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most curated gathering.
Find out why.

8 Reasons why IGNITE xCHANGE V
is our most powerful ever. 

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  1. OUR SUBJECT

We’re always zeroed in on Manila’s wicked problems, fount of our biggest pains and greatest potential for innovation. Hot on the trail of our past four xCHANGES, we’ve now arrived at two of Manila’s most wicked problems – only to find they’re two sides of the same coin marketspace! 

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  1. ON THE DEMAND SIDE

Manila’s professional class – men, and increasingly, more and more women who must balance life, work, family and time for self while enduring the world’s 2nd most populous metro, where getting to and from work can take 3+ hours of traffic, to say nothing of pollution, crime, corruption, and other daily stresses.

Wealth and income are rising for so many, but so many of us still have too much stress and drain in our daily lives! Quality of life is getting worse, not better. HELP!!! 

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  1. ON THE SUPPLY SIDE

Tens of millions of Filipinos systemically left behind, denied sustainable opportunities for work, income, advancement, growth: wicked for society, wicked for our economy, it hurts us all.

But we don’t whine in Ignite. We’ve seen hope. 

As the vast neighborhoods of our underprivileged Filipinos literally surround the homes and offices of our professional class, we’re convinced the answer to both sides, demand and supply, is to organize a marketplace where each will lift the other.

We’ve seen plenty of evidence, even in the ventures and founders we’ve encountered in Ignite, that these marketplace interventions work. But we need more layers of systems, organization, and technologies – more innovators – in order to scale a true solution for all.

 

  1. OUR FORMAT

Every IGNITE xCHANGE is an open lab for live problem-solving, live collaboration, live innovation. We use algorithms and experiential design thinking to create an exhilarating mix – from founders and innovators sharing their experience directly from the battlefield, to game-enhanced breakouts and plenaries, where we challenge ourselves to identify the most viable opportunities to break the bottlenecks and break out ever newer innovations and collaborations.

Watch this video to see past xCHANGES

Our goal, coming out of every Ignite xCHANGE, is to invest and execute on the best fruits of our live lab, opening the door for active participation and collaboration from our ever expanding mesh of Igniters.  

  

  1. OUR PARTICIPANTS

Each IGNITE xCHANGE gathers 100 of Manila’s bright minds, restless spirits, and experienced hands. The more we dive in, the more complex and inter-connected the problems we see. The more, then, we must turn to collaboration.

Diversity is key.

Among us, we have titans of industry and those birthing new industries, investors, entrepreneurs and experts across relevant domains. They are joined by luminaries in tech, education, labor and economics, right alongside innovators who are pushing the envelope in fields like collaborative consumption and the sharing economy, AI, IoT, blockchain, healthtech, edutech, fintech, and more.

 

  1. COLLABORATIONS AND INVESTMENTS WE’VE SPAWNED 

In the past 14 months alone, IGNITE xCHANGE has spawned PHP 140++ million of investments in innovation ventures.

More important, we’ve nurtured a whole spectrum of collaborations, strategic partnerships and joint ventures. We’ve involved founders from Silicon Valley to Iran, CEOs and senior execs of publicly listed companies, industry giants whose product leadership spans millions of Filipinos served over many decades, to Magsaysay awardees we esteem as one of the great Filipino innovators of all time.

They join us for every IGNITE xCHANGE and each time we bring many more kindred spirits.

 

  1. OUR NEW GLOBAL REACH AND PARTNERSHIPS

Starting this xCHANGE, we’re partnering with a global umbrella of 100+ graduate school professors focused on applied innovation. True to our Ignite principle, they won’t be giving us lectures, keynotes or any guru speak.

Instead they will be scouring the world, using their on-ground network from the US to Europe, to Asia, Latin America and all the way to Africa, in order to present comparable innovations we can build, buy/invest, or partner with.

  

  1. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT – COLLABS, INVESTMENTS, INNOVATIONS, IMPACT

As you can tell, Ignite is all about action and impact. As your hosts for every IGNITE xCHANGE, we make sure the flow of energy and ideas continues beyond the day of. We extend the experience through transmedia platforms that sustain continuing exchange, and real-time updates on ongoing collaborations and how our community is acting on the mix of ideas and energy exchanged.

When viable innovation opportunities emerge, we invest and commit resources to pursue them: from idea, to design and prototype, through rapid ready-fire-aim MVP (Minimum Viable Product) sprints that test and bring innovations to market in 6-month commitments.

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ABOUT IGNITE xCHANGE

Rise and shine to Manila’s greater Silicon Valley. Yes, Manila. We’re not the world’s second most populous city for nothing (behind Tokyo’s 33MM, ahead of NYC’s 17MM).

Every day in our bustling metropolis of 24,000,000, we wake to a laboratory-full of the world’s most wicked problems.

Which puts us in pole position to solve them. We enjoy a massive advantage being so up close and personal to a whole biodiversity of the world’s most pressing problems – and thus, to a universe of innovations!

Time to wake up, Manila.

We need a very different kind of Silicon Valley (and Makati Business Club!) when one of the world’s hottest and most fundamentally sound economies is also home to one of its most broken demographics.

Manila’s store of wicked problems holds a torrent of potential unicorns, billion-dollar innovations that impact humanity and matter on a global scale like no other Filipino enterprise

– if we cared enough to solve them. 

This is what every IGNITE xCHANGE is about.

We ignite compassion and fan the flames of our inimitable brand of innovation that has spawned PHP140M++ in venture investments in the last 14 months alone.

And for you, this added thrill of discovery. Of all the people we could have chosen:

WHY YOU?

What is it in you that could be, with all of us, a force for innovation?

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