Re-store PH

We recently interviewed Mark Agana of the Re-store.ph Project.

What is the Re-store Project all about?

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“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” With this saying in mind, I came up with Re-Store Project, an online community that could tap and offer a reuse-and-recycle platform using technology and the internet.

I started to work on the idea of Re-Store Project last year when I attempted to join British Council’s I AM CHANGEMAKER 2012 but I failed to complete the proposal and wasn’t able to submit an entry. It was put on hold for few months until last May 31, 2013 when Global Shapers Manila organized C@talyst, a call for ICT-based project proposal to address today’s social problems. I developed the proposal with the concept of Re-Store Project as my brainchild brand to address “trash” management through a reuse-and-recycle platform. Luckily, the entry was shortlisted as one of the top 15: http://www.catalyst.com.ph/mark-aethan-agana/ but I failed to make it to top 5, where funding is given as award.

Given the result, I still pushed to make the idea possible by pitching it to other investors. Some of the judges in the C@talyst panel contacted me that they wanted to help me in developing the platform for Re-Store Project.

about metro manila and its garbage

Metro Manila alone produces 8700 Tons of garbage – Every Day!

I went public also in the startup community to get support and to call for possible collaboration. The response was overwhelming and I got right people as part of the team helping me in making this real. The project got also funded by two private VCs (Venture Capitalists) who believed in the cause of it.

Who is your team is composed of?

Co-Founders

Mark Agana,
Technical Consultant, USAID Projects

Ton Alcantara
Managing Partner, ABX Digital Solutions Incorporated

Marketing & Strategy

Mark Bantigue
Marketing Manager, Groupon Philippines

Bryan Zarzuela
Systems Specialist, Teleserv

Web Design & Development

Jerome Blanco
ABX Digital Solutions Incorporated

Nestor de Jesus
ABX Digital Solutions Incorporated

How do you plan to attract traction?

We haven’t done any active marketing yet. So far since we have the launch site up, 346 signed up for beta launching on Dec. 25, 2013.

We will focus on building the community first before transitioning to Phase 2. More of marketing and promotion of the platform to schools and businesses.

We are planning to organize startup meetups and talks in universities and colleges by first quarter next year.

Re-Store Project

Like us at facebook.com/restore.ph

Follow us at @restoreph

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On my free time

Aside from working for my brainchild startup, I spend my extra time on running, and training for triathlon next year. I’m a water sports junkie; I jump in anything wet and fun sports.

 

The next part of the Re-Store PH Interview will be published next post. 

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