Entrepreneurship in the Philippines: 2016 Ecosystem Update — May 17, 2016

Christina Laskowski serves as a strategic advisor and management consultant to consumer and technology companies. Her background includes 16 years as a boutique investment and M&A banker where she helped raise more than $2.0 billion serving more than 100 clients; and three years in equity research as a member of the founding branded consumer research team at Hambrecht & Quist, one of the original premier boutique investment banks in San Francisco.  Currently, she also serves as President of STAC (Science & Technology Advisory Council) Silicon Valley, a 501(c)3 focused on driving economic growth in the Philippines and US through holistic entrepreneurship. After a fulfilling career in investment banking, Ms. Laskowski engaged the reigns full time and in 2009 transformed STAC SV to a strategic advisory organization with proprietary services.  She presented a five year strategic plan to the Philippine President in 2010 outlining steps to cultivate the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Her leadership was instrumental in creating a collaborative community of stakeholders resulting in a country wide movement to support tech entrepreneurs at the local level and the launch of the first three tech angel funds in the country in 2012.

Mario “Sanny” Leviste is the founder of Aguaterra Institute and Asia Media Resource. He is an Educator, Scientist, Artist, Multimedia Producer, Strategist, Innovator, Social Entrepreneur, Environmental Activist, MMA/FMA practitioner and foodie. He is also currently a consultant for the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley (FACCSV) and the Women Leading Change Now, and other public and private organizations and individuals. He had designed, developed and managed the Master in Management Technology program of De La Salle University Lipa in the Philippines. Mr. Leviste graduated with a degree of Master in Development Management (MDM) – as a scholar of the Asian Institute of Management.

Minette Navarrete is President at Kickstart Ventures, Globe Telecom’s wholly-owned corporate venture capital subsidiary. She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board, and is concurrently Vice-Chairman of Yondu, Globe’s technology solutions company.  In Globe: Ms. Navarrete joined in July 2006 to start Business Development in what was then a pure-play mobile operator: under her leadership, the team created Globe’s first digital strategy blueprint and put in place the foundation of Globe’s digital media, content, and mobile advertising businesses.  In 2012, she led her team to found Kickstart Ventures, Inc. and spin it out as a wholly-owned Globe subsidiary. Kickstart is an investment firm that funds early-stage digital startups, providing capital, incubation and mentoring, and market access. Kickstart is the Philippines’ most active early-stage investor; its portfolio has some of the country’s best-performing startups; its mentorship program is highly coveted. Kickstart portfolio companies have attracted funding from some of the world’s most respected tech investors: Y-Combinator and 500 Startups from Silicon Valley; Omidyar Network from New York; IMJ Investment Partnersfrom Japan; and Wavemaker Labs from Singapore.

Christopher Peralta, Founder and CEO of Manila Valley, has more than 15 years experience in the Mobile and Technology sector, now Founder/CEO of Manila Valley, an Accelerator program in Silicon Valley focused on Filipino startups in Philippines. Today, Chris already supports and advises Filipino startups and companies, is spearheading a mentorship program with Philippine Universities overall being the bridge between Philippines and Silicon Valley.  Mr. Peralta is an entrepreneur with multiple startups, is an Investor, Advisor to more than 10 portfolio companies in Silicon Valley in various industries. His understanding of both domestic Philippine market and Silicon Valley, awareness of new technology trends and extensive business network allows him to execute with ease.  Building strategic relationships is his forte and Mr. Peralta has managed and executed deals with Telcos from SingTel Group in Asia to T- Mobile in USA, unicorn companies in Silicon Valley from Dropbox to Flipboard, strategic deals with Tech companies like Amazon to Facebook and Enterprise Sales deals from Cisco to Nokia.