Startups trying to solve plastic problem receive support from WWF, investor groups

Five startups working on a different piece of the plastic waste puzzle will receive support from World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-PH) and several investor groups.  

A year into the pandemic, small businesses are still solidifying digital marketing efforts

Wanderskye, a travel and everyday essentials brand, beefed up its digital presence to keep afloat during the pandemic. 

Protecting innovation from patent trolls

Orbital Exploration Technologies (OrbitX), a space technology startup based in Quezon City, recently joined the LOT Network, an international community of tech companies that shelters members from patent assertion entities (PAEs). 

AkadsPH streamlines process of booking an online tutor

AkadsPH, an online tutoring service, offers one-on-one tutorial sessions to students who undergo its matching system. Clients can book and pay on a single platform.

Career-coaching platform to help people find jobs amid pandemic 

Sociov, an on-demand career-coaching platform, connects students who need help identifying their professional goals with suitable mentors. It also acts as a hub for coaches (who may be looking for higher-level coaches themselves) and training companies. 

Tech-enabled coffee chain to expand in the Philippines, six other markets this year

Flash Coffee, a Singapore-based, tech-enabled coffee chain, announced that it raised $15 million in Series A funding in a round led by White Star Capital, with participation from investors including Delivery Hero-backed DX Ventures, Global Founders Capital, and Conny & Co. 

Women entrepreneurs find opportunities on YouTube

“Ma-digiskarteng” Pinays (digitally savvy Filipinas) are using YouTube to bounce back from the pandemic. A recent Google Philippines event highlighted four female YouTube content creators who have created livelihood opportunities through the video-sharing platform. 

Startup monitors electricity consumption, helps users to improve energy efficiency

SmarterMeter, a platform that monitors electricity consumption via Wi-Fi, allows consumers to track their usage prior to receiving their official bill. The collected data—said to be 96% to 99% accurate—can be used to double-check kilowatt-hour (kWh) readings from an electricity provider.

Moneybees opens three crypto exchange outlets

Moneybees, a cryptocurrency over-the-counter (OTC) service in the Philippines, opened three new outlets in February in the Trinoma, Glorietta, and Okada branches of Tivoli Money Exchange, a money changer service. 

Online palengke delivers wet and dry goods to one’s doorstep

PalengkeLink, a local digital delivery and online palengke (wet market) app for wet and dry goods, allows customers to place orders with a merchant...

Educational tech platform helps upskill jobless Filipinos 

Course Belt, an online learning platform that offers courses and resources, helps unemployed Filipinos and freelancers acquire skills relevant to the job market. 

AI startup raises $4 million in seed round, partners with LBC Express

Expedock, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered supply-chain startup, raised $4 million in its seed round and closed an enterprise deal with LBC Express.