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Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t an easy decision to make. While most Filipinos think they have what it takes to become one, over a third fear failure and don’t go through with it. So congratulations on taking the leap!
So you’ve decided to start a business. Well done, you.

Now all you have to do is work out how feasible your idea is, create a business plan, find capital, decide on a business structure, register your business, apply for the necessary copyrights/trademarks/patents, build a team, get into product development, generate buzz...

It can get complicated! And most new businesses don’t know enough to tell whether or not they’re taking the right steps. This is why many startups turn to business incubators for help.

What is a
Business Incubator?

A business incubator is a company that helps startups get their businesses off the ground. It does so by providing support and a variety of resources, including a shared physical space and equipment, business support services, mentoring, and access to capital and networking opportunities.

Interestingly, the term does in fact have something to do with chickens and eggs. It was coined back in the 1950s by Joe Mancuso, who was inspired by the process of one of the tenants—a chicken hatchery—in his shared space facility (which would turn out to be the world’s first business incubator).

How does it work?

To join a startup incubator, you’ll need to go through an application process. Each incubator will have its own criteria for admission, but at the very least expect to show that you have a solid business idea as well as a business plan (even if it’s still in the works).

Once you’ve signed up, you can enjoy a variety of benefits, from access to a coworking space to mentorship. Members typically pay a monthly fee, which covers use of the shared space as well as of office equipment.

It’s about much more than just use of the space, however. When you sign up with a startup incubator, you’re in close proximity to other entrepreneurs. For many “graduates” of incubator programs, it is the shared knowledge and sense of fellowship that this engenders that is one of the most invaluable aspects of their incubation experience.

Business incubators also provide mentorship. Experts are around to help startups flesh out their ideas, work out the kinks in their business plans, and give advice on business processes that the new entrepreneur might not be aware of.

There’s no time limit to how long startups should “incubate”—every business is different—but most business incubators do expect to have members exit within a couple of years.

Business Incubator vs Accelerator

While they have a similar overall function—to help startups build their businesses—business incubators and accelerators have different goals and approaches.

Generally speaking, incubators work more with startups that are still in the early stages of development, while accelerators work with already established startups that want to scale up.

Another main difference is how long the process takes. Because they’re working with new businesses who are just taking their first steps, startup incubator programs don’t have a set deadline for their members’ graduation. In contrast, accelerators typically have a program that runs for a fixed timeframe (usually a few months) during which startups build their businesses into something solid enough to be pitched to investors at the end.

Startup incubators also don’t usually provide investment capital or get an equity stake in the startups they’re nurturing. Accelerators, on the other hand, do provide capital and get an equity stake in return.

What we can offer
No one knows the challenges of building a business better than those who’ve done it themselves. With August 99, you’ll have access to resources that every startup needs to grow their core business. When you work with us, you can expect:
Get advice from experts and experienced industry professionals who will help you avoid pitfalls and make the right decisions. They will be with you throughout every step of your startup’s incubation.
To ensure that you have the right foundation we will equip you with the appropriate organizational infrastructures and technical systems for putting resources in place.
Business Ecosystem
Business Ecosystem
To ensure that you have the right foundation we will equip you with the appropriate organizational infrastructures and technical systems for putting resources in place.
Save on overhead and operational costs. Enjoy the unbeatable cost savings and convenience of common infrastructure, including equipment, utilities, reception, and custodial services.
Collaborate with fellow startups and pool your knowledge for each other’s benefit. Network, share best practices, learn more about talent acquisition strategies, and more.
Why try and assemble a group of freelance contractors, when you have everything you need right here?
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Put our decades of experience and expertise to work for you.
Startup Success Stories
Our startups continuously push the envelope of web design and technology.

The premier real estate web design, development, and branding firm in the US, Agent Image build websites for top-producing Realtors and brokerages. Since 1999, the company has launched more than 18,000 sites and has bagged numerous industry awards.

Agent Image harnesses the design, development, and marketing services of August 99’s other startups.

Launched in 2018, Clickality provides digital marketing solutions, including SEO and content marketing, pay-per-click, and social media marketing, to businesses across various industries. Their primary focus is on helping businesses build their brands online.

Clickality gets leads as well as services from August 99’s other startups, enabling it to grow further.

Headquartered in Singapore, Dojo builds remote teams of designers and developers for tech firms. Dedicated to creating extraordinary customer experiences, Dojo makes sure that the teams they build are the right culture fit for their clients.

August 99’s shared resources and deep talent pool allow Dojo to scale their services up or down with ease.

Loft is the first coworking franchise in the Philippines. Launched in 2018, it is headquartered in Ortigas Center and provides flexible space solutions, from coworking spaces to private offices, to digital nomads, startups, and a wide range of businesses.

Loft serves as the home base of August 99’s startups and also serves the Ortigas business community at large.

With a mission to make remote work accessible to all, Oqulo is developing QSuite, a comprehensive suite of tech solutions for everyone in the coworking industry. This includes QSpace, an app for flexible space operators, and QTime, an app for remote workers.

Oqulo provides the software for Loft Coworking Spaces and benefits in turn from the use of the space.

A different kind of online job marketplace, TaoCrowd provides better opportunities, options, and protections for contractors and businesses by pre-screening and vetting both and sustaining a nurturing, collaborative space for them online.

TaoCrowd helps August 99’s other startups (and their clients) source talent from across the country.

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