Sydney-based incubator Pollenizer is opening up shop in the Philippines and Melbourne, founder Phil Morle announced at its eighth birthday party last night.
Pollenizer has already begun working with the Philippines’ largest telco, Globe Telecom, to help develop enterprise incubation programs. It is also partnering directly with Filipino incubator Kickstart Ventures.
Valencia Balace, who is on the list of this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 in Asia and the founder of Peekawoo, a Philippine-based dating service, is one of the coaches that Pollenizer has on board.
“Pollenizer’s been very active in South-East Asia for the past four years, so we’re excited to finally establish a home base in the Philippines from where we can really focus on our growth in the region,” Morle said.
Opening up in Melbourne is also the next logical step for Pollenizer’s expansion, Morle added. Leading the Melbourne operation will be Tristonne Forbes, the founder of 10x Women, a group that’s looking to close the gender gap in Australia’s entrepreneur sector.
“Our expansion to Melbourne was the logical next step, given our clients there. Tristonne is highly qualified to head the team and we’ll be putting her extensive experience and skills to great use growing and strengthening Pollenizer’s current and future client base.”
On top of the two expansion plans, the group also announced it would be partnering with the University of Western Australia, creating a new subject titled “Innovation and Startup Practice”, which is structured similarly to that of a hackathon.