Tuesday, October 18, 2016

3 Startups Awarded on Impact Hub Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions with PEF, WWF and ADB

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Three startups were awarded at the Impact Hub Manila / KMC MAG Solutions offices located at the 19th floor of Uptown Place Tower 2 in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) this morning of October 18, 2016, as the winners of the Impact Hub Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions with World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and Peace and Equity Fund (PEF), supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Incubation Program.

The winners were Cleverheat, HiGi, and Solar Sari-Sari Store.

CleverHeat aims to reduce the world's carbon footprint of the world by developing thermally-driven and energy efficient products. They create alternative refrigeration/air-conditioning system that is driven by heat from the sun. You can get to know more about them at their Facebook page at and at the video we took during the awarding ceremonies which will be uploaded at our YouTube channel at

HiGi has a mission to bring energy closer to people’s heart by creating more accessible clean energy to BoP & establishing credible channels for economy flow across the social pyramid. They convert water hyacinth (abundant pest plants) into cooking energy centralized by the compensation business model. As of starting point, Philippines has more than 100 million people and 65% still cooking with firewood and charcoal, targeted market currently is over 35 million across Luzon, and Mindanao, in the first year of operation. You can also get to know more about HiGi at their official web site and at our video on our YouTube channel.

Solar Sari-Sari Store empowers communities and individuals through renewable energy. They focus on delivering products and services that deliver great value and produce highly positive social impacts for all their customers through a profitable, sustainable, and innovative social enterprise. They also provide research and development services and technical advice on the design and deployment of renewable energy products. As a Filipino company, they take pride in utilizing local talents and resources in delivering world-class solar energy consulting, research, design, and deployment in the country. Learn more about them at their official site:

All three startups will each receive Php 800,000 worth of prizes of which Php 500,000 is a cash prize.

In the cohort phase of Impact Hub's second Fellowship, the best experts in their fields mentored 8 teams where they trained these disruptive energy entrepreneurs for 8 weeks and 10 sessions. The eight teams faced each other in a final pitching session on October 6, 2016.

The startups were also invited to pitch at another event, Bootstrap Manila, an innovation event to be held on October 22, 2016 at Axon of Green Sun Hotel located in Makati, where the fellows will pitch infront of a international delegation coming from Berlin, Bangalore and Jakarta.

The government of Berlin, together with GIZ has initiated a program that seeks to bring together the start-up ecosystems of Berlin, Manila, Bangalore, and Jakarta. The Manila leg of the initiative is being organised by Impact Hub Manila and Launchgarage.

Formed and organized in Berlin during this year’s Asia-Pacific Week last May, its vision is to provide cross-city exposure, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and market immersion. A road show in these Asian cities is being organized where every city hosts the international delegation.

Below is the official press release of the event:
Impact Hub Manila, one of the country’s leading innovation labs and startup incubator and accelerator, joins the energy conversation with its second fellowship program focusing on Sustainable Energy Solutions. In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), and supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Impact Hub looks for the best and most innovative ideas and business enterprises designed to address the need for sustainable energy solutions in the country today.

”Impact Hub’s fellowship program is unique in the startup incubator space as we are topic-centered. When we started this program last year, we focused on innovations in mobility and logistics in partnership with LBC Express, which SkyEye Inc won. This year, we are looking for more highly-scalable and impact-oriented disruptive ideas geared towards finding sustainable ways of producing and consuming energy,” LizAn Kuster, one of Impact Hub’s co-founder states.

After receiving over fifty applications, the fellowship announced on a high note the three startups getting the unanimous nod of the selection jury during the awarding ceremony held on October 18, 2016. These are Cleverheat, a solar-powered refrigeration system; HiGi, makers of environment-friendly briquettes for cooking; and Solar Sari-Sari Store, portable solar energy stations for lighting, water purification, mobile phone charging, and refrigeration. These 3 Fellows will now enter the incubation phase, where they receive prizes valued at PHP800,000 each team.

”Another uniqueness is that we do not take shares, to really support the start-ups,” Kuster says.

Coy Navarro, Cleantech Expert and ADB consultant stated, “We are excited to partner on the endeavor of harnessing awareness in the cleantech sector and promoting sustainable energy solutions that will benefit the country. We are delighted about the quality of the startups.”

All the partners are aligned and Roberto R. Calingo, Executive Director of PEF says, “PEF is always on the lookout to finding ways and means to really give the underserved communities access to solutions. We believe it is in encouraging entrepreneurship that we can maximize our impact.”

Representatives from the program’s partners compose the board of judges who chose the winners, namely: Jose Angelito Palma, President and CEO of WWF-Philippines; Dr. Ria Adoracion Lambino, VP for Sustainable Production and Market Engagement of WWF-Philippines; Ferdinand “Ding” Fuellos, Senior Portfolio Officer at PEF; Coy Navarro, Cleantech Venture Capital Expert (Consultant) of Asian Development Bank; Michael McCullough, Managing Director of KMC MAG Group; Jaime Ayala, Founder and CEO of Hybrid Social Solar; and Mathias Jaeggi, Impact Hub Manila Co-Founder.

“Energy is a pressing issue not just in the Philippines, but globally. Especially after the historic Paris agreement, there is more knowledge and growing interest about climate change and clean technology. And WWF is honored to be taking an active part in the discussion together with esteemed institutions like PEF, Impact Hub and ADB,” Ria Lambino from WWF states.


Prior to the announcement of winners, eight finalists went through an intensive 2-month accelerator program called Kick. Kick is the ultimate startup boot camp intended to develop business models and other necessary key entrepreneurial competencies and skills. It culminated in a final pitch day on October 6, 2016.

Only the winning enterprises move on to the next and final phase of the program – the incubator stage, as part of their fellowship prize. Apart from a substantial seed funding of PHP500,000.00 each, Cleverheat, HiGi, and Solar Sari-Sari Store also get access to the collaborative co-working community of Impact Hub, facilitated introductions and connections to like-minded peers, investors, and experts on energy and entrepreneurship, and continuous training, mentoring, and coaching over the course of six months, all in the hopes of making their individual enterprises successfully thrive and impact the industry.

Besides of incubation support they will be also exposed to a greater audience, to inspire more entrepreneurs. The first exposure will happen this October 22, 2016 in Green Sun, Makati at Bootstrap Manila, where they will be pitching in front of the international audience.

Bootstrap is an initiative of the City Senate of Berlin and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) revolving around the startup ecosystems of Berlin, Bangalore, Manila, and Jakarta. 30+ delegates from each ecosystem visits on the StartHubs Asia Berlin Roadtrip each other's cities to immerse themselves in the network, share their best practices and experiences, and establish relationships that will mutually benefit their respective startup cities. Manila is represented by Impact Hub Manila and Launchgarage Slot are available here:

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