The Host & Mentors
The brains and boss behind popular home and lifestyle brand Acasa Manila, Maggie is an Entrepreneur, TV Host, Actress, Model and a former Beauty Queen. As a multi-hyphenate, her foresight and ability to turn everyday situations into business opportunities, coupled with her relentless passion for pursuing what she loves and living life on her own terms have laid the foundations for her success to date.
As GoDaddy's Marketing Director for Asia, Tina believes that marketing is the perfect balance of art and science. With over 15 years of industry experience in marketing and communications, she and her team decided to launch Project GO in the Philippines after years of astute observation, seeing the potential in its vibrant and creative market. She is more than ready to share her expertise at the forefront, with the aim of empowering aspiring entrepreneurs with GoDaddy tools, as well as the confidence and resilience to pursue their passions.
From a young age, Bea found an affinity for storytelling that has served her well as Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor. Since making the switch from social media producer to news reporter, Bea has accumulated nearly a decade's worth of experience in journalism, writing and reporting for some of the country's major news publications. A dedicated people person, she has a knack for discerning insights on what moves people, while she enjoys mentoring young writers and interns, in the hopes of developing in them an awareness and empathy for the world.
Born with a flair for all things creative, Macky gravitates towards positions that nurture his creativity skills. As the Vice President of Advertising for Ligo and co-founder of Odd Job Bob, Macky heads up the branding teams of these two very different brands in different industries, overseeing substantial growth despite the pandemic. However, the realm of cyberspace is where his true passion lies, in the virtual worlds of tech and gaming, where he hopes to see ground-breaking innovations from the younger generation that can help simplify and improve the lives of people even more.
The Vice President of Production at Ligo, Mikko saw a gap in the construction industry and immediately knew that his team had what it took to meet that need. True to his entrepreneurial spirit, he co-founded Odd Job Bob with his brother, where he is currently its CEO. A firm believer in fearless decisions, taking risky choices and making bolder moves, Mikko continues to challenge the status quo even in the pandemic, creating a programme that ensured none of their employees had to worry about financial uncertainty or job security.
Besides running his own logistics business on the side, Mark is also the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ligo. As a successful executive and third-generation owner of one of the most popular food businesses in the country, Mark sees innovation as the way forward in the future, and hopes to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to innovate, reacting to change in order to discover new opportunities to excel in life and change the world.
The Top 4
AO Innovations Tech
The creator of the AO Healthcare Fullface Mask, Arnel’s timely invention has preliminarily helped to protect hundreds of healthcare workers against COVID-19. The masks offer full two-way filter protection, has fan-assisted airflow management and has been tested by doctors in surgeries and long six-hour procedures successfully.
Now, Arnel is looking to venture further, supplying his innovative technical masks at subsidized rates to increase the productivity of frontline and healthcare workers everywhere.
Loop Store PH
Dominique and Pocholo are passionate about finding solutions to the loop of mindless consumption and increased reliance on single-use plastics. That's why they're proposing banana leaves as a cheap, viable alternative to plastics.
Sturdy, waterproof, biodegradable and readily available in the Philippines, the team hopes to introduce a new sustainable food packaging to the market.
Currently operating as a digital private tutoring service to fund its own development, Ryan, Calvin and Sofia aims to disrupt the tutoring industry by connecting students of all ages and levels to professional tutors and educators, making help accessible wherever it's needed.
By facilitating access to tutorials, review services, and educational materials anytime anywhere, the team hopes to build a community devoted to educating others, with the opportunity to earn flexibly as well.
While most agencies offer skills-for-hire like graphic design, SEO and other creative services, Pearl’s freelance service portal is dedicated to helping the underprivileged. This way, entrepreneurs can expand their businesses through Staffz while also giving less privileged youths opportunities to make something of themselves.
First equipping them with the necessary skill sets, Pearl hopes to give them a platform to pursue a freelancing career and rise above their economic situations.