The search for the next big thing in the Philippine startup scene takes center stage once again as CNN Philippines’ ‘The Final Pitch (TFP)’ launches its 8th season that will focus on an all-tech lineup of startups and entrepreneurs.
This comes at a perfect time when the local startup ecosystem is experiencing a boom with a 179% increase in raised funding in 2021 to as much as $1 billion, generating interest from local and international investors.
Returning investor-judges John Janusczcak, President and CEO of UBX, recognized as the Fastest Growing Fintech Company in South East Asia in 2020; former TFP mentor turned-investor-judge Amor Maclang of Geiser-Maclang, the convenor of Digital Pilipinas and World Fintech Festival – Philippines, and the forthcoming Philippine Fintech Festival; Rosemarie Bosch-Ong, SEVP and COO of Wilcon Depot, and one of the directors of the Proptech Consortium of the Philippines, reprise their roles in the show.
Also joining as new investor judges are Wei Zhou, CEO of Coins.ph, the largest crypto wallet in the Philippines; Francis Plaza, co-founder and CEO of PayMongo, and one of the leading fintechs in the country; and Avin Ong, founder and CEO of Fredley Group of Companies who has under his belt a consortium of over 250 restaurants and café branches in the Philippines.
The show is now accepting applications for entrepreneurs to pitch their idea stage, existing, and scale-up startups that are ready for their next stage of growth.
Season 8 would serve as a prelude and a run-up to The Final Pitch: ASEAN, which will involve Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam by 2023 and filmed and broadcast across Asia.
Interested applicants for The Final Pitch Season 8: Tech Edition can fill up the application form at TheFinalPitch.ph/application or get in touch with the show at submit@TheFinalPitch.ph or admin@DragonsNest.co. Deadline for submission of applications is by June 24, 2022. TFP premieres July 31, 2022, 8:30 PM on CNN Philippines and is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc.