(Left to right) Ron Hose, founder of coins.ph; Jhaze Asuncion of MAPUA TBI; Butch Meily, President of Ideaspace Foundation Inc.; Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss; Chris Arnuco, Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Export Marketing Office; Alwyn Rosel of Ideaspace/Qbo; and Tomer Heyvi, head of Israel’s economic mission.

The Embassy of Israel in the Philippines, in partnership with IdeaSpace-QBO Innovation Hub (QBO), hosted a Qlitan Networking Party on June 7 to motivate and uplift the startup industry in the Philippines.

“Israel is known as the Startup Nation with over 6,000 active startups. We have built a strong ecosystem joined by various key innovation players. We are even moving from Startup Nation to Smart Nation Building for support innovation and prepare to tackle future challenges,” said Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss in his opening remarks.

“We would like to share Israel’s success as a start-up and create partnerships with the innovation community in the Philippines. We need to build bridges of innovation between our countries to help address the development challenges of the Philippines “, he added. .

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez (left) and Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority Dr. Ami Appelbaum.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez (left) and Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority Dr. Ami Appelbaum.

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Around 50 Filipino startup founders and investors in the Philippines attended the networking evening held at the QBO Innovation Hub. The event aimed to connect Filipino startups and key players in the innovation community and propose collaboration between Filipino and Israeli startups. The evening also featured an internet cafe session where Filipino startup founders spoke with Israeli businesspeople and officials to exchange views and best practices in the industry as well as find ways to work together.

“We need to build a bridge between our two countries so that startups can benefit and win business,” said Butch Meily, president of the IdeaSpace Foundation and QBO.

QBO is the Philippines’ premier public-private partnership platform for Philippine startups led by the IdeaSpace Foundation and supported by the JP Morgan Foundation, the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Commerce and Industry ( DTI). It connects and develops the local startup ecosystem.

Benny Schlick, Founder and CEO of Innovation Across Borders, joined the networking evening via Zoom and shared the recipe for Israel’s innovation ecosystem.

Ambassador Fluss also announced at the event that Trade and Industry Ministry Secretary Ramon Lopez has signed an agreement with the Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority to cooperate in innovation. technology and research and development.

“With this, we open more bridges to partner with you and build a stronger startup industry,” Ambassador Fluss said.