Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Philippines

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Manila, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Philippines

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 3:00 pm

Manila, Philippines

Buy Tickets

Your idea in 54 hours

About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: 

This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 

Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details

Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an NGO, selected by Techstars, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option or select a predefined amount. You don’t need to get a ‘free ticket’ in addition to your ‘donation ticket’ since making a donation will register you as a participant. 

**Please note: 
Have an idea for a pitch? Before the event starts, you’ll have an opportunity to submit your idea using this form. The deadline for submitting ideas is on Wednesday at 11:59pm (in your local timezone). After all the ideas have been submitted, the mentors will review all submissions to choose the best ideas. On Thursday, the best ideas will then be published for all participants to see, giving participants 24 hours to form teams. 

See what it's all about

Learn More


Friday April 24th

3:00 pm
Log in to Discord

3:30 pm
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

4:00 pm
Kickoff! (via Zoom)
Facilitators to kickoff the program via Zoom (link to be sent through Discord). Explain the flow of the program, discuss rules and process

4:30 pm
Speaker will highlight the impact of COVID-19 on the Philippines

5:30 pm
Mentoring Schedule Discussion
Facilitators to discuss mentoring schedule for Saturday, April 25

6:00 pm
Team Formation and 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 your schedules will allow

Saturday April 25th

10:00 am
Talks, Mentoring, Work
Your time is basically your own! If you want some 1:1 time with a mentor, go ahead and schedule it. If you want to listen to talks about the Business Model Canvas, Validation, or Pitching, you can do that too. Just as long as you’ll be working and applying the things you’ve learned! Remember: we’ll be checking up on your progress

Sunday April 26th

12:00 pm
Project Deadline
Participants stop working and submit their project output: their 3 minute video pitch + deck

3:00 pm
Announcement of Top 10
Once the Top 10 teams have been announced, they will need to prepare for their live pitches

5:00 pm
Final Pitches
This is the time to show us what you’ve been working on the entire weekend!

Event Judges

Katrina Chan
Director of QBO Innovation Hub

Kat serves as Director of QBO, a Philippine innovation hub and startup platform which she co-founded in 2016. QBO is the first of its kind public-private partnership initiative in the country specifically geared to provide resources, connections and support to accelerate the growth of Philippine tech startup companies, and was formed through a collaboration among the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, IdeaSpace and J.P. Morgan, At QBO, Kat advises startups and leads overall program and business development activities collaborating closely with startup ecosystem partners.

Edward Apigo
Senior Science Research Specialist at DOST-PCIEERD

Engr. Edward Paul Apigo is a licensed Chemical Engineer and finished his Masters' degree in Innovation and Business at the Asian Institute of Management. He is a Senior Science Research Specialist at the Technology Transfer Division of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the DOST. He is currently the Program Manager of the Startup Research Grant Program of the DOST PCIEERD and is currently working on several COVID-19 related projects like the Specimen Collection Booth and the AI-Powered Thermal Scanner.

Alea Ladaga
Managing Director of Techtonic Summit 2019

I'm the Managing Director for Techtonic Summit 2019, the largest tech summit in the Philippines. I work as a community builder as the PH digest curator for Techstars. 

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.

Ashley Uy
Project Manager at Symph

Ashley is a Cebu-based community builder working as a Product Owner/Account Executive at Symph, a development studio and startup foundry. Her passion is to help develop the Philippines’ startup ecosystem by working with the Philippine tech startup and design community.

Coaches and Mentors

Rosstyn Fallorina
Senior Program Lead for Ecosystem Development at QBO Innovation Hub

Rosstyn is the Senior Program Lead for Ecosystem Development at QBO Innovation Hub, where Ross creates programs that support startups as well as different organizations looking to add their own innovation programs. 
Ross has managed QBO’s J.P. Morgan Incubation Program where their 15 incubatees had generated revenues and fundraised over $7.5 million in the duration of the program. In his 3 years at QBO, he has consulted dozens of startups regarding topics such as business and revenue models, pitching, and fundraising. He’s brought startup delegations to international conferences across Asia and connected founders to investors and local corporations.

Eunice Braga
External Relations Manager at Ideaspace Foundation

Eunice started her career writing for Philippine publications and managing corporate PR accounts. She is currently the External Relations Manager for PH-based accelerator IdeaSpace, focusing on donor engagement and marketing.

Jhaze Asuncion
Business Development Consultant at UPSCALE Innovation Hub

Jhaze Asuncion is an external expert consultant of a number of incubators and accelerators in the country and Bizdev of UPSCALE Innovation Hub. He is closely working with DOST, DTI, DICT for the Gov't-academe-industry collaboration and Tech Commercialization. He is known for his vast network and experience in international business development and food exports. An entrepreneur and active mentor-connector in the Philippine StartUp ecosystem, Jhaze has helped a number of startups grow from idea until their growth stage, providing a wide range of assistance including access to grants, funding, and investment.

Ellard Capiral
CEO of Admov Technologies Inc.

Ellard has been an IT professional with 17 years experience in software development. At a young age, he became the Founder and CTO of EDGE.MEDIA which was bought by Singtel back in 2002. While still studying in college, he joined the anti-malware company TrendMicro to
spearhead their automation projects and artificial intelligence initiatives. In 2012, he was invited to work for RealPage to lead its Philippine development team. He later then worked with a startup CloudSwyft Technologies as their Chief Technology Officer.

He is now the CEO and Founder of AdMov Technologies Inc, a smart advertising platform that
uses Location data with Facial Detection to identify a person's age, and gender to generate and
deliver personalized content and advertising

Ralph Regalado
CEO and Founder of Senti Techlabs

Ralph Vincent Regalado is the CEO and Founder of Senti, a tech startup that analyzes sentiments and conversations in social media and winner of Startup Weekend Manila 2013. He is also one of the Community Managers of GDG Philippines. He is a professor, and a Natural Language Processing researcher at De La Salle University, Manila. His research works were presented not only in local but also in international conferences hosted in China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and the United States. When he is not at work, he spends his time traveling and hiking mountains.

Joie Cruz
Founder of Limitless Lab

Joie Cruz is an entrepreneur, designer, and innovation consultant with more than 5 years of experience in the social innovation space. She is the founder and CEO of Limitless Lab – a design thinking and innovation agency and Bayanivation, a tech startup promoting innovation in local government units.
Joie regularly facilitates design thinking and UX workshops, design sprints, storytelling and brand design workshops for progressive corporations, government agencies, and NGOs.
Before diving into the world of entrepreneurship, Joie worked as a project lead for the Department of ICT and the Deputy Executive Director of the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. where she pioneered several initiatives including an award-giving body for the digital creatives industry, and an international industry delegation to Cannes, France.
In 2018, she was selected as an Academic Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the University of Connecticut, as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative by the US State Department.
Outside of work, Joie spends her time studying more about spirituality, plant-based lifestyle, meditation, and personal growth.

Mel Nava
Founder of 1Export

Mel Nava founded and handles business development and operations for 1Export, an online platform helping small and medium businesses in the Philippines export

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.

Dara Ever Juan
Coordinator at PLDT Innolab

Dara is the Coordinator of PLDT Innolab - PLDT’s Innovation Laboratory. Driven by empowering local startups in the country, she curates their solutions to help solve the technology needs of local enterprises and handles business development to support startups in commercialization. She co-develops innovative solutions with the startups and scale extensible partnerships with the community. She manages 4 Innolab offices nationwide – Mandaluyong, Makati, Cebu and Davao, which also serves as a venue for collaboration with their employees and partners. She constantly strives in inculcating a culture of innovation in the company by bridging opportunities with the startup communities, academe, and other institutions.

Alwyn Rosel
Community Manager at Asian Institute of Management - Dado Banatao Incubator

Alwyn Joy Rosel is the Community Manager of the Asian Institute of Management - Dado Banatao Incubator, a DOST-funded technology business incubator. She has been working closely with startups from ideation to execution and has been an enabler of the startup community since 2012. Alwyn is also a consultant for DOST PCIEERD. As a Technical Panel Member, her role is to review and evaluate grant proposals on research and development of universities and establishment of technology business incubators in the country. She is a graduate of Development Communication from University of the Philippines at Los Baños and recently finished her Advanced Management Program from AIM.

Jeebs Unabia
Project Implementations Manager

Jeebs 'Keeps-It-Short-&-Sweeter'  at the YOVEO geekdom. He keeps our production line happy, creative and infused with a healthy dose of movie, music and art. 

Jeebs brings over 10 years of operations experience and has worked in both retail and the outsourcing industries, used to run a tiki bar at the beach somewhere in the Philippine islands and is an artist & craftsman at heart. See his creations at Seawatermelon.

Gia Santos
Accelerator Program Officer at Ideaspace Philippines

Gia Santos is a licensed electronics engineer, financial advisor, and a tech startup founder. She is currently the Managing Director of The Climate Change Corp and an Accelerator Program Officer at IdeaSpace Philippines.

Francis Alturas
Co-Founder of Abstract Digital

Francis is a co-founder of Abstract Design, an agency that designs interfaces and digital experiences for startups and businesses. He facilitates design sprints, brand startups, write front-end code, gives talks and also helps organize creative events in the local community. 

Brian Tan Seng
Co-Founder and CEO of 98 Labs

Brian is a volunteer and co-organizer of GDG Cloud Manila, a Google Cloud Developer Community. He is passionate about helping engineers develop & deploy cloud native systems and applications. At GDG Cloud, we study topics on cloud infrastructure, data science, AI/machine learning and security.
Brian is also co-founder and CEO of 98Labs. Together with his team, they empower businesses in creating and designing transformative digital products and services.
Outside of work, he likes to run, study psychology and product management, watch movies and read about technology, leadership, and business.

Jan Pabellon
Chief Technologist at DCX Technology

Jan is chief technologist at DXC Technology, where he is responsible for championing digital transformation initiatives, driving the development and adoption of digital technologies to key customers.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Philippines team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



Organizing Team

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

  • Haifa
  • John Dave
    Del Rosario
  • Danielle
  • Brittany
  • Dessa
  • River Strauss


Dave Del Rosario
TBI Manager

Dave is the current Center Manager of CIT@MSU-IIT, the first technology business incubator in Mindanao. He started his career as an Associate for Marketing and Advocacy of IdeaSpace Foundation where he works hand in hand with different communities to deliver and scale the IdeaSpace Advocacy.Dave obtained his BS Marketing Management degree at Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 2013. Dave’s interests include design thinking, photography, videography, tech gadgets, exotic pets, surfing and waterfalls hopping. He is also a Startup Weekend organizer and has been active in organizing startup events in the country.

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.

Event Blog

See Full Blog

We haven't written any posts yet. Stay tuned!