The Embassy of Israel organizes an innovation week for Davao start-ups
The Embassy of Israel, in partnership with the University of the Philippines (UP) in Mindanao and Ideas Davao, organized the Davao-Israel Innovation Night as part of the first-ever Davao Start-Up Week.
Israel is known as a start-up nation, home to over 9,000 startups.
“We are happy to share our successes, especially with the Philippines. Filipinos are talented individuals; they find solutions despite limited resources. I think that with increased support for innovation and start-ups, many more can be achieved,” the Israeli deputy leader said. of the Nir Balzam Mission said.
Davao-based start-ups joined the event and had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to local investors and government officials.
“We are still working to connect more with the industry, to build engagement for Filipino start-ups to collaborate with Israeli start-ups,” Balzam added.
The Vice President of External Affairs of the Israel Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Itamar Gero, shared his thoughts on the startup ecosystem partnership between the Philippines and Israel. Also present at the event were the Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST)-PCIEERD, Dr. Eric Paringit, Ideas Project Manager Davao Miguel Guillermo, representatives from government offices including the DoST, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), representatives of Davao City local government units, and the Chamber of Commerce.
The Embassy of Israel is actively building bridges of innovation with the Philippines by collaborating with the government and private sectors. In June 2022, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) signed an agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority for joint innovation collaboration. The agreement will foster the formation of prospects for collaboration in the field of innovation between Israel and the Philippines. In April 2022, the Embassy hosted a DOST-led Philippine delegation to Israel with their incubators and representatives from DTI, the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the United Nations Development Program ( UNDP) to learn more about the innovation ecosystem. in Israel and see what can be applied in the Philippines.
The Davao-Israel Innovation Night was held on August 11 at the Acacia Hotel, Davao. Davao-based startups that presented at the event were Virtualahan, Artificial Intelligence Meets Human Intelligence (AIMHI), GeoPik Technologies, Aguila Software Incorporated, Coffee for Peace, Geo Pindot, Infinit LMS Solutions, DPI Virtual Tour, Sureplus and Green Agri Enterprise clothes. The event was a joint effort with Israel’s Honorary Consulate in Mindanao based in Davao headed by Honorary Consul Jorge Marquez.
Davao Start-up Week took place from August 12 to 14.