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DTI strengthens local innovation and startup economy through Slingshot Philippines 2016

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) staged Slingshot Philippines, a two-day National Summit and Exhibit on Start-ups and Innovation, on 21-22 April 2016 at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City.

Slingshot Philippines 2016 is an innovation ecosystem development program aimed at building and nurturing a sustainable environment for the startups and innovation sector of the Philippines. The program is the government’s initiative on gathering the innovators, investors, and policymakers of the Philippine innovation economy, and providing them the platform to discuss solutions to the challenges, blockers, and industry value chain gaps. Slingshot Philippines 2016 is a follow-through activity of the first Slingshot Manila last July 2015.


DTI Assistant Secretary Maria Roseni M. Alvero of the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, DTI Secretary Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. and DTI-Industry Promotions Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado were in full force in supporting the development of the Philippine startups and innovation economy.

DTI Sec. Adrian S. Cristobal recognized that the startups are powerful tools that can institute inclusive growth. Cristobal mentioned DTI's concrete first steps in jumpstarting the Slingshot Philippines program—flagship programs, co-working spaces, and Negosyo Centers Plus.

In leveraging DTI's key flagship programs, Cristobal said "[the agency] is now working to retool its network of regional offices, retraining its frontliners as well as the staff manning the Negosyo Centers, to understand the nature of startups, to speak their language, and have the capability to counsel them and provide the right kind of information."


Trade and Industry Sec. Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. discusses the three intangibles the government need to focus on in terms of development of the Philippine innovation economy.

Cristobal noted that co-working spaces are being provided to serve as a platform for continuing engagement with the startup and innovation ecosystem. He mentioned that the ground floor of the DTI building along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City and the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City are set to be converted into co-working spaces. Furthermore, the nationwide network of Negosyo Centers will be tweaked into Negosyo Centers Plus that will render appropriate and timely services required by startups and innovative business projects.

Secretary Cristobal, Jr. also cited the three intangibles where the government and industry stakeholders need to work as one. He added that there is a need for courage despite failure; a need for an ecosystem that believes in and understands the startup economy; and an insight that Filipino startups and enterprises should think of solutions to the world.

DTI-Industry Promotions Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado expounded on the framework of the Slingshot Philippines program. Emphasizing that the government efforts in improving the playing field for startups and innovators included the inclusion and enhancement of a national innovation system, Undersecretary Terrado said, “Slingshot Philippines is now here to become the national platform that provides unique opportunities in shaping our Innovation Strategy. It aims to encourage discussions on startup-friendly policies and programs that will accelerate disruptive technologies and push forward cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Slingshot Philippines was celebrated alongside with Design Week Philippines and the 63rd Manila FAME.

Startup

"Startup" is a term generally used to describe tech-enabled businesses like apps (desktop/mobile) or software programs that are designed for high growth, high risk enterprises. They key attribute of a digital startup is its ability to grow. It is a company designed to scale very quickly and unconstrained by geography.

Small businesses are not usually defined as a startup. A restaurant in one town is not called a startup nor is a franchise a startup. They are small businesses. And unless small businesses have innovative solutions for existing pain points, they are generally not called a startup.

Twitter and Facebook were once startups who have now grown into “unicorns” or billion-dollar companies.

Exhibitors

Company
NYFTI

Item
Compact Folding Bicycle

Contact Details
Carl Mamawal (CEO)
(02) 521 5370
carlmamawal@yahoo.com


Company
ARTHROLOGIC, INC.

Item
Knee Replacement System

Contact Details
Dr. Rene Catan
0928 500 6794
renecatanmd@gmail.com

Vonne Villanueva (COO)
0949 869 9324
vonne.villanueva@yahoo.com


Company
SOLIDCON CONSTRUCTION

Item
Wafflebox Modular Housing

Contact Details
Jerry Chin (President and CEO)
(02) 729 8254/ 0925 612 8877
jachin@solidcon.ph


Company
BARBALITE TECHNOLOGIES

Item
Solar-Powered Road Markers

Contact Details
Percival Gammad Barba (Proprietor)
(045) 491 6488/ 0917 834 0156
barbalite.technologies@yahoo.com


Company
RU FOUNDRY & MACHINE SHOP CORPORATION

Item
RU Biodegradable Shedder

Contact Details
Ramon Uy
929 6550/ 0917 301 2377
rushredderbcd@yahoo.com


Company
OPCENTEC

Item
C.R.O.C.

Contact Details
Rex Sagge
0906 456 7576
sales@opcentec.com


Company
UP Manila Technology Transfer and Business Development Office

Item
Rx Box

Contact Details
Dr. Alvin Marcelo/ Arvin Marcelo
0917 628 4280
admin@telehealth.ph


Company
BREATH OF LIFE FOUNDATION

Item
OSTREAVENT

Contact Details
0998 569 9829/ 0917 887 5508
breathoflifefoundation.phil@gmail.com


Company
FILIPINOS UNITE INC.

Item
BUTTERFLY HOUSE

Contact Details
Vonz Santos, Jr.
0917 524 0617
vonz@butterfly.ph/ rsantos@amylexlabs.com


Company
PhUV Inc.

Item
eJEEP and eQUAD

Contact Details
John Marasigan
0927 370 4821
john.phuv@gmail.com


Company
Vito Selma

Item
Theo Table

Contact Details
Tina Monsanto
(02) 422 1676
info@vitoselma.com


Company
TCA CONCEPT BUILDERS AND SERVICES

Item
Rapid Deployment Ambulatory Rescue Command Center (RaDAR)

Contact Details
Lito "Teck" De Leon, Jr.
0906 367 8910
teckdeleon@gmail.com


Company
RAD GREEN SOLUTIONS

Item
Pyroclave-Mantis

Contact Details
Jhen Belisario
908-2588/ 0932 419 8731
info@radgreensolutions.com


Company
Orthopaedic International, Inc.

Item
Axis Knee System
Stratus Fortis PedicleScrew & Hook System
Cobra Distal Radius External Wrist Fixation System

Contact Details
Dr. Ramon Gustilo/ Jude Sasing
09178870256
jude.sasing@oii.com


Company
H20 Technologies

Item
Salamander Amphibious Flood Utility Vehicle

Contact Details
Lamberto Armada
09175215085
lamberto.armada@gmail.com


Company
Jacinto Color Steel

Item
Bahay Tibay

Contact Details
Mjay Brizuela
2198484
admin@jacintocolor.com


Company
Markell Machineries

Item
Markell Garbage Granulator

Contact Details
Engr. Bong Archeta
4256982/ 09177188733
markellmachineries@gmail.com/ bmarcherta2@yahoo.com


Our Story

Slingshot Philippines (#SlingshotPH) is a government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership, building and nurturing the innovation ecosystem as an enabling environment with policies and programs for the startup and innovation sectors.

Slingshot MNL 2015 was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry with support from the Department of Science and Technology and other key industry stakeholders in July 2015 as the Philippine APEC hosting’s official startup and innovation event.

Focusing on the best of innovation hubs and startup ecosystems in Asia and the Pacific Rim, the event served to inspire and energize a Philippine startup and innovation community, eager and yearning to catapult new enterprises shaped by the present game-changing realities of disruption, technology, and scale.

These new breed of businesses that the DTI wants to launch in new verticals like agriculture, biotechnology, electronics, digital startups, are what the DTI defines as the various segments of the new Innovation Economy. See HERE for definition of a startup.

Nine months after the first Slingshot, DTI, together with key industry stakeholders, stages another Slingshot with a clearer mandate to listen, understand, and support key players in the Philippine Startup Ecosystem.

"Slingshot Philippines" (SlingshotPH), is the Department of Trade and Industry’s Startup and Innovation Ecosystem Development Program.

A key component of this program is the two-day summit which provides an opportunity for the whole canvas of the Philippine startup and innovation ecosystem to be together: young minds with big ideas, innovators in constant pursuit of new things to benefit their community, supportive investors that funds startup ideas and, of course, the policymakers whose role it is to provide the enabling business environment that will make it all possible.

Slingshot aims to spur economic growth by boosting innovative businesses and by giving enough space and place to Philippine innovators, startups, and entrepreneurs.

The agencies of government including the DOST and the DTI are cognizant of the countless challenges innovators face to further their journey from idea, to a minimum value product to a full-fledged startup enterprise. Slingshot provides the platform that innovators need to engage policymakers in a dialogue to bring into light and provide solutions to the challenges and blockers, and industry value chain gaps that they face.

Slingshot is a dialogue for government and the startup and innovation ecosystem to work together to address and propose policy or similar interventions, and a joint program of action for the Philippine Innovation Economy to deliver its fullest potentials.

The good news is that the government has started hearing these challenges through a series of sectoral dialogues started in February 2016. Their continuing pursuit of transforming the digital space into a creative mecca for techno-entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors is not a role solely reserved for the government. Apart from a mutually agreed policy reform agenda, a key outcome of Slingshot is a shared work program among the ecosystem players on how to take the matter forward.

Changing the ecosystem and putting in place policies responsive to the needs of the Innovation Economy will not happen overnight. However, with the cooperation of government together with key players, we should be able to turn around, and foster a new breed of businesses more quickly and efficiently.

DTI’s strategic engagement with startups and innovators does not end with the National Summit. In essence it is a beginning, as constant engagement and dialogue will define the next phases of the Philippine government’s program to develop the new breed of Philippine enterprises. Accelerating the Philippine Innovation Economy is a work in progress and every contribution counts.

Our Story

Slingshot Philippines (#SlingshotPH) is a government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership, building and nurturing the innovation ecosystem as an enabling environment with policies and programs for the startup and innovation sectors.

Slingshot MNL 2015 was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry with support from the Department of Science and Technology and other key industry stakeholders in July 2015 as the Philippine APEC hosting’s official startup and innovation event.

Focusing on the best of innovation hubs and startup ecosystems in Asia and the Pacific Rim, the event served to inspire and energize a Philippine startup and innovation community, eager and yearning to catapult new enterprises shaped by the present game-changing realities of disruption, technology, and scale.

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Preliminary Schedule

(program subject to change)


 21 April 2016 | Thursday


TIME DESCRIPTION
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Registration
Session 1: General Direction Setting/Opening Keynotes
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM Welcome Remarks, Summit Overview
Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado
Industry Promotions Group
Department of Trade and Industry
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM H.E. Philip Goldberg
Ambassador, Embassy of the United States
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM Keynote Address
Secretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr.
Department of Trade and Industry
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Networking Break
Session 2: A Founders’ Dialogue on the Present and the Future of Philippine Startups
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Mikko Perez
Founder & CEO
Ayannah
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Elaine de Velez
CEO
FrontLearners
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Panel Discussion

Moderator
RJ Ledesma

Panelists
Dexter Ligot Gordon
Co-founder & COO
Kalibrr Inc.

Mikko Perez
Founder & CEO
Ayannah

Aurora Mendoza-Soriano
Founder & CEO
Pinoy Travel, Inc.

Ronald Magleo
Founder & CEO
Paynamics Technologies, Inc.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
Session 3: Focus Dialogue on Funding
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ask Me Anything
Sherwood Neiss
Principal
Crowdfund Capital Advisors
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Brillo Reynes
President & CEO
SB Corporation
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Panel Discussion
Moderator
Minette Navarrete
President
Kickstart Ventures

Panelists
John Orrock
CEO, Principal Investor & Advisor
Future Now Ventures

Paco Sandejas
Managing Partner
Narra Venture Capital

Brillo Reynes
President & CEO
Small Business Corporation

Mario Berta
Founder & CEO
FlySpaces.com

Vicente Graciano Felizmenio, Jr.
Director
Markets and Securities Regulation,
Securities and Exchange Commission
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Networking Break
Session 4: Focus Dialogue on Incubators, Accelerators, and Mentors
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Bikesh Lakhmichand
Founder & CEO
1337 Ventures
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Diane Eustaquio
Executive Director
IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Panel Discussion
Moderator
Manny Ayala
Managing Director
Endeavor Philippines

Panelists
Artie Lopez
Mentor
Founder Institute

Diane Eustaquio
Executive Director
IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

Lionel Victor Belen
Founder
Brainsparks Innovation & Startup Hub

Ces Rondario
Co-founder
Impact Hub Manila

Jay Fajardo
Launch Garage
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM J.D. Montelibano
Head of Product Management for Business Applications
Globe Telecom
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Bridging the Digital Gap: Strategies to Digitize the Philippines
Kenneth Lingan
Country Head
Google Philippines

 22 April 2016 | Friday


TIME DESCRIPTION
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Keynote Address
Secretary Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr.
Department of Trade and Industry
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote Address
Hon. Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV
Chair, Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce & Entrepreneurship
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote Address
Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra, Ph.D.
Scientific & Technological Services
Department of Science and Technology
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM On-stage Interview: The Philippine Innovation Agenda: from Seeds to Slingshots

On-stage interview by
David Celdran
ABS-CBN News

Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado
Industry Promotions Group
Department of Trade and Industry

Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra, Ph.D.
Scientific & Technological Services
Department of Science and Technology

Doris Magsaysay-Ho
Chair
APEC Business Advisory Council 2015
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Networking Break
Session 5: Strategies Towards a Philippine Innovation Economy
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM Dr. David Hall, Ph.D.
Chief of Party
USAID Stride Program
11:35 AM - 12:00 Noon Thierry Tea
Ambassador, French Tech Philippines
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM H.E. Ephraim Ben Matityau
Ambassador
Embassy of Israel
1:20 PM – 1:40 PM IPOPHIL: Mind to Market Interventions & Programs
Josephine Rima-Santiago, LL.M.
Director General
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines
1:40 PM – 2:00 PM Philippine E-Commerce
Paulo Campos III
Co-founder & CEO
Zalora Philippines
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Networking Break
Session 6A: Plenary – Transforming the Philippine Electronics Industry Through Innovation
2:15 AM - 2:30 PM Digital Globalization and the Philippine Electronics Industry
Senen M. Perlada
Executive Director
Export Marketing Bureau,
Department of Trade and Industry
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Overview of the Philippine Electronics Industry and Its Transformation through Innovation
Dr. Dan Lachica, Ph.D.
President
Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI)
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Transformations in Progress

Panelists
Sean Byrne
Chief Information Officer
Concepcion-Carrier Airconditioning Company (CCAC)

Arcelio Fetizanan Jr.
Startup/ Founder
FAME System

Robert Minguez
Director
XINYX Design
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM DOST/PCIEERD Innovations: Diwata Microsatellite, UAV Consortium, Quick Charging Unit for E-Vehicles, and New Batteries Program
Dr. Carlos Primo C. David
Executive Director
Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Electronics Town hall: Tweaking Government Policies and Programs to Support Innovation
Panelist
Dr. Carlos Primo C. David
Executive Director
Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)

Dr. Dan Lachica
President,
SEIPI

Evariste Cagatan
Director,
Board of Investments

Sean Byrne
Chief Information Officer,
CCAC

Arcelio Fetizanan Jr.
Startup/Founder,
FAME system

Robert Minguez
Director,
XINYX
Breakout – Mentoring and Coaching Sessions For Selected Participants
2:15 PM - 4:30 PM Mentors and coaches from Brainsparks, IdeaSpace, Kickstart, Ventures and Launchgarage

Session Coordinator
Ces Buban
Session 6C: Breakout – Programs for Startups and Innovators
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM What Negosyo Centers can do for your business
Regional Operations Group, Department of Trade and Industry
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Phildev.org Programs for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Alexis Kayanan
Executive Director
Phildev
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM All About seedPH and digitalPH Programs for Start-ups
Karla Legaspi
Information and Communications Technology Office, Department of Science and Technology
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Intellectual Property Workshop for Startups and Innovators
Allan Gepty
Deputy Director General,
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines
Breakout – Business Development Strategies for Startups
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Story-centric Strategies for Startup Growth
Robert Cristobal
Founder & Creative Storyteller
Frame 316
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Building Your Network through the Startup Ecosystem
Tina Amper
Founder
TechTalks.ph, Geeks on a Beach
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM How to Mentor Startups and Innovators
Dr. Luis Sison, Ph.D
Program Leader
UP Enterprise
Session 7: Startups & Innovation for Social Change: Focus on Social Enterprise and Social Impact Investing
4:30 PM - 4:50 PM Antonio Meloto
Founder
Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm
4:50 PM - 5:10 PM Ramesh Prabhu
CEO & Managing Partner
Three Wheels United
5:10 PM - 6:00 PM Panel Discussion

Moderator
Pacita U. Juan
Founder
Echo Store

Panelists
Antonio Meloto
Founder
Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm

Paolo Limcaoco
Investment Associate Fellow
LGT Venture Philanthropy

Alejandro Cruz II
Special Projects Officer
Negosyong Pinoy Finance Corporation

Zhihan Lee
Co-founder & CEO
BagoSphere

Ramesh Prabhu
CEO & Managing Partner
Three Wheels United
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Networking Cocktails

Speaker

...

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV
Chair, Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce & Entrepreneurship

The neophyte senator authored the Go Negosyo Law, the first pre-poor and inclusive growth bill in the 16th Congress, and passed the Philippine Lemon Law to protect consumers against the sale of defective vehicles. With increased momentum, Senator Aquino passed four more laws in 2015, including the landmark legislation - the Philippine Competition Act - set to revolutionize the playing field for businesses, particularly for MSMEs and startups.

Prior to being elected as Senator, he became the youngest head of a government agency at age 25 when he was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Youth Commission. He co-founded the multi-awarded social enterprise, The Hapinoy Program. He has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006, one of the Asian Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2011, and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012.

Senator Aquino graduated with summa cum laude honors from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Management Engineering.

Speaker

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Secretary Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr.
Department of Trade and Industry

Adrian Cristobal is the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. He was first appointed as Undersecretary for consumer welfare with DTI in 2001. He then moved on as Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, an attached agency of the DTI, from 2005-2009. In 2010, he returned as Usec. for the Industry Development group.

Secretary Cristobal's focus is to have MSMEs at the core of DTI's policies and program, and to strengthen consumer protection through quality consciousness.

Secretary Cristobal obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A. and his Juris Doctor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University. He has published papers on constitutional law, intellectual property law and governance. He has also been wirting a weekly column since 2006 for the Philippine business newspaper, BusinessMirror.

Speaker

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H.E. Philip S. Goldberg
Ambassdor
Embassy of the United States Manila

Speaker

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Usec. Nora K. Terrado
Department of Trade and Industry

Nora Terrado is the Undersecretary of the Industry Management Group of the Department of Trade and Industry. Before entering the civil service, Usec. Terrado was the Country Manager of Headstrong Philippines and Vice President for IT Services and Capital Markets of Genpact Philippines.

As an IT pioneer and industry leader in the Philippines with a solid track record in leading successful change programs for global clients, Usec. Terrado has significantly made solid contribution in the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiatives. She was the Chair for the 2015 APEC Women and the Economy Fora. She was also among the 2014's 100 Influential Filipina Women (FWN100TM).

Usec. Terrado is an alumnus of the University of Asia and the Pacific for her graduate studies in business economics and the University of Saint La Salle for her degree in Commerce. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Speaker

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Usec. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Ph.D.
Department of Science and Technology

Rowena Guevara is the Undersecretary for Research at the Department of Science and Technology. She is also the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. Prior to her appointment, she headed the Digital Signal Processing Laboratory at the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute.

Speaker

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Secretary Mario G. Montejo
Department of Science & Technology

Speaker

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Mikko Perez
Founder and CEO
Ayannah

Speaker

...

Monchito Ibrahim
Deputy Executive Director
DOST-ICTO

Speaker

...

David Celdran
ABS-CBN News Channel

Speaker

...

Sherwood Neiss
Principal
Crowdfund Capital Advisors

Speaker

...

Dexter Ligot-Gordon
Co-founder and COO
Kalibrr Inc.

Speaker

...

Alexis Kayanan
Executive Director
Phildev

Alex Kayanan is an engineer, entrepreneur, and a professional manager. His career spans across different industries and sectors, but he is most in his element leading an underdog team against great odds.

Alex received a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines in the US. He spent five years leading troops around the world as a US Army Officer. He then jumped into several hotspots in the Middle East as a government contractor before being invited to the Philippines to head the international engineering office for a US publicly traded company.

Having fallen in love with the Philippines, he became an entrepreneur and stood up a construction management firm in Makati. After six gut-wrenching years, the company closed down, giving Alex invaluable experience in a variety of business subjects. He spent a year as a management consultant at a BPO while contemplating his next step before being introduced to PhilDev and taking up the fight against poverty.

Alex's journey has taught him that the size of any problem is primarily dependent on one's own view of it. Learning to control and employ your mind effectively is the key to finding attainable and sustainable solutions.

Speaker

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Karla Legaspi
Department of Science & Technology-Information & Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO)

Speaker

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Alejandro Cruz II
Special Projects Officer
Negosyong Pinoy Finance Corporation

Speaker

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Allan Gepty
Deputy Director General
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines

Speaker

...

Brillo Reynes
President & CEO
SB Corporation

Speaker

...

Vicente Graciano Felizmenio, Jr.
Director
Markets and Securities Regulation, Securities and Exchange Commission

Speaker

...

Aurora Mendoza-Soriano
Founder & CEO
Pinoy Travel,Inc.

Speaker

...

Ronald Magleo
Founder & CEO
Paynamics Technologies, Inc.

Speaker

...

Jay Fajardo
CEO
Launchgarage

A serial tech entrepreneur and coder, Jay Fajardo primarily focuses on three things: he is currently co-founder and CEO of Ruby development shop Proudcloud, co-founder and CTO of healthtech startup Medifi, and the founder and CEO of Launchgarage, an innovation hub based in Manila. Before his three ventures, in 2002 Jay founded Wi-Fi hotspot network Airborne Access, which was acquired by PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company) in 2008. Jay is also invited to be a regular speaker at local and international forums on the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem, and holds roles as director, advisor, and mentor in various tech startups.

Jay is a serial entrepreneur, coder, and soccer player. Jay has founded a number of tech startups over the years and is considered to be one of the Philippines’ thought leaders in the local startup community and ecosystem.

Speaker

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Paola Deles
Head, Policy & Advocacy Unit
Philippine Senate

Speaker

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John Orrock
CEO, Principal Investor & Advisor
Future Now Ventures

John is the CEO, Principal Investor and Advisor of Future Now Ventures, a boutique venture capitalist that focuses on startups and fast growth companies. He is an entrepreneur with global experience in developed and emerging markets, playing a key advisory and investment role in startups as well as enterprise growth and diversification planning. John is highly regarded for driving offshore delivery and regional business development for high-growth companies, as well as identifying IP, talent and market opportunities in early-stage ventures.

Speaker

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Paco Sandejas, Ph.D.
Managing Partner
Narra Venture Capital

Paco Sandejas is the Managing Partner of NarraVC, which invests in clean, bio-related technology for the developing world. He also serves as the Managing Director of BGN Ventures, a Philippine-based management and consulting company focused on technology ventures. Previously, he was Vice President of H&Q Asia Pacific.

He completed his Ph.D and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Speaker

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Callum Chisholm
Country Manager
Intel Philippines

Speaker

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Josephine R. Santiago, LL.M.
Director General
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines

Director General Santiago's expansive and extensive experience in the field of the intellectual property system traverses two decades in government and in the private realm. As a legal practitioner and educator, Santiago engaged in legal practice in her own law firm while being a faculty member at the Faculties of Law of the De La Salle University and the Arellano University where she taught Intellectual Property Law. She held the distinction of being the only Filipino Faculty on Advanced Patent at the WIPO Academy's Distance Learning Program.

A graduate of the University of the Philippines with the degree of B.S. in Foreign Service and Bachelor of Laws, Santiago further obtained the degree of Master of Laws in Intellectual Property from the joint program of the University of Turin in Italy and the WIPO Worldwide Academy.

Speaker

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David Hall, Ph.D.
Chief of Party
USAID Stride Program

Speaker

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Doris Magsaysay-Ho
Chair
APEC Business Advisory Council 2015

Speaker

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H.E. Effie ben Matityau
Ambassador
Embassy of Israel in Manila

Ambassador Effie (Ephraim) Ben Matityau is a veteran of Israel's Foreign Service and a graduate of its Diplomatic School from 1981.

In his early years with MoFA, he served as a member of the Peace and Normalization team with Egypt. In 1983, he assumed his first position abroad as the Deputy Consul General in Toronto, Canada, in charge of Press, Culture and Information. Following Toronto, he served in a variety of positions overseas among them Deputy Ambassador in Nicosia-Cyprus (1985-1988) where he received the 1986 merit award of the Ministry, Director of Israel's Academic Affairs Office to the USA based in New York (1991-1996), Consul General of Israel to East Australia based in Sydney (1999-2002), Acting Ambassador in Copenhagen (2004), and Ambassador of Israel to Vietnam and Laos (2005-2009), Acting Ambassador to Ethiopia (Summer 2013) and from the 1st of August 2014 as Ambassador - designate to the Philippines.

While at home in Jerusalem, he held different positions, among them, Head of the Canadian Affairs and North American missions for Public Diplomacy, Spokesman and Deputy Director of the Press Division, Head of the Overseas Development Projects and Public Private Partnership Bureau for MASHAV-Israel's Agency for International Development Coorperation.

Ambassador Ben Matityau holds a BA degree in Political Science and International relations and a Master's in Business Administration. He served as an infantry officer in the IDF, on active duty during the October War of 1973 and Lebanon of 1982.

He has 3 wonderful kids, 2 daughters - Marian and Nophar and a Son - Omer.

His spouse is Amabassador (R) Lizia Z. Lu, former Ambassador of Panama to Vietnam.

Speaker

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Paulo Campos III
Co-founder & CEO
Zalora Philippines

Speaker

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Dan Lachica, Ph.D.
President
Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines

Dr. Dan C. Lachica is the President of Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI), the association representing the electronics industry, which makes up US$25.83B or 42% of total Philippine exports and directly employs 344,449 employees.

Dan has over 30 years of senior management experience in semiconductors, electronics and consumer goods manufacturing, 16 of which were in front-end semiconductor wafer fabs in Silicon Valley. Prior to his early retirement from the Lopez Group of companies, he was a SVP with First Philippine Holdings responsible for the electronics/solar manufacturing businesses. He had been the Philippine expat Managing Director of Iomega Corporation of Utah. He also held leadership positions at Hewlett Packard in California, Motorola in Arizona, American Microsystems Inc. in Idaho, and Procter & Gamble in the Philippines.

Dan is an expert in world-class initiatives such as Six Sigma (Black Belt & U.S. IQPC Judge), Balanced Score Card and Total Productive Maintenance. A licensed Electrical Engineer, he has received several awards including the Dr. Joseph Juran National Medal from the Philippine Society for Quality and Outstanding Electrical Engineer from the University of the Philippines (U.P.). He has BSEE from U.P. Diliman, an MBA from San Jose University in California, and a DBA (With Distinction) from De La Salle University. Dan is a PSHS batch 71B alumnus and currently sits in the Philippine Science High School System Board of Trustees as the Representative of the New and Emerging Sector. He is also a Board Member of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) representing the employer sector, and a Judge Chairman to the International ICT Awards Philippines.

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Evariste Cagatan
Director
Board of Investments

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Dr. Carlos Primo C. David
Executive Director
DOST-PCIEERD

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Ramesh Prabhu
CEO & Managing Partner
Three Wheels United

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Zhihan Lee
Co-founder & CEO
BagoSphere

Zhihan Lee, social entrepreneur and education guerrilla

Zhihan is the Co-founder and CEO of BagoSphere, which offers affordable and intensive job preparation programs that teaches high school graduates and college graduates relevant communication and IT skills in an authentic work setting and gets them hired.

While trying to understand the human condition, Zhihan led volunteers to projects in rural Laos and Thailand. He then spent a year in a medical-tech start-up in Stockholm in 2008, and studied entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship & The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Thereafter, Zhihan ventured into rural India to work with a social enterprise involved in rural IT outsourcing and started subsequently started BagoSphere in the Philippines. Zhihan graduated with an Engineering Science degree from the National University of Singapore.

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Kenneth Lingan
Country Head
Google Philippines

Ken Lingan joins Google Philippines from Unilever where he was Vice-President for Deodorants, Southeast Asia and ANZ, based out of Singapore. Ken's 16 year experience in marketing and brand development includes a stint as Marketing Director for Unilever Home and Personal Care in the Gulf Region. He was also the Regional Brand Director for Rexona in the Asia Region.

Ken graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Management Engineering. Ken is married with two young daughters. Outside of work, Ken loves running, reading and trying out new food places.

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Artie Lopez
Co-founder and Startup Coach
Brainsparks Philippines

Artie Lopez is a startup coach, founder and advocate, web and mobile professional.

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Diane Eustaquio
Executive Director
IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

Diane is the Executive Director of IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc., the technology incubator backed by the First Pacific Group. She is responsible for managing the foundation's flagship incubation and acceleration program. Prior to her current posting, she served as Executive Assistant to the Head of Strategy for First Pacific Company Ltd where she gained exposure in closing deals, M&As and strategy management.

Diane also brings her experience in people and government relations, and manufacturing which she gained from previous roles in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and in the semiconductor manufacturing industry as manager of Analog Devices Philippines' Total Quality Management Program.

She took her undergraduate studies in B.A. Organizational Communication (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines-Manila, where she focused her research papers and thesis on team cohesion.

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Lionel Victor Belen
Founder
Brainsparks Innovation & Startup Hub

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Ces Rondario
Co-founder
Impact Hub Manila

Ces’ expertise encompasses entrepreneurship, social development, community engagement and marketing. After completing her Communications degree in the United Kingdom, she immersed herself in the extensive work of community and livelihood development. Her exposure in working for and with various sectors and industries has given her a strong track record in mentoring, consulting and project management.

Being a mentor, an ecosystem and community builder at heart, Ces co-founded Impact Hub Manila with the aim to catalyse purpose-driven entrepreneurs to use their enterprises as vehicles for social change.

Impact Hub Manila is part of the largest network of entrepreneurs in the world. Impact Hub is currently present in 80 cities with over 11,000 Hubbers. At the core of Impact Hub is entrepreneurship, community and innovation. Their collective thrust is to building a society that works for all.

She is an AIESEC International Alumna, a Young Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, a serial entrepreneur, and a coffee lover.

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Manny Ayala
Managing Director
Endeavor Philippines

Manny is the Managing Director of the Philippine office of Endeavor, a global nonprofit organization focused on supporting high impact entrepreneurs by giving them access to the networks, capital and talent needed to scale a business. Endeavor selects entrepreneurs with the biggest ideas and most ambitious plans that have the potential to 1) create wealth, jobs and innovative products and services and 2) multiply that success by mentoring and investing in other entrepreneurs. Endeavor is in 25 countries and has supported over 1,000 high impact entrepreneurs.

Prior to Endeavor, Manny founded Hatchd, Inc, a technology incubator that has helped to create companies such as Rappler, PawnHero, AVA, Purple Click, Zipmatch and Ayannah. Manny was also a co-founder of IRG Ltd, a Hong Kong based M&A advisory firm focused on the Telecoms, Media and Tech sectors across the Asia Pacific.

He sits on the Boards of Sky Cable and DaumKakao Philippines and is a past president of the Philippine Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization.

Manny has an MBA form Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.

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Antonio Meloto
Founder
Gawad Kalinga

Tito Tony to the countless Gawad Kalinga volunteers and community partners was born to a low middle class family in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. At a young age he was already exposed to the squalid living conditions of the poor, his home being near a shoreline squatter community.

Tito Tony's natural acumen provided him the opportunity to be an American Field Service scholar, where he took his senior high school year in De Anza High School in Richmond, California. His big break came when he qualified as a full academic scholar at the Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated with a bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. After graduation, he was offered a position as the Purchasing Manager of Procter and Gamble. Eventually, he built his own name as an entrepreneur.

It was in 1985 that Tito Tony's life took a different path that eventually led him to the inspiring work of Gawad Kalinga. Gawad Kalinga is now being implemented in almost 2,000 communities in the Philippines and in other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.

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Paolo Limcaoco
Investment Associate Fellow
LGT Venture Philantropy

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Jose Rico Coligado
President
Negosyong Pinoy Finance Corp.

Jose Rico Coligado has over 16 years of experience as a microfinance specialist. He has served many different roles in his career in microfinance as project officer, regional manager, country manager and deputy regional director for Southeast Asia, among others. He has developed numerous financial products and services, reviewed countless business plans and analyzed an endless number of financial projections and budgets.

During his 12-year career at the People's Credit Finance Corporation (PCFC) , he supervised a loan portfolio representing loans outstanding to more than 50 MFIs with a total value of US$20 million funded by the ADB and World Bank. Upon leaving PCFC in 2007, Rico joined Oikocredit, an international cooperative society based in The Netherlands as Country Manager for the Philippines and was eventually promoted to Deputy Regional Manager for Southeast Asia. He also served as the concurrent SEA Regional Equity Specialist.

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Usec. Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya
Regional Operations Group
Department of Trade and Industry

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Assec. Maria Roseni M. Alvero
Foreign Trade Service Corps Coordinating Officer
Department of Trade and Industry

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J.D. Montelibano
Head of Product Management for Business Applications
Globe Telecom

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Mario Berta
Founder & CEO
FlySpaces.com

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Bikesh Lakhmichand
Founder & CEO
Ventures

Bikesh is the co-founder of iTrain, South East Asia's No 1 Tech Training Provider and founder of 1337 Ventures, Malaysia's first Accelerator programme. He has mentored, developed and invested in 30 technology start-ups under the 1337 Ventures portfolio in the verticals of gaming, social networking, education, big data, proximity marketing, wearable technology and recently fintech. Bikesh was also the founder of Alpha Startups a pre accelerator programme in SEA to help startups validate their ideas, refine their prototypes and channels to market. The Alpha Startups programme has now been utilized as an Innovation platform by the Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications, Automotive and Government sectors to seek out startups to solve their pain points and onboard them into their organizations.

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Diane Eustaquio
Executive Director
IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

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Director Senen Perlada
Export Marketing Bureau
Department of Trade and Industry

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THIERRY TEA
Co-founder, WeCube Inc.
Ambassador, French Tech Philippines

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Sean Byrne
Chief Information Officer
Concepcion Industrial Corp.

Sean Byrne is the Chief Information Officer of the Company. He was formerly the IT Director for Concepcion Carrier Airconditioning Company (CCAC) from 2014-2015, the Director for Consumer Service and Support (CCAC) from 2009-2013, and the Contact Center Manager (CCAC) from 2008-2009. Mr. Byrne was the National Contact Center Manager for Carrier Australia from 2007-2008, and the Customer Service Manager for Dodo Australia from 2006-2007. Prior to this Mr. Byrne owned and managed his own IT consultancy in Sydney and Melbourne from 1999 to 2006.

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Robert Minguez
Director
Xinyx Design

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Arcelio Fetizanan
Startup/ Founder

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Minerva Tantoco
Chief Technology Officer
New York City

Minerva Tantoco is New York City´s first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Tantoco directs the Mayor´s Office of Technology and Innovation with responsibility for the development and implementation of a coordinated citywide strategy on technology and innovation and encouraging collaboration across agencies and with the wider New York City technology ecosystem. For more than 25 years - from launching her own startup to directing technology and innovation for large enterprises - Tantoco has worked to affect business transformation across a range of industries from advertising to finance. Tantoco holds four US patents on intelligent workflow and is a speaker and author on mobile, security, big data, and innovation.

Raised in Flushing, Queens, Tantoco is a product of New York City public schools. While still in college, she moved to Silicon Valley where she co-founded technology startup, Manageware Inc., which was successfully sold five years later. Since then, she has led emerging technology initiatives including artificial intelligence, e-commerce, virtualization, online marketing and mobile applications.

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Regis B. Kelly, Ph.D., OBE
Director
QB3

Prior to joining QB3 in 2004, Regis Kelly served as executive vice-chancellor at UCSF; he oversaw the UCSF research enterprise and was also responsible for construction of the new Mission Bay campus. Kelly was appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New York Honours for services to science, innovation, and global health. In 2015, he was awarded the inaugural Bryers Family Distinguished Professorship at UCSF. He is an advisor to the Thailand Bioanotechnology Institute, Ho Chi Minh City Biotechnology Department Corp., University of Oxford Systems Biology Program, and the San Francisco Mayor's Biotechnology Advisory Group.

Kelly earned an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the California Institute of Technology.

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Elaine de Velez
CEO
FrontLearners

FrontLearners founders Leo and Elaine de Velez have almost two decades of experience in e-Learning and are one of the top 10 winners of the 2015 IdeaSpace Foundation Start-up Competition.

FrontLearners is an e-Learning content developer and solution provider for K-12 schools, advocating the BlendEd Mastery Learning Method to help teachers improve students’ competency. Through e-Learning technologies, FrontLearners has made it sustainable to implement the Mastery Learning Method through the BlendEd Box. It contains ready-to-use e-Learning materials (e-Lessons, e-Quizzes, e-Textbooks and e-School), which teachers and students can use in the classroom with or without internet.

Prior to being a full-time education advocate, Elaine was based in Singapore as R&D Senior Director in a multinational FMCG company. She led teams in developing new product innnovations for the global market and is an international patent holder. Elaine was a Philippine Science High School scholar and a DOST scholar at University of the Philippines Los Banos where she graduated with a BS Chemistry degree, cum laude. She earned her MBA from the University of Adelaide and was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate.

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Robert Cristobal
Founder & Creative Storyteller
Frame 316

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Tina Amper
Founder
TechTalks.ph, Geeks on a Beach

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Luis Sison, Ph.D
Director
DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship

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Pacita U. Juan
Founder
Echo Store

PRESS RELEASE



DTI Focuses on Development of the ‘Innovation Economy’

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is working towards the development of enterprises in what it calls the Innovation Economy at the National Summit on Startups and Innovation at the Philippine Trade Training Center on April 21-22, 2016. The event titled Slingshot Philippines with a theme of Accelerating the Philippine Innovation Economy will kick off the DTI’s national consultations for the crafting of policies and programs to develop a new breed of innovative enterprises, particularly in agriculture, biotechnology, electronics, and digital startups, among others,” said DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado

“A Startup and Innovation Ecosystem Development Program of the DTI, Slingshot Philippines will serve as the platform to bring together innovators, investors (venture capitalists) and policymakers to create an enabling business environment for an innovation economy that has been rising in other parts of the world,” Terrado explained.

Citing the challenges faced by an innovator in bringing his brainchild to life, DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado hailed the participation and support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for Slingshot Philippines and its attendees.

“The dialogue (Slingshot Philippines) is geared to generate the solutions to the challenges and fill up the gaps in the value chain that will make startups to live on and thrive,” Terrado said.

The Slingshot Philippines 2016 stemmed from the official startup event of the 2015 APEC Philippines Hosting when the DTI’s Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) organized and staged the SlingshotMNL 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center on July 6-7 as the technology conference for the high-growth developing economies in ASEAN.

“But this time, Slingshot will be staged by the FTSC and CITEM during Manila FAME April 2016 and under the banner of Design Week Philippines,” Terrado pointed out.

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CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

WHY ATTEND?

The Philippines offers both startups and investors an ideal ecosystem that has the key elements needed to germinate and scale up startups: the right combination of talent and an open business environment.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS


Government

Founders/Entrepreneurs

Venture capitalists
and angel investors

Mentors/ Advisers

Academe

Support Organizations

Media

TARGET KEY SECTORS


Business and Professional Services

E-Commerce

Education Services

Creative Industries

Fintech

Manufacturing

Life Services/ Healthcare

Electronics

IT Services

BioTech