Katalyst.ph plans startup funding event in Philippines

Visual from Katalyst.ph website. July2015

New incubator company Katalyst.ph aims to hold the largest startup funding event in the Philippines on November 27, 2015.

Dubbed #Katalyst2015, the local tech event will gather venture capitalists from around the world, and more than 500 of the best startups at the Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City seeking to increase the growth of successful startups by encouraging great ideas and strong financial support.

Also read: New venture fund Katalyst.ph to focus on Filipino-owned startups

“Our team believes that the Philippines is the home of amazing startups that deserve their big breaks. We just want to hasten the process and cut to the chase!” said Katalyst.ph managing partner Joe Maristela.

Also read: Modelled on Block 71 & MaGIC, PH launches first Innovation Hub

Katalyst.ph was incorporated last July associated with independent investors with the goal of creating new businesses in the country by working with individuals that fund and lend to startups and connecting them with startups.

Only last August 20, the Philippine government launched its first ever tech startup roadmap called “The Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups”. It targets to achieve at least 500 Philippine startups with a cumulative valuation of $2 billion, resulting to 8,500 high-skilled jobs created; 1,250 startup founders; 15,166,684 users acquired; and 719,737 paying customers – by the year 2020.

Also read: Philippine tech startup roadmap guns for 500 startups with $2b valuation by 2020

Also last July, startup accelerator and incubator IdeaSpace Foundation and various government departments launched the Innovation Hub, which is patterned after successful innovation districts such as as Silicon Valley in the US, Block 71 in Singapore, and MaGIC in Malaysia.

Innovation Hub was launched simultaneously with the conduct of SlingshotMNL event, a new startup conference designed to be held yearly which was conceptualized together by the Philippine government, local startup community, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) .

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), SlingshotMNL is in line with with its advocacy to bring small businesses in the front and center of global and regional trade.

Also read:

Philippines, APEC form new startup conference ‘SlingshotMNL’

IdeaSpace to incubate 23 new startups in PH

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.