The ALAB Incubation Program

Archipelago Labs is launching its first incubation program entitled ALAB this coming May 22 2023. The program aims to empower aspiring Filipino technology entrepreneurs through a structured program geared towards jump starting their ideas and turning these into startup ventures.

We are on the lookout for entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs-to-be with a compelling technology startup idea, prototype, or team tackling the intersection of Web 2&3, consumer applications, infrastructure & tools, finance, and digital experiences. 

Applications are now open for the May 2023 cohort. Deadline for applications is on April 15, 2023.

Archipelago Labs ALAB Incubation Program Design


The program is designed for young entrepreneurs, experienced professionals, and second time founders that are looking to build and scale technology startups with the help of an incubator. The program is a hybrid of online and offline sessions that will span across 12 weeks and will provide participants with:


  • Early stage startup fundamentals 
  • Collaborative cohort sessions
  • Mentor and expert advisory sessions
  • Open office sessions
  • Networking opportunities with other startup founders, operators, and investors



  • Fundraising through A-Labs and its network of investors via a culminating Demo Day 

Take note! Our support does not end with the program and we are looking to support incubated ventures as they progress from seed to scale. 



  • Selected program graduates will receive startup capital of up to Php1,000,000
  • Graduates will be part of the A-Labs Collective – A-Labs’ network of tech startup entrepreneurs, operators, and investors
  • Each participant will receive perks and benefits from Archipelago Labs’ partners including startup tools, cloud services, and more-





  • Filipino Founder/Team 
  • Idea to pre-product, pre-revenue stages
  • May or may not be incorporated 
  • Have not raised external funds
  • Maximum of three (3) participants from each startup
  • Promising founders or teams with business acuity and a knack for technology



The program is open to all technology ideas, startups, and business models. We welcome entrepreneurs (or entrepreneurs-to-be) from all walks of life. If you are uncertain about your eligibility or have additional questions about the program, feel free to reach out to us through

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What’s next for Web3 Gaming?

Last August 1, 2022, an article by Time entitled “A Crypto Game Promised to Lift Filipinos Out of Poverty. Here’s What Happened Instead” surfaced. A compelling article about how a once critically acclaimed game called Axie Infinity is now contributing to the stress and anxiety of your average Filipino. Interestingly enough, if you rewind to exactly a year ago, the narrative for this Play-to-Earn game is a complete 360 of what people think of it today.

The date was August 1, 2021. I wake up early in the morning excited to check my Dashboard, eager to see which of my 50+ Axie Infinity scholars have started out their grind. I hop into a private Discord, densely populated with a bunch of online friends, majority of which I’ve never met IRL. We talk shop about SLP and AXS prices, our favorite team compositions, and the amount of $$$ we were earning by the end of the month.


Fast forward to August 1, 2022. I find myself waking up to several chat groups sharing the article mentioned above. The once exciting conversations on private Discord servers are gone. No price updates, no favorite teams, no more Play-To-Earn conversations. The sentiment about the game is generally bearish. A once thriving game shared by many communities because of its strategic gameplay and economic incentives is now a game that is trying its best to rediscover and redeem itself. Axie Infinity: Origin has been released and it is arguably a great game, but without the economic incentive that the crowd was used to, majority of its users have fled. Nonetheless, the game still enjoys a DAU count that dwarfs all the Web3 games available in the sector.


Hind-sight analysis is always 20/20 and its easy for everyone to say that we all saw this coming because of the cyclical nature of markets, the game’s tokenomics, muh burning, adventure mode, whatever. However, I would like to think that such a phenomenon and speculative mania still has its silver linings — Besides the obvious fact that for those who caught wind early have earned a respectable amount of profits.


Axie Infinity paved the way, challenged, and pioneered the idea of X-to-Earn. Created economic opportunities, and brought together a new generation of gamers, guilds, and crypto users. They took the first leap into Web3 Gaming exploration and navigated the uncharted seas of opportunity and possibilities. We should never forget that. But what is next for Web3 Gaming?




If you are an avid timeline scroller of CryptoTwitter like myself, you’ll see a multitude of takes on what should’ve been, what would’ve been, and what could be. I think we should focus more on the latter.


Web3 Games need to be fun, it is a game after all. Now, before you point your pitchforks at me, I genuinely did enjoy playing Axie Infinity myself. And to whoever claims that the game was not fun to begin with, clearly did not play the game strategically. However, in the case of the Axie Infinity Phenomenon, players and investors alike were more focused on the economic incentives of the game, rather that the strategic gameplay it provided. Fair enough, because, as a pioneering game that introduced the concept of earning crypto while playing, of course all the hype and attention will be centered around the profits that could be made. Which brings me to the second ingredient.


Fish are friends not food! In simpler terms and to avoid getting too technical about tokenomics and muh burning, the design of the reward tokens of the game were centered on the fact that new money flow was required to keep it sustainable through breeding and asset purchases. The flywheel lacked additional sources of sinks or where to spend SLPs. I acknowledge and agree with Sky Mavis’ focus to build v3 or Axie Infinity: Origin to create a better product and user experience. But some may argue that certain measures could have been made and additional sinks could have been enforced, mitigating the selling pressure of the reward tokens for v2. But doing so is just delaying the inevitable, innit? Rather, can we explore a means to convert time, effort, and skill into economic value more efficiently?


Play-to-Earn versus Play-and-Earn. Right smack at the sales pitch of the sector, one may have noticed the potential pitfall of the model. The ability of earning economic incentives in a game, I believe, should be a feature. It should not be the be-all and end-all of playing. Deriving economic incentives from games have been existing since the early days of MMORPGs but traversing a grey-area. I remember buying and selling Zeny from Ragnarok Online with my peers back in the early 2000s. We facilitated such trades on the basis of trust. Farming Zeny, which entailed skill, time, and effort, was the old-school proof-of-work. Inherently, especially for MMORPG gamers, we play-to-progress. Can we reimagine integrating these concepts into the future of Web3 Gaming?


Guilds will (still) play a huge part in Web3 Gaming. The scholarship model made famous during the onset of Play-and-Earn will evolve into a more collaborative and competitive vessel to power Web3 Gaming. The initial model was able to onboard, orient, and accustom a new wave of gamers into the ecosystem. I foresee that this will continue as guilds will become more relevant in the important facets of adoption, education, community building, and role expansion for the entire sector.


Other important things: Building gamer habits, paying for convenience, attracting whalers, gacha systems, integrating pay walls, tokenization of items, equips, skills, consumables, and exploring free-to-play. There are tons of existing and effective models from the gaming industry that Web3 Gaming can gather inspiration from. The list goes on and on and on~


Source: — The Great Wave of Kanagawa


I guess what I’m trying to say is — I believe that we are in the very early stages of Web3 Gaming and I am quite confident that the sector is here to stay. In the case of Sky Mavis, they are in a great position to explore, experiment, and build at the forefront of Web3 Gaming with the feedback, experience, and war chest that they have accumulated. The waters may seem calm now, but a storm is definitely brewing. The waves are slowly being drawn and are building momentum. It is just a matter of time, just like the cyclical nature of markets, that a huge wave is going to emerge again. And I won’t be surprised to read stories about the sector from media outlets but with a different tune of what we hear today. It’s gonna be music to our ears. Bullish.

The Building Blocks of Web3 are found in the Archipelago

The internet was once solely governed by platforms that manage and control user data through centralized networks, providing these platforms with the ability to fully control participation, dictate governance, and monetize its users. The last few years has shown the perils of this model and has brought forward the emergence of web3 which has given its users the opportunity to partake in digital-ownership, product/service governance, and stakeholder participation revolutionizing the way products and services are to be built for the next decade. 


The rise of web3 and cryptocurrencies opened up a multitude of opportunities for users to rediscover how to engage applications through the internet while managing and controlling their own data and digital assets. Moreover, web3 and cryptocurrencies have allowed Filipinos to participate in cost-efficient cross-border remittances, alternative economic opportunities, and the ability to participate as retail investors in the growing technology sector.


The previous market cycle showed us glimpses of the future and what’s to come for web3, following the onboarding of a huge cohort of users from the Philippines. The Philippines ranked 10 in global rankings when it comes to cryptocurrency adoption and is higher than the global average when it comes to Bitcoin and Ethereum ownership. Back in 2021 the surge of users on the Metamask wallet rapidly grew as the Philippines represented 20% of its monthly active users translating to 2,000,000 Filipinos who participated in the rise of Decentralized Finance and Non-fungible tokens.


At Archipelago Labs, we imagine that this is just the beginning of a new wave of technology applications that leverage web3 components to create meaningful and impactful products and services both for the end-users and the builders within the space. We aim to support and nurture the emerging technology sector that has impacted the lives of millions of Filipinos by supporting founders who have the vision to create the products and services for the next generation.


Archipelago Labs (A-Labs) is an accelerator that invests in and accelerates the most promising early-staged web3 startups that are focused on the Philippine market. As an accelerator, we pride ourselves in being active collaborators when working together with startup ventures. Apart from providing value through advisory, our network, and expertise, we aim to foster a community of founders who share the same vision. By providing different ventures with the right support system, the Philippines is bound to play a vital role in the development of web3 and cryptocurrencies.  


Innovation for the People


Web3 has presented an opportunity to democratize data ownership for end users. Inherent to the purpose of web3 of giving back the power to the people, we are looking to back startups who aim to use the technology in providing  solutions that improve real-life experiences. A sharp increase in mobile e-wallet users was seen in the past year rising to over 30% with forecasts as high as 75% by 2025. These digitally-native users will inevitably cross the border towards Web3 with the rise of familiar applications that possess a web3 component. 32% of our population already own NFTs, a number that is continuously growing. We seek ingenious ways of serving our people and aim to empower entrepreneurs who are capable to do so. Whether through an innovative DeFi protocol that would provide financial services for the unbanked or tools to bridge the gap between web2 and web3.. [1] 


Exceptional Founding Team


Most successful startups are bound not just by logic but also magic. We value exceptional founders and teams who have the grit and perseverance to redefine the meta along with a deep understanding of their market and the emerging technology. Moreover, we are excited to work with founders who share the same core vision of developing a thriving ecosystem that solves real-world and digital problems through web3.


Active Collaborators


As an accelerator, we are committed to the startup ventures by offering our resources and expertise for the benefit of the startups we work with. We also value maintaining open communications between A-Labs and the founding teams to keep the spirit of collaboration alive. We understand that the industry can be daunting therefore it is best to be navigated with the right support system. We have a long term horizon in the industry, looking to engage with ventures and partners in a 5-10 year time horizon.


A-Labs is the brainchild of reputable partners from the Philippine crypto industry such as the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX), Oak Drive Ventures, and Magellan Digital Investment Group, who have come together to sustain the momentum of the country when it comes to web3 adoption and to assist partners in navigating the local market. We believe that the building blocks of web3 are found in the Archipelago and that the Philippines will be at the forefront of the web3 ecosystem.