Filipino-Founded Startup Based in Vietnam Wins Best Newcomer in ASEAN Startup Awards won over 20 other startups in the region.

A Vietnam-based startup founded by a Filipino won Best Newcomer at this year’s ASEAN Startup Awards., a platform for online onboarding and training of teams founded by Filipino entrepreneur Paul Espinas, bested over 20 other startups from the region to win the award. The category seeks to recognize a company “up to two years old that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with their product/service.”

According to its profile, seeks to create a conducive work environment in a remote and virtual set-up. Espinas said the goal of the company is to enable “young professionals to continuously ‘move up’ through accessible and relevant training content.”

In a Facebok post, Espinas said the win was unexpected. 

"I am glad the efforts are recognized in a way we never expected or even dreamed of," Espinas, who is a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, said. "The mission continues with the people in the team, including myself, empowered and inspired to make continuous learning ACCESSIBLE, fun and effective for people and organizations... so we can MoveUp together."


The award was presented during the online broadcast of the Global Startup Awards last March 11 in Amsterdam. is part of the growing portfolio of UpUp Technologies, a growing technology company that focuses on creating technology platforms for the future of work.

The ASEAN Startup Awards is the regional edition of the Global Startup Awards, which bills itself as the world’s largest independent startup ecosystem competition, whose mission is “to find recognize, and connect the futureshapers of the digital age from all around the world.” There are six competitions—Nordic, Central Europe, South Europe, EuroAsian, ASEAN, and Southern Africa—where the winners from each region will compete against each to determine the global winners. This Global Awards Grand Finale is held every other year.

Besides Best Newcomer, other categories in the Global Startup Awards include Best Accelerator or Incubator Program, Best Coworking Space, Investor of the Year, Startup of the Year, Founder of the Year, People Choice (Individual), People’s Choice (Startup), and People’s Choice (Startp Ecosystem Supporter.

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