The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Startup Mapping Workshop is an event designed to support startups and to foster the growth of the startup and innovation ecosystem.

The workshop brings together startups, various advocates and enablers in the technology-entrepreneurship sectors to create a listing of startups, startup resources and contacts in a specific city.  

The purpose of the listing or “startup map” is to connect and foster collaboration amongst like-minded groups to better support startups,  and to help grow the startup community.

The DICT Startup Mapping Workshop and Focus Group Discussion (FGD) is conducted in select cities with the participation of local startups, academe, industry leaders, community partners, ICT Councils, National Government Agencies (NGAs),  interested evangelists and private individuals.

This workshop is a continuing demonstration of DICT’s support for tech entrepreneurs in the Philippines.  The startup roadmap undertaken by DICT, “The Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups: 2015 and Beyond”,  had action plans to improve collaboration amongst stakeholders.  This workshop is an initial step to help cities “take a coordinated and systematic approach towards developing internet-related innovation against ambitious targets as a means for inclusive growth.”

The workshop is inspired by similar initiatives of Founder’s Insitutute “Startup Ecosystem Canvas” as well as Techstars’ “Startup Community Maturity Model”.  Credit goes to both organizations for publishing tools and methodologies useful in mapping startup communities and fostering the growth of startups worldwide.

In 2018, DICT conducted four FGDs with the support of IdeaSpace Foundation Inc. The event aims to create a publicly-available “Startup Ecosystem Canvas” (Startup Community Map) and “Startup Community Maturity Model” scorecard. These tools are useful in identifying strengths and gaps of the community, and to determine actions required to support startups and to grow the innovation ecosystem.    

Increasing the number of startups and improving the innovation ecosystem aids in the digital transformation and long-term economic growth of a city.   Having innovation programs also helps improve the community’s ranking in the Tholons Services and Globalization Index Report for foreign investors.

The Tholons Services and Globalization Index Report is an internationally-recognized resource used by foreign investors to determine a nation or city’s ability to cater the international demand for  digital services. The Philippines currently ranks second in the report’s 2018 Digital Nations rankings up from third in 2017. Manila (2nd), Cebu City (11th), Davao City (75th), Bacolod (89th), Santa Rosa (87th), and Iloilo (92nd) are all in the ranking’s Super Cities.  The complementary goal of this activity is to increase the ranking of other cities in the Philippines in the Tholons Report through the development of more startup-friendly communities, thus increasing the flow of foreign investment into the country.

The main objectives of the local Startup Mapping workshops are the following:

  • Create a publicly-available “Startup Ecosystem Canvas” (Startup Community Map) that can be accessed by the community for better engagement and cooperation;
  • Create a publicly-available “Startup Community Maturity Model” scorecard that will allow the community to decide on their future goals for the next 6 to 12 months; and
  • Identify the community’s strengths and gaps as possible areas for development
  • Encourage advocates to create and implement relevant measures to address concerns

Schedule of Startup Mapping Workshops*

Metro ClarkNovember 6, 2018
Baguio CityNovember 9, 2018
Iloilo CityNovember 20, 2018
Cagayan de Oro CityNovember 29, 2018

*For information about future workshops, please follow or inquire through our digitalPH’s official facebook page @DICTdigitalph


Metro Clark, Philippines

  1. FGD attendees included representatives from Metro Clark ICT Council, Startup Pampanga Facebook group, DICT local offices, various companies and individuals in the area.
  2. Startup Ecosystem Canvas (Startup Community Map)
  3. SCCM Scorecard

Baguio City, Philippines

  1. FGD attendees included representatives from Startup Baguio Facebook group, local startups, coworking spaces, Universities (BSU, SLU, UC, etc) , PSITE, and others.
  2. Startup Ecosystem Canvas (Startup Community Map)
  3. SCCM Scorecard

Iloilo City, Philippines

  1. FGD attendees included representatives from the academe (WVSU), Startup Iloilo Facebook group, local startups (Wheelhouse), and coworking spaces.
  2. Startup Ecosystem Canvas (Startup Community Map)
  3. SCCM Scorecard

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

  1. FGD Attendees included representatives from the local offices (DICT and DTI), Academe (XU, USTP, CU, Iligan State University), and local startups (Xygen and WrupUp).
  2. Startup Ecosystem Canvas (Startup Community Map)
  3. SCCM Scorecard


  1. Founder’s Institute’s Startup Ecosystem Canvas

“Developed by the Founder Institute, the “Startup Ecosystem Canvas” seeks to provide the local entrepreneurs a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey. Also, the canvas can be a shared understanding of what the ecosystem actually is, and allows everyone to have a good perspective for both community builders and startups on the local ecosystem to exploit existing chances and at the same time identify missing links.”  


2.  Techstars’ “Startup Community Maturity Model” (SCMM)   

“SCMM is a universal measure of the stage and progress of a particular startup community. It consists of two main frameworks developed by Techstars: The 7 Stages of Startup Communities and The 5 Key Vectors for Startup Communities. The SCMM combines these two frameworks to provide a useful tool for understanding where a given community is on the spectrum, identify strengths and weaknesses, and inform action to drive further progress. These models can be used to drive alignment within a community as well as across a region. The model is also useful when applied to the ecosystem within a corporation.

Through years of experience, we (Techstars) believe we can help communities and their leaders amplify their efforts and ultimately, their impact. We hope others can leverage our learnings to #domorefaster and accelerate the movement of entrepreneurship globally in an authentic and grassroots fashion.”    


3.   Definitions:

Startup –  a company that is in the first stage of its operations. these companies are often initially bank rolled by their entrepreneurial founders as they attempt to capitalize on developing a product or service for which they believe there is a demand.