The Philippines is all set for a debut of a competition that seeks to find startups who promote awareness on the different crises faced by ASEAN countries. The top prize for the startup winner is $10,000.
Called “Startups to the Rescue – Disaster Resilience and Recovery ASEAN Startup Competition”, it was officially launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), including Manila-based QBO Innovation Hub.
The goal is to encourage collaboration among ASEAN startups and promote multi-sector innovation approaches to resilient recovery, like how to address the devastating typhoon Haiyan that ravaged Tacloban City or the current armed conflict happening in Marawi City in the Philippines.
Organizers of the competition believe startups can play a more proactive role in preventing and mitigating these disasters.
QBO and IdeaSpace Foundation president Rene Meily expressed confidence that the new platform could lead to more success stories for startups.
“By creating a platform for startups to pitch and potentially activate their ideas, we’re giving them the opportunity to grow, deliver meaningful impact to relevant communities, and make the world a better place,” Meily said.
From the applications, 20 startups will be selected to participate and showcase their ideas at the SLINGSHOT ASEAN event on October 20, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
Startups with an existing model from any ASEAN country and of any funding stage can apply for the same. The startups must integrate their model or idea with the theme of disaster preparedness or resilient recovery.
Update: Deadline of submissions is extended to October 6, 2017 at 11:59PM.