PH to get its first ever tech startup roadmap

Heeding the call of technology entrepreneurs, the Philippine government is creating the first ever tech startup roadmap that will help boost the local technopreneurship industry.

According to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Mario Montejo, the department’s ICT Office is leading the tech roadmap’s creation as part of its advocacy on technopreneurship in the country’s Next Wave Cities or ICT hubs outside Metro Manila.

“From co-organizing Startup Weekends and Bootcamps in the Next Wave Cities and the recent launch of the first-ever Philippine Startup Challenge, we are now in the process of developing the Philippine Startup Roadmap, which will serve as our framework towards cultivating the startup ecosystem in the country,” Montejo said.

The success of the startup ecosystem will add to growth of the IT and business process management(BMP) industry that employs more than one million today; doubling its numbers in just four years.

The DOST secretary expressed confidence that the minimum targeted of 1.3 million direct IT-BPM employees will be achieved by end of 2016.

“The growth in the employment in IT-BPM is expected to result in at least $18 billion by the end of this year, making our target of at least $25 billion dollars in revenue by the end of 2016 certainly within reach,” he said, adding: “We are indeed a global leader in the IT-BPM industry. It is important for the government to acknowledge that ICT is a key instrument in nation building.”

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.