The Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards (Rice Bowl) recently named Patrick Gentry, CEO and Co-founder of the two-year-old tech startup, Sprout Solutions, as this year’s Founder of the Year.
The Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards, which is organized by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, celebrates the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the local startup ecosystem. It is also the official Southeast Asia circuit for the Global Startup Awards.
Now on its third year, Rice Bowl puts the spotlight on model entrepreneurship as it recognizes the excitement, risk, and hard work of individuals in developing and driving the success of their company.
Out of all the nominees from across the country, three finalists were chosen for the Founder of the Year category. Gentry emerged on top of these final contenders which included Marie Cruz and Rafael Francisco Daez of Seabiscuit Films, as well as Eugene Jose Arboleda of Taxumo.
As the national winner, Gentry will represent the Philippines in the ASEAN Rice Bowl Awards regional round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 13. He will compete against other awardees from Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The winner of the regional finals will represent Southeast Asia at the Global Startup Awards Finale in 2018.
According to Gentry, the said recognition serves as an inspiration for him and his team to continue fulfilling their mission of streamlining the administrative tasks of human resources (HR) so companies can focus on growing their business.
“Not long ago, my wife and I, as well as the rest of our team, ventured to provide paradigm-changing solutions for local businesses. A lot of companies in this country have great potential for growth and we believe that they can only maximize that if they’re given the right tools that will help them achieve more,” added Gentry.
Gentry established Sprout Solutions in 2015 to offer an HR and payroll software developed for businesses of all sizes in the Philippines. The company’s cloud-based HR solutions serve as a platform that solves the major pain points in HR and payroll. Sprout Solutions also employs analytics that helps organizations in their decision-making process.
Since its establishment, Sprout has now expanded from serving just one client to over 200 well-known brands to date — some of these are Shakey’s, Century Pacific, Lufthansa, and the Manila Hotel.
To stay updated on the latest HR trends and to know more about Sprout Solutions, visit their website or their official Facebook page.