The top 20 startups from the Philippines and Southeast Asia compete at The Ring Of Fire Pitching Competition happening at the Techtonic Summit 2018, the largest tech conference in the Philippines, on June 22 to 23 at the SMX Convention Center. Each startup will need to sell their business ideas to a panel of judges mostly chosen from venture capital firms across Asia for a chance to win exclusive mentorship and USD 10,000, equity-free.
Techtonic Summit 2018 is a 2-day convergence of ideas, technology, and innovation, bringing together all the movers and shakers across Southeast Asia. This year’s theme: “Techtonic Summit 2018: Disrupting Southeast Asia.” At this event, you’ll find startups, investors, corporates, the academe, media, and government – all the biggest players in the Asian startup ecosystem. This includes Senator Loren B. Legarda; Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV; Jeffrey Paine, Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures, a Southeast Asian Venture Capital Fund; John Rubio, Country Manager of Facebook Philippines; Marcus Tan, Co-founder and President of Carousell, a mobile and online consumer to consumer marketplace; and Constantin Robertz, Managing Director of Zalora Philippines.
A competition organized by QBO Innovation Hub, Ring Of Fire is one of the most exciting segments of Techtonic Summit, which includes heated debates, explosive speakers, and disruptive topics. It brings together 20 startups with the most earth-shattering ideas to the stage in a battle of pitches. But more than just an opportunity for exclusive business opportunities and cash prizes, Ring Of Fire is going to be an exposé of some of the top technologies and market opportunities in Southeast Asia.
The top 20 startups are composed of businesses of interest to the Southeast Asian market. It’s made up of local startups looking to expand their market outside of the Philippines, and foreign startups looking to expand to the Philippines.
All the startups that made it to the finals can be considered winners as they automatically become Startup Exhibitors and get premier booth areas, exposure to investors, media, and potential partners, as well as VIP access to all closed-door events including an exclusive Business Matching program and Investors’ Dinner. But the grand winner gets to go home with USD 10,000, equity-free.
After a rigorous evaluation process, these are the top 20 startups who will be competing at this year’s Ring of Fire (alphabetical order):
- AdMov (Philippines)
- AIDE (Philippines)
- Antipara Exploration (Philippines)
- Bliimo (Philippines)
- Brankas (Philippines, Indonesia)
- Cognicept (Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam)
- Edukasyon.ph (Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore)
- Empleo (Philippines)
- Exora Technologies (Philippines)
- Learntalk Ltd. (Philippines)
- LexMeet, Inc. (Philippines)
- Lifemesh (Philippines)
- MamaHelpers Technologies (Philippines, China, Hong Kong)
- OneWatt (Philippines)
- Payo (Philippines)
- Pushkart.ph (Philippines)
- Rumarocket Limited Incorporated (Philippines)
- Senti TechLabs, Inc. (Philippines)
- STORM Learning, Inc. (Philippines)
- Taxumo (Philippines)
“Pitching at Techtonic was an exhilarating experience, but nothing was more thrilling than when we found out we had won. It was really a pivotal moment that validated the impact and relevance of our startup,” says Audrey Tanco Uy, CEO and founder of Serve Happy, last year’s pitching competition winner. “We’re really looking forward to seeing what new ideas are out there at this year’s summit.”
This year’s event is organized by PMCM Events Management, Original Pitch Venture Capital, QBO Innovation Hub, XS by XS, and LiquidMinds. Last year, Techtonic made history as the biggest tech summit in the Philippines with over 6,000 attendees. Techtonic Summit 2018 has already smashed that record with an estimate of 10,000 attendees, 200 startups, and 100 investors.
“Techtonic Summit is really a testament to how far the Philippines has come in terms of growing the local startup ecosystem,” says Rene “Butch” Meily, President of QBO Innovation Hub. “It can only get bigger and better from here.”
The Ring Of Fire main pitching competition will take place on June 23, 2018 in the SMX Convention Center Manila as part of the official program. But the Techtonic Summit itself will happen on June 22 to 23.
If you want to be more than just a witness to history, registration is FREE and open to the public.
Interested parties may get in touch with the team via the details below:
Techtonic 2018 contact information
Email: info at techtonicsummit.com
Mobile: (+63) 917 834 4978
Landline: (02) 501 0029