Stronger startup support, investments eyed at Geeks on a Beach Cebu conference

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by SMART Public Affairs Jun 26, 2014

[26 June 2014] More investments in local startups and stronger support for the technology community as a whole are expected to come in as Geeks on a Beach (GOAB), a unique technology startup conference that started in 2013, flies off to the historic island of Mactan in Cebu for its 2014 edition slated for August.

Co-presented by Smart Bro, Smart DevNet and IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. (IdeaSpace), this year’s GOAB will see close to 300 international startup founders, technopreneurs, venture capitalists, developers, and industry experts and organizer hopes to surpass the successes of last year’s inaugural event held at Boracay Island in Aklan.

“It’s been a great year for startups so far, and we look forward to a better and more exciting year for the local community with this year’s ‘Geeks on a Beach’ conference in Cebu,” said Tina Amper, founder of and co-organizer of this year’s GOAB, which will be held on August 21 to 22.

“There were a lot of success stories from last year’s conference, and we hope to replicate those successes this year by linking promising local startups with the right investors, and vice versa,” Amper added.

One of these startup success stories is real-estate portal, co-founded by John Dang and Chow Paredes, who met some of their investors while networking during the first GOAB conference last year. This resulted in a seed funding round led by global investors IMJ Fenox and 500 Startups and included local funds such as Hatchd Digital and IdeaSpace.

Local startups are on the rise as a key sector pushing fast economic growth in the Philippines, and we are fully committed to supporting events that offer a venue for the development of this community,” added Earl Martin Valencia, President and Co-Founder of IdeaSpace, one of the main co-presentors of this year’s conference.

Powerhouse guests, speakers

Personalities gracing GOAB this year include tech and startup luminaries from Silicon Valley, and prominent SEA startup stars from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and other areas.  

They include 500 Startup venture partner Khailee Ng, Dolphin Browser VP of int’l business and dev’t Edith Yeung, e27 co-founder and CEO Mohan Belani, Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Office (DOST-ICTO) deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, and Gwendolyn Regina Tan of TechinAsia.

Also speaking are World Startup Report and World Startup Wiki founder Bowei Gai, IdeaSpace President Earl Valencia, Kickstart Ventures President Minette Navarette, Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners Director Koichi Saito, Amarit Charoenphan of HUBBA Thailand, Richard Min of Fashion Tech Incubator South Korea, and Jim Ayson of SMART DevNet.

GOAB will also feature Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Stephen Jagger of, Jay Fajardo of Roofcamp Launchgarage, Jason Torres of Proudcloud, Creative Director Patrick Cabral, Designer Camy Francisco-Cabral, Jack Madrid of Openovate Labs, John Dang and Chow Paredes of, Oliver Segovia of AVA, Rico Sta Cruz, Open Source Developer​, Janette Toral of, Richard Min of Seoul Space, Ron Hose of, Tomas Forgac of, Sam Kaddoura of, Christina Laskowski of Science and Technology Advisory Council-Silicon Valley (STAC-SV), Jojo Flores of Plug and Play, and Jay Aldeguer, CEO of Islands Group.​

GOAB is organized by, co-presented by the IdeaSpace, SMART, and SMART Bro, co-organized by the DOST-ICTO, powered by, branding by HappyGaraje, and PR and event management by PRWorks.

For more information on registration, accommodations, and early-bird rates for the Geeks on a Beach conference in Cebu, visit

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