Top five ‘fu­ture mak­ers’

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Five startups with game-chang­ing dig­i­tal solutions have made it to the 3rd year of Globe Fu­ture Mak­ers (GFM) pro­gram which aims to help build an ecosys­tem of sup­port for lo­cal so­cial in­no­va­tors who use tech­nol­ogy to solve the coun­try’s most chal­leng­ing so­cial prob­lems.

The top five startups in­clude Ta­gani, Grupo Kali­nan­gan, An­tipara, Al­ter­na­tive In­dige­nous De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (AIDFI), and Lexmeet. They will re­ceive tech­nol­ogy sup­port from Globe; tai­lored ca­pac­ity build­ing which in­cludes one-on-one men­tor­ing and work­shops from in­dus­try lead­ers; ac­cess to a strong ecosys­tem of peers, part­ners, and po­ten­tial in­vestors both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally; and in­creased brand aware­ness with po­ten­tial for re­gional vis­i­bil­ity.

“This is an area very close to my heart — try­ing to help startups in the Philip­pines. Some­times, the prob­lem is good ideas just end up be­com­ing a dream that gets trapped in some­one’s mem­ory. There are so many things that need to be solved in this coun­try and some­times, it is only the limit of our imag­i­na­tion on how to solve these prob­lems that keep us where we are,” said Ernest Cu, Globe Pres­i­dent and CEO.

Ta­gani is an end-to-end agribusi­ness match­ing plat­form which con­nects farm­ers di­rectly to buy­ers to lessen the im­pact of volatile mar­ket prices. “In the agri-busi­ness value chain, there are lots of mul­ti­ple lay­ers of trade mid­dle­men try­ing to con­trol the prices and this im­pacts the liveli­hood of farm­ers. Knowing this, we are try­ing to em­power the farm­ers to be­come de­mand­driven en­trepreneur­s by pro­vid­ing them with train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion so that they can go straight to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional buy­ers,” said Keb Cuevas, Founder and CEO of Ta­gani.

On the other hand, Grupo Kali­nan­gan is a mo­bile-first gov­ern­ment-reg­is­tered non-stock, non-profit, cul­tural tech or­ga­ni­za­tion which de­vel­ops and de­ploys in­no­va­tive IT solutions, plat­forms, ser­vices and pro­grams to help lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) and other in­sti­tu­tions es­tab­lish and main­tain their lo­cal cul­tural inventorie­s for her­itage con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives and pro­tec­tion of vul­ner­a­ble his­toric monuments and sites, cul­tural prop­er­ties and in­tan­gi­ble her­itage.

“Our or­ga­ni­za­tion makes the best use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy for cul­tural her­itage man­age­ment and we see Globe as a vi­tal part­ner to our mo­bile-en­abled cul­tural map­ping ac­tiv­i­ties and her­itage con­ser­va­tion pro­grams,” said Joel Al­dor, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Grupo Kali­nan­gan.

An­tipara, an un­der­wa­ter 3D geospa­tial map­ping and an­a­lyt­ics com­pany for mar­itime and en­vi­ron­ment in­spec­tion, has cre­ated an al­go­rithm that pro­vides in­for­ma­tion for ma­rine man­age­ment, dam­age as­sess­ment and mar­itime in­spec­tion. Lau­rice Dagum co-founder of An­tipara said: “We cre­ate maps of any­thing un­der the sea and we use ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to ex­tract in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify for in­stance, the state of the reefs or pos­si­ble places for ma­rine action. We also help the mar­itime in­dus­try pro­tect their un­der­wa­ter struc­tures, es­pe­cially in terms of spillage and con­tam­i­na­tion while at the same time, main­tain ma­rine bio­di­ver­sity.”

An­other note­wor­thy in­ven­tion is the Hy­draulic Ram Pump, a wa­ter pow­ered pump man­u­fac­tured and in­stalled by the Al­ter­na­tive In­dige­nous De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, Inc. (AIDFI), which brings wa­ter from lower el­e­va­tions to higher el­e­vated vil­lages or farms without the use of elec­tric­ity or fuel and without pollution. To­gether with the pump, AIDFI, de­vel­oped an app to mon­i­tor the wa­ter de­liv­ered, tech­ni­cal re­pairs, money col­lected and meet­ings con­ducted. An­other re­cent in­no­va­tion which AIDFI adapted is a so­lar pow­ered-coin op­er­ated wa­ter kiosk each serv­ing a clus­ter of house­holds and which re­leases 20 liters of wa­ter for 1 peso. This brings fairer distri­bu­tion of wa­ter and a bet­ter col­lec­tion for the wa­ter as­so­ci­a­tion com­pared to the pub­lic tap stands used be­fore.

“As a so­cial en­tre­pre­neur, I get my ful­fill­ment from see­ing the jobs we cre­ated and the happy smiles from the ben­e­fi­cia­ries who never thought that wa­ter would ever flow free in their com­mu­nity or farm. Be­ing one of the win­ners of the Globe Fu­ture Mak­ers is a great honor and recog­ni­tion and is an en­er­gizer for all our staff, man­age­ment and board to con­tinue the work in far flung ar­eas,” said Auke Idzenga, Founder and CEO of AIDFI.

Lastly, LexMeet is an on­line le­gal con­sul­ta­tion plat­form and mar­ket­place which pro­vides le­gal ad­vice, le­gal in­for­ma­tion, le­gal doc­u­ments and even le­gal rem­edy to any­one. It has an al­go­rithm which matches the client’s le­gal prob­lem and pref­er­ence with the lawyer’s ex­per­tise, lo­ca­tion, and lan­guage. This mostly ben­e­fits over­seas Filipino work­ers, small and medium en­ter­prises, and phys­i­cal abuse vic­tims. “We at LexMeet to­gether with the lawyers would like to ef­fect so­cial change by ad­vo­cat­ing le­gal em­pow­er­ment and so­cial jus­tice, giv­ing un­der­priv­i­leged Filipinos ac­cess to jus­tice in a safe, con­ve­nient and af­ford­able way. LexMeet is le­gal help in a click,” said Atty. Mar­lon Valderama, Pres­i­dent of Lexmeet.

Judges for this year’s GFM com­pe­ti­tion are Patch Du­lay, Founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of The Spark Project which is also the pro­gram’s im­ple­ment­ing part­ner; Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sus­tain­abil­ity Of­fi­cer and SVP for Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions; Minette Navar­rete, Pres­i­dent of KickStart Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned ven­ture cap­i­tal sub­sidiary of Globe; Glenn Estrella, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Globe Dig­i­tal Ventures, and Mikey Garovillo, Globe Head of In­no­va­tions.

GFM brings to life Globe Tele­com’s sus­tain­abil­ity com­mit­ment in re­sponse to UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal (UNSDG) No. 9 which calls for in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and in­no­va­tion to find last­ing solutions to both eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges.

It is aligned with the so­cial in­no­va­tion pro­gram of the Sing­tel Group of Com­pa­nies for Asia Pa­cific and was de­vel­oped in or­der to in­flu­ence and build a whole ecosys­tem of so­cial in­no­va­tors who can help cre­ate a pos­i­tive im­pact on so­ci­ety with the help of tech­nol­ogy.

For more about Globe Fu­ture Mak­ers 2019, please visit www.­ture-mak­ers and https://www.face­ GlobeBridg­eCom/

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