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QC LGU launches Cohort 2 of Startup QC to help more startups

The Quezon City local government unit says it has accepted applications for the Cohort 2 of the Startup QC Program.
QC LGU launches Cohort 2

Helping more budding businesses

In a statement, the QC government said it is looking for new participants in the second installment of its Startup QC Program.

The Startup QC Program aims to create jobs, cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit, promote innovation, and develop the City’s start-up ecosystem by providing qualified entrepreneurs with equity-free financial grants of up to PHP 1 million. This is in line with Mayor Joy Belmonte’s vision to make Quezon City the startup and innovation capital of the Philippines.

This program is backed by different institutions, namely the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Thames International Business School, University of the Philippines Diliman, and Launchgarage.

Five startups were initially chosen to be a part of the StartUp QC's first cohort last May 11 at the program’s launch. These were Bamboo Impact Lab, EdukSine, Indigo AI Research, ITOOH Homestyle, and Wika.

These startup finalists went through an extensive and rigorous application and screening process following a set of criteria that places high standards on innovativeness, creativity, sustainability and social relevance, among others, which I believe reflect the shared values and ideals of our City, Belmonte said.

Aside from the financial grant, these startups also participated in numerous tailored Learning, Engagement, and Development (LEAD) Sessions on a variety of topics to support their respective business goals.

More information about the program can be accessed here: qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph.

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