Raid The Fridge: SCALING


C88: Opening financial access to hundreds of millions of customers in Southeast Asia

Join us for another Raid The Fridge evening of networking on Thursday, August 30th, and learn from our guest speaker J.P. Ellis, CEO/Co-Founder of C88​ ​Financial Technologies (, a Kickstart-funded Series C fintech startup​ ​in the Philippines, Indonesia​,​ and Thailand.

JP will share how four friends in Manila built one of the region's largest fintech companies, and are changing the way millions of Filipinos, Indonesians, and Thais access financial services.

So come over and help us empty our fridge: make new friends, reconnect with old friends, and swap #startupPH stories over beers!

See you,
The Kickstart Team


John Patrick ("J.P.") Ellis
C88 Financial Technologies

J.P. Ellis is a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York in International Relations. In 2005​,​ he joined a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in rural East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, as part of the Stanford University-based Volunteers in Asia program.

Later​ ​in 2006, he joined successful international jewelry entrepreneurs John and Cynthia Hardy as they sold their eponymous brand to 3i private equity. In 2007, he moved to Quvat Capital Partners, a Singapore-based regional private equity firm.

In 2011, he founded Harpoon Mobile, a mapping technology application (maptech), which won the World Summit Awards Mobile in Abu Dhabi in 2012.

In 2013, he and three​ ​co-founders established​ ​C88 Financial Technologies and he continues to serve as Group CEO. C88 Financial Technologies is the holding company of in the Philippines and in Indonesia.

In 2015, Ellis and several fintech practitioners took the initiative to establish the Indonesian Fintech Association. As one of the founders, he currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors​.​

6:30​ ​pm - Registration/doors are opened to guests. Networking over beers kicks-off | 7:50 pm - Guests are notified that talks will begin shortly and are encouraged to go indoors where the program is held | 8:00 pm - Start of program | 9:30 pm - End of program and networking resumes | 11:00 pm - Networking ends, guests leave the venue​.

Raid The Fridge is the signature networking event of Kickstart Ventures for the #startupPH community -- first held in August 2012, Raid The Fridge is held every last Thursday of the month except December. Today, it is the longest-recurring startup mixer in the Philippines and it is brought to you in partnership with YouthHack Manila, a community of student startup organisations united by their advocacy to expose the youth to startups, technology, and entrepreneurship. | | @YouthHack_


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