After a thorough selection process of the committee composed of tech and business startup leaders, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) officially announced the ten national finalists of the Philippine Startup Challenge 4 (PSC4).
Three teams each from Luzon and Visayas, and four more from Mindanao will vie in the PSC4 National Finals to be held on April 6, 2018 at Green Sun Hotel, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
Bigger on its fourth run, this year’s Startup Challenge received 202 entries — a 25% increase from the previous year. Ms. Emmy Lou V. Delfin, program manager of the DICT’s digitalPH program sees the rise in number of interested participants as a challenge to continue improving the program and empowering the youth.
Mr. Joey A. Gurango, PSC4 head judge, noted that this year’s startups were “well-thought out, polished, relevant, and emphasized the business model and market validation.”
Below is the list of teams who made it to the PSC finals ranked based on the team’s individual scores:
- myMDLab (The Elaborators – Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation) – A mobile and digital application that lets the patient request for laboratory services at the comfort of his home.
- VenturePal (Team Rocket – University of Cebu Main) – An online investment pooling platform for Philippine Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
- Buhay++ (Team Buhay – University of Cebu Main) – An Online Platform for Ethical and Legal Organ Donations
- Linque (Team Linquers – University of Southeastern Philippines) –Grab orders for sari-sari store.
- Centsilyo formerly e-Purse (e-Pursuers – University of Southeastern Philippines) – A mobile wallet application that digitally pays the items and also store changes up until the last cent.
- Bloodplus (Team Bloodplus – University of San Jose- Recoletos) – A web and mobile application where people can request for blood if they are urgently in need for blood and notifies eligible blood donors.
- TapTrack (Team Technogeeks – University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines) – A Portable RFID Based Attendance Management System with SMS Transmission for Field Workers
- S.M.S – Send Me to School (Team Fibonacci – Gordon College) –A scholarship-matching application that delivers a smarter, targeted list of scholarships.
- LinkMed (Team Nexus – Bulacan State University) – aims to make the Philippines’ doctor services to become more flexible by reaching the distant patient and extending the hospital services by using technology.
- Laux (Team AQ – Ateneo de Davao University) – a service application primarily handling laundry services that focuses on cleaning, washing, and dry cleaning clothes.
The Philippine Startup Challenge Finals will also feature the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the DICT, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to commence the cooperation efforts of the three Departments in working towards developing and promoting the Philippine startup ecosystem.
About DICT – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that plans, develops, and promotes the national ICT development agenda.
About PSIA –The Philippine Software Industry Association is a non-stock and non-profit organization dedicated to promote the growth and development of the software industry in the Philippines and increase its over-all competitiveness in the global scene.