Brace yourself for SW Davao 3 happening on August 1-3, 2014! Stay tuned for more details.

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Ingenuity, 1.18 Centron Building, Elpidio Quirino Avenue, Davao City

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Aug 9
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Aug 10
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Aug 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors

Justin Cooke

Partner at Empire Flippers   |  

Justin Cooke is a partner at Empire Flippers, a website investment brokerage and publishing company based out of Davao City.

He also hosts the top-rated Empire Flippers Podcast on iTunes which provides actionable tips and strategies to bootstrapped startups and entrepreneurial upstarts building their online empire.

Ralph Wunsch

Founder at MetroDeal   |   LinkedIn

Ralph Manalo Wunsch is the Filipino-Austrian founder of MetroDeal, an ecommerce marketplace website with more than 1 million active buyers.

At the age of 14, he started an online selling business on eBay, catering to antiques and memorabilia, and started to work as a freelance writer for various news publications.

He completed his graduate studies at Vienna University, London School of Economics, Tsinghua University and Harvard University before joining Google Austria, where he acted as Head of Digital and later on as Head of National Key Accounts for Google's voucher sales website DailyDeal.

In Jan. 2011, he decided to relocate to Asia and founded MetroDeal, which would turn out to be the #1 e-commerce website in the Philippines (comScore Media Metrix 2013), which expanded to Indonesia in Oct. 2012 and other countries.

A pianist in his spare time, he won several international piano music competitions, including first prize at the Konservatorium Wien's Prima La Musica music competition.

Runar Petursson

CEO of Betur Inc.   |  

Runar Petursson is the CEO of Betur, Inc., a new technology startup in Manila. Betur seeks investment opportunities and looks for great minds to launch great companies with.

He is a technical entrepreneur with expertise in Python, Shell and Javascript technologies.

Samuel Matunog

President at ICT Davao, Inc.   |  

Atty. Samuel Matunog is the President of ICT Davao, the umbrella organization of all information and communication technology groups that champion the formulation of ICT related policies and regulations to create a business environment that encourage ICT investments to make Davao the preferred destination for competitive and cutting-edge ICT products and services.

He is a practicing lawyer in the areas of intellectual property and information technology. Atty. Matunog is also a serial entrepreneur being President of Segworks Technologies Corporation and Davao Software Industry, Inc.

Judah Hirsch

Managing Director and Founder at Triple I Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Judah was formerly the general manager of Dial Magic a 1,000 seat call center operating in Makati. He is the founder and Managing Director of Triple i Consulting Inc. a business consultancy specializing in legal and tax compliance.

He is the co-founder of Keystone Property Solutions a clicks and mortar real estate company in Makati. He is a founding partner of Rising Star Capital a seed fund focused on the Philippines and South East Asia.

He is also the founder and CEO of Salarium, a modular ERP SaaS developed in the Philippines, and the VP of Public Relations for the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

He sits as director and adviser to several tech startups based in the Philippines.


Tina Amper

Founder of and Global Organizer of World Startup Report   |  

Tina Amper is the Founder of, a non-profit, independent community of business, technology, and startup enthusiasts. She is passionate about supporting startups and sharing best practices with the tech community. Tina is also the Global Organizer for the World Startup Report.

Volunteers from brought Startup Weekend to Cebu and Davao last 2012. The group organizes events and meetups to help educate, support, and empower people to become entrepreneurs. also provides opportunities for training and connection with the right resources to help the tech grassroots community become more globally competitive. Members meet to share ideas, learn new skills, and discover growing opportunities in the field of technology and business. chapters are located in Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, Davao and soon in other cities.

Tina is now organizing her dream event of the moment - Geeks On A Beach - on Sep 26-27, 2013 in Boracay Island. It is a 2-day beach conference for everyone who is passionate about startups, technology, design, and making the world a better place.

David Overton

Founder of   |  

Dave is the Founder of Symph, a design and development studio in Cebu.

He has been in the Philippines since 2003 when he and his wife founded Glory Reborn, a non-profit organization that provides free maternity care which to date has delivered over 2,500 healthy babies.

He has been a geek his whole life and spent his career working in the technology sector. Prior to starting Symph, he was the CIO at Bigfoot - a media and entertainment company.

He is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and empowering Filipinos.

Pia Angeli Bernal

Manager of Social Enterprise Investments at Kickstart Ventures   |  

Pia joined Kickstart Ventures in September 2012 as its manager for social enterprise investments.

Before Kickstart, Pia was with Globe Telecom for six years managing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in education and social protection services that harnessed telco core competencies (mobile and broadband technologies, m-commerce and VAS solutions) to achieve operational efficiencies and scale. Her work on the use of ICT in public schools and working with local and international non-profit organisations and key government agencies for the delivery of social protection services have resulted to user behaviour insights and managing multi-stakeholder expectations in the use of ICT-based solutions.

Pia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from the University of the Philippines in Manila. She has received recognitions and awards from Globe Telecom, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Philippines), Public Relations Society of the Philippines, and the American Chamber CSR Excellence Awards.

Abhishek Mohan

Regional Director at Excitor Asia

Abhishek has spent most of his career in the media & technology sector. Prior to joining Excitor he was with the IP Ventures Group (PSE:IP) and held various positions, starting off with the online games publishing business. He worked on localizing and rolling out games in the Philippines, India andVietnam and also on developing social networking features and implementing user tracking and web analytics. His last position in the group was Vice President – Incubation and Start-up investments, where he incubated and managed Fundraising / M&A deals encompassing Online games, Pharmaceutical Retail, Mobile VAS and Internet Data Centers.

He has also been active in the start up scene in the Philippines more recently as an angel investor.

Abhishek has a Bachelor ’s Degree in Economics from St.Xaviers College, Mumbai and a Masters and Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management.

Ray Rubio

CEO at CubePixels

An accomplished graphic and web designer for 14 years. Passionate on graphic design work.

Team-player. Work-oriented. My studio has been in the business for over 7 years,serving clients in the Philippine market and abroad. Most of my daytime job involves project management with in-house designers, graphic design creation specifically on branding, graphic design, and website interfaces.

Eliza Kirsten Magno

President, Creative Director & Owner of Illumedia   |   LinkedIn

She found her passion when she was just 13 years of age and vowed to herself that she will do web design for the rest of her life.

When she was 27 years old, she came back to Davao City to found her own company that is ILLUMEDIA OUTSOURCING, which is a multimedia company that caters to foreign and local clientele and has been running for close to 3 years now where she also enjoys the company of her equally passionate team, and upholds long lasting healthy relationships with her clients. Her company not only offers websites, but also graphic design, motion graphics, mobile app design, systems development, and more.

She is passionate about teaching and mentoring and hosts her own workshops through ILLUMEDIA WORKSHOPS and can regularly be seen speaking to young people hoping to inspire and motivate more IT stars in Davao City to shine.

Christopher John Cubos

Founder and CEO of Philippine Global Outsourcing   |  

A multi-awarded graphic designer, a web designer and developer, gamer and game developer, 3D artist, mobile designer and developer, UI/UX architect, animator, programmer, and digital visionary.

Co-founded SiliconGulf initiative to help push Davao City as the Silicon Valley in the Philippines.

Founded the largest IT group in Davao City (DavaoIT) that is passionate on helping people reach their potential in mobile development, web development, graphic design, animation, and ultimately building their startup dreams.

George Tujan

CEO and Co-founder at Neuraltech Innovations   |   LinkedIn

Co-Founder and President of Neuraltech Innovations, a technology startup that designs and implements specialized hardware for telemetry and GPS tracking systems.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of DabaweGNU, a non-profit organization that advocates the use of “Free/Open Source Software” (FOSS) technologies to rest of the community. An active member and advocate of the Open Street Map project (OSM Phil) contributing data to the largest, most comprehensive, free editable map of the world.

Simplicio Jison Jr.

President and CEO of Accelerate Desk

Mr. Jison, is the President and CEO of Accelerate Desk, an Independent Software Vendor and a Microsoft Partner. It focuses on developing enterprise apps that elevate operating efficiencies and provide competitive edge to its users.

The company also designs interactive websites and develops customized and vertical apps that can be integrated with existing financial softwares for international and local clienteles.

June Millan

CTO at Ingenuity Technology Consulting   |  

Chief Technology Officer of Ingenuity, a top software design and engineering firm in Davao with a relentless passion for innovation and customer service, building software that is "Engineered to Amaze."

June is a tech geek who loves programming in Python and Django.

He is passionate about technology and the application of best practices
and agile methodologies in software development.

Raphael Quisumbing

Senior Web Architect of AVA   |   LinkedIn

Raphael is a proud Cebuano technopreneur. He was the Chief Technology Officer of Techforge IT Solutions, a digital solutions provider that has launched various brands, enterprises and online ventures. He is a co-founder and currently the Senior Web Architect of, the Philippine’s first curated marketplace for well-loved premium brands.

“Sir Rafi” has a genuine enthusiasm for effective mentoring. He comes from a family of teachers and educators, and was an instructor himself at the Sacred Heart - Ateneo de Cebu and La Salle College of St. Benilde.

Kevin Raymund Samson

Technical Designer at Savio Developers

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Tom Secuya
Andrew dela Serna
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