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Push for startups in PH. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado (center) together with Foreign Trade Service Officers (FTSC) Michael Alfred V. Ignacio (left) and Enrico A. Mariano (right) join (from left) IdeaSpace Founder and President Earl Martin Valencia, Start Up Chile Founder Nicholas Shea, Stanford University US- Asia Technology Management Center Director Richard Dasher, KickstartVentures Co-Founder and President Minette Navarrete, Golde Gate Ventrures Principal Justin Hall, and Air Bnb Southeast Asia and India Managing Director Jia Jih Chai in a press conference of the Slingshot MNL on July 7, 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. The Slingshot MNL intends to make stakeholders of the country’s startup ecosystem understand how the startup business model can drive economies in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as establish ties with forward-looking investors. It gathered 1000 stakeholders. Together with startup stakeholders, the DTI worked to deliver its mandate for trade and investment promotion in the context of inclusive growth and consistent with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) commitments. (DTI-PRU)