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TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2024: Partnerships Stronger at 8th!

TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2024: Partnerships Stronger at 8th!

The TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2024 proudly welcomes this year's Partners and esteemed Panel of Judges for the upcoming TECH PLAN Demo Day in the Philippines 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Frassati Auditorium, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Building, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila City. This year’s partners and panel will be composed of leaders and innovation space builders here in the Philippines and beyond, which will be headed by the Head Judge, Dr. Yevgeny Aster Dulla, the Managing Director of Leave a Nest Philippines.

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The Law Office of Flores & Ofrin  DOST-PCIEERD
PLDT Inc. QBO Innovation



Focus Systems Corporation Sohbi Kohgei (Phils.), Inc. Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.




University of Santo Tomas
(through TOMASInno Center)
ZUS Coffee



Head Judge
Dr. Yevgeny Aster Dulla, Managing Director
Leave a Nest Philippines, Inc.

Yev was born and raised in Iloilo City, Philippines. He graduated with a degree in BS Chemistry from the University of the Philippines – Visayas, after which he worked as an instructor at the University of the Philippines – Manila. He came to Japan in 2013 to pursue graduate studies where he acquired his Masters in Health Life Sciences and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2020, he joined Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. and is currently under the Human Development Division, and is part of the Kansai/Osaka office, as well as the Group Creation Division. He is also a Balik Scientist Awardee for 2020~2021, and is a co-founder and the Managing Director  for Leave a Nest’s Philippine office, their newest subsidiary.


Local Judges
Atty. Javier P. Flores, Partner
The Law Office of Flores & Ofrin

Atty. Flores was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1999. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1994 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 1998, both from the University of the Philippines. He is heavily into litigation and corporate law practice as well as intellectual property law. He has successfully litigated cases involving construction disputes before the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission; intra-corporate disputes under the Interim Rules of Intra-Corporate Controversies; and proceedings before the regular courts involving injunctive relief, property, and family law. He has developed expertise in projects involving power, ecological solid waste management, and real estate development. He is the Corporate Secretary of various companies and industry associations including the Philippine Travel Agencies Association Inc. and the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society.

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Executive Director
Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit started as the Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD in December 2018. An outstanding engineer, he led game-changing programs and projects in land surveying, remote sensing and geographic information system, environmental monitoring, and disaster risk assessment and management. One of these is the Disaster Risk Assessment, Exposure and Mitigation-Light Ranging and Detection Technology or DREAM LiDAR, which addresses the effects of flooding disasters in the Philippines through accurate national terrain elevation maps and training of LiDAR and flood mapping experts.

Ms. Dara Ever Juan, Head, Innovations Lab & Ecosystem Partnerships (Innolab)

Dara is the Head of PLDT Innovations Lab and Ecosystem Partnerships or Innolab, focused on co-creating and co-innovating breakthrough solutions with innovators. Dara inculcates a culture of innovation in PLDT Group by designing and organizing open innovation activities such as MVP Geek Olympics (an MVP group-wide hackathon) and PLDT & Smart Startup Innovation Challenge to create a sustainable collaborative environment. She manages PLDT’s co-working laboratory in Makati where solutions testing, prototyping and client POCs happen. She acts as an advocate to drive collaboration and community initiatives and execute a roll-out strategy for potential business opportunities with startups in PLDT Enterprise. She is also an alumna of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellow for Economic Empowerment.

Mr. Jay Fajardo, Executive Director
QBO Innovation

Jay is a serial venture builder who has founded many startups over the years and is an advocate of innovation from the grassroots. With roles as co-founder and adviser in various tech startups, he is considered to be one of the pioneers and shapers of the Philippine tech startup ecosystem. He is currently the Executive Director at Manila-based VC and accelerator IDEASPACE/QBO. He is also the founder and CEO of agile development firm PROUDCLOUD, deploying agile product development teams to startups, scaleups, and tech enabled enterprises.


Global Judges from Japan and Singapore
Mr. Ryo Inori, Sales Manager
Focus Systems Corporation

Ryo Inori joined Focus Systems Corporation in 2015. He is responsible for the sales of information security products such as data encryption for the financial industry, as well as content security products such as copyright protection for still and moving digital data. He has been promoting information security products such as data encryption for the financial industry, as well as content security products such as copyright protection for digital data of still and moving images. He is also engaged in the promotion of services in the manufacturing and medical industries. Currently, in parallel with his product sales activities, he is also working with startup companies and university research laboratories.

P. Magaling, CPA, MBA, Finance and Accounting
Sohbi Kohgei (Phils.), Inc.

Mr. Magaling is a dynamic CPA armed with an MBA from the Lyceum of the Philippines. Over the past 8 years, he’s made his mark by beginning his career as a department head and swiftly rose to the position of Assistant General Manager for Administration at Sohbi Kohgei (Phils) Inc (SKPI). SKPI, a company registered under PEZA, is a recognized leader in manufacturing high precision metal stamped parts, assembly units, parts and components for electronic and automotive products. Recently, the company has diversified to penetrate the manufacturing of metal parts for motorcycles.

Mr. Norio Asahara, Regional R&D Director
Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Glico manufactures not only confectionery and ice cream, but also a wide range of food categories such as beverages, dairy products, processed foods and baby milk powder. Mr. Asahara is the director of research and development in Glico Asia Pacific. He is looking for new research partners as well as technical support, investment and opportunities for various collaborations such as buying of new ingredients. He is responsible for new business in Asia Pacific.

So, who's up for Winning?

TECH PLANTER in the Philippines' Panel of Judges will be evaluating the nine (9) Filipino deep tech research and startup teams Finalists Teams during the Demo Day on May 11, 2024 (Saturday). To know more who these are, you may read the Announcement of Finalists and Lightning Talk Teams for TECH PLANTER in the Philippines 2024


If you have any questions or comments about TECH PLANTER in the Philippines program or the TP ecosystem, feel free to direct your queries through email to Bryan Foronda ([email protected]) or Hannah Balisi ([email protected]).