Our Investors

AVA was built by a founding team with diverse experience in strategy, marketing, e-commerce, product management, and web development.

Oliver Segovia

Founding Chairman and CEO

Oliver is a Filipino entrepreneur and businessman. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a LeBarron-MacArthur-Ellis Fellow and a board director of the Harbus News Corporation. His work experience spans consumer products, publishing, real estate and e-commerce. Oliver worked with Procter & Gamble Asia, where he helped launch new products and marketing campaigns for emerging markets in Asia. After business school, he returned to Manila and co-founded a real estate company and an e-commerce start-up.

Techforge IT Solutions

Techforge is a digital solutions provider and partner to various brands, enterprises, and online ventures. Today, Techforge works with mainstream agencies and brands. With offices in Makati and Cebu, the firm has expanded its services to include digital marketing planning and execution, consultancy, and incubation of tech initiatives to interested brands and companies.

Kickstart Ventures

Kickstart is an incubator and investment firm that puts big company resources - capital, facilities, expertise and business connections - behind startups, so founders can launch faster and achieve scale and profitability sooner. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of major telecommunications firm Globe Telecom, backed by SingTel and the Ayala Corporation. It is a member of the Singtel Group Regional Seed Network.  Kickstart signed partnerships with Plug and Play Tech Center, a Silicon Valley-based global accelerator specializing in tech startups, to build a two-way bridge for startups in the Philippines and the US as well as with  Pollenizer, an incubator and investment firm based in Sydney, Australia, best known for their building lean startups methodologies.


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