The moderator, Mr. Benedict Carandang, seamlessly moderated the dialogue, connecting the dots between the broader DTI event’s celebration of Invest Philippines Week and the specific exploration of the Philippines’ startup prowess. The event attracted not only startup enthusiasts but also representatives from Investment Promotions Agencies, Halal experts, diplomats, and policymakers.

The panel delved into what makes the Philippines a standout in the ASEAN startup scene mentioning that a lot of foreign investors took part in the series of events looking for potential start-ups to fund. Young, tech-savvy demographics, a thriving economy, and supportive government policies have been pointed out as the key factors positioning the country as a magnet for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The discussions also revolved around untapped potential, vast economic opportunities, and the collaborative efforts shaping the nation’s rise as a startup hub.