January 9, 2017

StartupBoat Philippines

Setting Sail Thanks to StartUp AsiaBerlin

The first StartupBoat in the Philippines was implemented by Impact Hub Manila, set sail through a two-day event on December 13 & 14, 2016 and was funded by the Bayer Foundations to develop a strategic gameplan for creative, effective and efficient development of innovative projects in the fields of Life Sciences, healthcare and education.

The overall aim was to build a community of creative thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are passionate to bring change in the community by developing and implementing groundbreaking ideas together. Its main mission is to make innovation accessible for all.

It was during the StartUp AsiaBerlin Roadshow in Manila when Paula Schwarz (Founder of StartupBoat), Ces Rondario and LizAn Kuster (Co-Founders of Impact Hub Manila), and Ranganath Thota (CEO and Founder of Fuel A Dream India) came together and agreed on launching StartupBoat in Manila, Philippines and Bangalore, India.

“Human connections have proven to be the source of progress in this world. This is one of the reasons we constantly bring hidden innovators together. We motivate people to co-create because we know that we live in times of rapid change and thus believe that it is essential to develop or redesign structures freely in order to allow society to move forward and digitize”, shares Schwarz.

The main objective of Startup Boat Philippines was to share, learn and contribute for an implementable action plan in 2017 for the health sector in the Philippines and to mentor startups to act as multipliers.

On the first day, organization leaders from across the Health sector, such as Michelle Fojas, Communications Manager of Bayer Philippines, were invited and gathered for the first time at the Impact Hub Manila coworking headquarter. Participants met regional innovators, like Celina Gracias, President of Project LAAN, who discussed the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare in the global and local context. Moreover, the finest entrepreneurs and health innovators such as Jorge Azurin (Co-founder of Horsepower.ph) and Jay Fajardo (CTO of Medifi) were invited to discuss their health initiatives. Thota came all the way from Bangalore to join and provide his valuable insights as well.

“The AsiaBerlin Roadshow brought people together and it’s amazing what evolved out of this initiative. We are looking forward to continue collaborating ”, says Thota.

On the second day, the participants and guest speakers sailed on a boat in Manila Bay while discussing the solutions presented the previous day, mapped the health ecosystem and mentored each other. The event concluded with a decision to sail further together in building a better and sustainable community that addresses the issues of the Health sector in the Philippines.

“We believe; impact cannot happen in isolation. It requires collective action. Thus, we are delighted about the partnerships created with and through StartupBoat, Bayer Foundation, the State of Berlin, GIZ and the +50 Attendees of these two days – it was a great success!”, concluded Kuster.

StartupBoat now expects to create new types of jobs, support and fund 2-5 projects and promote innovative educational activities in the Philippines throughout 2017.

Independent teams have formed in Indonesia and Australia as a result of the first session in the Philippines in December 2016. StartupBoat Indonesia will put together an ‚Environmental Gameplan’ while StartupBoat Australia will focus on creating an innovative gameplan to deal with the phenomenon of mass migration.

All projects and partners are connected through a database that works as the functional brain of mapping activities of StartupBoat teams. Activities are exclusively funded by partners in the private sector and aim to generate opportunities for society as a whole such as jobs, education, financial possibilities and better visibility to a global network of supporters, investors and donors. We can’t wait to welcome you on a Startupboat session to start co-creating with you soon!