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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Jul 11
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 12
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 13
  • Arrive, Teams working on MVP and final presentation
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • After Party!
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Robert Smith

Director for IT and Marketing, iZone Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Mr. Robert Smith, the Director for IT, Development & Marketing of Izone Technologies is a business development expert and a marketing trend setter. Technically savvy with a marketing mind set, he has a proven track record in developing Innovative programs. He’s been on the cutting edge of technology for 12 years, and has managed teams internationally. He has extensive media buying experience and was at one time one of Google’s individual advertisers.

Calen Legaspi

CEO and Co-founder, Orange and Bronze Software Labs   |   LinkedIn

Calen co-founded Orange & Bronze Software Labs to provide a venue where the Filipino engineer’s true skills are showcased. He is currently on his 6th term as part of the board for the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), serving as the Technology Director and head of the Technology Council.

A known champion for education reform, he has initiated and participated in programs that support the Philippine academe: by providing free training and enablement seminars to teachers through the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE), authoring technology training modules for TESDA, as well as contributing to other programs aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of IT educators in the Philippines.

Calen is also part of the technical panel of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) where he is instrumental in developing responsive IT education curricula and programs for Philippine universities and institutions. He is part of the CHED team tasked to qualify the standards of IT and Computer Science education in the Philippines.
Prior to O&B, Calen worked as a software engineer in various firms, often in a research and development capacity, as well as doing a stint as a freelance consultant and trainer. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, has taken units for a Masters in Computer Science as well as Business Administration in the same university. He is a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for the J2EE platform, Certified Web Component Developer, and a Certified Java Programmer. He also co-founded PinoyJUG or the Association of Philippine Java Developers and served as the organization's president for six years.

Alvin Gendrano

Director, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Philippines   |   LinkedIn

Alvin is a global software industry veteran with wide-ranging business and technology experiences from P&L ownership, business and operations management, business strategy and execution, development, cloud computing, online gaming, and consumer e-commerce. He also ran a global technical services delivery practice with staff in Shanghai, Bangalore, Egypt, and Europe. He is passionate to help grow local software after 15 years competing in the global software industry.

He is currently Director, Developer and Platform Group for Microsoft Philippines and was recently elected to the Philippine Software Industry Association board. In prior roles, he launched the Xbox Games-on-Demand service, led Business Management for SQLServer, grew an online games marketplace to $300M+/yr, ran global service delivery programs, and is a published author on distributed databases.

Todd Grannis

CEO of VISP, Inc, President of Cleversoft, Inc.

In 1990 he co-founded one of the first nationwide online services, Public Data Network and subsequently co-created what was then the world’s largest and most popular BBS Chat Networking Software, Chatlink!

He founded in 1996. The solution was the first of its kind in the Internet Service Provider business. Today, he is active with other business leaders in the community and openly apply Lean / high-performance business management principals with his team in the management of operations. This has resulted in some very satisfied customers.

Other accomplishments:
- Present – CEO of VISP, Inc, President of Cleversoft, Inc.
- Established Cleversoft, Inc. –a Philippine software development office
- 1996-Present - Led VISP, Inc. from zero to over $2 million in annual recurring revenues
- 1994-1996 - Founded Rogue Equipment, a whitewater raft distributor that after just two years outsold all other SOTAR distributors world wide combined. Sold the company in 1996 to focus on
- 1988-1994 - One of Oregon’s top producers representing the National Association for the Self Employed. Top 1% of producers nationwide, and then the youngest manager ever hired of approximately 30,000 reps and managers hired in the company’s history to that date.

Daisy Tiu

Co-Founder, Dataworld Computer Center

Ms Daisy Tiu, co founded Dataworld Computer Center. Dataworld has been providing high quality enterprise IT solutions and services not only to the major sectors in the Northern Mindanao area but also to selected customers in Southern Mindanao. and the Visayas and Luzon area. Currently, Dataworld is a major partner of Cisco, HP, EMC, Microsoft and other major players in the IT industry .Dataworld also offers Prometric and VUE Testing to students and professionals. She is a member of the board of directors of the CDO ICT council.

Daisy is a graduate of Industrial Engineering of UP Diliman. She handled financial analysis, project evaluation in government and systems analysis in a software development division of an IT firm.

Eileen San Juan

Local Economic Investment Promotions Officer (LEIPO), City Government of Cagayan de Oro   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Ms. Eileen San Juan is currently the Local Economic Investment Promotions Officer (LEIPO) of the City Government of Cagayan de Oro.

She is also the lead person in various projects and undertakings of the city with national and international agencies such as USAID with its INVEST Project, Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money (SIMM), and SURGE (an upcoming project)

Virgie Yacapin

Director of Alumni Affairs, Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan


Jojy Azurin

Country Manager,   |   LinkedIn

Jojy Azurin founded and created it into one of the world's top online executive book summary services with over 300,000 reader base.

He eventually sold the company in 2010 to EBSCO Publishing, one of the world's leading provider of business content. Jojy founded a number of start-ups since then. He is a consultant for several eCommerce sites and other startups.

He is also concurrently the Philippines Country Manager for, the world's largest online marketplace for outsourcing. Over $1B in projects have already been posted with over 8M registered users.

Lionel B. Amarado

General Manager, Innovuze Solutions, Inc.   |   LinkedInGoogle+

One of the founders and presently the General Manager of Innovuze Solutions, Inc., an Information Technology and Web Development company with current offices at Gateway Tower, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City. The company started with a handful of developers back in 2013 providing services to a company that develops web applications and communities for electrical engineers and the semiconductor industry. A year later, the company now has a full work force of more than 35 employees, including web developers, application testers, technical writers, and SEO specialists, among others.

Tina Amper

Founder,   |   LinkedIn

Tina Amper ​founded ​ ​in 2010 to "give back". ​ is a non-profit group that organizes Startup Weekend Cebu, and other events, all of which help educate, support, and empower people to become entrepreneurs. also provides opportunities for training and connection with the right resources to help the Philippine ​tech community​ to​ become more globally competitive. ​

Tina is​ also the Global Organizer of World Startup Report ​.​ She has a background in Product Marketing, Recruiting, and International Business development in the tech industry.

She loves puto and sikwati, and is passionate about startups.

"We have seen many successful Filipinos abroad, ​our​ ​ hope is ​to​ bring some of them back and ​enable​ more Filipinos here in the Philippines to succeed."

Raymundo Reyes

Executive Vice President , Cagayan De Oro College- Phinma   |   LinkedIn

Emon Reyes is currently the EVP-COO of Cagayan de Oro College-PHINMA. His line of work includes management of school operations, marketing, ensuring enrollment and revenue growth, efficient delivery of academic services, control of costs relative to budget, planning and budgeting. He is also responsible for profitability of schools and has handled business development and strategic planning in the telecommunications industry.

Eric Clark Su

Co-Founder/CEO, Twidl Inc.   |  

Having worked in the intersection of fun, technology and people for the past 15 years. Eric is now a co-founder of Twidl Inc. building Lifebit - a game layer on top of life. It helps people get more out of life thru a combination of life logging, game mechanics and social features.

As a former Internet cafe owner, network engineer, IT department head, computer teacher, graphic designer, animator, UI and game designer, Eric has the unique insight on how technology can help people enjoy the world more.

Specialties: Product Design, Game Design, Flash Animator, Logo Design, Drupal Administrator, Web design, Print Design, Writer


Gus Rodano

CEO & President, RedLemon Digital Media

Gus Rodano is the CEO & President of RedLemon Digital Media, an IT company specializing in website development and social media marketing. He also currently serves as a Board of Director and Secretary for the CDO ICT Business Council, an active supporter for the ICT industry in Cagayan de Oro City.

Marvin Consuegra

Designer, Lightning Web Apps   |   LinkedIn

Marvin Consuegra also known as Marx is currently working as a product designer for San Diego base Software Company called Lightning Web Apps. He is also one of the co-founder and idea maker of PageSnapp (AngelHack 2013 Manila Winner). Marx and his team competed in TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon 2013 and represent the Philippine Team for the AngelHack Silicon Valley Global Demo Day 2013 at San Francisco, CA.

Marx is very passionate about user interface designs and how it affects the behaviour of the users. He is fond of simple, minimalist and organic designs.

He also founded the design community in Davao called Davao Graphic Designers Community which aims to uplift and inspire the local design scene and having an avenue which designers can collaborate and help each other’s. He’s been running the community now for 3 years. He organized meetups and design exhibit together with his team in order to promote and empower the local design community.

Dan Albert A. Pacquiao

Vice President, Cleversoft, Inc.   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Dan Pacquiao is a software and web developer by profession and currently the Vice President of Cleversoft, Inc. -- the research and development arm of He is responsible for the daily execution of the strategy of the company and coordinating with staff so that company goals and objectives are met. He is a Java, PHP, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, VB and Wordpress enthusiast. Apart from developing softwares and websites, he finds his passion in blogging and photography during his free time.


Dulce Rose Lada


Dulce Rose Lada is a Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Head at Crea8tech Solutions, a website design and development studio based in Davao City.

Her passion for building the local startup ecosystem, fostering entrepreneurship and creating invaluable connections in the startup community have led her to organize Startup Weekend Davao, founded the Davao Startup Community, and championed online business success through Google Business Group Davao and TechTalks Davao as Community Managers. She is also an active member of the ICT Davao and a startup advocate at Davao City Chamber of Commerce.

Together with UP Global and other Startup Weekend facilitators, she co-facilitated MEGA SW Malaysia (April 2014) - the biggest Startup Weekend event in Malaysia with 300 participants in 3 verticals! Also, she facilitated SW Davao (August 2013) and SW Cebu (June 2014).

Her goal is to help build a sustainable local startup ecosystem that will support, empower, and educate early stage Filipino startups to fail fast but succeed faster and become high-impact, global players!

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