Pitching startup ideas to STAC-SV’s Christina Laskowski at Davao’s famous Yellowfin Tuna Restaurant

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CHRISTINA LASKOWSKI serves as a strategic advisor and management consultant to consumer and technology companies. Her background includes 16 years as a boutique investment and M&A banker where she helped raise more than $2.0 billion serving more than 100 clients; and three years in equity research as a member of the founding branded consumer research team at Hambrecht & Quist, one of the original premier boutique investment banks in San Francisco.

Currently, Ms. Laskowski also serves as President of STAC (Science & Technology Advisory Council) Silicon Valley, a 501(c)3 focused on driving economic growth in the Philippines and US through holistic entrepreneurship. After a fulfilling career in investment banking, Christina engaged the reigns full time and in 2009 transformed STAC SV to a strategic advisory organization with proprietary services.  She presented a five year strategic plan to the Philippine President in 2010 outlining steps to cultivate the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Her leadership was instrumental in creating a collaborative community of stakeholders resulting in a country wide movement to support tech entrepreneurs at the local level and the launch of the first three tech angel funds in the country in 2012.

Christina is also an active member of the community. She serves as an advisor to The Hinabi Project, an advisory board member to USF’s entrepreneurial program and led the most successful College Night program for NUSD in Marin County. Previously, Christina was regional board member to Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, a non-profit focused on transitioning women from welfare to self –employment.

In 2010, the Philippine President presented Christina with the Golden Heart Award, Rank of Grand Officer.  The same year she served as a Balik Scientist (return Scientist) awardee of the Philippine Dept. of Science & Technology. In 2011, FWN recognized her as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipinas” in the United States.

Among the products pitched were SWITO‘s handmade wooden puzzle‘s using Philippine indigenous designs, nextBPO‘s PulpMeter available on beta at Google Play, RAPPID’s event management system, Segworks’ healthcare solutions, Ingenuity‘s client engagement platform, and a cacao seedling venture aimed at addressing volume requirements of farmers in Mindanao.

 

 

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