Techstars Startup WeekendMNL EDUCATION

    Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup WeekendMNL EDUCATION

Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019

Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Asian Institute of Management and Recruitday Office
123 Paseo de Roxas,
Legazpi Village
Makati, Philippines 1229

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Friday October 11th

5:30 pm
Arrive at Asian Institute of Management (3rd Floor) and get checked in

6:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work and Wrap Up
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday October 12th

9:00 am
Arrive at Recruitday Office in Paseo Center, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 13th

9:00 am
Arrive at Recruitday Office Paseo Center, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm


Artie Lopez
Startup Coach and Co-founder of Brainsparks Philippines

Artie Lopez is a start-up coach, the Ambassador of Seedstars - Manila, VP of First Asia Venture Capital and co-founder of Brainsparks, the first and only "founder-focused" incubator in the Philippines. Brainsparks’ vision is to "Turn Dreamers into Founders". He has over a decade of experience in the tech startup industry and is a passionate advocate of using technology and innovation to improve people’s lives. Through Brainsparks, #StartupCoachArtie has supported countless startups develop their ideas, accelerate their growth, and raise funding from investors globally. #StartupCoachArtie and Brainsparks is happy to have successfully helped several PH Startups close their seed funding. In his spare time, he likes to mentor small businesses and social enterprises that support local communities.

Event Judges

Francis Plaza
CEO Paymongo

A graduate of MIT in 2013 with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, he previously worked in the US and Europe before coming back to the Philippines to start technology ventures and help grow the local startup ecosystem. He is currently the CEO of Paymongo, building the Stripe for the Philippines.

Jaime III Hing
CTO Paymongo

Jaime has 10 years of experience working in the software industry and leading software teams with experience in e-commerce, payments, logistics and also worked at Cambridge University Press. He is currently the CTO of Paymongo.

Judge Calimbahin
Head of Strategy at Edukasyon

Judge Calimbahin is a former Business Analyst from the Boston Consulting Group and a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University. He currently serves as the Head of Strategy at Edukasyon, the leading online platform for Filipino Gen Z youth, with a mission to empower its 10 million annual student visitors to make better-informed decisions on their education, career and life.

Cindy Saw
Digital Transformation Principal, DXC

With 14 years of experience in the IT industry, Cindy has background in SAP, analytics, and web technologies servicing global clients across multiple industries. Currently the Digital Transformation Principal of DXC Technology, she is also the COO of 12 Basket Analytics, a data solutions company, and a part-time professor in the Asian Institute of Management. She recently finished her Executive MBA and Masters of Science in Data Science also from the Asian Institute of Management

Carlos Hechanova
Social Innovations Manager at Makesense

Carlos Hechanova is a Social Innovations Manager at Makesense who partners with citizens, entrepreneurs, and organizations in creating positive social impact through collective action. Through the Makesense Academy, an incubator for early-stage social startups, Carlos has been able to support social entrepreneurs in the Philippines in developing their ideas. He designs and facilitates activities such as workshops, hackathons, and bootcamps that help entrepreneurs generate innovative solutions to pressing social and environmental issues. Carlos draws his insight from a background in design and business development and is passionate about using the power of business, creativity, and innovation for social good.

Gabriel Billones
Founder and CEO of Y-loop Digital Solutions

Gab is the Founder and CEO of Y-loop Digital Solutions - a Manila-based agency specializing in digital innovation for social causes and advocacies, and the Chief Organizer of Break the Fake Movement. With more than 8 years of experience in digital marketing, e-commerce, and multimedia and a Certificate in New Media and Journalism from Ball State University, Indiana, USA, Gab has helped several international and local brands establish their online presence.

Gab has led several digital projects across the Philippines and in the ASEAN region. He is currently the Chief Organizer of the Break the Fake Hackathon 2019, a recipient of the YSEALI Seeds of Future 2019. He is also a Project Manager of Go Social: A Digital Marketing Tour Bootcamp, the Philippines’ winning entry to the 7th Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF), and Trainer of the digitaljobsPH program of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) - Philippines.

Aristotle Santos
President, Top Grade Metal Industries

A mechanical engineer graduate with 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He is currently the president of Top Grade Metal Industries which provides light to heavy steel fabrication construction to Megaworld Corp, Datem Const, Rockwell Land and alike. He is also the co-founder and Vice President for Sales of OSCON Corporation, focusing on delivering profitable and innovative interior finishing to clients. His expertise lies in streamlining operations and transforming construction companies. He recently finished his Executive MBA from Asian Institute of Management.

Coaches and Mentors

Jerome Locson
CTO, Upteam Corp.

With 12 years experience in the IT industry, Jerome is a skilled software engineer and IT consultant with background on web and mobile technologies. He worked in various types of organization - from a startup to big companies such as Google where he was the lead for Google For Education technical projects in the Philippines. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Upteam Corp.

Jerome has a degree in BS Computer Science. He recently finished the Executive MBA Program at the Asian Institute of Management. He is a certified Software Engineer (PhilNITS/JITSE) and trained in Japan by the Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA, previously AOTS) on Bridge Software Engineer Program. He also passed the ITIL Foundation for IT Service Management and Professional Scrum Master I for Agile product development certifications.

Jean Alfonso-Decena
Senior AI Trainer at Starbutter AI & Founder at JaiMala

Jean Alfonso-Decena is one of the few experts and pioneer in the emerging Artificial Intelligence
space in the world that’s shaping the future of search, digital marketing and voice commerce.
Using Machine Learning, Customer Service, Writing and Agile Scrum expertise, she helps bake
bots for Google award-winning fintech startup Starbutter AI , based in Skydeck Berkeley in
Her startup leadership experience spans 15 years, in a wide range of companies such as IBM,
Silicon Valley-based global eCommerce retail company Balsam Brands & Boston-based
broadcast media, Software-as-a-Service giant Avid Technology. She helped build, run and
develop world-class Customer Service teams and leaders based in Manila, US, Argentina and
Jean’s other hats are training consultant for global companies, speaker in tech/AI/startup events;
owns & runs the country’s first Philippine-made Yoga and Vegan Clothing Line JaiMala, and is a
Rishikesh-certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Jean’s current 2nd venture - In Silence - aims to
provide practical tools for de-cluttering the human mind, thus helping people take charge of their
success and happiness by marrying ancient traditions and disruptive technology.

Carlo Yaptinchay
Program Lead for Startup Development in QBO

Carlo graduated from De La Salle University where he found his passion in creating and helping
startups. Currently he is working as the Program Lead for Startup Development in QBO, with a
demonstrated history of working, helping and mentoring early stage startups. He is incharge of
creating and organizing different programs that will increase the chances of startups, in the
Philippines, to succeed.
He also loves to socialize and meet new people, who he can learn from, as well as play
basketball in his spare time.

Dann Angelo De Guzman
Founder and CEO of CloudSwyft Global Systems, Inc.

Dann Angelo De Guzman is the Founder and CEO of CloudSwyft Global Systems, Inc. - The technology learning platform company targeting the Higher-Education and Enterprise sector which had previously raised seed investment from Future Now Ventures and WSI Group. His company, CloudSwyft drives human capital development across future-ready technology skills by delivering a complete end-to-end technology learning experience through its platform, course content, hands-on labs and digital credentialing. In a span of 3 years since 2018, it already acquired customers across Asia Pacific - countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia apart from Philippines , having only 7 people in the Team. He founded CloudSwyft in 2015 with a vision to change the way how organizations develop technology skills. 

Dann is one of the youngest tech entrepreneurs in the Philippines, and probably by far the youngest CEO in the industry being focused in the Enterprise tech space. Dann is also a recipient of Circle of Excellence Awardee for Ernst and Young's Young Leader of the Year at this year's upcoming Asia CEO Awards 2019, one of the most prestigious and celebrated business recognition ceremonies in the Philippines.

Micael Andrei Diaz de Rivera
Head of Design Operations, Make Technology by Ace Saatchi & Saatchi

Mica is a software developer turned experience designer and has had over a decade of combined work experience touching both local and international products and brands. His fascination for data, analytics, and statistics has led him to work on initiatives that dabble in the quantitative measurement of user experiences. Through different communities, he has had talks and workshops around the Philippines and in the Asia Pacific region. He is currently the Head of Design Operations at Make Technology by Ace Saatchi & Saatchi.


Pierce Jonota
Co-founded User Experience Society - DLSU

Pierce is a UX Designer for digital products at Cambridge University Press. At work, Pierce needfinds to identify approaches to tackle a problem and crafts human-centered solutions that are business-aligned and technically feasible. Pierce also co-founded User Experience Society - DLSU, supporting currently as a consultant, as well as organising events and educating design through PWDO, UXPH, and WIAD.

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Techstars Startup Weekend Makati is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Willard
  • Robbie Anne
    Delos Reyes
  • Luis


Haifa Carina
Tech Community Builder from the Philippines

Haifa Carina is a tech community builder from the Philippines. She leads and promotes various initiatives for the Philippine tech community.

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