IBPAP forms incubator program to support 10 local startups

By Espie Angelica A. de Leon

Industry group IBPAP (IT and Business Process Association Philippines) presented 10 tech startups to its members, stakeholders, partners, and the media as it launched its latest project dubbed “Takeoff” at the DTSI office in Makati City on February 23.

The CEOs and representatives of the 10 selected startups under IBPAP’s “Takeoff” project with IBPAP president and CEO Rey Untal and IBPAP board trustee and Xurpas founder and CEO Nix Nolledo (extreme left and 2nd from left respectively) during the launch in Zuellig Bldg, Makati City

“Takeoff” aims to promote and encourage IT startups in the Philippines and thus spark a “take off” by the local startup community.

Under the initiative, the association will choose 10 newly formed companies and provide them with a platform where they can make their pitch to IBPAP members within and outside the IT-BPM industry, gain clients, and form linkages.

The startups were picked by a selection committee on February 2 based on the following criteria: uniqueness, innovation, scalability, marketability, and relevance to business.

Three of those chosen offer medical-related services. These are AIDE, a medical care app which connects medical professionals and patients needing home care; MedGrocer, a digital platform which delivers drugs to consumers, thus eliminating the brick and mortar setup of traditional drugstores; and MedProjects Inc., a software solution provider for hospitals to better access and manage their clinical data.

Another three startups deal with talent management and other human resource-related functions. These are Kalibrr, which provides a job-matching platform using artificial intelligence; Rumarocket, which assists companies in recruiting, retaining, promoting, and incentivizing personnel using artificial intelligence such as machine learning tools; and Sprout Solutions, a software company which aims to automate administrative responsibilities of human resource units including payroll.

Rounding up the chosen 10 are Trip Club, a business travel platform which puts together unpublished and discounted corporate rates from hotels and airlines around the world; InteliQas Energy, whose hardware and software technology platform offers a new way of electricity distribution; Avail.At, a Web-based platform containing a consumer’s reward points earned from loyalty and rewards programs and the range of physical and digital rewards that await him; and CloudSwyft Global Systems, developer of software platform tools for IT learning.

The startups’ chief executive officers (CEOs) and representatives each provided the guests at the launch with information about their companies including their products and services.

“We request that you really listen to what they have to offer and think of how you can support their entrepreneurial journey,” said IBPAP board trustee and Xurpas founder and CEO Nix Nolledo, addressing association members who attended the launch.

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