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QC gov opens applications for second batch of startup program

The Quezon City Government is ready to accept applications for a new batch of startups for the second batch or Cohort 2 of its Startup QC Program.

The Startup QC Program aims to create jobs, cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit, promote innovation, and develop the City’s start-up ecosystem by providing qualified entrepreneurs with equity-free financial grants of up to P1,000,000. 

For its initial run, five startups (Bamboo Impact Lab, EdukSine, Indigo AI Research, ITOOH Homestyle, and Wika) were chosen to be a part of the StartUp QC’s first cohort last May 11 at the program’s launch. 

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“These startup finalists went through an extensive and rigorous application and screening process following a set of criteria that places high standards on innovativeness, creativity, sustainability and social relevance, among others, which I believe reflect the shared values and ideals of our City,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a media release.

Learning sessions

The Startup QC Program is supported by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Thames International Business School, University of the Philippines Diliman, and Launchgarage.

In addition to the financial grant, these selected startups have participated in numerous tailored Learning, Engagement, and Development (LEAD) Sessions on a variety of topics to support their respective business goals.

For the second cohort (Batch 2), the application period will be until 5 p.m. on July 12, 2023, For more information about the program, applicants can visit the Startup QC webpage at