IN partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley, Dynamico Space held two Startup Pitch Nights on July 27-28, 2022 at the Philippine Center in San Francisco.
Dynamico CEO JR Calanoc hosted two hybrid (online and in-person) sessions at Dynamico Space on Sutter St. in downtown San Francisco featuring select Philippine startups from leading Philippine incubators and accelerators Startup Villageand UPSCALE.
The pitch sessions were in the form of a mentor feedback session wherein participants were able to present their businesses to Dynamico mentors.
One of the Dynamico mentors, Ray Potter, who is Managing Partner of OverDrive Ventures, said: “I truly enjoyed being a part of Dynamico pitch night! I was impressed with how these startups were addressing challenges in the Philippines with technology that can scale to a global level. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with some of these startups as part of Dynamico’s upcoming mentorship program.”
According to Calanoc, Dynamico mentors will select startups to become part of the Dynamico mentorship program, which will culminate in a demo night and enable the startups to further collaborate with the Dynamico community and other startups in Silicon Valley.
“At Dynamico, we were especially excited to partner closely with Upscale and StartUp Village, as well as IdeaSpace in the near future, to showcase how this type of collaboration can expand the exposure for Philippine-based startups. We are excited to partner on similar events in the future,” he said.
“The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is pleased to partner with Dynamico in supporting Philippine startups, especially with the Philippine Government’s efforts to achieve its Fourth Industrial Revolution goals,” Consul General Neil Ferrer said.
The following Philippine startups participated in the Pitch Week:
- Olivia – Olivia Co-Founder Jocelyn Pantastico presented her app, which transforms receipts and invoices into reports and digital assets in seconds with high accuracy. It is scalable and it facilitates easy, secure data storage and retrieval.
- Lyon – Lyon Co-Founder and CEO Jason Deniega highlighted his app’s features, including enabling users to set up their own online learning spaces and create courses in minutes. It integrates onboarding, content creation and management, live sessions, among others.
- Nanotronics Inc – Nanotronics Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Jerome Palaganas is a startup that produces advanced materials, products and solutions for various industries. It uses biodegradable material that aims to contribute to plastic waste reduction.
- Avodah – Avodah Co-Founder Caryl Pizon highlighted her one-stop on-demand service app that informs customers about available house services for daily and emergency needs.
- HomeAssist.ph – HomeAssist.ph Founder Christopher Velasquez presented his tech-enabled real estate brokerage that aids prospective buyers in their home-buying through various services from looking for a property to moving in.
- Cerebro – Cerebro Founder Joald Justine Itugot highlighted Cerebro as an E-learning provider that offers ready-made lessons, curriculum-based quizzes, and digital worksheets.
- MetroCityAI – MetroCityAi Founder King Del Rosario highlighted his startup’s objective to maximize AI use to automate the recruitment process as against companies’ spending long hours on resume screening and conducting job interviews.
- Waste4Good -–Waste4Good Founder Lorilyn Daquioag highlighted her social enterprise’s focus on agriculture and helping solve food insecurity and food wastage through the startup’s Compost Activator Solution that turns food waste into non-harmful plant fertilizer.
Dynamico resident mentors who attended the sessions included Ms. Jesssica Tsoong, Co-Founder of Wifi Slam; Mr. Waynn Lue, Vice President for Engineering at Wonolo; Ms. Divya Nag, Director of Health at Apple; Mr. Matthew Brightman, Senior Product Manager at Google; and Mr. Ray Potter, Co-Founder and CEO of Safelogic. Mentor Coordinator Ms. Nancy Hwang, Head of Customer Experience at Google, as well as guest mentors Mr. Radi Calalang, a techpreneur and Filipino American community leader in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Ms. Danica Jacinto, Vice President of Finance and Operations at No. 8 and CFO and Senior Advisor at AHG Lab in the Philippines.
Dr. Luis Sison, Director of the University of the Philippines System Technology Transfer and Business Development Office and UPSCALE Project Lead, Startup Village Director Carlo Calimon and UPSCALE Coordinators Margarita Caparas, Nikko Guiam, and Rizzi Gorospe also attended the Pitch Week.
Consul Vanessa Bago-Llona and Philippine Trade Commissioner in Silicon Valley Celynne Layug represented the Philippine Consulate General during the pitch sessions.