Monday, February 13, 2017

StartUp Village: Newest Incubator/Accelerator in the Philippines

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“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” 

This African Proverb is most applicable in the startup ecosystem. With all the support needed to grow a company, you need the entire village to help you grow.

Leading Entrepreneurs To Seize Global Opportunities
(LET’S GO) Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization that advocates entrepreneurship is launching an incubator/accelerator called StartUp Village. The newly built facilities that help startups are located at 5th floor, The City Club, Alphaland Makati Place.

Founded in 2001 by Prof. Francisco “Jay” Bernardo III, LET’S GO Foundation envisions itself to be the catalyst and the avenue in which entrepreneurship will lead the way to uplift the country’s economy and the quality of life of each individual. Its objective is to foster an entrepreneurial culture that will maximize individual and collective economic and social success both in local and global scales.

LET’S GO has various programs. LET’S GO has been involved in Training of Startups, Teachers, SMEs, SME Counselors; Integration of Entrepreneurship in the National Secondary Curriculum; Helping Employees Become Entrepreneurial; Bringing Entrepreneurship to the Masses; EntrepAsia – Taking Entrepreneurs to Asia; Materials/Curriculum Development; and Research.

LET’S GO has partnered with various organizations/institutions over the years. It has partnerships with (insert some partners) DepEd, DTI, ILO, GONEGOSYO, etc.

LETS GO Foundation’s vision of taking Filipino Entrepreneurs global is manifested through StartUp Village.


StartUp Village aims to be the one-stop incubator/accelerator that enables startups to bring their unique ideas and business concept to reality. The goal is to help startups build disruptive technology that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or introduces a groundbreaking product that creates a completely new industry. StartUp Village provides the necessary support that startups need in order to succeed. This includes mentoring, training, shared services, actual working space, linkage to customers and investors as well as access to other resources. 

StartUp Village opens its doors to aspiring entrepreneurs through THE GIFT. THE GIFT, a flagship program of StartUp Village, is a 12-week (once a week class) program that will give participants the needed knowledge and skill to be future or better entrepreneurs. This startup entrepreneur class guides you through the entrepreneurial journey by helping you master yourself, make your ideas into a viable product, teach you how to run a business, market you product and business as well as learn how to pitch and get investors.

The incubator/accelerator is conducted by experienced academicians/practitioners, startup founders and business gurus that guide startups through a tried and tested process. StartUp Village positively nurtures the individual’s passion and transforms this into disruptive products/services that can be turned into successful businesses.

Currently, StartUp Village has 10 startup companies in its portfolio and will grow, as the next batch of The Gift will start before February ends.

StartUp Village continues to look for the next global start up. In addition, its doors are always open to potential partners, investors, and corporations who share the same vision of helping Filipino Entrepreneurs become global. As we say: “IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A STARTUP”.

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