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5 Malaysian Startups to participate in the EXPAND Philippines Accelerator Program with Launchgarage

LAUNCHGARAGE, the Philippines’ first innovation hub with the largest network of local, regional and global ecosystem partners has launched the EXPAND Philippines program in partnership with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the lead agency that drives the digital economy in Malaysia.

Launchgarage was co-founded by Jay Fajardo, widely considered by many as a pioneer and thought leader in the Philippine tech startup scene and a renowned serial entrepreneur in his own right with a notable exit under his belt. Its COO and co-founder, Jojo Flores is also the Co-Founder and VP of Plug and Play Tech Center, one of the world’s largest tech accelerators with 20+ locations across the globe. Its goal is to further strengthen the tech and innovation scene in the Philippines and Southeast Asia in general through its network, services, and opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

As champions of collaboration, Launchgarage and MDEC launched EXPAND Philippines to further strengthen the synergy between the startups in the Philippines and Malaysia.

“As the primary drivers of innovation in the country, we are truly excited to work with Malaysian startups eager to expand to the Philippines, breathing new life into our competitive landscape. Our role is to ensure that our incoming cohort is able to get a clear grasp of the market, its various regulatory and legal facets and a deeper understanding of the Philippine demographic,” said Lance Pormarejo, General Manager of Launchgarage.

EXPAND is a structured program tailored for tech startups, providing them with opportunities to connect with decision makers, influencers, investors and potential collaborators. Through this program, Malaysian companies are eased into the Philippine Market with various lectures, mentors, and an on-site immersion in the Philippines during the final stretch.

As champions of collaboration, Launchgarage and MDEC launched Expand PH to further strengthen the synergy between the startups in the Philippines and Malaysia.

Out of 50 applicants and a grueling selection process, five startups were ultimately chosen to participate in its first cohort. These are Sales Candy, Sushivid, My Robot Time, Avavaz, and The Decision Labs.

Launchgarage packed the 4-week program with webinars, meetings with expansion partners, investors, and mentors, that are essential to the startups’ entry in the Philippine market.
Exploring the Philippine Market

Most of the chosen startups are already successful in Malaysia and are definitely ready for expansion.


SalesCandy is the first action-based instant routing lead management system that would encourage prompt lead follow-up while improving accountability in salespeople of various industries. As a result, you can focus on generating high-quality leads that convert to sales with efficient marketing campaigns, instead of high volume of underperforming leads which leads to low sales staff morale and burnout.


SushiVid helps brands to find, hire and work with social media influencers from across the region for marketing campaigns. They are partnered with over 3,000 influencers globally and are seeking to aggressively expand their services to other countries in the region.

My Robot Time

My Robot Time is one of the earliest robotics educational firms which tackles research and design, production and sale, curriculum development, competition, and operation. Its head office is located in Shenzen with branches in Korea, Malaysia, and Turkey with R&D operations in Israel, Russia, and the USA. They cooperate with various robotics education training institutions and aim to be a global leader in STEM Education.


Avavaz is an online shopping multi-vendor e-commerce platform that provides daily great deals. Avavaz platform is designed for trade between ASEAN countries, so as to encourage open economies among countries trade whether it be businesses to consumers (B2C), businesses to businesses (B2B) or consumers to consumers (C2C).

The Decision Labs

The Decision Labs developed CEMPIA, the winner of the Philippines Health Tech Challenge. It is a Multi-channel, Multi-lingual, Digital Patient Experience Management Platform to understand Patient Experience at every touch point in the Hospital. CEMPIA captures patients feedback, suggestions, and complaints through a series of applications, and solves any dissatisfaction in real time.

The EXPAND Philippines Program begins on April 23, 2018, and ends in a culminating activity in Manila on May 18, 2018. It is open to media, investors and startup entrepreneurs. For more information, visit: To reach these startups, kindly send an email to

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