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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 building customized solutions for blockchain development, customer rewards, e-commerce, digital marketing, websites, and mobile apps. On their long client list are international and local corporations such as Bon Chon, Petron, Bench, The Bistro Group, Starbucks, Toby’s Sports, and FamilyMart. …


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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.

Jun’s long career as an Electronics and Communications Engineer in the ICT industry started along the same time with the advent of the 3rd industrial revolution in the 80s. He’s witnessed the birth and growth of early PCs, Data communications, Mobile, Telephony, IP Networks, Broadband infra, and the Internet. This gives Jun a unique vantage position, particularly in determining the future opportunities and challenges ICT poses to enterprises and institutions alike. …


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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) that was acquired by the Sterling Group of Companies in 2017. Sterling Technologies specializes in building better user experiences, improving customer engagement, and implementing data-driven and business intelligence. Prior to Sterling Technologies, Christian was the CTO of Galleon.ph and spearheaded the technical growth of the company. Together with his team, Christian grew Galleon.ph …


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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 time there, he piloted, tested, and managed the initial phase of poultry waste management and agribusiness startup operations. He advised on key strategic expansion, business development, and operations issues for emerging market startup business. Earlier to Sustansiya, Jim was Senior Manager of Schneider Electric in North America, Central America, and South America. He provided strategy and marketing analysis for Schneider Electric’s Transportation business division, working with South America, North America, and Spain regions on topics including tolling strategy, sales product alignment, and connected vehicles. …


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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. …


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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 a practical understanding of organizational processes and strategic vision allows him to steer his technical teams from big-picture goals into tangible results. …


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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 Head of Solution Hub GCC of Communication Service Practice, Director of Product Area Core Networks and IMS, and IMS Program Director. In those roles, he successfully sold and deployed IoT solutions based on Connectivity Management, managed a team of solution architects developing solutions for core network offerings in the GCC region, and secured an average yearly regional sales target of 100 MUSD. …


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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. …


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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 sessions that touch upon topics of laws, compliance and regulation, the addressable market, and the startup ecosystem in the Philippine context. Online meetings between the delegates and potential clients/partners & mentors will be arranged as well to explore opportunities of collaborations. Such possible collaborators within the Launchgarage network include the Manila Angel Investor Network, Gorriceta Law, and Century Properties to name a few. …


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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 Axe, L’Oréal, Del Monte, KLM, Maybelline. A regular mentor in the Manila startup scene, he helps startups in their design thinking application and lean startup methodologies. Phil’s passion for solving real-world problems through design thinking has led him to found Learn Tagalog Fast, an app that helps expats learn Tagalog through a unique, modern and dynamic approach, and The Failure School, an activity-based program designed to equip attendees with an entrepreneurial, problem-solving, innovation-focused mindset. …

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