Rene “Butch” Meily is a jack of all trades. He’s the current president of IdeaSpace Philippines and QBO Philippines. He’s also the President and COO of. PDRF President, Rene “Butch” Meily, talking on the devts on the first ever private- sector led DOC. #pdrfluncheon Founder Spotlight: Rene Butch Meily, President of QBO Philippines Innovation Hub Success for Butch was being able to “make an impact on other people’s.

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A home for risk-takers. Risks are a big part of creating something new.

There will always be an air of uncertainty in attempting to make breakthroughs and trying to push for innovation. But while the possibility of failing could be off-putting, choosing to take a risk can sometimes lead to amazing things.

Entrepreneurs know that risk-taking is a part of their job. Despite being aware of certain perils that come with the profession, entrepreneurs continue to strive and stick to it. Why is that so? Simply because they know that the pay-offs could make even the greatest risks worth it.

Traditionally, Filipinos opt for secure careers. This kind of mentality could potentially take away great opportunities from Filipinos. Fresh ideas and ingeniousness may be wasted because of either discouragement or lack of support and guidance. Butch Meily had always known that his mission is to empower local Filipino startups, but it took him a few years to be able to concretize exactly how he could help out.


Butch was born in the Philippines but left to study abroad. He spent a lot of time in the United States, working there for almost 20 years.

He worked at Beatrice International as the Vice President of Public Relations for much of his time in New York, gaining plenty of valuable experience in the field. Eventually, he was offered a chance to work in the Philippines.

It was through this that he became a part of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation. Inwhen the Ondoy typhoon disaster hit, most areas in the Philippines were left devastated.

That was the start of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation. Manny Pangilinan asked Butch to collaborate once more and help out with Ideaspace. Butch told us that his longtime dream of promoting and helping local startups was on its way to being realized from there.

He started QBO, the innovation hub he has been wanting to create. A kubo for the Filipino startup community. He wanted to create a platform where Filipino entrepreneurs could develop their ideas and their businesses.

Through QBO, collaboration is made possible as it serves as an avenue for both the public and private sector to network.

Interview with Butch Meily

Providing startups with connections, space, and mentorship, QBO ensures to give them a better opportunity to truly actualize their plans and ideas. Breaking the status quo. Entrepreneurs who find success in their businesses are able to provide people with job opportunities as well as inspire other innovators to follow suit.

Running a meaningful business that makes a positive impact on society should definitely be added to the prescribed career norms of today. Butch wants to butxh this standard in Philippine culture. Through QBO, ideas and startups are given the space and opportunity to grow, ensuring that a brighter tomorrow with more possibilities is indeed on its way for the Filipino startup community.


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