According to the World Bank, the Philippines remains one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and the Pacific this year. Technology is a crucial enabler of this growth and Manila—the country’s capital—is at the forefront of many of the region’s most exciting innovations.
Here are 15 tech startups in Manila that you need to know in 2016. From healthcare patient engagement tools to fintech and data analytics, these Philippine upstarts are poised to go head-to-head with the best from Silicon Valley.
A prominent concern among water districts in the Philippines is lack of effective water pressure management due to the high cost of electronic time-based controllers. To fix this, Hydro+ has developed a cost effective solution for controlling water pressure.
Robur provides a data analytics platform for investors, providing them with quality financial data for equity investment decisions. The subscription-based service delivers unbiased, accurate, and comprehensible data in an easy-to-use format.
Vinteo provides video and image analytics services to firms in various industries. Perhaps most notable is its Coffee Owl solution: a smart seed quality control system for roasters, traders, and producers to automate seed inspection.
Accelerated economic growth means more jobs; Kalibrr was founded in 2015 to address the hiring needs of local and foreign organizations. Advanced search and matching capabilities make the platform ideal for finding candidates with more complex skill sets.
KFIT is a fitness app for accessing hundreds of top fitness studios, gyms, spas, and salons throughout Metro Manila. A monthly membership subscription allows for mixed access participating gyms as well as a myriad of different activities.
Credit cards are not widely used by the general population in the Philippines; as such, pawnshops are the usual fallback for instant, emergency cash. PawnHero is the first online pawnshop in Southeast Asia that provides an easy, fair, and convenient way of overcoming short-term cash needs. Take a picture of the item you wish to pawn/sell and receive a fair estimate from one of its professional appraisers. Once accepted, its trusted logistic parter will pick up the item— or you can drop it off at any of its 900+ affiliated outlets nationwide.
Storm Benefits is a a leading provider of flexible benefits in the Philippines. The company works with the HR departments, enabling them to transform employee benefits into other options such as points for goods/services: a new smartphone, exotic vacations, and others. This offering essentially allows employees to design a custom-tailored benefits package from their employer.
Zap not only allows you to earn points for 5-20% cash back at your favorite establishments—points are as good as cash, so they can be used for entire purchases.
mClinica builds digital networks of pharmacies, physicians, and patients in Asia’s emerging markets. They provide data, analytics services, and patient engagement tools for public and private healthcare organisations throughout 2 proprietary platforms, snapdata and connect data.
Ayannah is a leading provider of digital commerce and payment services to the world’s unbanked. Its Send Remit is a bank grade software-as-a-service that allows interoperable international and domestic remittance transactions across different networks; together with its other service Sendah Direct, the company hosts the largest digital payment network in the Philippines.
Galileo’s TARA (Theft Alarm and Recovery App) addresses growing incidents of phone theft in the country. The first of its kind in the world, the solution uses a proprietary anti-theft technology that renders handsets useless via the full system lock feature if stolen.
YouPoundIt is an online platform for buying and selling gadgets and gizmos—whether you’re in the market for brand new gadgets at a discount or selling new or second-hand goods.
Despite its humble roots as a student project at Ateneo De Manila University, SkyEye has grown to become leader in UAV-assisted aerial mapping and photography services. The company now produces aerial maps and digital surface models faster, easier, and cheaper than firms using traditional methods.
Lenddo uses non-traditional data to provide the credit scoring and verification necessary for providing loans to those unable to qualify through traditional banks and lending institutions.
SALt—short for Sustainable Alternative Lighting—creates amazing innovations powered by salt water, including an LED lamp powered by the galvanic reaction of an anode with saline water and a salt-water smartphone charger.
These are but a few of the promising upstarts emerging from the rising tech powerhouse’s capital city. Be sure to keep an eye on these firms—one day their solutions may be commonplace in our daily lives.