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Every year, Startup Grind hosts #SGWomen Leaders Month to recognize the accomplishments of successful women leaders all over the world - and we’re excited to be hosting two such leaders from one of the top Corporate Venture Capital firms in Southeast Asia as they share their perspectives leading a VC firm in an industry where men still heavily dominate the upper ranks of management.
Join us on Thursday, June 25th, at 7:30 pm SGT as we talk with Minette Navarrete and Joan Yao from Kickstart Ventures as they share their insights about the VC World, Corporate Venture Capital and being female leaders shaping their industry.
Check out their bios below and be sure to RSVP for this *FREE* event.
We hope to see you there!
Vice-Chairman and President
Vice President, Investments
Minette is Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc., the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Globe Telecom.
In 2012, Minette led her team to found Kickstart Ventures, Inc. and spin it out as a wholly-owned Globe subsidiary. As a venture capital firm, Kickstart invests globally, providing capital, mentoring, and market access to digital startups from Pre-Series “A” to Series “C.” Its portfolio has some of Southeast Asia’s best-performing startups. Kickstart portfolio companies have attracted funding from some of the world’s most respected tech investors such as Y Combinator and 500 Startups.
In addition to her role at Kickstart, Minette is also a member of Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board. She is also a Senior Vice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s wholly owned digital advertising subsidiary. Minette has held a number of CEO/COO positions in various industries throughout her career, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.
Joan joined Kickstart Ventures in August 2016 as Vice President, and a member of the Deal Team, handling all aspects of investment sourcing, analysis, execution, and management. Since joining Kickstart, she has led the growth in the portfolio from 25 to 43 investments across seven countries, working on deals including Coins.ph, Wattpad, C88, Igloohome and Sprout.
Prior to Kickstart, she was Investment Manager for Southeast Asia at LGT Venture Philanthropy, a global impact investing firm headquartered in Europe. For six years, Joan was primarily responsible for the sourcing, screening, execution, and management of LGT VP’s deals in the region. In 2015, she served as a consultant to the Secretary of Trade and Industry of the Republic of the Philippines, advising on policies and programs related to MSME development, tech startups, inclusive business, and social enterprise.