SALt Visited Kuala Lumpur for the Rice Bowl Startup Awards

31 Finalists chosen from 376 entries from standout startups throughout Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 October, 2015 – Finalists for The Rice Bowl Startup Awards were announced today, reflecting the innovation and excellence of startups across the Southeast Asia.

“Since the announcement of the awards in June, we have seen fantastic participation from startups across the region, and have even had to extend deadlines to accommodate countries to submit their nominations,” said Ashran Dato Ghazi, Chairman of New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF).

The Rice Bowl Startup Awards Finalists with the 1AES and RBSA leadership and partners

The Rice Bowl Startup Awards is the first ASEAN awards to celebrate rising startups that harness technology to propel their business regionally. They honour rising entrepreneurs who are a clear embodiment of excellence and innovation.

376 entries were submitted from nine countries across South East Asia during the nomination phase from 1 June to 15 September 2015. A panel of 35 judges from the awards’ community partners then evaluated the entries in four broad areas – Business, Traction, USP and Investability.

All finalists are automatically in the running for the Golden Rice Bowl Awards. They will also be awarded startup training worth USD15,000, regional media engagements, and investor matching.

Finalists will be judged by the Rice Bowl Startup Awards Grand Jury, and the winners will be announced during the gala event closing the 1 ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit (1AES) on 22 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

Among the finalists, SALt got in to two categories:

Product Startup of the Year

a. Openkod (Malaysia)

• Developer and provider of open source products, has created the first Malaysian-made network security product to optimise networks.

b. QLIPP (Singapore)

• A tennis performance sensor and accompanying mobile application that delivers real-time stroke data and visual insights allowing players to improve their performance.

c. Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALT) (Phillipines)

• Sustainable and cost effective ecologically designed lamp powered by tap water and table salt.

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Woman in Business Startup of the Year

a. Rachel De Villa – Cropital (Phillipines)

• Crowdfunding platform that helps local farmers gain access to scalable and sustainable funding.

b. Silvia Wetherell – MumRadar (Singapore)

• Helps mothers find important information, collates child friendly places and activities, read peer reviews and connects with like-minded mothers.

c. Aisa A. Mijeno – Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALT) (Phillipines)

• Sustainable and cost effective ecologically designed lamp powered by tap water and table salt.

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Rice Bowl Startup Awards

SALt eligible to compete among the categories of Rice Bowl Startup Awards, an initiative to award startups organized by New Entrepreneurs Foundation. Among the categories SALt had been qualified to are the following:


Announcement of winners will be on Oct. 15, 2015. Stay tuned…

Asian Development Bank x Ideaspace Innovation for Impact chose SALt as the winner!


On May 20-22, 2015 ADB and IdeaSpace organized a Startup Cafe Event focused on impact for innovation. The group discussed the growing cleantech and sustainability startup ecosystem in PH and rest of Asia by showcasing emergent cleantech startup stories, ongoing trends and support initiatives for cleantech and sustainability startups and Encouraging collaborations to build a vibrant cleantech startup ecosystem.

Along this, they held pitching competition in which SALt was chosen as the winner among several startups who presented.


SALt Ended Echelon TOP100 as One of the NRF Techventure Awardee


On June 24th, at Singpore Hall 3 during the last day of Echelon Top100 startup event, SALt had been chosen as one of the NRF Techventure Awardee among other startups:

  • Smipter
  • Adcoin
  • PawnHero
  • Jewel Paymentech
  • Flow Account
  • Replicon
  • Globetrekker Challenge Pte Ltd
  • Gentay Communications Pte Ltd

They will be given free exhibit booths worth $500 each at Techventure 2015 which will happen on September 2015.

SALt will be at Echelon TOP100!

On March 24, shortlisted startups presented at one of the 14 countries across Asia. Key investors and community leaders will judge the startups, and one startup from each TOP 100 Qualifier will be crowned the Judges’ Choice. Chosen startups will also walk away with a travel and accommodation package and also a TOP 100 Startups Pack to this year’s Echelon Asia Summit in Singapore this June! HUBBA Cofounder Amarit Charoenphan, IMJ Investment Partners Director Koichi SaitoFuture Now Ventures CEO + Principal Investor and Advisor John Orrock, and Innosight Ventures Partner Pete Bonee are the invited judges for the Philippine leg of the Country Qualifier round!

Startups Presented

1. CrowdNet (CrowdNet)
2. TalinoEV Systems (Phils) Inc (TalinoEV)
3. Secure Deals (Secure Deals)
4. Sustainable Alternative Lighting Corp. (SALt lamp)
5. OptionQuant (Option Quant)
6. FlipTrip.PH (FlipTrip.PH)
7. (TxtSupport)
8. PawnHero (PawnHero)

Although SALt was not able to get selected during the qualifying round — online pawnshop PawnHero was the Judges’ Choice, while online travel platform FlipTrip walked away as the Peoples’ Choice at the Philippines Qualifier of Echelon’s TOP100 Startups, according to Jin Kwan…

“The TOP100 is determined by aggregating the scores and comments from the judges, and SALt received high scores and positive comments from the judges.”

Top 100 startups will be showcased to Asia’s top technology investors, venture capitalists, and startup industry heavyweights at Echelon Asia Summit 2015 which will be held at Singapore Expo on June 23-24th.

Photo courtesy of Patch Dulay,  Founder of The Spark Project PH
Photo courtesy of Patch Dulay, Founder of The Spark Project PH
According to Jin The TOP100 is determined by aggegating the scores and comments from the judges, and your startup received high scores and positive comments from the judges.

On Business: SALt Visits EMS Components Assembly, Inc.

SALt team with EMS team, from (left): Art Ledonio (Quality and Product Management Representative EMS Inc.), Joefrey Frias (Chief Operating Officer SALt Corp.), Aisa Mijeno (Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer SALt Corp.), Perry Ferrer (President EMS Inc.), Jun Bagaindoc (Product Development EMS Inc.) and Raphael Mijeno (Co-Fouder & Chief Financial Officer SALt Corp.)
SALt team with EMS team, from (left): Art Ledonio (Quality and Product Management Representative EMS Inc.), Joefrey Frias (Chief Operating Officer SALt Corp.), Aisa Mijeno (Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer SALt Corp.), Perry Ferrer (President EMS Inc.), Jun Bagaindoc (Product Development EMS Inc.) and Raphael Mijeno (Co-Fouder & Chief Financial Officer SALt Corp.)

SALt Corp. visits EMS Components Assembly, Inc. site at Binan Laguna last April 23, 2015 for a possible collaboration for SALt lamp mass production. EMS President — Perry Ferrer, together with Product Development — Jun Bagaindoc and Quality and Product Management Representative — Art Ledonio, gave SALt team a tour around the facilities of EMS. The team also did a product demonstration which mesmerized the EMS Chairman — Francis Ferrer and other board members, Vice Chairman — Toti Barcelon, Director of Finance — Louie Lizano. This could be a good strategic decision for SALt as both companies share the same vision of creating 100% Filipino product.

SALt to Represent the Country at Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2015

SALt had been nominated by Prof. Antonio M. del Carmen who is  currently the CEO/President of STI College Santa Rosa Inc. and the Program Director for Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business on the Master in Entrepreneurship Program to represent the Philippines, along side Davao AUS Photography led by Tjader P. Regis at the Asia Entrepreneurship Award 2015 which will be held at Kashiwa-no-ha Gate Square (Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab (KOIL) and Kashiwa-no-ha Conference Center (KCC)) on May 24-26, 2015.


Sustainable Alternative Lighting or SALt Corp. is a tech startup developing a sustainable and cost effective ecological lamp that runs on saltwater. The company’s mission is to ease the financial stress of people in rural marginalized areas by providing a lighting innovation that is cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly.

While Davao UAS is a company that specializes in the technology of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

For list of global candidates for AEA 2015, you may access the following link.

SALt Recognized at the ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit and Awards 2015

The ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit now on its 3rd year is a marquee event on the calendar of sustainability professionals in the region owing to its strong positioning, progressive theming that builds from the feedback year-on-year and most importantly the drive amongst the practitioners to exchange, enable and excel – the very purpose of our summit!


With increasing awareness on sustainability among organisations, there is a perceivable development in the right direction. But the incremental initiatives and silo approach is taking us 2 steps back for every step forward – since the challenges are growing at a much faster rate than the solutions. The impending ASEAN integration one of the most anticipated developments in the region, increasing public-private partnerships, growing corporate commitment to sustainable development are all great signs. BUT… Opportunities for the private sector, government, civil society organisations and academe who build our future leaders to engage, co-create and and achieve are endless.

This requires integrated thinking, a value chain approach, responsible leadership and collaboration across all stakeholders… a push towards creating sustainable value for all. This will be our agenda – fostering sustainable value.


In recognition of SALt’s efforts of giving sustainable and affordable light to rural marginalized islands in the Philippines, ACSSA 2015 and the judges awarded SALt the SME Sustainability Commitment Category last March 27, 2015 at Intercontinental Hotel Manila.

SALt Wins KOTRA and People’s Choice Awards at Startup Nations Summit 2014

Philippine startup company SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) Corporation won the People’s Choice Award during the World Startup Competition, which is one of the main events of the Startup Nations Summit (SNS) 2014 held on November 23 to 25 in Seoul, South Korea.


Philippines ( via SALt) was the only Asian country to reach the top five, out of the 50 competitors in the Startup Nations Competition.

SALt promotes environmental and social responsibility by working to eliminate the sustaining cost in the country’s areas that rely on kerosene, battery powered lamps and candles as their main source of lighting.

The group produces a lamp powered by saltwater called “SALt lamp” which uses the science behind the Galvanic cell, the basis for battery-making, changing the electrolytes to a non-toxic, saline solution — in a safe and harmless way.

Themed as “The Age of the Entrepreneur”, the SNS 2014 held at the D.CAMP & Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul. The event was attended by more than 1,000 participants composed of entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and enablers from more than 40 countries.

SALt is the official Philippine representative by Young Entrepreneur Society (YES) to the Startup Nation Competition. YES is the host of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Philippines.

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YES director Henry Ong said the People’s Choice Award was given by the audience who were mostly Koreans and foreigners. “Though we did not win the big prize it is already an honor to be among top 5 out of 50 countries and only Asian country to qualify,” Ong added.

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