The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) officially launched the fourth run of the Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC).

The Philippine Startup Challenge is a national startup competition which aims to encourage the youth to create innovative solutions to real life problems.  Now on its fourth year, PSC is geared towards encouraging college students to focus on solving local problems in the country with the use of information and communications technology.

“We would like to encourage more colleges and universities to participate in this competition because we want to inspire more members of the youth force to bring their knowledge into practice by solving societal problems particularly those that we Filipinos experience everyday,” shares DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim.

In preparation for the Challenge, DICT will be hosting a bootcamp series to empower college instructors and professors, who will become mentors of participating student teams in the competition.

The PSC Mentors’ Bootcamp will be conducted in various locations across the Philippines. This one day bootcamp will cover topics on the technical and business aspects of building a startup.

Below is the schedule of the upcoming Bootcamps:

August 4          Naga City

August 1          Tacloban City

August 18       Zamboanga City

August 31        Manila

PSC is a competition exhibiting collaboration of the Philippine Startup Community composed of the government and private companies and organizations – Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE), Huawei Technologies, Microsoft, Ideaspace and Launchgarage.

The community hopes that this year’s run will bring together young innovators who will persevere to bring positive change to their community and the country which will eventually move the country forward into creating a Digital Philippines.

For more information on the Philippine Startup Challenge 4, kindly contact Jackielyn P. Isip at


About DICT – The Department of Information and Communications Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primart thrust are in the ICT industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.


About PSIA – The Philippine Software Industry Association is a nonstock and nonprofit 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.