Friday, June 24, 2016

Press Release: Greenlight for Innovations on Sustainable Energy in Startup Competition




Fresh from the success of their first Fellowship Program on innovations in Mobility with leading courier and logistics company LBC, Impact Hub Manila is launching its new Fellowship Program focused on sustainable energy solutions in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF).

After the historic Paris climate agreements in November 2015, there has been a growing interesting the role of clean technology entrepreneurship and innovation including sustainable energy as an essential tool to reach climate change goals. Energy production and consumption threatens not only health and quality ­of ­life, but also biodiversity, ecosystems and climate change. Sustainable energy will be the driving force for reducing poverty, promoting social progress, equity, enhanced resilience, economic growth and environmental sustainability. “We believe that by supporting entrepreneurs in the energy sector, we can slow down climate change,” said PEF Chairperson Benjamin Abadiano. 



Lizan Kuster, CoFounder of ImpactHub



Dr. Ria Lambino (Vice President for Sustainable Production and Market Engagement, WWF Philippines)

Robert Calingo, Executive Director of PEF


PEF, WWF together with Impact Hub Manila supports the best and most innovative ideas and business enterprises which address the need for sustainable energy solutions through the Impact Hub Fellowship Program. It is an incubation program for startups which focus on renewable energy; energy efficiency, access to energy and off ­grid solutions, energy systems plus energy consumption reduction. WWF Philippines President & CEO Joel Palma said, “With our partners, we are excited to search for innovative ideas and enterprises which are aligned with our core values and objectives.”



The Fellowship program is designed to attract, select and support impact­ oriented entrepreneurs and help them realize their innovations for a more sustainable world. “Being topic focused in our delivery of fellowship programsis unique in the incubator / accelerator space and ensures that we are targeting the key pressing,” said Lizan Kuster, co­founder of ImpactHub Manila. Participants are given the chance to winmore than₱​2.5 million worth of fellowship prizes. This includes ₱1.5 million seed funding, skill development trainings, mentorship, access to a stimulating workspace at Impact Hub Manila and valuable networks. “We doubled and tripled the number of fellows we will support for this year from just one startup team the last time which enables us to support more entrepreneurs,” Kuster added.




Aspiring entrepreneurs or early ­stage startups are welcome to apply,though the startup teams applying must be able to register their business in the Philippines and be able to work and live in the Philippines as well. Applications will open from June 16, 2016 until July 24, 2016 on http://www.impacthub.ph/incubation­fellowship­energy­wwf­pef. Impact Hub Manila in collaboration with WWF and PEF will conduct idea development workshop on June 22, 2016 and pitching workshop on July 21, 2016. The teams must submit their business plan as an entry for the Fellowship Program. Fifteen startups will be chosen to pitch in front of a panel of judges. The selected six to eight startups will participate in a six ­week business training program, called the Kick Program. Two to three teams will be selected as winning fellows of the program. These fellows will be incubated for six months. At the incubation phase,the Fellows will undergo further training to have their enterprise be ready for investment, and further customer validation of their product or service network. (30)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Impact Hub Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions with WWF and PEF




Press Release. Biggest luxury travel deals up for grabs at Asia Premium Travel Mart

The Asia Premium Travel Mart (APTM), an exhibit of luxury travel suppliers, will be holding the year’s biggest discounts on airline tickets, hotels and resort accommodations, and tour packages on June 23 from 10 AM to  9 PM at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The APTM will bring together travel and tour business operators as well as hotel and airline companies for a one-day sale at the end of a three-day exhibit that will begin on June 21. “The first two days of the exhibit is open for business-to-business transactions only. We have invited travel operators abroad to meet with their local counterparts here. The third day, however, will be open to the public. There will be no entrance fees for those coming to find great deals,” said Fe Abling – Yu, president of the APTM.

Abling – Yu further cited Sofitel’s known packages for lunch / dinner buffet deals on Spiral and Philippine Airlines’ discounts on both domestic and international tickets. Other participating travel companies include Turkish Airlines, The Peninsula Manila, Makati Diamond Residences, Hotel Nobu, City of Dreams, Manila Diamond Hotel, Henann Group, Shangri-la Hotel, Crimson Hotel, Bellevue Hotel, Lind Hotel, Boracay Tropics, and Hotel Celeste, among others.

 APTM Spokesperson Edwin L. Villanueva presents a background of the group and the state of luxury market in the country.
APTM President Fe Abling – Yu explains reveals the public can expect discounts from exhibitors like the Philippine Airlines, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, The Peninsula and Makati Diamond Residences, among others.


 Last year’s APTM Exhibit at the SMX in Pasay City



The APTM is a project of S8 Exhibition Inc. in coordination with the Tourism Promotions Board of the Department of Tourism.

This year! See y'all wanderlust.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Be Happy Hungry. Book Launch



Conference: Asia Premium Travel Mart this June 2016

The Asia Premium Travel Mart or APTM positions itself as the meeting place to bring together the world’s best travel counselors to exchange ideas, experiences and cooperation with the world’s best travel providers; what better place but in Southeast Asia where travel is a way of life.


Last June 1, 2016 at SMX Meeting Room.