Minette Navarrete is Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc. She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board. She is a Senior Vice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s digital advertising subsidiary. Minette has held CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.
Minette Navarrete joined Globe Telecom Inc. in July 2006 to start Business Development in what was then a pure-play mobile operator. Under Minette’s leadership, the team created Globe’s first digital strategy blueprint and put in place the foundation of Globe’s digital media, content, and mobile advertising businesses. In 2012, Minette led her team to found Kickstart Ventures, Inc. (www.kickstart.ph) and spin it out as a wholly-owned Globe subsidiary. As a corporate venture capital firm, Kickstart invests globally, providing capital, mentoring, and market access to early-to - early-growth stage tech startups. Its portfolio consists of 45 companies in eight countries around the world, investing out of its two early (2012 and 2015) funds. In 2020, Kickstart closed the ACTIVE Fund, anchored by the Philippines’ first business house, the Ayala Corporation, and subsidiaries of the conglomerate –leaders across a wide range of industries.
The ACTIVE Fund tracks four investment theses; and will invest in early-and early-growth tech companies around the world. Minette is also a member of Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board. Minette has held CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from Philippine startups to iconic multinationals. Before joining Globe, she was Philippine Managing Director of online game publishing startup, Level Up! She previously served as Levi Strauss & Company’s Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam; and President & CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation. She cut her teeth in global FMCG giants, Unilever and L’Oréal. Minette holds a Bachelor of Science, Major in Management Engineering, from the Ateneo de Manila University.