Job-matching platform for hospitality industry named best PH startup

Seedstars World, the global startup competition for emerging markets, picked its winner for the Philippines round on July 8, Saturday, during the Seedstars Manila competition.

Members of the ServeHappy team display their prize for winning first place

Members of the ServeHappy team display their prize for winning first place

The local winner, ServeHappy Jobs, a job-matching platform catering to the hospitality industry, was selected the best startup in the Philippines. Eight selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel.

“We want to be able to provide better access to people so that they can find great jobs and also help hospitality businesses so that they can find great people. The Philippines is known to be the most hospitable country in the world and wouldn’t it be great if we are really able to showcase that?” said Audrey Tanco Uy of ServeHappy Jobs.

“By leveraging on social media, our technology can now connect everybody in the hospitality recruitment space. We are thankful for the chance to show the world what ServeHappy Jobs can provide to the service workforce and how we can help curb the effects of underemployment and contractualization,” she added.

As a part of the prize, ServeHappy Jobs will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 65 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world.

Traditionally, the final day of the summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1,000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the $1 million equity investment.

Bloom with its blockchain solution to cut fees for remittances came second, and Cropital, a crowdfunding platform for farmers, grabbed the last spot in the top three. The other startups invited to pitch were Stash, Haraya Labs, Fetch, Retailgate, and Senti.

Seedstars Manila also featured speaker a panel discussion with two former Seedstars Global winners, namely Magellan Fetalino, CEO and founder of Acudeen and Judah Hirsch, founder and CEO of Salarium. They shared their experience in Switzerland and reminded the audience to stay hungry and not give up, because being an entrepreneur gets never less challenging.

Continuing on its world tour of startup scenes in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, Seedstars World’s next stop is Kuala Lumpur at Khazanah’s Innovation Center, to select the best startup in Malaysia.

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