Ayannah wins 2017 Rice Bowl Startup of the Year

– by Dani Austria

The country’s most promising fintech group runs with the top prize at the 2017 Rice Bowl Startup Awards

MAKATI CITY – Ayannah is the big winner of the Philippine leg of the 2017 ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards, taking home the coveted Startup of the Year title. The digital payments startup, also a finalist for Best Fintech Startup (won by Qwikwire), joins 10 other promising Filipino startups as they vie for further win at the regionals this December.

Speaking to ASPACE, founder Mikko Perez said: “We are really stoked to have been chosen as ‘Startup of the Year’. We hope to prove that we can build a business that not only generates a lot of profit but can also help improve the lives of millions of people.”

Perez shares that 2017 has been a good year for Ayannah, also having won best Overall Fintech Startup at the World Finals of Visa International’s Fintech Competition and hailed Remittance Initiative of the Year by The Asian Banker.

Meanwhile, Patrick Gentry of Sprout Solutions was named Founder of the Year, and annual tech conference Geeks on a Beach was the Best Startup Ecosystem. Last year’s top-prize winner, SkyEye Analytics, continued to wow the jury this year as they took home Best Smart City Solution; founder-CEO Matthew Cua teases more AI-innovations in the coming year.

ASPACE bagged Best Coworking Space, a first in the Rice Bowl Awards’ three year-history. Operations head Belinda Enriquez received the award, saying, “I’m very happy to represent and be part of the best coworking space in the Philippines. In 2017, we focused our efforts on offering excellence service and for 2018, we’re looking at more opportunities for growth.”

Looking forward, founder Matt Morrison thinks the term “co-working” will continue to evolve and take on more sophisticated meanings. “What we are really seeing is a change in the choice of how the smartest people work and gather, and we are only at the very early stages of the positive growth,” he adds.

By winning the local competition, these startups will take part in the Regional Finale on December 13 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Philippine winners were chosen by the jury consisting Carlo Valencia of the On-Off Group, Cecilia Martinez-Miranda of Grupo MM, Haifa Baluyos of Amihan Global Strategies, Karl Satinitigan of the Office of Senator Bam Aquino, Manny Ayala of Endeavor, Nina Terol of Kick Fire Kitchen, Paul Pajo of Smart Communications and RJ Ledesma of Mercato Central.

Here are all the Philippine winners from the 2017 ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards:

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