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Cyber firm expands, aims to safeguard banks and business

Bluedog Security Monitoring, a UK cybersecurity firm, plans to open a second center in Makati City and create at least 20 new jobs in...

Collaboration tool addresses challenges of remote work, including lack of synchronization

Monday.com is a centralized work operating system (Work OS) that allows teams with different functions to plan and track projects, processes, and daily work tasks from anywhere, anytime. 

Common COVID-19 vaccine concerns: Fact or fiction?

CAN immunocompromised individuals get the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine? Can those previously affected by the virus still benefit from it? These questions and other common COVID-19 vaccine-related concerns were addressed at a Feb. 23 health forum organized by the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Mobile app delivers on-demand hospital services

ZENNYA HEALTH, a healthcare services startup, expanded its mobile medical app which now provides access to wellness providers, nurses, and doctors, as well as electronic medical records. It provides last-mile medical logistics that enable the delivery of hospital and wellness center services in the home or office.

Accelerated digital transformation to continue in 2021 — research firm

Four trends will shape the technology and telecommunication market in 2021: accelerated artificial intelligence (AI) automation in operations; the reshaping of the technology landscape...

Amid the pandemic, the importance of family and faith 

Family and community ties and faith will get Filipinos through the pandemic, according to panelists at a virtual conference on cultivating a culture of well-being.

AstraZeneca receives FDA approval for drug that reduces mortality risk and...

Dapagliflozin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat heart failure in adults with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) in the...

‘Your heart, your choice’

CAN a broken heart develop into heart disease? “It’s related to stress. Stress can lead to unhealthy habits such as overeating, and overeating can lead to diabetes,” said Dr. Iris M. Garcia, a cardiologist from the Philippine Heart Center, during a recent forum organized by the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Heart Association.

Home buyers now looking for smart, interconnected properties

TO MEET the lifestyle demands of the new normal, experts said real estate and telecommunications firms should work together to offer properties and communities that are “smart” and interconnected.

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. 

[B-SIDE Podcast] Good design is good business

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6eBV5BBvXrlKGfWGLOWigb Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side The pandemic is changing the way we design our world and the way we move around in it. “If you’re...

The food of the future is mostly plant-based 

The typical dinner plate in 2050 should be diverse and mostly plant-based, with less rice and highly processed grains, according to academician Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr., chair of the Agricultural Sciences Division of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines.

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

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

Despite low life expectancy, Filipinos are optimistic about their health —...

The Philippines ranks fourth among 13 Asian markets in overall health perception, with more than half of Filipinos (57%) being optimistic about their health,...

How to prepare for a telemedicine consultation

The pandemic is not a reason to skip a doctor’s visit. Telemedicine services abound, and it pays to prepare prior to a virtual consultation...

Making art, doing good: creative enterprises making positive impact on communities

Creative enterprises in the Philippines are motivated by social causes and view their interests as intertwined with society and the environment, according to a...

Filipinos believe consumers are more powerful than voters — report

Filipinos believe that voting with their wallet has more immediate impact than participating in elections, according to a report by Red Havas, the public...

Depression is a ‘silent pandemic,’ warns doctors

CHILDREN who have been confined at home over the pandemic are at risk of depression, warned experts.

[B-SIDE Podcast] How thinking small can lead to something big

https://open.spotify.com/episode/01Ov2k2o6F2TGpTYDFwbpo Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side Carvey Ehren R. Maigue, an electrical engineering student at Mapua University, invented a plastic-like material that makes renewable energy from...

Schools in low-income countries are embracing ‘low-tech’ solutions amid the pandemic

“Low-tech” interventions such as paper-based activities and radio programs are helping educational institutions in low-income countries educate those who need it the most amid...

Podcast Network Asia receives $750,000 in new round of seed funding

Podcast Network Asia (PNA), a Philippine podcast company, received $750,000 in its new round of seed funding. The investments are from Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Summit Publishing Co., Inc. (traded as Summit Media), president and chief executive officer; multi-focus venture capital firm Foxmont Capital; Jakarta-based venture capital firm Venturra Discovery; and local live-streaming platform KUMU.

Gen Zs value financial independence, long-term growth when it comes to...

Nicole Alba, a Generation-Z YouTuber with 100,000 subscribers, creates videos on personal finance, investing, and self-development. She posted her first video in May 2020,...

Tilapia is the ideal pandemic food — DoST

The nile tilapia, introduced in the country because of its adaptability and ability to grow fast, promotes food security amid the coronavirus disease 2019...

Klook pushes domestic tourism to help combat ‘wanderlust withdrawal’

Travel and leisure booking platform Klook has partnered with domestic destinations and local tourism organizations to offer Filipinos a way to combat “wanderlost”—or wanderlust withdrawal.

[B-SIDE Podcast] How female founders can get the funding they need

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5a98KIlNyysaiuaL0uV8px Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side Only 3% of invested dollars went to female-only founders in 2019. According to a Crunchbase report on gender disparity...

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, losing weight and quitting...

Losing weight and quitting smoking are among the most popular resolutions at the start of the new year. 

AI-powered contact tracing system in talks with LGUs, establishments

CAWIL.AI Solutions, an industry-agnostic artificial intelligence (AI) social enterprise, is in talks with the local government units (LGUs) of Calapan City and Quezon City...

Period tracker is the most popular health app of 2020

Flo, Calm, and MyFitnessPal are the most popular health apps in the world in 2020, according to the Health App Index from Uswitch, a UK-based comparison website. Half of mobile app users relied on health and fitness apps in order to achieve their fitness goals before the pandemic. That number rose to 75% after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Video-on-demand subscriptions to reach two billion by 2025

There will be nearly two billion active global on-demand video service subscriptions by 2025—a 65% increase over the end of 2020—according to a report released this January by Juniper Research, an analyst house specializing in digital technology market research. 

[B-SIDE Podcast] Bang for your buck: how businesses can change the...

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0AzVYezR2KbuyNqnwo8aYw Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side Jeremy Meltzer, founder of cause marketing platform i=Change, explains how brands and consumers can make a difference, a dollar a...

P-TECH, Open P-TECH, SkillsBuild equip workforce for new collar jobs

By: Patricia Mirasol Slug: IBM equips the global workforce for ‘new collar jobs,’ or jobs that require specialized skills but don’t necessarily require traditional four-year...

Virtualahan partners with LGUs to socially franchise their impact formula 

By: Patricia Mirasol  Slug: Virtualahan, which aims to break down employment barriers for PWDs and other excluded communities, is partnering with the Department of Information...

Leslie Corporation expands its BBQ Bob franchise amid pandemic

BBQ Bob, a brand under the snack food company Leslie Corporation, is set to expand with more store openings after the announcement of its...

Zumba, Calm, and volunteerism add to GE’s support program for mental...

A decade-old support program at GE Healthcare Philippines proved its value over the pandemic and the recent string of natural disasters. “The program is...

Healthtech company led by Filipino entrepreneur is rolling out a blood...

InterVenn Biosciences, a San Francisco-based healthtech company innovating on early cancer detection, was co-founded by Filipino Aldo Carrascoso, who previously founded digital media platform Jukin Media and blockchain payment system Veem. 

WorldRemit projects that 2020 OFW remittances will be level with last...

Contrary to previous projections of a 20%–40% drop in remittances, WorldRemit sees the year ending at almost the same level as last year’s total, with remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) either declining or increasing by 1%–2%.

Philippine startup fundraising hits $184 million in first half of 2020

The first half of 2020 saw total investments in Philippine startups reach an estimated $183.8 million, a 384% increase from the 2019 year-round estimated value of $37.9 million, according to the Philippine Venture Capital Report released by Foxmont Capital Partners, a venture capital fund.  

Biomaterial for plastic waste reduction wins pitch competition

Nanotronics bagged the top prize at the recent Shell LIVEWire PitchFest, winning an equity-free prize of P500,000. The technology company offers nanostructured material products that reduce plastic waste while protecting the environment. 

PEZA pursuing ‘township’ strategy for ecozones, upgrading worker skills

THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) said it hopes to transform economic zones into “townships” that will become integrated centers for work, commerce, and homes, while also pursuing initiatives to make workers multi-skilled.

Learning platform makes education more accessible for students with special needs

D2L, the global edtech company behind the learning management system (LMS) Brightspace LMS, makes education more accessible for students with special needs.  Schools can collaborate...

EveGrocer offers zero-waste deliveries

EveGrocer Zero Waste Online Grocery offers subscription-based orders that bundle and deliver necessities on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Customers can buy eco-friendly...

Startups should explore AI, robotics, drones, and other tech solutions  —...

The old ways are gone, the digital economy is here, and “startups are powering up and making things easier and being frontliners in their...

The world developed vaccines for COVID-19 at record pace, can it...

Vaccines for the novel coronavirus are being developed at a record pace, as the world waits for a solution to an infectious disease that, as of writing, has taken more than 1.4 million lives. This focus has relegated other deadly infectious diseases to the backseat. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)-related deaths, for instance, reached 690,000 last year. There is still no vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The devil is in the data: balancing privacy and healthcare

By Patricia B. Mirasol Data is crucial in effective decision-making, especially when tackling healthcare issues such as the novel coronavirus. Getting individuals to participate in...

Viber rolls out in-chat payment service, allows users to make purchases...

Rakuten Viber is introducing new features such as Chatbot Payments, through a partnership with Google Pay and Apple Pay, as part of its tenth...