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A Brave New World for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

  The Philippines is a key hub for business process outsourcing and services. But times are changing. The country is home to a growing startup ecosystem powered by a younger generation keen on developing their solutions for the global market. As of 2017, there are more than 300 startups in the country1. Challenges to startup...

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Digital partnerships support Filipino telcos in becoming industry disruptors 

The global telecommunications industry has changed rapidly over the past decade. No longer reliant on legacy revenue streams like fixed line, cable television, and mobile communications, telcos have expanded their business models and offerings. [1] Leading Filipino telco Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), for example, invested 300 billion pesos over the last 10 years...

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Digital transformation supports Filipino retail in customer-first mentality 

With the rate of growth slowing down in their traditional markets, multinational retail giants are turning their attention to Southeast Asia, heating up the competition in the region. Southeast Asian retail companies now find themselves contesting not only against their domestic rivals, but also foreign entrants, such as Amazon and Alibaba, who are looking to...

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Evolving customer demands a challenge for traditional Filipino banks 

Saddled with inflexible legacy systems, many traditional banks in the Philippines, especially in the regional areas, have either struggled or refused to revamp their business models, despite the need to keep up with changing consumer demands. This unwillingness to act has left a lucrative opening in the banking and finance industry, ripe for financial technology...

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