Top 10 Tech Startup Companies in the Philippines

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Following in the footsteps of global tech hubs Singapore and Hong Kong, the Philippines is slowly fostering a tech startup ecosystem to facilitate the market-entry and participation of new entrants to its economic marketplace. The obvious advantages of a huge consumer base, high mobile penetration, and enormous potential for digitization in untapped resources – along with a large, English-speaking population and cost-effective technical, marketing, and back-office support – make the country an ideal test market for startup companies looking to develop their business models in an economy with a digital infrastructure that is still in its infancy.

Newcomers to the country’s market are harnessing the idea of originality and elements of unfamiliarity to disrupt and reform traditional methods of doing business in the Philippines. They are striving to be something new in the market to revolutionize the way businesses interact with their customers and expand consumer reach to include parts of the population that have little or no previous access to many types of services. More and more entrepreneurs are now launching their tech startup companies in the country – enlarging its digital technology space and nurturing its tech startup ecosystem.

Below are the top ten Philippine-based tech startup companies that remarkably changed the rules of the game by using digital technology to scale their business, reach new audiences, influence customer preference, and push major industry players to reinvent their brands and play catch-up. These companies belong to diverse industries but stand out in the startup community with their originality and potential to transform market dynamics – with services ranging from digital bitcoin exchange to on-demand personal healthcare delivery, digital platform to unify pharmacies around the world, online grocery delivery, and other tech-enabled services.

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zennya

Launched in 2016 by CEO and Founder David Foote, zennya is a health and wellness on-demand mobile platform provider that aims to make personal healthcare in the Philippines more accessible, affordable, and consumer-driven by making use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Global Positioning System (GPS), and Telematics to provide clients easy access to professional therapists and healthcare nurses through an app-booking process.

Zennya has a personalized mobile-first digital health network that connects customers to a broad range of healthcare and online AI-backed diagnostic services. Its app-booking process utilizes a built-in telematics and geologistics system similar to Uber – which the company uses to help their service providers request a zennya mobile or bike to get to a customer’s doorsteps within the estimated arrival time displayed on their mobile app.

The company invests heavily in AI technology to ensure their automated process workflows are backed by reliable data and accurate medical diagnosis – an investment that garnered a huge amount of praise and inspiration from the tech startup community. It is set to expand to Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and other parts of Asia in the next few years following its successful business venture in the Philippines.

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Sprout Solutions

Sprout Solutions is a Philippine-based automated HR and payroll platform provider that seeks to create a suite of back-end solutions and localized software system to address payroll, HR, and recruitment difficulties of companies in emerging markets in Southeast Asia. Its initial software product was incubated out of KMC Solutions and launched in 2015 by company founders Patrick and Alexandria Gentry.
The company is committed to building an HR platform to help enterprise businesses in Southeast Asia streamline their operations and acquire access to advanced software solutions. This tech startup company offers three digital products: the Sprout HR (a cloud-based human resource information system that allows companies to centralize all their HR processes and keep track of progress and efficiency), Sprout Payroll (a comprehensive online payroll system that automates complex payroll processes and government compliance into a faster and more seamless tool), and Sprout Insight (a solution that brings tools from data science – AI and predictive analytics – to the world of human resources).
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Coins.ph

Coins.ph is a financial services platform provider that offers person-to-person wallet transfers, bill payments, mobile top-ups, online shopping, and remittance services using bitcoins and blockchain technology. Its company founders, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Ron Hose and Runar Petursson, seized on the blockchain’s peer-to-peer technology as a way to improve the global payments and remittance business sector by lowering costs, speeding up transactions, and increasing financial inclusion for people with no easy access to physical banking infrastructures.
Launched in 2014, Hose and Petursson chose to incorporate the company in the Philippines to take advantage of the country’s high remittance inflow and large percentage (73%) of the population with no sufficient access to mainstream financial banking services. Coins.ph also has active operations in Thailand and is set to expand its regional presence in Southeast Asia in the next few years.
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Kalibrr

Kalibrr is an online job-matching, hiring, and recruitment platform provider that aims to revolutionize the process of job recruitment by offering faster and more personal engagements between hiring companies and job applicants.
Launched in 2012 by Paul Rivera and Dexter Ligot-Gordon, this Philippine-based tech startup company differentiates itself from its major rivals (the US-based tech giant LinkedIn Corporation and Jobstreet.com, the largest Southeast Asian online employment company based in Malaysia) through its unique skills assessment digital tool which allows employers to determine a particular candidate’s skill set through over fifty (50) industry validated assessments which are targeted to decrease the average screening time to ensure a strong slate of candidates that possess an employer’s specific job requirements.
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mClinica

mClinica is a healthcare tech startup company that provides data-driven solutions to unify previously unavailable data from pharmacies across Southeast Asia. It also administers advisory services and analytics tools to public and private healthcare organizations. mClinica was founded by Farouk Meralli, a Harvard graduate who left his career at pharmaceutical giants Roche, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer to start building his own company.
Launched in the Philippines in 2013, the company has rapidly expanded operations to Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia in a few years’ time. Following a successful business registration in Singapore, the company was able to set up its global headquarters in the country and raise $6.3 million for its global expansion plans through a Series A funding round. mClinica is committed to connecting thousands of pharmacies around the world and providing them with consolidated access to billions of patient data – using a common digital platform that manages patient engagement and medical information across jurisdictions.
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Ayannah

Ayannah is a Philippine-based fintech startup company that offers digital remittances, electronic payments, and business solutions through three digital platforms: Sendah, Sendah Direct, and Sendah Remit.

Ayannah provides affordable and accessible digital commerce and payment services to bring about financial inclusion and literacy to the unbanked and financially marginalized communities in Southeast Asia. It was founded in 2010 by Filipino entrepreneur Miguel “Mikko” Perez who is currently developing Ayannah’s digital platforms to make the company an industry leader in solving the problem of financial illiteracy for low-income and financially marginalized individuals in developing countries.
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Squadzip

Squadzip is a mobile-first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform provider that helps companies manage sales and operations by applying the familiarity of popular social media platforms to a sales and project management context.
It aims to administer a centralized process of data management to help managers locate, monitor, and support their sales and project management teams while working in the field in real-time. Squadzip makes use of a tagging system called ziptags to organize time and location-stamped reports, as well as monitor the business activities and working hours of employees while deployed in the field. The company was launched in 2014 by Roman Mercado and Joaquin Don Barandino in the Philippines. It is set to expand to other countries in Southeast Asia following its reseller agreement with Tandika Learning Institute – a training consultancy company based in Indonesia.
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engageSPARK

engageSPARK is a social enterprise platform provider that utilizes an online self-service solution to create and launch SMS and Voice Call messaging, surveying, decision tree, reminder, alert, and curriculum engagements across over 200 countries in just a few minutes.

It aims to help NGOs, social enterprises, governments, and businesses use mobile phones to connect with people from rural communities and send key information and collect valuable data that are not easily accessible through common modes of communication.

Launched in 2012 by Ravi Agarwal and Avner Mizrahi, this tech startup company is currently based in Cebu City in the Philippines and has been used in over 100 countries by multinational organizations such as United Nations, Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee, Asian Development Bank, and Intel Corp.

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Edukasyon.ph

Edukasyon.ph is a Philippine-based social enterprise that provides informed academic choices to prospective college students through an online platform that helps connect them to universities, colleges, and training providers.

Its online platform has a college application service and a comprehensive database of 14,000+ colleges, 80,000+ courses, and 4,000+ scholarships from local and foreign institutions.

It offers an online career guidance that aids students on the career pathways they can take in reaching their academic goals. Launched in 2016 in the Philippines by Harvard graduate Henry Motte Muñoz, Edukasyon.ph is currently the leading edtech platform widely used in the country, with over a million monthly users, 400 partner colleges, and 60,000 inquiries and applications.

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Pushkart.ph

Pushkart.ph is an online grocery delivery service provider that allows private individuals and businesses to purchase grocery products online through their website. After order placement, the company then delivers the items to the customer’s doorsteps. Pushkart.ph has personal grocers that are well-trained in picking the best quality of grocery items.
The company makes use of the expert logistics of its delivery partner, Lalamove, to deliver each parcel in good condition. It also provides the convenience of choosing a specific delivery time slot to maximize customer satisfaction. This startup company was launched in 2017 by CEO and Founder Joshua Aragon and is currently serving customers in Metro Manila, Philippines.

Comments (4)

Hope you include Teko.ph soon. 😀

Hi JC

Hopefully we could also feature Teko.ph 🙂

Dann Angelo De Guzman

Have a look as well at the successes of investee companies of Future Now Ventures.

Awesome read. I find it remarkable that these startups belong to vastly different industries but were able to flourish by adopting digital resources and maximizing their potential. This really goes to show that while the country’s digital infrastructure is in its early phase, many startups are ambitious enough to take the risk of integrating new technologies into their systems. I’m an advocate for Philippine startups, and I think many of these emerging tech companies can benefit a lot from a program I know of. It’s called Space for Ingenious, and it aims to promote startup growth in the Philippines by providing new businesses with coworking space and business mentorship. For interested parties, here’s a link to the program: https://kmc.solutions/space-for-ingenious

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