SkyEye, Inc. Receives P750,000 Start-Up Support Through Impact Hub Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility with LBC

In a joint effort to discover and empower the next big innovation addressing mobility, Impact Hub Manila and LBC have chosen to support SkyEye, Inc. As the winning team of the Impact Hub Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility with LBC, they will receive a grand prize amounting to P750,000, which includes seed funding of P320,000. Apart from the cash prize, SkyEye will receive continued support and development with LBC and Impact Hub Manila for the next 9 months. They gain access to a collaborative workspace, valuable local and global network, focused mentoring, and continued skill development worth more than P430,000.

Matthew Cua, Co-Founder of SkyEye, Inc. receives Php750,000.00 support from Impact Hub Fellowship Manila's on Innovation in Mobility with LBC.

Matthew Cua (middle), Co-Founder of SkyEye, Inc. receives Php750,000.00 support from Impact Hub Fellowship Manila’s on Innovation in Mobility with LBC.

SkyEye, Inc. was started by a group of researchers and engineers gathering weather data and producing maps with UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drone) technology. They have since grown into a technically skilled enterprise dedicated to maximizing UAV technology in various applications. From comprehensive and cost-efficient land surveying, to deed titling, infrastructure planning and construction, to humanitarian response. It is their mission to provide clients with the optimized technology as well as the guidance to make better decisions about property, land, and developments.

The winning Fellow was among three teams that pitched their businesses to a panel of industry experts and investors led by Mr. Dino Araneta, LBC’s Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer.

Aside from SkyEye, two other companies entered the 3-month Cohort Phase of the Fellowship, and also participated in Impact Hub’s KICK Incubation Program. Food Planner is a post-harvest food processing initiative taking food direct from the farmers to the market. Food Planner is pioneering the production of dehydrated food products. Wave is a ride-sharing, booking, and social platform that acts as an affordable alternative for daily commuters and urban professionals. The teams were exposed to esteemed mentors and gained access to a global network of innovators as well as the local start-up community.

“Our team was able to grow really fast over the last three months,” said Matthew Cua, co-founder of SkyEye, Inc. “As engineers, thinking about business models and thinking about sales is not a natural thing for us. The whole program enabled us to better communicate our value proposition and make it more compelling. We were able to make our tool sets as entrepreneurs even stronger and gain valuable insights from industry experts and other start-ups. Overall, we are a stronger company now.”

SkyEye, Inc. was chosen because of their innovative approach, combining hardware, software, and highly talented people to create services to benefit the customers and the country. “We believe their pioneering use of drone technology has a huge potential to bring positive change to the Philippines and abroad. Through further development, we anticipate a diverse range of solutions and applications in the subject of mobility,” said Dino Araneta. “Through the Fellowship, we’ve seen SkyEye’s improvements first-hand, taking them to a stage where their company is ready to scale. Together, we will be able to gain even more traction in the next 9 months of the Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility. LBC gained insight into the most innovative companies and minds in the mobility sector and was able to create partnerships with several of the more than 40 applicants.”

“All three teams went through an intensive 3-month cohort phase where we observed them in action; how they work, how quick they learn and adapt, and how they progress,” said LizAn Kuster, co-founder of Impact Hub Manila. “We look forward to hosting more Incubation and Innovation Programs with excellent partners such as LBC, who are driven by innovation, and actively support and incubate start-ups and social enterprises such as these.” LBC was instrumental in launching this very first Impact Hub Fellowship. The partnership between LBC and Impact Hub exceeded expectations, since all three teams took big steps in refining their business skills and preparing the next phase of their respective companies.

With their logistical experience and operational knowhow as the country’s chief courier service, LBC were at a pertinent vantage point to tackle issues of mobility and value chain management. LBC proves they are a company motivated by constant innovation, bent on empowering small to medium businesses.

Stay tuned, since we will launch more innovation, impact and incubation programs in the future.

Three Start-ups Win P200,000 Impact Hub Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility

Three promising start-ups won the unique opportunity to bring their innovative business ideas into reality. The three finalists—namely SkyEye, Wave, and Food Planners, Inc., were awarded initial prizes amounting to P200,000.00 each, entering into the three months Cohort phase of the Impact Hub Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility with LBC. They receive seed funding, coaching and mentoring, skill development, inspiring co-workspace, and access to 73 international Impact Hubs with 12,000 members worldwide. All this, without giving away equity.

Winners of the Impact Hub Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility: SkyEye, Wave, and Food Planners Inc., with Impact Hub Manila and LBC Express executives.

Winners of the Impact Hub Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility: SkyEye, Wave, and Food Planners Inc., with Impact Hub Manila and LBC Express executives.

“We truly believe in innovation and the aspiring entrepreneurs and thus created this incubation program together with LBC” explains LizAn Kuster.

At the awarding ceremony held at Impact Hub Manila, 11 finalists presented their business propositions to a reputable panel of experienced industry practitioners and executives.

The jury was composed of Fernando Araneta (Chief Strategy Officer and Innovation of LBC Express), Javier Mantecon (Chief Marketing Officer of LBC Express), Rajan Uttamchandani (CEO of Esquire Financing Inc.), Julia Nebrija (World Bank Consultant and Chair of Inclusive Mobility Network), Joselito Annonuevo (Chief Digital Officer, LBCX), and Mathias Jaeggi (Co-Founder, Impact Hub Manila).

“As a company that prides itself in continuously seeking ways to transform the industry and pioneer new ways, we wanted to be part of an initiative that will cultivate ingenuity and help participants focus it into something tangible. We are glad to have found these three ambitious enterprises” says Dino G. Araneta, Chief Strategy Officer.

The winning teams exemplify the diverse scope of potential innovations in mobility, and they are:
SkyEye – Realizing a deficiency in the real estate market, with at least 12 million parcels of untitled land, and unnecessarily long and gruelling acquisition and transactional processes, the team at SkyEye provide customers an efficient alternative to comprehensively survey various land and properties with the help of customized drone technology as well as detailed mapping software.

Wave – A welcome addition to the growing sharing economy, Wave is a community-based ridesharing service with a polished strategy targeting residential communities and the urban professionals seeking even more affordable options for their daily commute.

Food Planner, Inc. – A post-harvest food processing initiative that focuses on farmers, who lack access to the mainstream commercial market. By targeting the foundation of the agricultural supply chain, they are attempting to optimize value chain management by directly connecting the raw material suppliers (farmers) to their end clients (markets, wholesalers, restaurants, and more).

The rest of the finalists, which represent the top ideas chosen from numerous brilliant submissions, included: Urban Cable Car, Bisikleta Kooperatiba, City Smart, MekanikoMo, Biker X, Nyfti, Axis Precision 3D, and Urban Link.

Launched back in October, the Fellowship program is the first collaboration between the country’s leading express delivery service provider, LBC, and Impact Hub Manila—the latest local branch of a global network of innovators, entrepreneurs, techies and creatives. With a common objective for positive social and environmental change, the partnership naturally focused on one of the most pressing concerns: Mobility and Logistics.

With increasingly congested byways and thoroughfares in the metro, inadequate transportation infrastructure, and limited available alternatives, it has become impossible to overlook the public’s outcry.

After the intensive three-month Cohort phase, one team will emerge by end of March 2016 as the winning Impact Hub Fellow. The chosen fellow will then receive additional P250,000 seed funding as well as other additional start-up support worth over P500,000. The winning start-up will continue to develop, grow, and scale its business along with LBC and Impact Hub Manila.

The third phase of the Fellowship is the Incubation. The goal for the Fellow during the 9-month Incubation phase is to build a management team, found a legal entity, develop/test a prototype and/or enter the market, and secure additional funding as well as customer contacts. During this phase, the Fellow receives significant seed funding as well as connections to peer entrepreneurs, mentors, and other beneficial contacts. These relationships, combined with focused skill development and access to a vibrant community of change-makers in an inspiring work atmosphere, will help facilitate the start-up of a thriving social business.

For more details about the Fellowship, please check out

Regent Stages Inaugural 5i50 Triathlon

Triathlon has become the fast-growing sport today, attracting triathletes from across the country and the international community. And a significant number of triathlon races are being held annually in the country.

With Sunrise Events, Inc. at the helm, watch out for the inaugural Regent 5i50 Triathlon slated on June 7, 2015, in Subic Bay. As the presenting partner, Regent Foods promises not only the exciting challenges of the multisport in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, but most importantly, a different kind of experience for every participating triathlete – from the swim start down to the finish line, and extends even more than receiving the finisher medal.

Regent 5i50 features a challenging 1.5km loop, rectangular, clockwise swim at the waters of the Subic Bay Boardwalk,a 40km point-to-point bike ride to the Subic International Airport, heading to IDESS up to Tarlac Road and head back to Transition 2 in Remy Field.

The 10km run will start from Transition 2 in Remy Field and heads on to the first turn around in Dewey Ave., going back to Remy Field and then go to Rizal Highway entering Argonaut Highway for the second turn around, and heading back for the finish at Remy Field.

Top Aussie pros Casey Munro, Justin Granger, Clayton Fettel, Belinda Granger, Dimity Lee-Duke and Thai Carole Fuchs head the foreign entries in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run, which serves as Regent’s answer to triathletes who love to do short – distance but challenging races in a world – class production set-up.

“In our aim to support Filipinos’ changing lifestyle and needs, Regent Foods started to focus in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events.  Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolve as a fast – growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the triathlon community with the Regent 5i50 event,” said Ricky Lee, President and CEO of Regent Foods.

Alaska Tri-Aspire’s Banjo Norte and Jenny Rose Guerrero, and LC Langit compete in the Filipino elite category. Celebrity triathletes Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Victor Basa and Onemig Bondoc are also competing in their respective age groups.

“We commend Regent Foods for joining the ever-growing list of backers of this popular three-sport athletic competition. With a talent-laden international field, we expect a world-class competition since the event also serves as a fitting tune-up for those competing in the Ironman,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, President and CEO of Sunrise Events, Inc., which also stages the Philippine franchise of Ironman, Ironkids and Safeguard 5i50.

The two pre-event activities which include athlete registration, race pack claiming and race briefing will be held on June 5-6, 2015, is backed by 2Go Express, the official courier and logistics partner, Sante Barley, Newton Running, PLDT SubicTel, TYR, Coca Cola Femsa, Garmin, David’s Salon, Shotz, Smart, Pioneer Insurance, The Philippine Star Multisport Magazine, Intercare, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board and host venue Subic Bay.

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Run United 2: Take the Challenge and Exceed Yourself

Run United Trilogy Finisher's Medals (21k, 32k & 42k)

Run United Trilogy Finisher’s Medals (21k, 32k & 42k)

Running is the base form of any sports. Being a high-impact activity, it should be taken seriously whether you are a competitive runner or a recreational runner. Running doesn’t start at the at gun time or end after you cross the finish line. It’s a continuous activity for any individual who wants to get fit, stay fit, and who wants to exceed himself.

It’s in this regard that Unilab Active Health in partnership with Runrio, Inc., has launched the Run United Trilogy. This early, gear up for Run United 2 slated on June 7, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Run United 2
7 June 2015 @ 2am
SM Mall of Asia

Registration Fees and Start Times:

Category Registration Fee Gun Start
32k Php1,050.00 3:00am
21k Php950.00 4:00am
10k Php850.00 5:00am
5k Php750.00 5:30am

Upsize your registration for only Php60.00, and receive a customised Exceed Yourself Training Plan from Coach Ani de Leon-Brown, plus a personalised race bib, 3 pcs Enervon Activ and 140gms Enervon HP Recovery Drink.

Limited edition Run United singlet with Chaf-Reduc Technology for all participants.

Limited edition Run United singlet with Chaf-Reduc Technology for all participants.

Online Registration:
March 14 – April 16, 2015
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Runners have the option to have their kits delivered or picked up at the store.
Additional Php150.00 for delivery and processing fee on top of the registration fee. Fees are inclusive of Php50.00 web admin fee.

In-Store Registration:
March 14 –  May 14, 2015
Prepaid Cards are to be sold to actual runners only.
Runners must claim their race kits at the store where they bought their prepaid card.

Register before April 16, 2015, to get a guaranteed 21k/32k Finisher’s shirt.
Race bib with D-Tag delivery schedule is on or before May 20, 2015.

Register at the following stores:
  Shangri-La Mall
  Arena Glorietta 2
  Robinson’s Metro East

Run United 2 Finisher's Shirt (21k & 32kk only)

Run United 2 Finisher’s Shirt (21k & 32kk only)

For enquiries:
Telephone: (02) 463-4813 to 14
Mondays through Fridays, 9am to 5pm except holidays.

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