Patrick Palacios

Patrick Palacios founded Appsolutely in 2013 after seeing the huge growth potential for e-commerce in the Southeast Asian region. The company is largely known for creating LoyalCoin, a blockchain-based customer loyalty rewards point and the first cryptocurrency to focus on Loyalty and Rewards Programs. LoyalCoin is available across establishments such as 7-eleven, Gong Cha, and Grab in the Philippines. The company has also developed LoyalWallet, a global customer loyalty app that enables loyalty points earning, redemption, and conversion involving a worldwide coalition of merchants, brands, companies, and service providers.

Appsolutely also has a wide array of services, their expertise includes…


Jun is the founder and currently the CEO of Galileo Software Services, a mobile software company that develops technology that will help with the safety of the people. Galileo’s flagship product, Abizo, is a safety and communications app for individuals, families, and organizations. Abizo is the de-facto platform for most of the leading brands in emergency and service assistance industry such as Lifeline 16911 Ambulance provider, Automobile Association of the Philippines, AXA Assistance, and PAMIOFW-Assist America. Users of Abizo include DepEd and DOH for Dengvaxia monitoring and other private sector clients who are serious about the safety of their community.


Christian is a Tech Entrepreneur with 2 exits in his career. He’s been in the tech space for over 10 years and his current activities are focused on e-commerce, fin-tech and recruitment space utilizing blockchain and AI. His most recent entrepreneurial venture is Monico, a blockchain-based Mobile App used to manage tokens and project liquidity in a single interface. Christian has experience in various roles including programming, operations, company-wide management, sales, brand and data-driven marketing, creative and UI/UX design, business development, HR, accounting.

He’s the CTO of Sterling Technologies, a technology accelerator previously known as Openovate Labs (which he founded)…


Jim is a Co-Founder and Partner at Joyview Education, an education consultancy and online education company that offers international students, in particular, those from mainland China, counseling and educational support towards admissions to the top US high schools and colleges. There, Jim leads operations, strategic advisory, business development, education content development, counselor interface, and student counseling. Jim is also a Regional Partner of FasterCapital, a virtual incubator and accelerator based in Dubai Internet City, that helps startups with investment, mentorship, networking, technical support, and co-founding.

Before founding Joyview Education, Jim was VP of Operations of agribusiness startup Sustansiya. During his…


EDSEL TUPAZ, J.D., LL.M.

Edsel is a Partner of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra, an international law firm based in Metro Manila, Philippines. Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra has established itself to be a leader in Technology Law in the Philippines. Edsel is an expert on the global regulatory environment for VC business activities, with a special focus on Southeast Asia. By profession, Edsel is a dual-qualified lawyer in the Philippines and in New York. His specializes in Infrastructure Law, State Contracts, Technology Media & Telecommunications, Regulatory Affairs, Competition Law, Public Policy, and select areas of International and Comparative law. …


Erik is currently the Chief Technology Officer of ProudCloud, a deep-tech research and consulting company based in Manila, Philippines, working on IoT, AI and Blockchain applications. He’s personally passionate about, but not limited to, technology projects for public service, social development, or environmental protection.

He is a technology professional with over 15 years of strong experience in building and leading teams to deliver technology-driven products. A practicing hardware hacker and full-stack coder, Erik has worked with open hardware, IoT, embedded microcontrollers, and single-board computer systems, software-defined radio with extensive experience in Python, C, and JavaScript. His technical proficiency combined with…


Jean-Luc specializes in sales, strategy, innovation, leadership, startups, SME, digital transformation, future communications, M2M, IoT, and Big Data. An industry thought leader with 20+ years experience in the Mobile industry, Jean-Luc founded Innoopolis, a business-consulting firm based in Dubai. Innoopolis brands itself as a Digital Innovation Factory, providing its clients with an end-to-end approach to innovation, and innovation as a service. They support companies moving from an idea all the way to a revenue-generating business.

Jean-Luc worked in Ericsson for nearly 10 years before founding Innoopolis. There, he spearheaded several operations as Head of Service of LIne Revenue Growth and…


Rafael Meer

Rafael is a partner of the Meer Meer & Meer Law office. He is a corporate and M&A lawyer who also works with emerging companies, founders, and venture investors. Rafael has been admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2009 and qualified for admission to the New York Bar in 2018.

His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate as well as media and technology law. He has represented technology start-ups on multiple funding rounds with investors from the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and China. …


EXPAND PH 2018 Media & Demo Day @ Launchgarage Innovation Hub

Launchgarage Innovation Hub has partnered up with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to launch EXPAND PH, a market access program that provides growing Malaysian startups with opportunities to connect with strategic partners, collaborators, potential clients and investors in the Philippines. Now in its second year, EXPAND PH Cohort 2 received over 50+ applications and was ultimately narrowed down to 6 startups that were assessed to be the best fit to participate in the said program. #ExpandPhilippines starts this coming August 12, 2019.

To help the Malaysian cohort gain a better insight on the Philippine market, Launchgarage has outlined in-depth webinar…


Phil is the Managing Director of On-Off Group, a strategic design company based in the Philippines, whose mission is to create meaningful change through the application of design thinking principles. He specializes in service design and has over six years of training experience with senior leadership teams, managers, government, educators, startups, students. His clients include Sun Life, Meralco, Department of Trade and Industry, QBE Insurance, European Chamber of Commerce, Unilab, Security Bank, and Shell, to name a few.

Prior to his entrepreneurial venture, he worked for WPP, the world’s largest advertising company, and created digital campaigns for brands such as…

Bing-Rong Hsieh

Launchgarage | National Tsing Hua University

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