Local and international industry leaders alike collided at Makati Shangri-La, Manila last June 24-25 for this year's IGNITE, an annual event organized by Techshake, dentsuX, and Brainsparks that aims to promote collaboration between start-up companies, mainstream industry, and investors.
The 2019 edition themed "Innovating Asia: Shaping the World" saw more than 2,000 stakeholders from multiple sectors including startup founders, accelerators, and incubators, corporations, international and local investors, as well as government key players.
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For the most part, IGNITE provided a venue for talks headed by 80 speakers from around the globe. The notable keynote speakers included Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines’ Chief Executive Officer Donald Lim; Active8me’s Chief Executive Officer and two-time olympian Jeremy Rollestone; HubSpot's Marketing and Business Development Director in APAC James Gilbert; IE Business School’s Adjunct Professor of Business Analytics and Business Intelligence Joseph Curto Diaz; and Cashalo’s General Manager Hamilton Angluben—most of whom emphasized how Asia, with its massive demographics and diverse cultures, is poised to solve global problems. The talks also focused on the promising aspects of investing in Asian companies.
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IGNITE also housed the regional pitch competition WILDFIRE; and the country's largest innovation-centric business matching that involved over 140 companies networking in over 400 meetings, MATCH. While allowing an exhibition for startups and mainstream industry showcasing innovative and creative solutions with Japanese, Singaporean, and Taiwanese joining the show, IGNITE also partnered with global business networking app Brella to facilitate networking meetings throughout the day. Brella's spokesperson claimed the event saw one with the highest engagement globally with over 1,300 successful networking meetings that day.
“I’m so proud to be part of a team that is bringing positive impact to the startup ecosystem here in the Philippines. Witnessed a huge number of networking in the span of two days, from morning till midnight. Everyone just connects on one shared value: Innovating Asia, Shaping the World!" said Masaru Kubosaki, dentsuX Philippines Executive Director.
FutureNow Ventures Founder John Orrock added, “IGNITE has been the best event held so far in the Philippines for entrepreneurs and investors. The program provided a balanced interaction of content tracks and facilitated 1-on-1 sessions such as business matching. It was truly a gathering of global experiences providing mutual benefit to the local community and international attendees.”
First launched in 2017, Ignite has grown from a one-day event with more than 500 participants to a two-day event.
For more information on Ignite, visit their website www.ignite.ph.
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