On Friday, November 27, venture capital firm Katalyst is shutting down the Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City to hold the largest startup event in Philippine history. This event, dubbed #Katalyst2015, will feature more than 2,000 startup co-founders and 100 individual and institutional investors from both the Philippines and around the region.
According to Joe Maristela, who is one of the co-founders of Katalyst and its principal investor.
“The Philippines has no shortage of startup events, but there will be none quite like #Katalyst2015. We will set it up so that investors feel comfortable making investments then and there, thereby acknowledging that real business is made between people who share the same vision, not between people who have happened to register for the same conference.”
Not only will Katalyst 2015 get entrepreneurs and investors to converge in one place and network with one another, but the event also aims to actually get them to strike deals on that very night.
A backgrounder on all the startups in attendance will be provided to all investors who register for the event. During the event, there will be private rooms for entrepreneurs to pitch to investors as well as ink actual term sheets.
In a dash of showmanship befitting the venue, there will also be a smartboard that tabulates the total peso value of the deals made throughout the night, all in real time for the audience to see and celebrate over. Maristela and the Katalyst team are well-aware that this metric could be a show stopper, particularly if it becomes large.
“People like hearing about investment deals because it’s a rough index of how well a tech ecosystem is doing. We’ve decided to highlight this information so we can show all the people in attendance - and indeed, around the world - just how much interest there is in Philippine-made products and solutions. In true Filipino style, it’ll be the debut of our ecosystem,” said Pinky Natividad, who is one of the co-founders of Katalyst and its CEO.
The #Katalyst2015 event is predicated by the fact that the investors and entrepreneurs in attendance are trying to solve real, big picture problems.
They just need capital from investors to gain more traction for their solutions.
The Philippines, as the Katalyst team envisions it, is merely the launching pad for globally impactful companies.
Jardine Gerodias, one of the co-founders of Katalyst and a key investor, referenced the traffic woes the country has faced as an example.
“Traffic is a huge, daunting problem, but many of the attending entrepreneurs are envisioning a Philippines no longer besieged by it. They’re developing alternative transport and mass transit and ride-sharing platforms. This is what #Katalyst2015 will be all about - being among like-minded people who dare to dream of a better country and better world,” Gerodias said, who added that every major industry will be represented at the event.
“Let’s face it: Fundraising takes up a lot of time - time that you could otherwise be spending building your business. By hosting #Katalyst2015, which encourages entrepreneurs and investors to make deals in a comfortable environment, Katalyst saves both parties time. They can then pour the entirety of their energy into the developing the products that our nation needs.”
The event is just a month away but #Katalyst2015 has been generating significant buzz in the startup community since its conceptualization a few months back.
Interested attendees for #Katalyst 2015 are invited to register for the event at the following link: http://www.katalyst2015.ph
For people interested in attending #Katalyst2015 as an official startup, you may now submit your video pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org for the initial screening.
Here are some startups, investors and entrepreneurs who will be at the event:
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