Kickstart, Ayala TBI host forum on start-ups

To encourage students to pursue their own “technopreneurial” projects, Kickstart Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, and Ayala Foundation’s Technology Business Incubator project organized a forum that featured some of the country’s most promising start-ups.

Held at the University of the Philippines-Ayala Land TechnoHub on May 2, the event invited 80 scholars of the Department of Science and Technology’s Engineering and Research Development for Technology (ERDT) program. Also present at the event were partners of the Ayala TBI from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Incubator Network.

The forum featured young entrepreneurs who came up with fresh, innovative, and technology-driven solutions for various challenges, whether they be related to productivity, research, travel, food, entertainment, or retail.

For instance, Christian Blanquera founded Work Inspire as a productivity solution. Recognizing that many professionals spend a lot of time sifting through e-mail, and then translating messages into tasks, appointment schedules, and others, he led in the development of Work Inspire, which offers “project management in your inbox.” Meanwhile, Michael Ngo Dee founded Tripid for those looking for a safe, convenient, reliable, and inexpensive carpooling service.

The other technopreneurs who shared their experiences at the forum were Rachel Jaro, founder of Tripsiders, a travel start-up; Dustin Cheng, founder of Zap Tag, which earns instant consumer rewards through a special smart sticker; Joseph Dexter Feliciano, founder of My Legal Whiz, a jurisprudence site; and Oliver Segovia, founder of AVA, an online store for luxury items.

These start-ups received seed funding from Kickstart, after rigorous and highly competitive pitches. Minette Navarette, Kickstart president, mentioned that Kickstart does not only provide seed funding–Kickstart also offers mentoring and technical assistance for promising technopreneurs.

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