After its successful first season which saw close to US$1M worth of investments made into Philippine startups, the reality business TV show The Final Pitch, launches its second season. It will have an all-new cast of Investor Judges and a new airing network. The Final Pitch is the country’s first TV show that links entrepreneurs to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. Initially airing its first season on History Channel, the second season will now be aired on CNN Philippines.
“We’ve put together an exciting cast of new Investor Judges who are raring to find and invest in entrepreneurs and businesses-whatever size, stage, and industry they’re in,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, entrepreneur TV producer John Aguilar.
Aguilar has assembled a formidable lineup of investors. Among them, the multi-awarded President and CEO of Mega Global Corporation – manufacturer and distributor of Mega Sardines, William Tiu Lim; former president and chief strategy and innovation officer of LBC Express and now CEO of digital logistics company Quad X, Fernando “Dino” Araneta; Air Asia Zest Philippines and Globalport co-founding owner and sportsman, Mikee Romero; and lastly, 27-year old millennial founder and managing director of real estate consultancy firm Prime Philippines, Jet Yu.
Entrepreneurs who are picked by the Investor Judges after an initial pitch session will go through a month-long business boot camp and series of challenges; eventually pitching to the show’s investors in a once-in-a-lifetime pressure-packed Final Pitch, from which the show derives its name.
In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching and even funding and business support opportunities from an esteemed lineup of the show’s partners such as BPI Foundation, Insular Life, and Inquirer Academy. In particular, social entrepreneurs are encouraged to audition as BPI Foundation has come in to invest a P500,000 equity-free grant to a deserving social entrepreneur of its choice.
Callout for Season 2
The show is already accepting applications for the show’s second season to be filmed by late April 2018. To join The Final Pitch Season 2, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website TheFinalPitch.ph. Applicants are urged to submit their businesses for consideration early, as the number of entrepreneurs invited to pitch will be limited. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through its website.
The Final Pitch premieres June 24, 2018, Sunday, 8pm on CNN Philippines. The show is supported by BPI Foundation, Insular Life, Esquire Financing Inc., Atelier-A, Ibarra Manila, Felipe & Sons, and Sapatero. Media partners are Inquirer, Inquirer.net, Inquirer Academy, and Entrepreneur Philippines.
The Investors and their companies at a glance:
William Tiu Lim is the President and CEO of Mega Global Corporation, the country’s largest sardines fishing, and canning plant. Its flagship brand, Mega Sardines, is the no. 1 sardines brand in the Philippines. Its other products are Mega Creations Premium Sardines, Mega Tuna, and Mega Prime Canned Vegetables and Fruits. The company has since expanded into other businesses such as hotel and restaurant development, trucking and financing.
Dino Araneta is the CEO of the country’s fastest growing start-up, QuadX. In just 4 years, this former President and Chief Strategy Officer of LBC Express, has grown QuadX to be the country’s premier digital logistics company with 3 highly successful services in the market – Shipping Cart, CheckMeOut, and XPost.
Mikee Romero is a businessman, sportsman, and politician. Before joining the government as a congressman, Romero’s publicly listed holding company Globalport 900 Inc. and other business interests have landed him a number of times in the Forbes Asia list of 50 Richest Filipinos in the Country. He is also a co-founding owner of Air Asia Zest Philippines and owns the Globalport Batang Pier franchise in the PBA.
Jet Yu is the 27-year-old millennial founder and managing director of real estate consultancy firm Prime Philippines. His firm, which he started four years ago, has provided commercial real estate solutions, research, and advisory services to over 3,000 clients such as developers, investors, and other businesses both locally and internationally. His firm has expanded with its office in Davao, and newly opened grade A co-working space in Quezon City called GreatWork Business Campus.
‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for partnership inquiries, visit TheFinalPitch.ph or call 0917-8136674.