city, buildings, architecture

PH seen staying on growth track in Q3 on slowing COVID-19 cases

The Philippines is seen avoiding a slowdown in its economic rebound in the third quarter amid relatively lower COVID-19 infections compared to its neighbors suffering from surges and with mass vaccination picking up, UK-based think tank Pantheon Macroeconomics said. The Philippines would also likely join Indonesia and Thailand in achieving instead of 2023, Pantheon Macroeconomics…

entrepreneur, idea, competence

Kickstart intensifies hunt for elusive ‘unicorn’

Ayala group-backed corporate venture capital firm Kickstart Ventures has intensified its hunt for future “unicorns” here and abroad notwithstanding a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, making use of a fresh fund to help bankroll early-stage to growth-stage tech startups. Kickstart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecoms, is scouting for innovative companies with compelling, credible and scalable…

wallet, digital, mouse

Paymaya operator secures P8B to fund digital bank dream

The privately held technology company behind the PayMaya mobile wallet successfully raised , or over P8 billion, to fund its expansion and an upcoming digital bank. Voyager Innovations said on Monday the money came from existing investors PLDT Inc., China’s Tencent, global investment firm KKR and the International Finance Corp., through IFC Financial Institutions Growth…

excavator, construction, site

Infra projects to create 1.6M more new jobs this year–Villar

The big-ticket infrastructure projects currently rolled out by the government will create an additional 1.6 million jobs this year, President Duterte’s infrastructure managers said on Wednesday. Public Works Secretary Mark Villar told the Asia Infrastructure Forum 2021 the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program had so far created as public infrastructure spending was doubled to 5…