Startup incubator Founders Launchpad announced the six selected startups that will join its initial staging. Composed of Itemcount, Kippap Learning Corporation, MedsGo, Rezbin, Safe, and Supafaya, these chosen startups were among the 270 applications that were reviewed based on their potential to create meaningful impact in their respective fields. The first-ever cohort of Founders Launchpad were startups from various industries such as healthcare, sustainability, education, e-commerce, and more.
“In the Philippines, the startup community is still quite small, but we have a lot of potential. I’m happy to note that there are still many opportunities, and by building a strong community and fostering a strong drive among the startups, I believe we can see more exciting developments and increased support,” said AHG Lab CEO Rene Cuartero, regarding the expected dynamics between Founders Launchpad and the startups in its first cohort.
These early-stage founders will be supported by Founders Launchpad in developing scalable, sustainable and stable businesses through a three-month program that combines a valuable curriculum, investment support, engaging learning experiences, and ample networking opportunities. The aim is to equip these founders with tools they need to thrive and succeed in the startup landscape.
Throughout the 12-week program, the startups will connect with other like-minded individuals through regular community events, founder talks, and networking opportunities. This allows founders to build relationships and learn from one another, further enhancing their growth and development.
“I am very excited to witness the transformation of the startups as they go through the 12-week program. They will have a demo day at the end of three months, and I am excited to see how things change, how they adapt and improve,” said Simon Bauer, Founders Launchpad program lead.
Cuartero said that throughout the program, they will go through each part of the business such as finance, HR, branding, marketing, tech, product, including how startups structure their finances. After three months, the startups are prepared for pitch presentations to investors.
The six chosen founders are:
1. Itemcount – an integrated inventory and sales management system designed to streamline and optimize business operations.
2. Kippap Learning Corporation – is on a mission to revolutionize the way students and test-takers prepare for standardized exams. The company introduces the captivating style of Netflix content with a fun and engaging approach.
3. MedsGo – is a digital platform that aims to revolutionize access to medicine and healthcare supplies in the Philippines.
4. Rezbin – a pioneering plastic waste management company that leverages technology to revolutionize the recovery process. The company enables sari-sari stores to profit from accepting plastic waste, while also empowering and formalizing over 100,000 waste workers across the country. Rezbin’s vision is to create a future where waste is valued and the dedication of waste workers is respected, ultimately leading to a more sustainable and prosperous society.
5. Safe – a fintech escrow specifically designed for the Filipino and Southeast Asian e-commerce ecosystem. The company places a strong emphasis on building trust and ensuring secure transactions. By offering a reliable and transparent escrow platform, Safe is transforming the way we participate in online commerce.
6. Supafaya – is an alternative asset exchange platform headquartered in the Philippines. It is specifically created to meet the increasing demand for unique and exclusive items. It offers a dynamic marketplace where individuals can engage in buying, selling, and trading a diverse range of collectibles, including limited-edition fashion pieces, rare collectibles, and more.