5 Innovative Products from Pinoy Startup Companies

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by Nigel Santos, 15 September 2017

“There’s a way to do it better—find it.” - Thomas Edison

Filipinos have a strong reputation for being creative and innovative when it comes to offering various products and services. We’ve come up with this list of new and innovative products designed by Pinoys to make our lives easier. Here are five fresh, proudly Pinoy products from gardening kits, handmade bags, apps, and many more, that you must check out:


Care to grow your own tomatoes?

1MNLGrowKits

The first ever organic plant kit in the Philippines aims to teach kids and even adults how to nurture and grow a plant with ease. Founder and CEO, Carlo Sumaoang, has a passion for the arts and agriculture which made him create something that will transform the urban agriculture here in the Philippines. All materials are locally made from raw and organic products which naturally makes MNLGrowKits pro-nature. The product is perfect for beginners and enthusiasts since the sow-and-grow kits come with guides—including gardening do's and don'ts. Green thumbs: optional. The Garden Kit costs PhP500, seeds are available for as low as PhP89. To discover more of their items, check out www.mnlgrowkits.com.

2Personal Finance Planner

Budget Squad Manila is a paper products startup venture that aims to empower low-income Filipinos through financial literacy and personal finance, hence the Personal Finance Planner—containing daily expenses lists and monthly finance trackers that help you pay bills and debts on time, as well as save for the future. The planner is made from locally sourced eco-friendly materials handcrafted by college students. Founders Michelle Pecdasen and Sarah Vicente believe that in managing your finances, it is important to know where to start by listing daily expenses, since budgeting is an important part in achieving all your financial goals. Another good thing is 20% of its sales go to teaching financially troubled Filipinos on budget management and personal finance as part of its advocacy. This is done through OPLAN Kaalaman sa Pananalapi. The Personal Finance Planner is available for only PhP499. To order, check their Facebook site here: fb.com/budgetsquadmanila

If your passion is education, check out Edukasyon.ph

3Edukasyon.ph

Edukasyon.ph is considered the “#1 Resource for Students in the Philippines” who are looking for higher education opportunities (Senior High School, College, Graduate School, and Tech-Voc), locally and abroad. This is a social enterprise in the education technology sector that aims to give every student a chance at having affordable and quality education that leads to employment. Founder Henry Motte Muñoz firmly believes in the value of education, which is why he set out to build an extensive and user-friendly website to help prospective senior high school and college students in making their career decisions. The website also helps the students submit online applications to scholarships offered by different schools. To date, its website has helped more than 500,000 students and has partnered with hundreds of schools, government offices, corporations, and foundations. If you want to be part of its team and join its advocacy, check out its website here: https://edukasyon.ph

You can count on Medifi to make healthcare accessible to all.

4MEDIFI

Queuing for an hour or more at your local clinic or health center can be a very disheartening experience given the state of healthcare in the Philippines. Well, this health tech startup can help you consult with PH-based and US-based doctors remotely. Medifi is a cloud-based web app that allows you to consult medical professionals using chat, video conferencing, and a host of other means, right in the comfort of your home. This personal telehealth platform also allows pre-visit evaluation and post-treatment follow-ups at the convenience of the patients. Medifi was founded by Freddy Razon Gonzalez, Jay Fajardo, Martin Marty, and Mooney Castillo with the aim to revolutionize healthcare. Doctors are allowed to set their consultation rates, while patients are charged through their credit or debit card immediately after the session ends. Medifi is even associated with personal health devices and equipment such as Withings, iHealth, Jawbone, and Microsoft Health. Sign up for free here: https://medifi.com/.

5Gugma Weaves

Gugma is the Hiligaynon term for “love.” And the love for Visayan weaves and culture is what drives the minds behind Gugma Weaves. Its founders, Mikeel Araña and Adelle Pacificar, are hablon enthusiasts. Hablon is a local textile produced in different towns in Iloilo and is considered a heritage industry in the province. Gugma Weaves aims to incorporate the art and craft of weaving hablon with every day modern lifestyle. They want to help raise awareness about this local gem and to help bring it back to life. Aside from that, Gugma Weaves wants to produce quality products that will also help local communities especially in Dueñas, Iloilo. Gugma Weaves offers various products made of handmade weaves like scarves, wallets, laptop sleeves, lanyards, and handbags. For prices and other inquiries, send them a message at: facebook.com/gugmaweaves