In the Philippines, tribes, and ancestors from decades ago have found a way to make lots of products from locally-sourced materials. These materials are almost anything in the surroundings such as leaves or fiber of a plant, shells, bamboo, or wood. And these are usually handcrafted to turn into commodities such as bags, dresses, slippers or even furniture. It’s something unique to the Philippines, and it has been carried on from one generation to another. But in an era where even the locals are becoming more westernized, these now tend to be forgotten. Philippine startup Bolooka now gives consumers a way to give a boost to these Filipino-made products.
WebGeek is bringing you Bolooka on the spotlight as we had successfully caught up an interview with this busy social e-commerce body. Read on to find how Bolooka, a Pinoy startup managed to climb the ladder of success. Here are some of the details of our little chit-chat between the founders (Marc Medina, Winston Quesang and Bianca Medina.)
Finally, Hack2Hatch announced its winners from PhilDev and DevCon’s partnership event called Hack2Hatch: From Hacker to Founder which was held in Radisson Blue Hotel, Cebu City last Oct. 5-7. Hack2Hatch is a weekend entrepreneurship camp designed for young startups to join wherein they can grab the chance of having a one-on-one mentorship with several experienced investors and founders from Silicon Valley including “Dado Banatao, Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital; Winston Damarillo, Founder and CEO of Morphlabs; Catherine Buan Peterson, President of PhilDev; and Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com.”.
Marc and Bianca, a couple from the Philippines, have been involved in three startups together. Their first is Lightweight Solutions, a digital agency. They then launched two more startups: PhotoLive, a digital photobooth, and Bolooka, a social eCommerce platform.
Bolooka, an e-commerce platform based in Philippines, allows you to create an online e-commerce site with a strong social networking component.
After going through a grueling judging process, including at the regional satellite events, Echelon 2012 is proud to announce the following startups at our Startup Marketplace:
The first Philippines Satellite will be held this Thursday, 12 April, at MINT College.
Witness seven startups pitch their product to secure a spot at Echelon 2012, Asia”s longest running web tech conference.