Eight startups in the Philippines will receive PHP100,000 (USD2,414) in seed money after winning the inaugural Hack2Hatch, a weekend entrepreneurship camp in Cebu that culminated in a pitch competition. The event was held on 5-7 October.
Hack2Hatch was organized by PhilDev, a non-profit to that promotes tech innovation in the Philippines, and DevCon, a non-profit that promotes Pinoy IT talent. The 8 startups were whittled down from 22 finalists.
One was a dad who has not seen his son for 11 years. Another man wanted his father to see him for one last time before he goes blind.
The video, which went viral with over one million views, was one of the most touching things I’ve seen — right up there with the footages of US marines reuniting with their loved ones.
Which was why I understood FamilyKo immediately. The startup (formerly called HobbyMash) is currently developing a web and mobile app that enables parents to read story books, play games, and engage in other activities with their children.
And here’s the interesting bit: One of the co-founders, Mark Co, tells me that they’ve managed to connect with the OFWs featured in the video and even got them to try out the app. Read more
5 days before the upcoming JFDI demo day for the JFDI-Innov8 bootcamp 2012, the mentors for the program were invited to hear the pitches from the 11 companies. All the companies have emerged from a tough and grueling hundred days where they had to make difficult decisions for their start-ups. They have come a long way and here are the interesting companies you should take a look at. Read more