Southeast Asia Tech Week highlights: Philippines searches for the next tech unicorn


Big tech companies may have set in motion the wheels that would help bolster the Philippines’ fintech sector, but not without help from startups, the dark horses of the local economy.

The first-ever Southeast Asia Tech Week hosted by Digital Pilipinas at The Astbury, Makati City, showcased how startups are shaping the fintech industry with support from relevant government agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the organization overseeing the country’s business sector.

The event was organized in collaboration with the U.K. Embassy, represented by its ambassador Laure Beaufils, who, in an exclusive interview with CoinGeek, emphasized the importance of cross-border partnerships in supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide that would, in turn, help startups achieve unicorn status.

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