PH’s Startup Village now powered by Google Developers Launchpad

In the coming years, markets outside of the Silicon Valley will increasingly impact the global startup and technology ecosystem. And while it’s easier than ever to start a company, access to success methodologies, expert mentors, and ecosystem best practices for building companies remain unevenly distributed.

Photo shows Pinoy developers during a Google developers forum at the Google head office in Taguig City

This year, Startup Village, an accelerator in the heart of Manila and a catalyst for much of the tech ecosystem’s growth and development in recent years, will team up with Google Developers Launchpad to support the growing local startup industry.

Google Developers Launchpad is a branch of Google that operates a global acceleration program that helps startups grow. Google is a thought leader when it comes to building and scaling products and businesses using the most advanced technologies.

The “Startup Village Powered by Google Developers Launchpad” initiative will connect Startup Village to an elite group of the world’s top accelerators, allowing it to share information and leverage resources. Startup Village will also access Google’s global network, insights from the company’s Silicon Valley-based startup programs, and twenty years’ worth of Google research and best practice insights on building businesses, products, and teams at massive scale.

These resources will help Startup Village’s portfolio — which already includes some of the fastest-growing companies in the region — scale its businesses exponentially.

Google Developers Launchpad doesn’t take an equity stake in accelerator portfolio startups, but instead focuses on developing companies and their ecosystems over the long term.

Kevin O’Toole, Google Launchpad’s Head of International Growth, had this to say on this partnership: “Google Developers Launchpad is thrilled to work with Startup Village to grow the Philippines’ startup ecosystem. The “Powered by Google Developers Launchpad” program is about empowering startup ecosystems around the world through top accelerators, and helping them leverage each other for insights and resource sharing.”

Jay Bernardo, founder and chairman of StartUp Village, shared: “We at StartUp Village are so delighted to be powered by Google Developers Launchpad. Together, we will provide the road to Silicon Valley and the world. We will encourage and support Filipino entrepreneurs to think bigger and become global and provide the spark needed by the Philippine startup ecosystem.”

Carlo Calimon, director of StartUp Village and Google mentor added: “We are eager to share the power of Google Developers Launchpad to the Philippine startup ecosystem. We will help level up and power pp our local startups as they aspire and work towards creating and developing disruptive companies that add value not only in the Philippines but globally as well.”

Through its collaboration with Google Developers Launchpad, Startup Village and the Philippines will join a growing network of top, independent accelerators across Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

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