Kickstart’s startups raise $8.6m in 2014

visual from Kickstart's Facebook page

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.

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.