The Original Pitch Venture Capital Team

Fellow Entrepreneurs investing in fellow Entrepreneurs.
JJ Atencio

JJ Atencio

Founder & Direct Investor, President of 8990 Housing Development Corporation.

JJ Atencio is a businessman who has done service in developing mass housing subdivisions for the past 20 years. JJ is President of the 8990 Housing Development Corporation, which principally aims to develop low-cost mass housing subdivisions particularly for the demographic of Filipinos in the middle to lower income brackets. 8990 Housing has extended its reach as well to the Visayas and Mindanao since their beginning in 1995. JJ holds a degree in Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University, having done postgraduate studies in Applied Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific and International Housing Finance at the Wharton School of Business in the University of Pennsylvania.

Attorney Ian Dato

Partner & Legal Counsel, Attorney

Attorney Ian Dato is currently the general counsel and corporate secretary to various companies involved in real estate (8890 Holdings, Inc.), retail (SoutheastAsia Retail Inc.), restaurant, importation, rural banking (First Naga Rural Bank, Inc.), vacation club (Azalea Vacation Club), and business process outsourcing. He was formerly Undersecretary during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo for both the Office of the President and the Department of Justice respectively. He took up his Masters of Public International Law at the University College London, and his Juris Doctor at the Ateneo Law School.

Kevin Khoe

Partner, CIO of Big Big Holdings

Kevin G. Khoe is presently the Chief Investment Officer of Big Big Holdings, an investment holding company that specializes in funding internet start-ups and information technology (IT) related ventures. Mr. Khoe used to be the CEO of, the largest Philippine portal, which ranks among the top 5,000 sites in the world. He provided strategic leadership to the company and at the same time its day to day operations. In March 2000, he made YEHEY! the first local site to successfully integrate its search functionalities with Google, which further boosted the patronage of the two search engines. He was a part-time lecturer at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UAP), handling new media marketing classes for the Masters Program of the Integrated Marketing Communication course.

Magellan Fetalino

Partner, CEO of Acudeen Technologies Inc.

Mr. Mario Jordan “Magellan” Fetalino III is the Founder and CEO of Acudeen Technologies, Inc., the first online peer to peer marketplace for discounted receivables in the Philippines, and winner of Seedstars Philippines 2016. He used to be the President of the international medical publication, Medical Observer. He handled International Business Development for the Illustrados Business Consultancy Group in Hong Kong until December 2015. He also used to serve as the Chairman of the Board of The Global Filipino Investors. He took up Entrepreneurship in the University of Santo Tomas and is currently taking up his Masters in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Francis Simisim

Partner, CEO of Social Light Inc

Francis Simisim has been in the startup scene for 10 years. He co-founded (Biggest Online Blog in the Philippines) which he later exited in 2015. He founded Blogapalooza (Biggest Business to Blogger Event in the Philippines) and is currently its Chief Business Development Officer. He’s currently the CEO of Social Light Inc, which is developing (Detivo) a platform that enables technologies for mass adoption. He also had various experiences in Exporting, Health & Beauty & Hospitality Business. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University in Bachelors in Computing Science and Masters in Business & Enterprise.

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