The Philippines’ premier Innovation Conference

About Ignite 2018

Innovation requires integration.

This is why we created Ignite, a celebration of ideas that integrates the power of established corporations and the promise of exciting innovations.

Ignite 2018 is a two-day event that features world-class keynote speakers and endless opportunities to collaborate with exciting innovators and established institutions.


Day One

With over 25 world-class speakers and 1,000 expected audience members, this is the biggest event by the Ignite team yet.

Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Paul Papadimitriou

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Barbara Guerpillon
Head of SEAA & LEVEL3
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Ramses Gallego
Strategist & Evangelist(Symantec)/Professor

Panel Discussion

Manny ayala
Manny Ayala
Managing Director
(Panel Moderator)

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Ikuo Hiraishi
Founder & CEO

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Reez Nordin
Venture Partner

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James Tan
Managing Partner

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Samir Chaibi

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Dan Ichikawa Siazon
Senior Vice President & Treasurer

Breakout Session

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Paul Kittiwongsunthorn
Co-Founder & CPO

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Jonathan Hwaseong Jeon

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Kentaro Hashimoto
Co-Founder & CEO

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Retno Dewati
SEA Regional Manager

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Michael Lints

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Kotaro Sasamoto
Managing Partner

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Ray Tan
Regional Sales Director

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Spencer Lee
Commercial Director

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Hajime Sato
Asia Health-Tech Lead

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Jojo Flores
Co-Founder & VP Operations

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Santanu Dutt
Head of Solutions Architecture

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Mikko Alasaarela
Founder & CEO

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Dino Araneta

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Miguel Warren
Regional Head of Southeast Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, & Sri Lanka

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Krystian Kucharzyk

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Takeshi Ebihara
Founding General Partner

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Mario Berta
Founder & CEO

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Han Na

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Mitsuru Kikunaga
Investment/Incubate Advisor

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Koichi Saito
Founder & General Partner

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Graeme Perkins

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Everett Leonidas
Senior Investment Manager

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Takeshi Kitao
Investment Manager

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Vikram Bharati

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Jaakko Rajaniemi
Startup Advisor

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Abbie Casanova
Head, Consumer Business and Operations

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Patrick Gentry
Founder & CEO

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Kohki Sakata

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Ellen Nio

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Vincent Tobias
Head of Innovation

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Kurt Tanyu

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Colin Goltra
Head of Cryptocurrency Program

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Paolo Azzola
Managing Director & COO

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Federico Parenti
Fund Manager

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Takashi Kawabata
Chief Asia Economist

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Johan Jannssens
Tech Lead & Advisor

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Joey Gurango

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Judah Hirsch
Founder & CEO

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Fam Alonto
Head of Innovation

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Prakash Somosundram
Director of Syndication

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Regina Lay
Former Anchor & Head of News

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Yuto Kono

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John Aguilar
Host & Creator

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Mike Zapata
Vice President of Investment Banking

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Khor Qianyi
Senior Analyst & Head of ESG

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Ginger Arboleda
Chief Operating Officer

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Gov Daswani
Chief Innovation Officer

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Mikey Garrovillo
Head of Innovation

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Poompong (Nan) Tancharoenphol
Investment Manager

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Andy Santos
Head, Core Business Research & Development

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Navin Danapal
SEA Director MOX

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Miko David

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Ryu Hirota

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Bryan Makasiar
Senior Product Manager

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Dae Lee

Meet the Hosts

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RJ Ledesma

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April Ong Vaño

Business Matching

Collaboration is essential for innovation.  
We will connect startups with corporations and investors seeking to find opportunities.

How to join Business Matching

As attendees are curated and slots are limited, a registration process will be required for participants.

STEP 1:  Register your corporation or apply for your startup.

STEP 2:  Email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours with ticket key.

STEP 3:  Use ticket key to purchase the Business Matching Pass.

STEP 4:  E-Tickets will be sent via email after purchase.

Click  here  to check register or apply.
(Please click startup or corporation in the tab section)

Our Sponsors




The Agenda

Day 1

09:00 - 09:30 AM
Opening Remarks
09:30 - 11:30 AM
Keynote Speaker
11:30 - 01:00 PM
Networking Lunch
01:00 - 04:30 PM
Breakout Session
04:30 - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Day 2
Business Matching

09:00 - 09:30 AM
Opening Remarks
09:30 - 10:30 AM
10:30 - 11:30 AM
11:30 - 01:00 PM
Networking Lunch
01:00 - 04:00 PM
Business Matching
04:00 - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks

Makati Shangri-la

Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines

(Click on the map to navigate)
Our Collaborators




Media Partners

Party Sponsors


After Party

Map after party

IGNITE: StartupPH The AfterParty on July 16, 2018,
7:30 PM at Z Street Poblacion!

Join us in celebrating an amazing and productive day! Let's all kick back and spend some time together to network and meet other like-minded startup people!

Previous Event: Ignite 2017

The Top 10 startups in the Philippines pitch their ideas on stage in front of a large crowd and distinguished international investors.


Previous Speakers and Judges

Donald lim
Donald Lim
Country CEO
Founding President
Arnaud bonzom
Arnaud Bonzom
Director in Corporate Innovation
Kei shimada
Kei Shimada
Chief Lab Officer
Willy kuehne
Willy Kühne
Agency Business Lead
Google PH
Jennifer alcabao
Jennifer Alcabao
Paul rivera
Paul Rivera
Co Founder & CEO
Vikram bharati
Vikram Bharati
Investments Lead
Mario berta
Mario Berta
Founder & CEO
Manny ayala
Manny Ayala
Managing Director
Yuma tanaka
Yuma Tanaka

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