Filipino startup wins in global pitch competition

Filipino startup, an education technology platform that connects students to education opportunities, emerged as the overall winner in the Wildfire Pitch Competition, an online pitch competition held during the Ignite 2020 Cyber Conference on October 13-15 and October 20-22.

For winning the Wildfire Pitch Competition, the startup founded by Filipino-French civic leader Henry Motte-Muñoz in 2015, received $5,000 equity-free cash. was among the five startup finalists—four of which were founded in the Philippines.

Ignite 2020 was a six-day conference organized by Brainsparks, Dentsu, and TechShake and was supported by the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB). 

“DTI-EMB, as Ignite’s partner since their first conference in 2017, has always been a supporter of Ignite’s vision of bridging the gap between startups and corporates or non-tech industries, and at the same time promoting the PH startup ecosystem to the rest of the world,” said DTI-EMB Director Senen Perlada, during his opening remarks in the online conference.

“This year’s edition of IGNITE is a perfect example of how technology and innovation can address the needs of today and the post-pandemic world,” he added. 

The conference featured several international speakers and a pitch competition for startups in the education tech, health tech, fintech, e-commerce, and workplace tech sectors. Winners for each sector delivered their three-minute pitches on the final day to determine the overall winner. 

The other finalists were: 

MyGolana, a health tech startup providing affordable and accessible counseling solutions.

Nextpay, a fintech startup providing an easy solution for small businesses to manage and track their finances.  

1Export, an e-commerce startup that is a one-stop, end-to-end platform helping small businesses in the Philippines export, by addressing concerns in terms of compliance and market access.  

PEAK, a Thai workplace tech startup that offers online accounting software that allows businesses to track business information instantly. 

“Out of the five finalists, four of them are Philippine startups. It shows that the Philippines is not lacking in talent and potential as a startup ecosystem. The challenge now is creating an environment that will not only help startups survive but also thrive and take advantage of the new opportunities brought about by the pandemic,” said Perlada. 

Raquel P. Gomez
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