STARTUP SUMMIT PHILIPPINES
PREVIOUS SPEAKERS & JUDGES
The previous summit presented a powerful line-up of speakers namely Jorge Azurin, CEO & Founder of Horsepower; David Margendorff, Co-Founder & Chairman of PawnHero; David Elefant, Founder of Dayanan Business Consultancy and Geia Macatangay, Marketing Solutions Director of McCann Worldgroup Philippines.
The pitch competition panel of judges are Rahul Maira, Co-founder of Groundflr; Joe Maristela, Director of Business Development Star Business Centers, Inc. and Darwin Montesa, Assistant General Manager of Shipco Transport Ltd Manila.
Mr. Jojy Azurin
CEO & Founder, Horsepower
Jojy is currently co-founder of a number of startups. He is a co-founder of 1000 Angels, a platform for matching angel investors and startups. He speaks at several workshops and conferences.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Jojy is sought-after by leading tech advocate groups like Founder Institute, Lean Startup, Startup Weekend, Angel Hack, Echelon, Startup Grind, and Social Innovation Camp, among others for his industry expertise.
He also teaches eCommerce and digital marketing.
Ms. Geia Lopez-Macatangay
Marketing Solutions Director, McCann Worldgroup Philippines
Geia has 10 years of experience in Data and ROI-Centric Marketing for industry thought leaders and the leading local and global brands. With a background composed of CRM, Digital Media, Digital Strategy, and Analytics from the likes of BCD Pinpoint,
Mediacom, and McCann Worldgroup Philippines, she is one of the very rare specialist hybrid talents in the country.
Today, Geia leads the Marketing Solutions and Experience Planning Team of McCann Worldgroup – which spans the Media, Analytics, and Startup Partnership functions of the agency. She is also a regular subject matter expert for the Certified Digital Marketer Program.
Mr. David Margendorff
Co-Founder & Chairman at PawnHero
At the age of 16, Mr. Margendorff started his first e-commerce business, a field he is very passionate about.
Today, he is part of a very exciting Fintech startup, PawnHero – the 1st Online Pawnshop in Southeast Asia.
PawnHero won e27's title "Most Promising Startup 2015 in Asia" at Echelon.
He's got international academic experience from universities in London, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and the US. Previously, Mr. Margendorff launched Malaysia's leading financial comparison website and lead the expansion in the Philippines.
CompareAsiaGroup is now the largest financial comparison website in Asia.
Mr. Patrick Cuartero
Founder, Pylon Partners Inc.
Patrick Cuartero is a seasoned entrepreneur with a focus on strategy, operational excellence, and people.He most recently founded Pylon Partners, a holding and management company with holdings in technology, ecommerce, professional services, and food & beverage.
Patrick paid his dues in Groupon (PH CEO), YoYoNation (Founder & CEO), and Wall Street firm Merrill Lynch (AVP, Six Sigma Black Belt). Filipino-born, and American-raised, Patrick loves anything unique and fun that he can share with others. He is a bartender, a drummer, a yo-yo expert, and an aspiring chef. Most importantly, he is a lifelong student of life.
Mr. Dann De Guzman
CEO & Founder, Cloudswyft Global System Inc.
One of the youngest Filipino tech entrepreneurs in the country. Having his first job right off from College; Before becoming an entrepreneur, He was previously a Technology Consultant at the Cloud Computing Group in Accenture Philippines for 2.5 Years, wherein he was one of the Pioneer members of the Team focused on virtualization technologies and help designed cloud infrastructure projects for Major clients.
He was previously an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at FUTURE NOW VENTURES from 2014-2015, while running his very first startup, RocketLabs Software Group Limited. In April 2015, He then founded his second Tech startup company, CLOUDSWYFT GLOBAL SYSTEMS, INC. with a vision to change the way how organizations evaluate and develop technology skills.He started with a seed investment from FUTURE NOW VENTURES, led by a serial entrepreneur, John Orrock. He grew the company from Employee #1 (himself) to now 15 people and still growing.
Mr. Joe Maristela
Director of Business Development Star Business Centers, Inc.
Mr. Joe Maristela is the current Director of Business Development of Star Business Centers, Inc. Most of his experience has been in the medical field focusing on medical operating systems. However, he's very interested in financial technology and innovation and constantly try to keep himself updated with new developments.
Mr. Darwin Montesa
Assistant General Manager, Shipco Transport
Mr. Lyle Jover
Co-Founder, Cape and Raket.ph
Lyle has been in the industry since 2009 specializing in technology management and implementation with good working knowledge
in other aspects such as operations, finance & business management.
He has worked with various entities for both local and international. Won several awards in his career and has been regularly invited for speaking, tv/radio guestings and judging engagements. Currently, he is the Co-founder of Cape and Raket.ph
Diego has over 15 years of Corporate experience from Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Technical Recruiting Industries and recipient of multiple awards in sales, operations and service leadership.
As Chief Origination/CMO of Horsepower, he strives to create partnership channels, develop Healthcare Insurance products and business tools. He also actively participates in the local technology startup community through various means and share organizing and innovate Hackathon formats.