Agri start-up Farm Box wins Globe Business’ Hack-it-On competition

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Farm Box, a start-up that enables any individual to invest in local farmers, won Globe Business’ Hack-it-On competition, Globe’s largest virtual hackathon.

The start-up received P200,000 worth of prizes, including P100,000 in GCash, tickets to the PSIA Softcon 2021, 50% discount on the PCS Infosec certification training, GMovies vouchers, a Globe myBusiness prepaid internet kit, and a gift box from Globe Business. All the participants received e-certificates of participation.

Farm Box aims to support local farmers through its crowdfunding platform that allows anyone to purchase farm boxes that contain essentials that partner farmers need. The project was judged the most outstanding invention for its ease of use, market viability and social impact.

The team composed of John Lester Mendoza, John Christopher Francisco, Anjenette Lopez, and Felix Veroy proposed an innovative business plan around the incorporation of API (Application Programming Interface) technology in the business model to increase investor engagement and retention. 

Farmbox used Charging API to help expand its payment gateways, allowing more investors to invest in the platform. SMS API was also integrated into the business to notify its investors and partner farmers for payout advisories and promos. Lastly, the application of Rewards API allows investors to receive load credits or promo codes when they repurchase farm boxes.

“This competition has definitely helped us unlock a new level of creativity in coming up with solutions to uplift our local economy through Globe Business’ API Solutions. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with key leaders in the IT industry,” said John Lester Mendoza, Co-Founder and CEO of Farm Box. 

Fifty business start-ups from the IT sector joined the competition. In the month-long journey, participants confronted key pain points and critical challenges typically faced by our local MSMEs today as they devised groundbreaking solutions that leveraged Globe Labs’ APIs.


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