PH innovation leaders join ‘Asean Activate’ initiative in Kuala Lumpur

The Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) recently partnered with 17 Southeast Asian entrepreneurship community builders to form “Asean Activate”, a regional extension of the MaGIC Activate platform.

Six of the delegates came from the Philippines.

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The six digital innovation leaders from the Philippines were Artie Lopez of Brainsparks and Founders Institute, Goldy Yancha of IdeaSpace Foundation, Pocholo Estrada of A Space, April Ong Vano of Abad Alcantara and Associates and TradeLawyersPH, Frederick Amores of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Jocelle Batapa-Sigue of the Philippine ICT Innovation Network, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Bacolod BNEFIT Technology Business Incubation Center.

Asean Activate aims to establish a Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility (CER) network, facilitate cross-border partnerships and deals, provide regional market access for entrepreneurs and startups, and foster a united Asean innovation ecosystem.

“As Asean celebrates its 50th birthday this year, we need to plan what the region can do to stay relevant, influential, and competitive for the next 50 years. It is important to foster the culture of innovation early as we prepare for the future economy,” said Ashran Datuk Ghazi, CEO of MaGIC in a press release.

“This is why we are excited to take the lead in uniting Southeast Asia’s business community with the thriving entrepreneurship scene, helping the region realize its true innovation potential,” Ghazi added.

Through Asean Activate, local activate partners will collaborate with MaGIC to run the Startup Corporate Innovation Challenge in their respective countries.

Together, they will curate challenges from the corporate sector, invite startups to participate in the platform, shortlist applicants and facilitate meetings with corporates, and keep tabs on progress.

The Startup Corporate Open Innovation Challenge Platform is a MaGIC initiative conducted in partnership with the Techstars Startup Program, which provides the platform access to more than 3,000 startups.

Batapa-Sigue said the collaboration is a good opportunity for Philippine corporations to find innovative solutions while also helping grow the startup ecosystem in the country.

“We needs champions inside corporates to really focus on driving the culture of innovation,” Batapa-Sigue, a lawyer, said.

The Asean Activate platform is free of charge to corporates who want to help sponsor a challenge until end of the year. Interested corporations may get in touch with any of the six delegates who underwent the workshop last week in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

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