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Mikko Perez, Ayannah's founder and CEO.

Online banking has certainly revolutionized the way Filipinos manage their finances.

But what about the so-called "unbanked" sector – the 15% of Filipinos who still don't have even a basic bank account, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas?

That's where digital commerce and payment startup Ayannahsteps into the picture. With a clear vision of serving "unbanked" Filipinos, Ayannah currently offers a host of digital services especially directed for the unbanked "to spur financial inclusion and literacy and give access to products and services that improve quality of life," as the company website vows.…

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Online Grocery Pioneer

Online shopping, or e-commerce, is fast transforming into one of the Philippines’ most successful business sectors.

As a matter of fact, a recent study released by credit-card company MasterCard showed that 59% (or three out of five) of the Philippines’ online population access the internet for shopping.

And the reason? Simple: with e-commerce shops such as Lazada and Zalora, online Pinoys now have access to so-called "better deals." No more braving the traffic and shoving oneself about in crowded malls and tiangges. Aside from convenience – being accessible through smartphones, tablets and laptops – online shops offer their customers value…

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Fun, innovative electronics for kids

Joshua de la Llana, Tactiles' founder (fourth from left) during the awarding of the 2015 IdeaSpace start-up competition.

Let’s face it: electronics and robotics are no longer becoming exclusive to a privileged, trained few.

Nowadays, electronics are not only being taught at universities and colleges, but also in elementary and secondary schools. And the Philippines has seen its share of kids who had proved themselves equal in the field of electronics and robotics, both here and abroad.

Yes, learning the basics of electronics can be fun – but at times, it can be excruciatingly hard. It’s what Joshua de la…

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Connecting start-ups through media

One vital aspect of running start-ups is getting people to know about your product. Of course, with such choices as print, broadcast, online, and social media, start-up founders have a broad choice on how to get their products (and stories, of course!) to their clients, and to a wider audience.

What ex-journalist and start-up founder Paolo Joseph Lising created, however, is something more unique: a social media platform definitely aimed at entrepreneurs and start-ups. After all, “entrepreneurs need their own platform for sharing their content,” as Paolo himself recounted to OpinYon.

His creation, Million Dollar Concepts ( has…

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Digitalizing Retail Rewards System

Product rewards for loyal customers are just one of the incentives establishments offer to attract buyers. Loyalty cards, discount coupons, anything that, in theory, would make life a little easier for their costumers – who couldn’t resist that?

However, there’s one drawback in providing rewards: most of the time, rewards holders don’t even know how to utilize their rewards, or miss out deals after forgetting to bring their reward cards, or simply fail to use their rewards.

“How many times have we missed out on a deal or privilege due us simply because we did not bring our privilege cards…

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