Startup Ideas from the Philippines / SE Asia
Earl Martin Valencia
Co-Founder, IdeaSpace Foundation
Board Advisor, Science and Technology Advisory Council Silicon Valley
Earl is currently the Board Advisor for the Science and Technology Advisory Council (to the Philippines) in New York and the Founding Advisor to QBO, the National Innovation Center of the Philippines. He is an active advisor, mentor and angel investor to several early stage start-up companies in multiple countries. He is also the Program Manager for Corporate Data at the world’s largest hedge fund. For his leadership in economic development through start-ups and entrepreneurship, Earl is honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and an invited attendee at the Davos Conference in 2016.
Prior to moving to the NY-area, in his aim to support emerging market innovation, Earl spent 4 years in emerging Southeast Asia. Earl co-founded the IdeaSpace Foundation, a non-profit incubator and accelerator based in Manila with $12M in funding. He was also the Vice President of Corporate Development and Innovation at Smart Communications, the Philippine’s largest mobile provider with 70 million subscribers. He was a Business Incubation Manager at Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group in Silicon Valley where he co-ran the I-Prize, Cisco’s global Innovation prize with participants in over 100 countries. He also was a Senior Systems Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in Los Angeles. He worked in billion dollar VC firms H&Q Asia Pacific in Manila and Investor Growth Capital in Menlo Park.
Earl obtained a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston University, a Masters in Systems Engineering from Cornell University, an Executive Leadership Program from Harvard Kennedy School and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Additional financial support of this series from the The Miner Foundation