MANILA, Philippines- Forbes magazine has recognized 300 young entrepreneurs in Asia who were proven to “push the boundaries of innovation” in their respective fields. The impressive young innovators and leaders come from various fields including enterprise technology; consumer technology; arts; entertainment and sports; finance and venture capital; social healthcare and science; manufacturing and energy; retail and e-commerce; as well as marketing and advertising.
“It’s fascinating to see how these millennials are using technology to disrupt their industries, empower their communities and overcome cultural barriers,” said Forbes Media’s Senior Digital Editor Rana Wehbe.
Five from this prestigious list are from the Philippines. See who made it to Forbes 2nd annual 30 Under 30 Asia list.
1. Shahab Shabibi, 21, cofounder of Machine Ventures
Originally from Iran, Shabibi founded Machine Ventures, a Philippines-based incubator that provides financial support as well as management guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs in the country. It supported HeyKuya, text-based personal assistant system that has over 35,000 users.
2. Matthew Cua, 28, founder of SkyEye Analytics
A startup that started as a university project in 2009, SkyEye designs its own drones to conduct aerial surveys and produce maps or models for clients. Cua’s startup is part of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Human Affairs.
3. Carl Ocab, 23, founder of Carl Ocab Digital Marketing Services
At the age of 12, Ocab started building websites and forums. A year later, the young entrepreneur founded Carl Ocab Digital Marketing, which quickly became one of the highest ranked sites on Google in the Philippines because it used the keywords “make more money”. He also started Rich Kid Media, a web development and branding company.
4. Maricor Bunal, 29, COO and cofounder of Loansolutions Inc.
According to Forbes, Bunal started Loansolutions.ph, which is a network lenders that has helped 2,000 clients with an average loan amount of $2,200. The two-year-old startup received funding from a group of local and international investors led by KK Fund. Bunal also manages the content and sales tracking of the company.
5. Gian Scottie Javelona, 24, founder of OrangeApps
Javelona founded OrangeApps, a cloud-based platform where school and universities can manage processes such as student enrollment, HR, payroll and grades. To date, the company has a reported $2 million valuation.