Mentors from Google share advice and insights with business owners during the Inqbation: Leveling Up B2B Startups, a Google.orgsupported incubation program by QBO Innovation Hub and Youth Business International. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Mentors from Google share advice and insights with business owners during the Inqbation: Leveling Up B2B Startups, a Google.orgsupported incubation program by QBO Innovation Hub and Youth Business International. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


ACCORDING to the "e-Conomy SEA 2020" report of Google, Temasek, and Bain and Company, around 37 percent of Filipino digital service consumers are new and 95 percent of them intend to continue using at least one digital service post-pandemic. As e-commerce emerges, entrepreneurs and consumers must continuously adapt and learn how to utilize digital platforms and technology to their maximum advantage.

"Businesses may have already put their foot down digitally, the next question is - how will they retain and adapt to the ever-evolving environment?" says Ross Fallorina, QBO Innovation Hub's head of Strategy and Partnerships.

In line with its effort to provide support to start-ups with business-to-business models (B2B), QBO, in partnership with Youth Business International (YBI), supported by Google's philanthropic arm, Google.org, introduced Inqbation: Leveling Up B2B Startups, an incubation program focused on supporting startups enabling businesses in the Philippines to grow and digitize.

"Digital transformation is key for businesses to grow and succeed, which is why Google is committed to enabling entrepreneurs in the Philippines to build their digital capabilities through our upskilling programs, mentorships, and partnerships," said Bernadette Nacario, country director of Google Philippines.

"Supporting YBI and QBO through Google.org programs such as Inqbation are important in equipping and empowering MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) in the country. We will continue to empower MSMEs in the country with the right knowledge, tools, and skills so they can drive business efficiency and reap the benefits of the growing digital economy," she added.

After a successful screening, QBO announced the top three incubatees: Packworks, ChatGenie.PH and Senti AI, which then went through intensive training with QBO and its program partners including Google.

To know more about the startups presenting on Showqase: Succeeding in the B2B Space, register via bit.ly/showqasejulyregistration. Check out QBO on Facebook or visit https://www.qbo.com.ph/.