Qllaboration, Qmmunity, and Inqbation. These three words make up the mantra of QBO, a joint multi-sectoral venture created in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, IdeaSpace, and JP Morgan which aims to aid Philippine startups which have the potential to make it big in the industry.

Ms. Katrina Chan, Director of QBO

Launched in 2016, QBO (Pronounced as Ku-bo) derives its name from the popular Filipino house, and promotes the spirit of bayanihan. In this case, to create a venue wherein brilliant minds can collaborate and share ideas not only amongst themselves, but with the industry’s leading experts and resource persons.



The QBO Headquarters is situated at the DTI International Building in Makati, and can accommodate startup related events such as talks, workshops, seminars, investor pitches, mentoring sessions and more.

Mr. Fortunato De La Peña, DOST Secretary

Qualified startups can also be chosen to be a part of JP Morgan’s Incubation program, which is an exclusive perk of being a part of QBO, in which they will be given access to the company’s vast network and resources, which can really propel the startup into becoming big.

Execs/Officials from QBO, DTI, DOST, and JP Morgan

To be a part of QBO, all you need to do is sign up through the QBO website, and be interviewed by the QBO team, in which your startup will be evaluated based on how unique it is, market potential, funding etc. If qualified, a customized plan will be made to match your startup with the right resources.

Once chosen, you’ll get to experience the following programs and services:

  • Access to QBO’s networking events
  • Use of the QBO HQ co-working space
  • Professional consultations for legal, accounting, marketing and design
  • Referrals to corporate and government partner resources
  • Assistance for incorporation, business registration, and IP filling
  • Classes, workshops, mentorship and feedback sessions
  • Pitching sessions to investors and potential partners
  • A chance to be a part of the JP Morgan Incubation Program

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.