SILICON VALLEY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) Silicon Valley partnered with Dynamico Space – a Silicon Valley-based startup incubator, to explore opportunities for collaboration and mentorship in a Discovery Trip in the Philippines. The event was supported by Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

PTIC Silicon Valley Trade Commissioner Celynne Layug lauds the Philippines’ thriving startup ecosystem. 

“Together with Dynamico Space, we have embarked on initiatives to bridge Silicon Valley and the Philippine Startup ecosystem through mentorship program so that Philippine startups gain access and exposure to the strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture in Silicon Valley,” she said.

According to Dynamico Space’s CEO, JR Calanoc, the goal of this Discovery Trip is to democratize mentorship and access to funding for startups in the Philippines and Southeast Asia while gaining a deeper understanding of the country’s thriving startup ecosystem, and connecting with local startups and government agencies working to drive innovation.

PH-based incubator, QBO Innovation Hub hosted a workshop and networking session in Makati, where the Dynamico team shared valuable insights on raising funds, scaling up, and navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship with their Philippine counterparts and participating startups: FAME, BizKit, Burket, Hubware, Xperto, Cerebro, SeeYouDoc, Eduksine, Twala, and Mata Technologies.

The Dynamico team consisted of experienced entrepreneurs and startup founders, including Kenneth Wu, President of Presidio Medical, Inc.; Alda Luong, CTO of YC startup Dear Brightly; and Nancy Hwang, Head of Customer Experience of Google and Dynamico’s mentor coordinator, explored the Philippines’ diving destination and natural wonders in Anilao, Batangas. They met with locals, scuba dived, and hiked through breathtaking landscapes, creating opportunities for meaningful connections between Silicon Valley and the Philippines.

The success of the Discovery Trip has inspired the company to make it an annual event, inviting more angel investors, venture capitalists, and startup founders to explore the Philippines’ potential for tech and adventure. With the support of local government agencies and startup communities, Dynamico Space is committed to empowering startups in the Philippines and beyond.

About Dynamico Space

Dynamico offers a sustainable and affordable co-working space in San Francisco. They focus on combining a flexible office and workspace with a multitude of virtual services, so companies and startups can focus on running their core business. They also run a mentorship program for early stage startups to successfully pitch for funding from Silicon Valley tech investors.

For inquiries, contact JR Calanoc through email at


Dynamico mentor Kenneth Wu with Philippine startup founders.
Dynamico mentors at QBO
Dynamico mentors scuba diving in Anilao, Batangas

Date of Release: 24 May 2023