ADB, DTI and Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines’ officials get together to support entrepreneurial spirit at the VIA Startup Summit organized by KMC and Impact Hub Manila

by - December 21, 2018

Director Senen Perlada from the Export Marketing Bureau of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines’ Country CEO, Donald Lim; Chris Morris, Head of NGO and Civil Society Center of the Asian Development Bank and Hendrick Kiamzon, Executive Vice President, Meridian International (MINT) College, all described the role of the government, academe and industry in fostering growth for the Philippine startup and invocation ecosystem at the 1st ever KMC Startup Summit.   Organized in partnership with Impact Hub Manila (IHM), the summit brings together key stakeholders with an entrepreneurial spirit at the Green Sun Hotel, Makati City. 

“This summit brings together the best and brightest minds in the startup ecosystem. Throughout the summit, there will be many opportunities for developing relationships with key players who share common vision of growth and economic sustainability,” said Gregory Kittelson, Chairman and Co-Founder of KMC.

Partnerships and Collaboration

A segment called “VIA Collaboration” focused on the positive effects of inclusion and teamwork. This discussion was led by industry experts and ingenious startup owners. Ces Rondario, Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Manila joined Gregory Kittelson, Chairman and Co-Founder of KMC, for the panel discussion. Space for Ingenious batch one winner, Alexis Lingad of Cryptors Cybersecurity was also part of the panel.

Industries and Inclusion

Other invited resource persons for the whole day summit include Ronna Reyes Sieh, Managing Partner of The Coding School, Ginger Arboleda, Chief Operating Officer of Taxumo, Angeline Tham, Founder and CEO of Angkas, and Donna Paez, Innovation & Business Development Manager of Globe Telecom. All will be talking about “women championing technology and social impact” at the VIA Inclusion.  Freddie Tiñga, President of Global Electric Transportation, Sreejith Narayanan, the International Customer Success Head Netcore Solutions Pvt. Ltd., and Jonizel Lagunzad, Chief Operating Officer of Zennya will also share their insights on “trailblazing innovation crosscutting industries” at the VIA Industries segment. 

According to the 2017 Philippine Startup Survey, there are now more than 300 startups in the country, most of which being founded between 2012 and 2017. Continuing changes in technology and innovation have also contributed to the growth of startups. “We firmly believe in the Filipino entrepreneurial spirit. “All startups have a dream they want to pursue. That dream is their starting point. They face many sacrifices, risks and challenges,” says Ces Rondario.

According to Kittelson, KMC wants to provide startups and entrepreneurs the avenue to establish relationships, develop connections, and engage in programs that will help grow and sustain their endeavors. He says there are (6 from the first batch of the SFI program) startups spread around the 19 locations of KMC endeavored together with their partner, Impact Hub Manila.

The VIA Startup Summit is also serves to recognize the valuable contributions of startups to the local economy. “Many startups have ventured into mobile, e-commerce, and fintech. This is proof that Philippines’ startup ecosystem is growing rapidly with more and more young professionals starting their own ventures. Matthew Barrie is one of our young CEOs and his company has just won an International Smart City competition called AcceliCITY against 600 startups from 40 countries,” says Riccardo Corsini, KMC’s Vice President for marketing.

In partnership with Impact Hub Manila (IHM), KMC undertook a program entitled “Space for Ingenious Program” which helps bring an idea from conception to reality through mentorship from industry experts, spaces conducive to productivity and idea incubation, and access to a vast network of connections and potential investors. The six-month program began last May 2018 and has incubated six startups that were among the first batch of applicants for the program. One startup is Pushkart PH, an online grocery application that basically does the shopping for you. Founder Josh Aragon, 29, lauds the mentorship of the program, “Having mentors dive into your business model, dissect all of the issues, and create a solution for you is really a valuable takeaway from the program. They also give you the connections you need for your business to take off.”

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