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917Ventures in the News

KonsultaMD Donates 4,000 Medicines to Pasig City Health Department

Leading telehealth service KonsultaMD has donated 4,000 pieces of medicines to the Pasig City Health Department as part of its goal to provide accessible healthcare for all. kmd.jpg Present at the turnover were KonsultaMD Marketing representative Anton Cojuangco and Pasig City Health Officer Dr. Joseph Panaligan. They were joined by the local government unit’s Chief Nurse Rowena Santos and Assistant Chief Nurse Racquel Rebana. “We have been working closely with the Pasig City Health Department on this undertaking. By sharing our resources, we can get closer to our vision of democratizing healthcare and assisting more Filipinos in need,” said Cholo Tagaysay, KonsultaMD CEO. The healthcare provider looks forward to continuing its work with Pasig City and other local government units to benefit more communities. KonsultaMD provides 24/7 consultations with licensed medical or mental health professionals, no appointment needed. You no longer have to spend the day waiting in line to get the care you deserve. You can speak to a licensed professional via chat, video, or voice call through the KonsultaMD app. Health plans start for as low as ?199 per chat consultation. Each plan includes the following benefits: 24/7 access, no appointment needed, e-Medical documents (at the discretion of the licensed professional), and expert care. KonsultaMD is involved in various wellness initiatives for mental and physical health. It provided hotlines for storm victims to call and consult with licensed medical doctors and mental health professionals in Globe’s relief operations. KonsultaMD provides 24/7 telemedicine consults on the app via chat, voice, or video call. Members can seek primary medical advice on basic healthcare, receive mental health first-aid support, get general health information and diagnostics interpretation, and access e-medical documents. KonsultaMD will launch its one-stop-shop health app next year to bring a complete wellness experience to Filipinos anywhere in the country at the click of a button. You will be able to go seamlessly from booking your initial doctor consultation, to ordering and delivering your medications, and even booking your lab tests all within the app. You can even have a dedicated VIP customer representative book and handle all your appointments with the KonsultaMD Concierge service. Stay tuned for further announcements on the superapp coming soon....

Get Special Deals at the New RUSH Plus Voucher Marketplace

RUSH Plus is home to various promos and discounts. From food and beverage, retail, service, to wellness, it makes shopping even more rewarding for customers and makes managing campaigns easier for RUSH-powered merchants. rush.jpg “We’re so excited for consumers to take advantage of the deals on RUSH Plus. Customers can only expect to see more and even better offers from RUSH merchants and our rewards partners in the weeks to come,” said Jeff Alejandrino, RUSH Director of Partnerships. Getting the most out of RUSH Plus is very easy. Just go to plus.rush.ph, choose your free or member-exclusive deal and follow the steps to get the discount code for your next purchase. Take your pick among these RUSH partners on the platform: EdVenture KonsultaMD Grab Puritan's Pride Strip and Browhaus Lhealthyshop Dingras Empanada S A T O Gifted.PH FlowerSore.ph Zalora RUSH Plus is also meant to help merchants gain both online and offline traction to their stores. It provides entrepreneurs a place for all their promos to bring them closer to customers. “RUSH prides itself in having an extensive discovery ecosystem for its merchant partners, allowing customers to find their favorite RUSH-powered brands in as many channels as possible. RUSH Plus is our biggest discovery channel yet, and we are positive that this voucher hub will make online commerce even more rewarding both for brands and consumers,” said James Gasara, RUSH Chief Growth Officer. In addition, the platform serves as a gateway for RUSH merchants to join campaigns on RUSH’s external partners such as GCash and the GlobeOne app. By activating their vouchers on Rush Plus, RUSH-powered merchants and other businesses are able to take advantage of another extensive discovery channel at zero cost. Interested brands can sign up at www.rush.ph/rushplus-info to get their special offers live on the platform. RUSH Plus is owned by RUSH Technologies Inc. (RUSH), a provider of white-label e-commerce and loyalty solutions to help bring businesses online....

Designing for the ‘New’ Filipino: 917Ventures Highlights How Design Plays a Role in Its Digital Solutions

The country’s largest corporate venture builder 917Ventures is leveraging the diverse suite of digital solutions under the Globe Group to innovate and reinvent the lives of over 109 million Filipinos. in-article-01 (1).jpg During the International Design Conference (IDC) organized by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Design Center of the Philippines, 917Ventures emphasized the need to develop digital solutions for the “new Filipino” and incorporate sustainability in its operations. 917Ventures was one of the invited changemakers and leaders from all over the world who shared their expertise on how design paved the way for the highest possible quality of life for generations to come. “We design and build our ventures for the people. We find opportunities where the most nagging problems are, and we solve them through tech-enabled solutions. We have placed the consumer at the forefront of our mission, enabling us to adjust and adapt to their demands and needs,” said 917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat. He noted that Globe’s continuous disruption of the telecom landscape prompted 917Ventures to focus on providing real solutions to everyday problems in the areas of fintech, media and entertainment, e-commerce and loyalty, education, advertising tech and data, B2B Software as a Service (SaaS), digital health, and climate tech. He emphasized the importance of technology as a means to operationalize designing a future society and achieving sustainability. “We create a user journey for customers to digital not by accident but by design. To uplift the lives of the Filipino people, we need to design for the people,” Yamat said. “I am encouraging everyone to rethink design beyond aesthetics. Let’s use design as an enabling strategy that can transform society into one that is human-centered, prosperous, sustainable and inclusive, and allows people to live their best lives now and in the future,” he concluded. Aside from addressing the pain points of consumers and enterprises, 917Ventures also scales and accelerates businesses in the digital space to support the growth of the Philippine startup ecosystem. It generates jobs for different sectors and creates a competitive landscape for the many services it offers through its portfolio of companies: mobile wallet giant GCash, health tech services KonsultaMD and HealthNow, e-commerce solutions provider RUSH, full-service digital media and adtech agency AdSpark, online grocery shopping app Rappit, web-based multi-channel messaging platform m360, data-driven solutions provider Inquiro, tech school KodeGo, online learning platform EdVenture, and adtech startup DeepSea....

Globe’s 917Ventures, Ayala Corp. To Bring Gogoro’s Leading ‘Smartscooter’ and Battery-Swapping Technology in PH

917Ventures and Ayala Corporation are set to bring global two-wheel electric vehicle and battery-swapping technology leader Gogoro to the Philippines. 1129_KV for PR.jpg Piloting in Metro Manila in Q1 2023, Gogoro’s Smartscooters will serve as an eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuel-powered vehicles currently used by the logistics and last-mile delivery industry. Gogoro® Smartscooters® are powered by Gogoro’s® battery swapping platform through conveniently located swap stations, where users can quickly swap depleted batteries for fully-charged ones in seconds. Vince Yamat, 917Ventures Managing Director, said the partnership seeks to reduce the use of fossil fuel by the country’s logistics industry which are known to release significantly more emissions per vehicle per day than consumer riding. “We are committed to help address the climate crisis by introducing Gogoro to logistics businesses, helping them in their sustainability efforts. In addition, because of the Swap & Go technology that enables riders to be fully charged in just seconds, we hope Gogoro will also help address hesitations surrounding charging electric vehicles and even finding parking slots. Hopefully, this technology will encourage more Filipinos to switch to EV,” Yamat said. Jaime Alfonso Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation’s Head of Business Development and Innovation, meanwhile, said: “Ayala supports the Department of Energy’s thrust to transition towards cleaner technologies. We are excited to contribute to a high-quality consortium focused on enhancing mobility through sustainable solutions, which aligns with our broader decarbonization and digital transformation ambitions.” Patrick Aquino, Director of the Department of Energy’s Energy Utilization Management Bureau, said Taiwan has an incredibly high scooter density compared to the rest of the world, and it’s very encouraging to see its positive response to the Gogoro Network. “More than 25% of their quick commerce deliveries and almost all of their electric deliveries are powered by battery-swapping technology, and we see this solution will be most beneficial to a densely populated region like Metro Manila, which is also the hub of business districts. The success of this pilot will pave the way for a new sustainable business model in other cities in the country as well,” he said, adding that the Philippines can learn from Taiwan’s experience. Meanwhile, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba noted how the project aligns with the government’s development agenda by supporting both digitalization and climate action. “Our country needs innovative tech-led projects that support climate action. I commend 917Ventures, Globe and the Ayala Corporation for always being at the forefront of change-making initiatives that aim to improve the lives of Filipinos while helping protect the environment,” said Aldaba. Chuan-Neng Lin, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan, also added, “Gogoro’s leadership in battery swapping, vehicle design, and innovation has transformed two-wheel mobility in Taiwan and fostered a new smart mobility industry of eco-friendly businesses and end-users. We look forward to businesses and riders in the Philippines experiencing the benefits of Gogoro’s smart mobility like we have in Taiwan. Together with Gogoro, we can all reach our net-zero carbon emissions goals.” In Taiwan, Gogoro currently has over 11,000 battery swapping stations at more than 2,260 locations. With over 1 million batteries in circulation the number of GoStations has already surpassed the number of gas stations in Taiwan’s major cities, making Gogoro battery swapping the de facto standard for electric two-wheel refueling in Taiwan. The Gogoro Network has more than 520,000 riders that perform more than 370,000 battery swaps per day. “Gogoro is honored to have the support of the Philippine’s Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to kickstart this new smart mobility movement in Manila that utilizes Gogoro’s intelligent battery swapping, a new generation of EV refueling,” said Horace Luke, founder and CEO of Gogoro. “Through our collaboration with 917Ventures and Ayala Corporation, we are unlocking incredible environmental and sustainability benefits, and introducing new smart mobility efficiencies for businesses by improving how they manage their delivery fleets,” he added....

m360 Expands Reach To 227 Global Destinations Via 700 Network Operators

Web-based multi-channel messaging platform m360 continues to establish its global presence by enabling outbound international app-to-person (A2P) messages to 227 destinations worldwide. The company has already grown its partner network operators to 700, expanding its reach from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Ramon Hirang, m360 Chief Executive Officer, said they aim to democratize business messaging and open up telco messaging assets to the world. “m360 strives to improve its global presence for businesses to reach their customers on channels they are familiar with or prefer to use. We partner with mobile network operators worldwide so we can help our clients deliver superb customer experiences through meaningful conversations and boost their revenues in the process,” Hirang said. Through the m360 messaging platform, businesses in the Philippines can send SMS practically anywhere they want. This allows enterprises to reach a wider audience for better brand awareness, customer service and sales, both locally and abroad. Due to heightened incidents of smishing or fraudulent activities via SMS, m360’s branded sender ID ensures that messages only come from official and legitimate sources for safe, secure, and reliable SMS delivery. The easy-to-use messaging platform covers all aspects of the SMS wholesale business, including over-the-top media services such as Viber for Business, Facebook Messenger, and other digital messaging solutions. m360 is the largest A2P messaging company in the Philippines, delivering best-in-class digital messaging products that amplify customer experience and seamless communications. It boasts of infrastructure that supports communications worldwide with international inbound and outbound messaging capabilities....

m360 Reaches 160% Budget Achievement in H1 2022

Web-based multi-channel messaging platform m360 continues to soar as it achieved 160 percent of its budget in the first half of the year on the back of a steady rise in direct customer base. The robust performance was achieved as its direct customer base soared 33 percent to 1,295 clients. “m360 delivered a strong set of results and our growth momentum is building. We are on track in realizing our vision to be the messaging company that creates the largest connection point between companies and customers in Southeast Asia,” said Ramon Hirang, m360 Chief Operating Officer. m360 delivers best-in-class digital app-to-person (A2P) messaging products that amplify customer experience and seamless communications. It covers all aspects of messaging, including SMS and over-the-top communication services such as Viber for Business, Facebook Messenger, and soon, WhatsApp, Business, RCS, and other digital messaging channels. It now enables premium A2P inbound messaging via Globe’s network, allowing Globe customers to receive messages from international or premium brands through the approved and legal route. Likewise, m360 allows businesses in the Philippines to send SMS to more than 230 mobile network operators in over 190 countries worldwide. This empowers enterprises with multichannel solutions that can reach a wider audience to help them improve brand awareness and customer service, and increase sales locally and abroad in any channel their customers prefer. m360 also continues to ramp up its fraud detection capability, making it a safe, secure, and reliable partner for SMS delivery. m360 Inc. is a portfolio company under AdSpark Holdings and 917Ventures, the country’s biggest corporate venture builder wholly-owned by Globe....