‘The Final Pitch’ returns to finding business solutions for the new normal – Manila Bulletin
The Philippines’ first and only commercial reality TV show, The final pitch, returns for a seventh season on CNN Philippines. With the theme “Virtual edition”, the new season features a hybrid setup where the show’s judge-investors will interact virtually with contestants as they present their businesses on-site at The Final Pitch studios.
Budding entrepreneurs and startups with business solutions equipped for the country’s transition to the new normal will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas to a diverse panel of investors looking to fund and support their initiatives.
Final Pitch creator and host John Aguilar explained that the virtual edition encourages Filipinos to pursue entrepreneurship and pursue their plans despite the current wave of pandemic.
“We want to make a statement with this season that just because there’s a pandemic and a delta variant, it doesn’t mean we have to stop doing business, trying to find solutions and even making a living. . It is also a very aggressive appeal to entrepreneurs offering solutions to all the challenges we face and to those whose company has particularly adapted to the new normal ”, said Aguilar.
This year’s distinguished panel of investor judges includes Dennis Uy, CEO of Converge ICT Solutions; Bernard Dy, mayor of the city of Cauayan; Ricky Villarante, President and CEO of 8Ventures; Rose Ong, Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer of Wilcon Depot; and David Almirol, founder and CEO of Multisys Technologies Corporation.
According to Dennis Uy, “As a self-taught entrepreneur, I look for ways to help budding tech entrepreneurs achieve their goals. The economic slowdown and the wave of unemployment resulting from the pandemic have made many Filipinos reluctant entrepreneurs. In this transition from worker to entrepreneur, Converge is here to support displaced Filipinos. I am looking for those who are able to harness the power of technology and connectivity to find ways to improve the lives of others.
David Almirol Jr. said MultiSys has always supported Filipino startups. The company has already invested in several startups in various sectors such as agriculture, auto parts, hospitality, food and beverage, fintech, etc. “For The Final Pitch, we are looking for new ideas and innovations with a focus on real estate, fintech, academia and electronic games.” The show is also a great opportunity to showcase Multisys and the talent of the Philippine IT community.
Rose Ong, said Wilcon Depot was a strong supporter of start-ups and budding entrepreneurs. “Wilcon has been a long-time Go Negosyo partner in carrying out its advocacy to engage and encourage Filipinos on their entrepreneurial journey. With the growing interest of many Filipinos in entrepreneurship, I have no doubts that this season of The Final Pitch will be its biggest and best season yet. I especially look forward to hearing business ideas and allowing our entrepreneurs to present and prove that these ideas have a good chance of success.
The city of Cauayan, the mayor of Isabela Bernard Dy, hopes to be able to find a lasting solution that would make not only the city of Cauayan, but the rest of the cities of the Philippines, truly smart and sustainable communities. “I’m looking for smart innovation that has a positive impact so that it can help improve people’s lives. I want to be able to use this solution for the citizens of Cauayan City, which can also be adopted by other cities. The support I can give to the participant’s business is to act as a link with other cities to promote the commercialization of the solution or the business.
Meanwhile, tech-savvy investor Jay Villarante has said he’s looking to invest in tech companies led by passionate and dedicated teams. ”Since 2016, my mission has been to develop organizations that create and use new technologies to develop profitable businesses through my company, 8Ventures Pte Ltd. We aim to provide participating startups with the resources they need, including financial support, network, mentoring and cybersecurity services, through our subsidiary Secuna.
All applicants will go through a virtual business mentorship with selected business mentors, namely Dean Bernales, Managing Director, Uniquecorn Strategies; Patt Soyao, Managing Director, Icon Executive Search; and Hiyasmin Neri-Soyao, Managing Director, Shoppertainment Live.
The show is scheduled to air on CNN Philippines in October 2021.
The Final Pitch ultimately aims to continue its mission of having an impact on nation-building. However, given the current pandemic dilemma, the show now wants to focus on rebuilding the nation.
“Before, we always focused on nation building, but with the challenges we continue to face, we realize that this is first and foremost a collective effort to rebuild a nation. That’s the goal for this season: to give these entrepreneurs a break and introduce them to the right people who may be able to help them, whether through funding, resources or networking ”, shared Aguilar.
According to Aguilar, the show intends to help the nation through entrepreneurship. In addition to providing breaks and opportunities for these startups and entrepreneurs through potential funding, the show can also be their bridge to forge strategic partnerships and provide market access in multiple ways. All this in the hope of solving the big problems that Filipinos face in their everyday life.
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