DTI chief courts Scottish startup ecosystem, creatives

Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual met with officials from CodeBase, a renowned startup ecosystem builder in Scotland, and the creatives sector for potential collaboration.

Pascual led the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council (PCIDC) Delegation Visit to the United Kingdom (UK) from May 8 to 9 to explore business opportunities, including potential partnerships with Scottish creatives and startup ecosystem.  

In photo: DTI Secretary Fred Pascual and Sebastian Howell, Cultural Diplomacy, Festivals, EXPO of the Culture Strategy / Engagement Unit of the Scottish Government during a meeting with the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council (PCIDC) Delegation Visit to the United Kingdom (UK) from May 8 to 9, 2024.

In a statement, Pascual said that the dialogue with CodeBase emphasized the importance of funding, government support, industry engagement, and academic involvement in supporting budding entrepreneurs and taking their ideas into the market at scale. 

Pascual expressed enthusiasm about the potential for collaboration with CodeBase. He said, "Our meeting with CodeBase has been inspiring and insightful. By leveraging their expertise in ecosystem building and technology innovation, we can empower innovative entrepreneurs, drive digital transformation, and unlock new opportunities for growth." 

The PCIDC Delegation Visit to the UK was organized by the British Council aimed at enabling government representatives to gain invaluable insights into the UK's thriving creative ecosystem and forge partnerships with key UK institutions to advance the country’s creative economic agenda. 

The delegation also met with key officials from the Edinburgh Futures Institute, a new futures-focused space for learning, research, and innovation at the University of Edinburgh. 

The meeting focused on exploring innovative models of cooperation between government, industry, and academia to nurture creative talent and enhance industry-academe engagement in developing and commercializing intellectual property within the creative sector.

The DTI chief also engaged in a series of productive meetings with key Scottish creative economy institutions, including Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland, tackling emerging policy frameworks in developing the creative economy.

The participants exchanged insights on policy frameworks, funding mechanisms, and strategic interventions designed to nurture creative talent, stimulate entrepreneurship, and promote cultural diversity. 

Scotland festival managers and representatives also convened where they discussed strategies to leverage festivals as catalysts for cultural exchange, economic development, and tourism promotion. 

During the meeting, Scotland festival managers shared insights about their experiences in organizing successful events, fostering community engagement, and maximizing the socio-economic impact of conducting local and international festivals.