Startup Weekend Manila 2019

    Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Manila 2019

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Acceler8 Rockwell
5/F, Phinma Plaza
8, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell Center
Makati City, Metro Manila 1209

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Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Winners will get a chance to get freebies and prizes from our sponsors. Founders Institute will also be sponsoring 3 people to attend their courses in Manila, provided that they pass the qualifying exam.

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Friday February 8th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 February 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, 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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, 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

3:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Paul Pajo
Developer Evangelist, Smart Communications

He is  the Developer Evangelist at SMART Communications, and also a startup evangelist for IdeaSpace Foundation. He co-founded SMARTDevNet (SMART Developer Network) - the Philippines fastest growing developer community as of 2014 with Jim Ayson. 

Event Judges

Kevin Tan
ex-Directeur de programmes Entrepreneur

Facilitator, social entrepreneur, deeply passionate about innovation, impact and communities
Launched 2 tech startups before moving to the Philippines in Manila to launch makesense Academy, the first social impact incubator to support very early stage social entrepreneurs turn their idea into impactful social ventures
Working on something new to solve the housing crisis

Allan Tan
Director at Founder Institute Manila

Allan is a techno-preneur by heart. He is the founder of Ideyatech, a software development firm specializing in Java.He is also a director of Founder Institute Manila, one of the world's largest startup training program.

Myra Sandico
CEO at PMCM Events Management

Myra is the CEO of PMCM Events Management and the co-founder of Techtonic Summit, the Philippine's largest tech summit. Mys handles the operations, marketing and sales..

Nelson Igunma

Artie Lopez
Startup Coach, Founder and Advocate; Web and Mobile Professional

Coaches and Mentors

Adria Villarroya

Adria is the CEO of GovTech Southeast Asia, a platform that promotes and helps government agencies in Southeast Asia embracing innovation. Prior to that, he was part of the team that launched QBO Innovation Hub, the first and only public-private initiative supporting startups in the Philippines where he served as lead for startup development. Adria is a Business Management graduate from Barcelona. He has studied in Spain, the UK, and the Philippines, all the while learning about each country’s local startup ecosystems.

Angeli Recella
Chief People Officer at Storm Technologies

Currently the Chief People Officer of STORM Technologies, Angeli is known to be the company's startup Swiss knife-- she's handled multiple functions including marketing, sales, customer success, supply chain, and general management. She was involved in Juan Great Leap,, and STORM Learning as a consultant.

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.

Mari Martirez
Head of Sales at Storm Learning

Mari Martirez is currently the Head of Sales at STORM Learning, an enterprise solution that helps companies source their training and development needs. Prior to that, he was the co-founder and COO of Orbitrr, a startup that helps social media managers conveniently acquire creative visual content to post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Mari takes pride in helping startups grow through business development and product validation. He started off his career as a procurement specialist and data analyst before he entered freelance design and marketing. Having experienced the struggles of freelancing in the country, he became passionate about improving the freelance economy of the Philippines and works with Brand New Design Studio to empower and provide opportunities to freelance designers. Mari loves bringing value to others and is passionate about creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 

Christopher Klein Asinas
Account Manager at TraXion Tech Inc.

CK Asinas is a business and tech enthusiast deeply passionate about making an impact through Space technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things. He currently serves as an Account Executive at two startups specializing on enterprise digital systems integration and crowdfunding on distributed ledger technology. During his collegiate years, he was already immersed in the local startup scene, and he co-founded a startup entrepreneurship organization in his alma mater, Mapua University, to foster the culture, grow the startup community, and develop an in-house incubation program in the campus.

JC Pullan
Communications Officer at IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

JC is the Communications Officer at IdeaSpace. Prior to joining IdeaSpace, he co-founded Fetch Everyday Valet, an on-demand valet parking startup that was part of the 2017 cohort of the IdeaSpace acceleration program. Having experienced both sides of the fence, JC helps out on crafting the messages and stories that would resonate with the audiences of the organization. Before joining the entrepreneurial sphere, he worked in different advertising agencies, and lead marketing initiatives for different local and multinational businesses including Fully Booked, McCormick, and Western Union.

Aldrich Tan
Design Director and Co-founder at Vessel Innovation Design Group

Aldrich is an Experience Architect who has led and collaborated with numerous design teams in various industries throughout the US, Canada, and the Philippines. 

He specializes in reshaping complex product problems into simpler systems, processes, and meaningful interactions. By improving the overall product experience for end users, his work develops and integrates a brand's ethos into all possible touch points, resulting in increased customer loyalty and engagement.

He spends time helping companies and organizations build stronger design cultures and mindsets, while pursuing his own ventures.

Jesse Manalansan
Chief Technology Officer, Qwikwire

As Qwikwire’s first hire, Jesse has full grasp of the platform’s evolution and customer/user requirements. As the CTO, he currently manages the development and implementation of functional areas of technology that aligns with the business strategy of Qwikwire. He graduated from Mapua University with the degree BS Information Technology.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Manila 2019 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

Acceler8 by UnionSPACE is a hybrid instant office and coworking space with centers currently in Salcedo Village and Legaspi Village in Makati City. They crafted their spaces specifically for those who crave for innovation and collaboration.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Manila is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Alejandra
  • Alea
  • Jevalene


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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