Founders Drinks Manila started off with a casual networking session, which was followed by a quick introduction from everyone. During the round of introduction, all the attendees were required to answer three questions in the manner of: ” Who are you? What is your company? What are you looking to get out of tonight?”. The quick round of introductions saw answers ranged from people wanting to talk about the Philippines government, fund raising to just pure wanting to meet fellow founders. Read Jay Fajardo of Proudcloud’s earlier guide to the Philippines startup scene to have a better idea of what’s happening in the country.
Stephen Jagger, one of the cofounders of PayrollHero, also the coorganizer of Founders Drinks Manila, told us that there were no speakers planned on purpose and the event was meant to be a by-invitation only networking event. The event was meant for startup founders who are working on their startups in the Philippines. Some of the startups that were present included Proudcloud, Bolooka, Duets, Collab, FamilyKo, Galleon, Guestlist.ph, Kickstart, Orchestrack, Social Project and Zap.
The event was a huge success and everyone enjoyed the session. The organizers would also like to thank Amazon Web Services for sponsoring the food and Martin Bajamundi for taking the event photos.
For us, it is always encouraging to see local communities taking up the lead to organize meetups to connect with one another. With a strong community supported by various tech events in Philippines, there is certainly a lot of promise from the Philippines startup scene. Jacob Dehart, cofounder of Threadless also said this: “If you have a strong loyal community, you can do anything.”