12 “innovative” Pinoys celebrated in the Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list

From crypto gaming to cloud kitchens, 12 Filipinos were recognized in the latest Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list, which included 300 regional entrepreneurs across a range of categories.

Now in its seventh edition, the list featured next-generation leaders who were “inspiring change and driving innovation in their respective fields amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Forbes recognized Filipino tech experts, gaming enthusiasts, and social entrepreneurs in five of 10 categories: consumer tech, finance and venture capital, manufacturing and energy, and social impact.

The list included Justin Banusing, 22, Kevin Hoang, 29, and Ariane Lim, 28, the co-founders of esports startup AcadArena.

Founded in 2019, AcadArena has since partnered with more than 600 schools with more than 100,000 students to support gaming clubs and communities, Forbes said. AcadArena has successfully raised $3.5 billion via a seed fundraiser with backers led by Kevin Lin, co-founder of video game streaming platform Twitch.

Also on the list were Jeth Lorenz Ang, 27, Renz Carlo Chong, 26, and Nicolo Alfonso Odulio, 28.

The trio founded BreederDAO, a startup that capitalizes on the popularity of crypto gambling.

BreederDAO, which raised $10 million in Series A funding through a token sale co-led by Andreessen Horowitz’s a16z and Delphi Digital, specializes in creating digital characters and objects used in games based on on non-fungible tokens such as Axie Infinity and Sipher.

For the social impact category, Forbes chose Billie Dumaliang, 29, co-founder of Masungi Georeserve Foundation. The Masungi project extends over 2,700 hectares in the province of Rizal in the Philippines.

The conservation park received the 2021 Water Changemakers Award and a Special Mention under the 2018 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Forbes said.

Shawntel Nicole Martinez Nieto, 26, was honored in the same category. She is the executive director of the One Cainta food program.

One Cainta has provided more than 1.1 million food baskets to 400,000 people in Luzon, Forbes said. Martinez Nieto was also behind SustainaRumble Podcasts and Modular Education X.

Filipinos in the finance and venture capital category were Earvin Ang, 29, and Jesse Manalansan, 27, founders of Aqwire, an online real estate investment platform.

For retail and trade, Victor Lim, 28, co-founder of Kraver’s Canteen, which runs a multi-brand “cloud kitchen” serving Foodee Group and Pizza Hut.

For industry, manufacturing and energy, Inteluck founder Kevin Zhang, 28. Inteluck is a technology-driven logistics startup, expanding outside the Philippines in countries like Vietnam and Indonesia.

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