and Promotion Lead
    ✅ 1 Mentor and Judges Lead

    Why volunteer?

    The success of this celebration depends on the people who give their time and effort to make it happen. Being a volunteer is more than paying it forward, it’s an important ingredient that makes DVOSW22 a great experience for all its participants.

    Who can volunteer?

    Anyone can volunteer! Students are encouraged to apply as well.

    What’s in it for you?

    ✅ It is a perfect opportunity to connect with the Startup Community of Davao Region. Davao ranked 5th nationwide and 21st in Southeast Asia in the World Startup Ecosystem (Startupblink 2022 report) manifesting great opportunities for investments and talents to build business.
    ✅ You will meet people across Mindanao and various parts of the Philippines who have been working and supporting the community in growing its startup ecosystem.
    ✅ You will get a look behind the scenes of organizing one of the biggest Startup events in Mindanao.
    ✅ We will keep you in top condition, with food and refreshments throughout the event, and you can avoid the lines at the main conference food and drink stations.
    ✅ You will receive an exclusive volunteer t-shirt to wear at the event and show off in the future.
    ✅ You will get a FREE ticket to DVOSW2022, which grants you access to the entire event.

  • Join us in our Impact Investment 101 Learning Session

    The Impact Pioneers Network, the first impact angel investment network in the Philippines is conducting an Impact Investing 101 Learning Session. Join us on February 28, 2:00 – 4:00 PM Manila to learn about the Philippine impact investing ecosystem, and how you can kickstart your impact investing journey.

    The Impact Pioneers Network is proud to be partnering with UP Mindanao Growing and Developing Enterprises Technology Business Incubator (UPGRADE TBI), Department of Trade and Industry – Region 11, and Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry for this learning session. Hear from our partners about the startup ecosystem in the Davao region.

    Limited slots available. Register now at:

    For inquiries, please send an email to

    This event is brought to you by Impact Pioneers Network, jointly managed by Villgro Philippines and xchange PH. This activity by the Impact Pioneers Network is made possible through the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • IDEAS-DAVAO Receives full support from NEDA-XI to boost startup support in Region XI

    The Innovation and Development Accelerators Consortium for Start-ups in Davao Region (IDEAS-Davao) received the full support of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-XI) in a resolution passed by the agency dated December 07, 2021 in the Regional Development Council XI Resolution No. 161 and 163, Series of 2021.

    The resolution supported the establishment of a regional consortium for startups in Davao “for exponential growth to access government funding such as Startup Grant Programs” led by the University of the Philippines Mindanao. 

    Furthermore, another resolution also approved the regional development research agenda and the 2017-2022 utilization assessment report for the first semester of 2021. Among many priority sectors, this approval aims to expand economic opportunities in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.”

    “2021 was a year full of triumphs for us, Davao Region’s startup ecosystem ranked 4th nationwide, 19th in Southeast Asia, and 786th globally. We witnessed many of our Davao-based startups flourish in Davao’s diverse and demanding economic landscape. With the hard work of our stakeholders, we are gaining traction in many other aspects of business and entrepreneurship, such as in software, data, fintech, and many more. However, this achievement is not without its challenges. We still have a long way to go in terms of building better infrastructure to facilitate startups and lack of support for many budding entrepreneurs,” says UP Mindanao Chancellor Larry N. Digal in his opening remarks during a recently concluded event of IDEAS-Davao.

    Davao Region is one of the four pilot areas for the Regional Inclusive Innovation Center (RIIC) program with four technology business incubators led by higher-education institutions and multiple new startups.

  • DOST-Funded TBIs in Davao Eye to Establish the First Mindanao Startup Consortium

    Technology business incubators (TBIs) from different Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Davao Region, spearheaded by UP Mindanao Growing and Developing Enterprises (UPGRADE), recently concluded the Region XI Startup Community Dialogue on January 14, 2022, via Zoom platform.

    The Innovation and Development Accelerators Consortium for Startups in Davao or IDEAS Davao aims to establish the first Startup Consortium in Mindanao and provide an avenue for incubators, accelerators, government agencies, private sector, investors, and community-based organizations to discuss pertinent issues and address challenges that will shape the landscape of the region’s startup ecosystem.

    The dialogue was graced by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales, CESO III, Department of Information and Communications Technology XI Regional Director Alimbzar P. Asum, CESO V, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) XI Maria Belenda Q. Ambi, Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (DCCCI), Belinda Torres, and United States Agency for International Development-Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (USAID-STRIDE) / Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International Convergence Specialist Adrienne  Cacho, and attended by 26 other startup founders and enablers from private and public sectors.

    “We witnessed many of our Davao-based startups flourish in Davao’s diverse and demanding economic landscape. With the hard work of our stakeholders, we are gaining traction in many other aspects of business and entrepreneurship, such as in software, data, fintech, and many more”, UP Mindanao Chancellor Dr. Larry N. Digal said while highlighting Davao Region’s startup ecosystem rankings: fourth nationwide, 19th in Southeast Asia, and 786th internationally.

    IDEAS-Davao intends to facilitate collaborative initiatives to improve incubation programs, mentoring, networking, fundraising, and media exposure of TBIs for startups, funded by the DOST under the Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HeIRIT) Program.

    With the help of IDEAS-Davao, support for startups will be strengthened by aligning programs of implementing agencies under the Philippine Innovative Startup Act, providing opportunities and access for government funding, and acquiring investments from private entities to increase job opportunities and economic development.

    Read the full news article on the DOST RXI website here.

  • IDEAS-DAVAO Holds First Annual Strategic Planning

    The Innovation and Development Accelerators Consortium for Start-ups in Davao Region (IDEAS-Davao) recently held its annual strategic planning for 2022 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Lanang from January 17-21, 2022. Hosted and organized by UPGRADE TBI, the event aims to prepare IDEAS-Davao’s project management team in their implementation of their regional program.

    Together with valued stakeholders from different TBIs and startups, the IDEAS-Davao team brainstormed ideas and planned how they will be navigating through current challenges in the startup ecosystem of Region 11. The event was attended by leading management personnel in TBIs from different HEIs in Davao, namely, Vanesa Balayo of UMasenso Hub, Filmann Simpao of USeP AgiLab, and Jason Occidental of AdDU TechnoHub. To represent non-HEI stakeholders, CEO and founder of international award-winning Coffee for Peace, Joji Pantoja was also in attendance.

    The planning also pinpointed specific threats present in the startup ecosystem such as threats towards indigenous people’s resources, challenges in bureaucratic processes for startups, lack of access and information regarding programs, services, registration and incentives for smaller businesses, and the slow technology adoption of businesses in the region.

    Aside from threats, current opportunities in startup trends were also discussed, such as the rise of more inclusive startups lead by younger generations, the enabling of laws related to startups innovation, and the availability of government and private grants for investment and support.

    The establishment of the Innovation and Development Accelerators Consortium for Start-ups (IDEAS) in the Davao Region aims to synergize the programs of incubators, accelerators, government agencies, private sector, investors, and other start-up enablers to achieve a stronger, inclusive, and conducive start-up ecosystem in Region XI.

    The 5-day face-to-face strategic planning was done in cooperation with two other national programs, Higher Education Institutions Preparatory Training for Starting Technology Business Incubators (HEIRIT) and Women-Helping-Women Innovating Social Enterprise (WHWise: i B L E n D N I C E 4WomEn).