Time’s Now for Philippines to Take its Place in Technology Sphere

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As the Philippines Startup Week of 2021 rolls on, Gobi-Core Philippines has unveiled the Philippine Startup Ecosystem Report 2021.

Founded in 2018, Core Capital is a venture capital firm based in Manila, Philippines that provides early-stage financing for Philippine technology companies. The firm invests through the Gobi-Core Philippines Fund, co-managed with Gobi Partners, a leading venture capital firm investing in emerging and underserved markets across Asia, with US$1.2 billion in assets under management.

Together, they present the Gobi-Core Philippine Startup Ecosystem Report 2021. The report sheds light on the growing startup ecosystem in the Philippines both in relation to its ASEAN neighbors and as a promising technology ecosystem in its own right.

The Philippine tech ecosystem is nascent, which makes it a potential market for the growing tech startup community. At present, the Philippines has been lagging behind its Southeast Asian neighbors in the technology ecosystem. Several external and internal barriers have delayed this growth relative to other ASEAN countries. But with the growing number of investments in the local market, the Philippine startup ecosystem has begun changing for the better.

Notable highlights from the report include:

Prior to 2021, the highest funding stage a Philippine startup reached was Series A. In 2021 alone, the nation witnessed three Series B raises and a Series C just last October. In addition, 2021 funds raised in the first 10 months of the year almost exceed the total amount funds raised from 2017 – 2020.

There has been increasing support from the government through initiatives by DTI, DOST, and DICT, such as the Innovative Startup Act, the Startup Grant Fund Program, Startup Venture Fund, and the Startup Research Grant Program, among others.

The Philippines’ e-commerce sector was the sector that’s the biggest gainer from pandemic-fueled digitization, and a total of 35 e-commerce startups (including enablers) were founded in 2020 and 2021 alone, during the pandemic.

E-money accounts skyrocketed by 94% in 2020, following the necessary digitization of financial transactions in light of lockdowns, a sign that fintech startups can continue to expect policymaking and regulatory support to hit BSP’s target to see 70% of the population banked by 2023.

Gobi-Core’s tracking has revealed that the gender gap between male and female startup founders in the Philippines is now 1:2 – a massive improvement from 1:5 in 2015.

There has been a growing number of support from the government as well as both foreign and local venture capital firms and angel investors through the creation of laws, funds, and incubation programs. This increasing investment has led to the emergence of the local technology market with the fortification of the Iron Triangle (consisting of logistics, e-commerce, and fintech sectors) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the Philippine technology market now being solidified in the country’s ecosystem, there is now a clearer direction of how this startup community will continue to progress. This includes the country’s new wave of technopreneurs, the preference for camels over unicorns, and the rise of the entertainment and cryptocurrency sectors in this new world. With these opportunities, the Philippine startup ecosystem is only just beginning.

The time is ripe for the Philippines to take its place in the world as a key player in the technology sphere. (✓)


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