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Jacob interviewed Talino Venture Labs on September 9, 2021. Play Video
Jacob Brutman
Angel Investor, Ph.D. Chemist and Computer Enthusiast
says, "CEO is passionate and clearly knowledgeable about the area. The startups he informed me of seem to have well thought out ideas with potential for large revenue streams even at relatively small market shares."
says, "Keep celebrating your successes and your profitability, these are huge achievements."

What Investors Say

Managing Partner, Wavemaker Labs
Invested $100,000 this round + $200,000 previously
Financial Technology (Fintech) Innovation has the potential to level the playing field for
underbanked individuals and underserved small businesses. Talino Venture Labs is addressing
this large market opportunity through its proven business model as a profitable venture studio.
Talino has successfully executed joint ventures with large enterprises and attracted innovative
start-up founders to deliver market innovation to Inclusive Fintech globally.
We are excited to be an investor and a partner of Talino Venture Labs in creating shareholder
value with the mission to accelerate financial and economic inclusion around the world.

In the news

QR code-powered Unified Logistics Pass system coming up
October 22, 2021
Rainier Allan Ronda - The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines - The government is coming up with a QR code-powered Unified Logistics Pass (ULP) system aimed at speeding up the issuance and validation of certificates of public convenience (CPCs) forlogistics firms and their vehicles.
Talino Venture Labs CEO Winston Damarillo joins LAEDC Board of Governors and speaks abouts leveling the playing field for small businesses at Select LA Investment Summit 2021 | Blog | Talino Venture Labs | A global venture studio for inclusive fintech
October 19, 2021
Talino Venture Labs, a venture studio for inclusive fintech headquartered in Los Angeles, joins the Los Angeles County Economic Development Board (LAEDC), a non-profit, public-benefit organization that harnesses the power of the private sector to guide economic development and create more widely shared prosperity in the Los Angeles County region.
The Future 5 of Los Angeles Tech, Q4 2021
October 19, 2021
Sure, the latest initiatives from the Teslas, Apples and Googles of the industry tend to dominate the tech news space - and with good reason. Still, the big guns aren't the only ones bringing innovation to the sector. In an effort to highlight up-and-coming startups, Built In is launching The Future 5 across eight major U.S.
Talino Venture Labs turns to equity crowdfunding - BusinessWorld Online
October 13, 2021
Talino Venture Labs, a US-registered venture studio for financial services startups, is leveraging equity crowdfunding for working capital generation. Equity crowdfunding is a capital fundraising strategy that allows anyone to own a stake in a company with a minimum investment. "I believe that equity crowdfunding or 'early public offering' is a great opportunity for Filipino startups to raise [...]
Talino Venture Labs banks US$1.25M to grow its inclusive fintech venture studio | e27
October 9, 2021
Talino Venture Labs builds repeatable, scalable, and profitable fintech firms that empower underserved groups with financial access and mobility
Filipino-Founded 'Venture Builder' Raises P63.2 Million From Global VC Firms
October 9, 2021
Filipino venture builder Talino Venture Labs announced on Friday (October 8) that it has raised $1.25 million (about P63.2 million) from cross-border venture capital firms and angel networks through an equity crowdfunding campaign in the U.S.
Inclusive fintech venture studio Talino Venture Labs raises $1.25M as it launches equity crowdfunding campaign | Blog | Talino Venture Labs | A global venture studio for inclusive fintech
October 8, 2021
Talino also showed a strong opening at the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign on, recording commitments of over $270,000 from almost 100 investors and appearing as a top trending startup on the platform as of press time.
Leading Ladies: UNAWA Co-Founders Make It to Asia Business Law Journal's Top 100 List for the Fourth Straight Year - UNAWA
September 27, 2021
UNAWA co-founders Atty. Monalisa C. Dimalanta, Atty. Regina Jacinto-Barrientos, and Atty. Maria Raquel S. Chavez of Puyat Jacinto & Santos (PJS) Law are once again among the Philippines' Top 100 Lawyers based on research conducted by the Asia Business Law Journal.
Equity Crowdfunding: An Idea Whose Time Has Come | Blog | Talino Venture Labs | A global venture studio for inclusive fintech
September 24, 2021
The startup community continues to thrive amidst the challenging economic climate; this is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to thrive in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Equity crowdfunding is one of the ways to give these startups a shot at success.
ING, Unicef support 5 Philippine fintech startups
September 15, 2021
Lawrence Agcaoili - The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines - Dutch financial giant ING Bank and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) continue to support startup companies building financial technology (fintech) solutions to empower young people, children and families.
NAAC-Talino Finance Wins Market Readiness Category at the FDIC Tech Sprint | Blog | Talino Venture Labs | A global venture studio for inclusive fintech
September 15, 2021
The National Asian American Coalition (NAAC) and Talino Venture Labs, working jointly as NAAC-Talino Finance, won the market readiness category of the tech sprint organized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) entitled Breaking Down Barriers: Reaching the Last Mile of the Unbanked.
Startups Make Progress Toward Fintech for Impact
September 15, 2021
Saphron is building NAN.AI, an AI-powered tool for a primarily female workforce of microinsurance agents ("nanays") to efficiently reach more lower-income, rural families with affordable, accessible insurance. An updated version of NAN.AI is now being used in more than eight provinces around the country, and can function offline to be synced at a later time.
FDITECH Selects Three Winning Teams in Tech Sprint to Reach the Unbanked
September 14, 2021
WASHINGTON - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the selection of three winning teams in a 'tech sprint' designed to explore new technologies and techniques to help banks meet the needs of unbanked consumers. The tech sprint's evaluation panel selected the following organizations as winners in the following categories: FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams said, "This is only a first step.
Going Beyond Buzzwords: Filipino CEOs on Impact, Inclusivity, and Going Global | Blog | Talino Venture Labs | A global venture studio for inclusive fintech
September 6, 2021
Is building a successful startup all about becoming a unicorn? What does becoming a unicorn even mean to the average entrepreneur? If anything, the pandemic has only revealed the real challenges businesses need to face.
Bank Customer Experience Summit to address fintech strategies for customer experience
August 24, 2021
Fintech companies are continually developing innovative strategies to reach out to a changing customer base during uncertain times. The Bank Customer Experience, being held in Chicago from Sept. 13 to 15, will deliver multiple sessions on fintech strategies and how to use them.
UNAWA Bags 5-Year deal to revitalize Taytay, Palawan LGU Local tourism
August 18, 2021
Unawa x Taytay, Palawan UNAWA, a regulatory tech (regtech) startup, and the local government of Taytay, Palawan have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) aimed at revitalizing their local tourism through Pasaporte - an innovation powered by UNAWA's Digital Transaction Hub. The Digital Transac
FDIC initiative targets unbanked consumers - Financial Regulation News
August 16, 2021
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) officials said eight teams have been selected to participate in an endeavor they said seeks to aid banks in meeting the needs of unbanked consumers.© Shutterstock The tech sprint explores new technologies and techniques to attract unbanked consumers to the banking system while sustaining continual relationships.
FDITECH Selects Eight Teams in Tech Sprint to Reach the Unbanked
August 14, 2021
WASHINGTON - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the selection of eight teams to participate in a 'tech sprint' designed to explore new technologies and techniques to help banks meet the needs of unbanked consumers. The FDIC's tech lab, FDITECH, launched Breaking Down Barriers: Reaching the Last Mile of the Unbanked on July 6, 2021.
BayaniPay: Creating Affordable Remittance and Enabling the Upward Mobility of Filipinos | The Fintech Times
August 11, 2021
This month at The Fintech Times, we are looking at Fintech for good: this encompasses companies looking to better communities within their society that are struggling financially.
Award-winning regtech startup UNAWA signs 5-year partnership deal with Taytay, Palawan LGU to revitalize local tourism - UNAWA
August 6, 2021
Pioneering regulatory tech (regtech) startup UNAWA and the local government of Taytay, Palawan have signed a Memorandum of Agreement which aims to revitalize local tourism through Pasaporte, an innovation powered by UNAWA's Digital Transaction Hub, a suite of solutions that accelerate the digitization and signing/completion of important business documents.
US Filipinos Empowered as BayaniPay Enables Cross-Border Payments
July 30, 2021
“BayaniPay simplifies the remittance process by enabling its users to send money to their friends and families through an easy-to-use app.”
Los Angeles-Based Fintech Innovator Launches Cross-border Financial Services for Millions of Filipino Americans in the United States
July 28, 2021
“BayaniPay was designed to meet the specific requirements of Asian American global professionals, who make up over 25% of the foreign-born labor force in the United States. Most of these global professionals currently rely on brick-and-mortar remittance centers to send money to their loved ones. This laborious and time-consuming approach is accompanied by high transaction fees, complicated processes, and limited access to other crucial financial services such as loans, savings, and investments.”
Mergers & Money: After Didi, Will New Regulations Make VCs More Leary of Chinese Investments?
July 21, 2021
“Winston Damarillo, CEO at Talino Venture Labs — which looks at investment opportunities in emerging markets in Southeast Asia and the Philippines — said a more regulated Chinese market could push investors to look elsewhere in the region.”
Bahrain Development Bank launches new digital banking platform
July 1, 2021
“Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani said, “The launch of BDB’s new platform tijara is in line with the ministry’s commitment to cut red tape, empower the SME sector and further improve Bahrain’s business environment. The added flexibility of this service will enhance competitiveness by creating an innovative and simple process for SMEs and startups to gain access to financial services and financing”.”
Investing in fintech startups to empower youth
October 31, 2020
The COVID-19 health crisis have shut down workplaces and schools at all levels, banned public gatherings, and for all intents and purposes interrupted normal life as we know it pre-pandemic, especially for adolescents who were not even allowed to leave the house. It was challenging but a global
'Travel Philippines' app launched as tourism slowly reopens
October 30, 2020
“The platform features not just up-to-date information about different destinations, but also allows users to create itineraries for future trips, and secure digital copies of their travel documents.”
PH-made digital solution launched to aid COVID contact tracing
August 15, 2020
“Developers behind online platform SafePass believe the country can only get ahead of COVID-19 response if the footprint of contact tracing is as broad as possible. SafePass, a Filipino-made digital COVID-19 incident mitigation and management solution, is now available to all organizations – be it small or big businesses and establishments.”
Innovation: The next big steps for businesses
July 10, 2020
“The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has pushed the startup community to pivot into serving the immediate needs of consumers as well as to reinvent themselves.”
Pandemic seen as opportunity for start-ups with urgently needed offerings
June 30, 2020
“The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for start-ups with products that address urgent needs to bypass the usual hurdles and hit the ground running with full government support.”
7 Fintechs in South East Asia That’s Making Financial Inclusion Its Mission
May 29, 2020
“Based in Manila but headquartered in Singapore, Saphron helps companies drive financial inclusion and change by using cutting-edge technologies to bring to the market financial protection and assistance that’s accessible, ultra-convenient, easy to purchase, and simple to claim. The company has developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered microinsurance platform called NAN.AI that allows microinsurance agents to enroll clients, monitor policies, and initiate claims—all in a fraction of the time and cost it takes for paper-based transactions.”
Microsoft, Developers Connect Philippines Create Technology Solutions to Combat COVID-19
May 13, 2020
“Together with the Department of Science and Technology and Microsoft Philippines, IT developers, entrepreneurs, students, and enthusiasts from Developers Connect Philippines (DEVCON) collaborated to develop digital solutions to address the COVID-19 situation in the country.”
Generating revenue—and value—in a post-ECQ environment
May 1, 2020
Entrepreneurs these days ask: How can my business stay afloat amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis? Can we still generate revenue even during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)? What will the “new normal” look like—and how do I prepare my business for it? We confronted these issues head-on in UNAWA when we organized our recent webinar called, “Navigating the New Normal: Revenue Generating Trends.”...
New insurance technology covers broken hearts and broken promises
February 16, 2020
“Thanks to an insurance technology (“insurtech”) startup called Saphron , it is now possible for Filipinos to be covered against heartbreaks. After all, if celebrities worldwide have been known to insure their legs, their voices, and their body parts for millions of dollars, why not an aching heart? Enter: Heartbreak Insurance.”
Talino Venture Labs eyes stake in state-run startup fund
January 2, 2020
Talino, which carries with it Damarillo’s experience in Silicon Valley, invests $1 million in each startup it’s interested in, in exchange for equity in the company. These startups, however, have to be a so-called inclusive business, or designed to benefit disadvantaged or marginalized sectors. Among the startups Talino invested in last year is Asenso, which offers capital and microinsurance to sari-sari stores and “agripreneurs.”
Three Startups and a Book: How Winston Damarillo Won 2019
December 26, 2019
“Talino Venture Labs, the first inclusion tech venture building [start-up] in the region, was created precisely to address the large unmet need,” Damarillo sums it up succinctly himself. “We build tech startups in partnership with industry leaders, to drive tech-accelerated inclusion and access for Asia’s emerging economies with scale and agility. This unmet need is the “digital-savvy,” “tech-driven” population at the base of the pyramid."
Talino Venture Labs launches three new inclusion tech startups
December 19, 2019
“Talino Venture Labs, a “venture builder” and incubator focusing on inclusion technologies, has launched three new startups in partnership with leaders in various industries. These are Saphron, a digital insurance platform, Asenso, an MSME digital supply chain firm, and Unawa, a compliance automation platform—all aimed at supporting the nation’s poorest communities.”
Brand & Business: Talino Pioneers Inclusion Technology Venture-Building with the Launch of Three Corporate Venture-Backed Startups
December 16, 2019
“Designed to join the ranks of Southeast Asia’s aspiring unicorns, inclusiontech venture builder Talino Venture Labs has partnered with corporate venture funds of market leaders to build highly innovative regional startups. These companies include a digital insurance platform called Saphron; a digital supply chain and marketplace enabler for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) called Asenso; and a regulatory and compliance automation platform called Unawa." “Together, Talino’s portfolio of startups aim to drive inclusion and access for the region’s underserved, helping unleash Southeast Asia’s exploding Internet economy.”
Insight: Winston Damarillo Explores How the Last Decade Has Shaped the Landscape of Business and What It Means for the New Year
December 3, 2019
“As a sought after business strategy consultant, Damarillo also suggests strategies for small businesses and startups to be able to compete in an intimidating playing field. Through his consultancy firm, Amihan Global Strategies, and venture builder, Talino Venture Labs, Damarillo has played key roles in some of the Philippines’ biggest companies as they transformed to compete in the modern age.”
PHL Startup Week gathers tech and tax innovators for Hack-A-Tax challenge
November 30, 2019
“The event brought together some of the country’s innovative minds to talk about Hack-A-Tax Philippines, an innovation challenge to improve tax services, headed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and co-organized by Developers Connect Philippines (DEVCON).”
Fintech startup Asenso banks $1.2m from Talino Venture Labs, CARD MRI
July 8, 2019
“Asenso will amplify the work that CARD MRI has already done these past 30 years and will carry it to the future using technology to add greater sustainability and scale to their good work.”
Episode 30 - The Hustle of A Filipino Tech Mogul
June 3, 2019
“We have another blockbuster of an episode today because we have someone who is considered to be one of the forefathers of the Philippine start-up ecosystem. His name is Winston Damarillo...Getting 3 startups acquired in Silicon Valley is a feat no other Filipino has done.”
​​Insurtech Startup Saphron Bags $1 Million Seed Funding From Sage, Talino Labs
March 18, 2019
“Manila-based insurtech startup Saphron is making the delivery of insurance radically accessible, to make financial inclusion a reality.”
Saphron Raises SGD 1.35 M to Tackle Financial Inclusion in the Philippines
March 14, 2019
“The financial services industry in the Philippines has undergone its share of disruption this past decade and is now poised for a transformation that will make savings, assistance, and protection products convenient and accessible to millions of Filipinos. Our investment in Saphron is proof of our commitment to make this happen,” said Sage and Talino Labs in a statement.
Is financial technology already part of the mainstream?
July 26, 2018
“There is no question that financial technology can address the fundamental barriers faced by traditional banks: high cost to serve risky markets, high cost to provide service in low-density communities, the inadequacy of financial infrastructure (e.g., credit bureaus)...”
Why the Philippines needs a creative economy
May 19, 2014
“Consider the country’s human exports: professional performers from Broadway to Disneyland and illustrators at Marvel Comics. Musicians, painters, poets, writers, actors, architects, media developers and designers… the list goes on. There is a huge untapped market of Filipino creatives, the descendants of a long history of artistry; not to mention a reserve of cultural capital.”
Creating an ocean of change with PH's Young Global Leaders
May 15, 2014
“Damarillo said, “It’s always exciting whenever new Young Global Leaders become active participants of the World Economic Forum as they are able to provide fresh perspective on how things are currently done and encourage the exchange of new insights.”
How Cloud Computing Can Boost Developing Nations
November 3, 2012
“The penetration of mobile phones in the developing world has led to some very interesting examples of an upstart group harnessing a piece of technology in a new context -- a mash-up which can evolve the kernel of an idea, like citizen reporting during disasters, into a powerful mechanism for government transparency.”
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