Last October 17, Google Developers Launchpad and IdeaSpace announced their partnership towards the common goal of boosting the Philippines’ startup ecosystem. By offering an acceleration program tailor-fitted specifically for emerging economies, IdeaSpace will enjoy access to a wide array of tools and networks.
Through Google Launchpad, IdeaSpace will be connected to fellow accelerators around the world to help them leverage on their best practices and resources. They will likewise gain access to Google’s global network and learn from 20 years’ worth of research and best practice insights on building businesses, products, and teams at scale.
“Google believes in empowering startup communities around the world, and helping them leverage each other for insights and resource sharing,” said Samuel Jeanblanc, Market Lead for Google Philippines. “We are thrilled to partner with IdeaSpace to support more startups and fuel the local ecosystem’s growth over the long term.”
Adding further value, with values
These benefits will be felt throughout the entire IdeaSpace ecosystem. During the 7th Demo Day held last October 22, it was announced that the next cohort and current alumni of IdeaSpace’s acceleration program will also be enjoying the same resources.
“We’re excited to be a Powered by Launchpad partner for the Philippines, because it represents an influx of talent, knowledge, experience, and resources into the Philippine startup ecosystem,” said Butch Meily, President of IdeaSpace. “As our startups grow in number and mature, we need to ensure that we have the resources necessary to support their growth and development.”
Beyond the technical privileges that the partnership will offer, IdeaSpace believes that it’s the values that they share with Google that will ensure the best kind of growth for their startups.
“Google was very selective also on the kind of accelerator that they were going to provide the support for, because it has to first fall into the same values,” said Dianne Eustaquio, Executive Director of IdeaSpace.
“We used to have partnerships with other companies, but all they really wanted to do was sales. We know that eventually Google will want to have these people engage with them, but they give before they get. And that jives with our values.”