After a year of pitches, presentations and tweaks, three startup teams have emerged as the winners of the 2012 ON3 competition by the Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC)-Silicon Valley. The startups’ journey was a long, but fulfilling one, having started from regional competitions in Davao, Cebu, Manila and Pangasinan, with teams using judges’ feedback to finalize their presentations.
For ON3 2012, the following teams have emerged as winners:
- Payroll Hero is a cloud-based mobile-oriented time, attendance, scheduling and payroll application (Payroll Hero feature here).
- SpellDial wants to drastically change the concept of telephone and contact numbers, by enabling callers to remember names instead of numbers (Spell Dial feature here).
- NEXTIX Groupjump is a social and mobile e-group networking site that allows users the ability to fully control and manage the security and privacy of their virtual social groups.
- NEXTIX Mii Move is an app that allows seamless real-time coaching and interaction between students and coaches for mastering athletic abilities. The application enables students to engage the services of professional services around the world through real-time instruction, as well as social e-learning.
ON3 takes place twice a year in the Philippines, starting with regional competitions, which enable teams throughout the country to to participate in pitching, mentorship and acceleration. The shortlisted finalists are then given the chance to show the viability of their projects through a three-month period, during which the teams submit monthly reports.
Teams that demonstrate viability and the ability to achieve their milestones are then offered a three-month immersion package in partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA. Meanwhie, the Philippine government has also given its support to the program. The winners will also receive a grant from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology to support their living expenses while in Silicon Valley. The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Trade and Industry have likewise supported the cross-border efforts in improving the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Plug and Play CEO Sameed Amidi said that the winning teams demonstrated their drive and innovativeness in solving global problems through their efforts. “[T]he entrepreneurs demonstrated their drive and approach to solving a global problem using technology and I am confident that the entrepreneurial ecosystem for the Philippines is headed toward success.”
Apart from government support, local companies have also contributed to ON3: Globe telecom, Smart Communications and Novare Technologies, each of which also independently contribute to the Philippine startup ecosystem through their own initiatives, investments and accelerators.