QLITAN: Forbes Asia's 100 to Watch

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Meet the Philippine startups on Forbes Asia's 100 to Watch list!

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As Forbes Asia puts it, “Asia-Pacific’s small companies and startups are on the rise”. The recent release of Forbes Asia’s inaugural 100 to Watch highlights different notable small companies and startups on the rise across the Asia-Pacific region that are solving prevalent problems with innovative solutions in this new normal.

Meet four homegrown startups included in Forbes Asia's 100 to Watch at the upcoming QLITAN on September 28 at 5pm as they share their inspiring journey towards scaling their ventures even amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic—and key insights on thriving in the new normal.

This networking event will be hosted via Zoom for a more interactive experience. Don't forget to register to join the conversation!


  • Paul Rivera, Co-founder and CEO of Kalibrr

Paul Rivera is the co-founder and CEO of Kalibrr, a careers platform for over 5 million young professionals in Southeast Asia. Prior to Kalibrr, Paul was the co-founder and President at Open Access BPO, an innovative outsourcing company that brought several technology companies to the Philippines. Before returning to the Philippines, Paul was at Google and at an e-commerce startup, Mercantila in San Francisco.

Ragde Falcis has been working as a Chief Technology Officer to several companies while running a Software Development Company, Gorated Innovation Labs Inc. Armed with his experience in providing software to several organizations and institutions, Gorated created its online store platform ChatGenie that can be installed on Messenger, Instagram, Viber, GCash, Tiktok and other Super Apps. In 2018, Gorated played a strategic role in launching the mobile app of McDonald's Philippines for online orders.

A serial entrepreneur, Luis Sia was only 24 when he co-founded PayMongo in 2019. He is now its Chief Commercial Officer. As PayMongo’s CCO, Luis leads the implementation of strategies to ensure that the company meets its growth goals and, in turn, help grow the internet economy of e merging markets. He is most passionate about developing the local startup ecosystem and spends his down time helping other startups get off the ground.

Before PayMongo, Luis established Altitude Technologies, which is one of the top retailers for drones in the Philippines and the exclusive distributor of various photo-related brands. Luis got into the fintech industry upon realizing, along with his PayMongo co-founders, how hard it was to set up online payments in the Philippines.

Moderated by Mel Nava, CEO of 1Export

​​Mel is the CEO and co-founder of 1Export, a one-stop, end-to-end platform helping small and medium businesses with all of their exporting needs. 1Export was an idea at Startup Weekend Manila back in 2015 before becoming an operating business in 2017. It is now helping hundreds of micro, small, and medium businesses in the Philippines export to the USA, Australia, and the Middle East.


  • 5:00 PM - 5:10PM Introduction
  • 5:10 PM - 6:10 PM Fireside Chat
  • 6:10 PM - 6:30 PM Breakout session


What is QLITAN?

QLITAN is a regular series of talks arranged for experienced startup founders and enablers to share their personal stories, tips, and business know-how to inspire explorers and other founders in succeeding with their own ventures. For more info on the upcoming QLITAN talks, visit our Eventbrite and follow us via our Facebook page. You may also check out our website


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