With over 50 international speakers and 1,500 expected audience members, this is the biggest event by the Ignite team yet.

A gathering of the top minds in innovation across Asia in startups, investments and industry, to share world-changing ideas and best practices in shaping the world’s technologies.

Ignite 2020 is a two-day event that features world-class keynote speakers, WILDFIRE: New and Improved Pitch competition , and MATCH: the biggest business matching in the country today. Get ready for endless opportunities to collaborate with exciting innovators and established institutions.

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“If every country in South-East Asia has a signature startup conference then Ignite represents the Philippines!”

Navin Danapal
SEA Director of Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX)

Past Speakers

Over 50 world-class speakers dedicated to helping you and your business grow.

Drew Calin


Jeremy Rolleston

Active8me Pte Ltd

Naga Tan

Bukas.ph | Dana Cita

James Tan

Managing Partner
Quest Ventures

Alexander Hamilton

Co-Founder & CEO APAC

Hanno Stegmann

Director & Head of SG Office
BCG Digital Ventures

Enrique Gonzalez

IP Ventures

Robert W. van Zwieten

CEO & Founder
The Serendra Group LLC

Amarit Charoenphan

CEO & Founder
HUBBA & Techsauce

Koichi Saito

Founder & General Partner
KK Fund

Ryu Hirota

Spiral Ventures Pte. Ltd.

Neel Chowdhury

CEO & Editor-in-chief
Sycamore Media Holdings

Nguyen Phi Van

Vietnam Angel Network

Adrian Avendano

GlobalSouthTech (GST)

Mathew Welch

Senior Advisor
AND Global Pte. Ltd

Yuki Koyama

Senior Manager
Dentsu Ventures

Samuel Jeanblanc

Market Lead

Brian Cu

Grab Philippines

Tristan de Belloy

Founder & CEO
Quanta Digital

Gui Faria


Karl Mak

Co-Founder & CEO
Hepmil Media Group

Kartini Andri Wardhani

Venturra Discovery

Froilan Rabatan

Sr AVP for Business Development and Operations
Cortex Technologies Corporation

RJ Balmater

Investment Analyst
Monk's Hill Ventures

Ong Le Yu

Director, Equity Capital Markets
Singapore Exchange

Jojo Flores

Plug and Play Tech Center

David Kuo

Co-Founder & CEO
iiiNNO Co., LTD

Bhavna Suresh

Co-Founder & CEO

Todd Schweitzer

Founder & CEO

Kohki Sakata

Partner, CEO of IGPI Singapore
Industrial Growth Platform Inc.

Gilberto Gaeta

Director, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Emerging Markets; Google Customer Solutions

Yutaka Kitade

Venture Partner

Vincent G. Tobias

Head of Innovation

Alex Bono


Johanna L. Wiese

Director / Agritech Lead, SEA
Mistletoe Global

Karel Holub

Chief Argonaut
Argomall, Inc.

Joshua Agusta

Vice President of Investments
MDI Ventures

Kylie Misa

WVN Home Textiles

Christian Besler

Chief Digital Officer
Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc.

Nathan Boublil

Co-Founder & Global Managing Director
ZEN Rooms

Supachai Kid Parchariyanon

Co-Founder and CEO
RISE Corporate Innovation Powerhouse

Steve D. Benitez

Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Bo’s Coffee ( AG&Rock Inc.)

Mohan Belani

Cofounder and CEO

John Aguilar

Host and Creator
The Final Pitch

Minette B. Navarrete

Kickstart Ventures Inc.

James Soukamneuth

Impact Investing Director
Investing in Women Initiative

Carmina Bayombong

CEO and Co-Founder

Vijay Tirathrai

Managing Director

Angelito M. Villanueva

Chief Innovation & Inclusion Officer
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

William Valtos Jr.

Group President - Financial Services
ICCP Group

Kenji Nakanishi

President and CEO
DBP-Daiwa Capital Markets Philippines,Inc.

Martin Lichauco

Managing Director
Crescent Point

Haruka Furukawa

Slush Tokyo

Paolo Limcaoco

Investment Manager
LGT Venture Philanthropy

Cindy Wang

Chief Marketing Officer
Uxin Group

Amra Naidoo

Co-founder, Partnerships & Operations Director
Accelerating Asia

Moritz Gastl

Country Manager
CompareAsia Group

Will Kim

Managing Partner
Mission Capital

John Orrock

CEO, Principal Investor & Advisor
Future Now Ventures

Josep Curto Diaz

Adjunct Professor of Business Analytics & Business Intelligence
IE Business School & IE School of Human Science & Technology

Pedro Paez

Specialist Solutions Architect for AI/ML
Amazon Web Services

James Gilbert

Director of Marketing, APAC

Maria Corazon Bulatao

President & Chief Operations Officer
Quad X

Navin Danapal

SEA Director

Karena Belin

CEO & Co-Founder

Jo Chan

Investor Relations Manager
AngelHub and WHub

Jeffrey Seah

Quest Ventures

Frederic Levy

VP of Money Transfer

Pinky T. Yee

New Business Group Director
Goldilocks Bakeshop Inc.

Diane Eustaquio

Executive Director
IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

Rosie Keller

Regional Manager for Asia

Gerard Chia

VisVires New Protein

Gerard Chia

Dymon Asia Ventures

Miguel Warren

Regional Head, SEA

Pailin Pie Vichakul

Digital Ventures

Ravi Trivedi

General Manager

Kurt Tanyu

Senior Associate
Openspace Ventures

Tomo Watanabe


Takashi Ishihara

Executive Director
JETRO Manila

Hamilton Angluben

General Manager

Geryll Pastor

Innovation Head
Security Bank Corporation

Don Pansacola


Ericson James Pacaba

Managing Partner
Morningtide Capital Partners

Donald Lim

Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines
Opening Remarks Day 1

Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba

Undersecretary for Competitiveness & Innovation
Department of Trade and Industry
Opening Remarks Day 2

Rene A. Ledesma Jr.


April Ong Vano


Dae Lee


Pitch Competition

A redefined competition that invites startups to pitch to
multiple organisations, judges and prizes all on one stage.

Presented by:



Compete for Equity Free Cash Prize

Win a trip to the Seedstars Regional Summit and a chance to win $500,000.00 in equity investment.

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Past Judges

FutureNow Ventures Judges

Ikuo Hiraishi

Founder & CEO
Dream Vision INC.

Christiaan K.

Dymon Asia Ventures

Samir Chaibi

Investment & Portfolio Head
GREE Ventures

Ching Tseng


Seedstars Judges

Michael Lee


Pailin Pie Vichakul

Digital Ventures

Marina Aoe Shimono

Asia Associate

John Orrock

CEO, Principal Investor & Advisor
Future Now Ventures

Abraham Hidayat

Managing Director
Skystar Capital

PLDT Judge

Leandro “Andy” T. Santos

Head of PLDT Enterprise Core Business Research and Development
PLDT Enterprise

QBO Judge

Katrina Rausa Chan

QBO Innovation Hub

Business Matching

The largest innovation-centric Business Matching event in the country that brings together Startups, Investors and Corporations in the spirit of collaboration.

How to Join

Step 1

Register your corporation or apply for your startup.

Step 2

Email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours with payment link.

Step 3

Use payment link to purchase the Business Matching Pass.

Step 4

Payment confirmation will be sent via email after purchase.

Participating Corporations

Participating Investors


“With the Philippines continuing to become a hotbed of the world’s creative and technology talents, we believe Ignite can push the Philippines into the world stage where we can see creative ideas and advanced technology put to good use and exponentially improve the lives of people everywhere.”

Donald Lim
Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines

“Participated in IGNITE 2018 as a sponsor. I had a lot of business opportunities and even found this aggressive local company that is now our partner. I'm really grateful.”

Yoshifumi Iida
Chief Operating Officer

“With every passing year, the scale, prestige and impact has been exponentially increasing. Furthermore, IGPI has benefitted from Ignite in a plethora of ways including power networking, staying abreast with innovation in Philippines and getting access to some fantastic entrepreneurs.”

Kohki Sakata

“IGNITE was an intense week of exposure to The Philippines tech ecosystem. From forward-looking corporations to up-and-coming startups, the energy was palpable and the possibilities seemingly unbound. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and look forward to the next installment of IGNITE.”

James Tan
Managing Partner
Quest Ventures

“I connected a range of new people from corporate, VC funds and startups from various industries at Ignite. This conference always provides an excellent opportunity to catch the latest trend of startups scene in SEA and I learnt a lot from seasoned speakers with diverse expertise"

Koichi Saito
Founder & General Partner
KK Fund

“It was a first time for me to visit and see how Philippines' startup ecosystem is going on. I thought it is a high potential market from the viewpoint of population and talented people who have English and programing skill. We have invested in a few startups in Philippines, but we would like to see more startups there if we have a chance.”

Takeshi Kitao
Investment Manager
Cyberagent Ventures

“I had no idea it was such a large conference that would put some regional events to shame! If every country in South-East Asia has a signature startup conference then Ignite represents the Philippines! It's good to see such diverse participation and the hunger from a rising economy.”

Navin Danapal
SEA Director

“Ignite is the must-attend tech event if you'd want to connect with and learn the rising startup ecosystem of Philippines.”

Ryu Hirota
Spiral Ventures

Our Venue Partner

GF, Marriott Grand Ballroom, 2 Resort Dr, Pasay, 1309 Metro Manila
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