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EXPAND PH 2019: Meet the 6 Malaysian startups looking into PH ecosystem

Launchgarage Innovation Hub has partnered up with Malaysia Digital Economy Corp. (MDEC) to launch EXPAND PH, a market access program that provides growing Malaysian startups with opportunities to connect with strategic partners, collaborators, potential clients and investors in the Philippines. Now in its second year, EXPAND PH Cohort 2 received over 50+ applications and was ultimately narrowed down to six startups that were assessed to be the best fit to participate in the said program.

To help the Malaysian cohort gain a better insight into the Philippine market, Launchgarage has outlined in-depth webinar sessions that touch upon topics of laws, compliance and regulation, the addressable market, and the startup ecosystem in the Philippine context. Online meetings between the delegates and potential clients/partners & mentors will be arranged as well to explore opportunities of collaborations. Such possible collaborators within the Launchgarage network include the Manila Angel Investor Network, Gorriceta Law, and Century Properties to name a few.

“During the successful pilot program of EXPAND PH last year, we conducted and facilitated over 30+ online sessions and 30+ on-site meetings across 20 working days. This year, we are looking to generate greater value during a shorter timeline for Cohort 2. This is based on our iterative approach and experience from the first run. Moreover, the engagement that we provide for the cohorts encompasses the program as we still engage up to this day with cohort 1,” said Lance Pormarejo, GM, Launchgarage.
To conclude the three-week market access program, a culminating activity known as Media Day will be held to showcase the Malaysian startup’s pitches tailored to the Philippine market. The invite-only event brings together angel investors, corporate investors, venture capital, media outlets, government entities, and organizations aligned with the verticals of the cohort.

EXPAND PH 2019 — Cohort 2

Accendo
Accendo is a Talent Experience platform that is designed to help with deep people analytics and career pathing. As organizations are grappling with the “future of work”, Accendo is providing some of the biggest companies in SEA a solution to identify people that can cope with this digital era of change and lead their organizations forward.

SonicBoom
SonicBoom is a Malaysian Fintech company that focuses on Open Payments Cashless solutions for the Unattended Industry. From parking to hotel self-service check in to vending machines, we consolidate all forms of cashless payments (Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, AMEX, wallets, QR, JCB, cash cards, etc) into one terminal.

Sometime Asia
Sometime Asia is an e-commerce bag and accessories specialist company that co-designs with very select established Asian designers and icons to design and produce exclusive and iconic designer bags. Sometime Asia was built with the goal to support the local and Asian talents to unleash their creativity in the bags and accessories industry.

Persuasion Technologies
Persuasion Technologies is a business intelligence and marketing analytics for retailers and e-commerce sites. They are also google analytics certified partners and google cloud machine learning developers.

NEXPlatform
NEXPlatform is a data-driven Proptech company that provides smart marketing solution to help developers or agencies to digitalize their processes and improve customer experience. NEXPlatform solution enables property developer with great user experience sales & marketing platform to sell better and sell faster!

CKG
CKG is the leading Integrated Property Marketing Agency specializing in digital design solutions using the latest media and visualization technology. To date, they have successfully completed more than 2,520 projects for multi-national clients worldwide.

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