Kickstart Ventures Inc, an investment firm in the Philippines, saw its startup founders in 2014 raise $8.6m total investments from 42 third-party local and foreign-based investors.
In its new year message to the Philippine startup community, Kickstart highlighted the raising of funds by its portfolio of 19 startups, the holding of 18 community events, and growing the #startupPH community with 2,128 members.
Kickstart’s portfolio has 19 digital tech startups, which include: Apptivate, AVA, Bagosphere, Four Eyes, GiftLauncher, Guestlist, Kalibrr, Lenddo, Lifebit, mClinica, Medix, MyLegalWhiz, Peekawoo, Ritmo Learning Lab, Tripid, Tripsiders, TrueProperty, WorkInspire, and ZAP.
“What an amazing year it has been and we wouldn’t have made it without your support and feedback,” Kickstart told the Philippine Startup Community. “Together with our mentors, who have done a tremendous job in helping our startup founders grow their respective businesses and skills, our heartfelt thanks to you for being with us in 2014. Ready for more? 2015 here we come!”
A wholly-owned subsidiary of telecommunications firm Globe Telecom, Kickstart was launched in March 2012 to help support and develop a community of technopreneurs in the Philippines, by enabling funding, mentor-ship and education. It is focused on digital tech innovations for traditional businesses.
Kickstart is backed by SingTel and the Ayala Corporation. It is a founding member of Innov8 Sparks, the network of technology startup support and funding initiatives under the SingTel Group, which has a combined subscriber base of 515 million people.