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. Kickstart is a venture capital firm that funds digital startups, providing capital, incubation and mentoring, and market access. Kickstart is the Philippines’ most active early-stage venture capital firm, investing at seed-stage to Series “C”; its portfolio has some of the country’s best-performing startups; its mentorship program is highly coveted. Kickstart portfolio companies have attracted funding from some of the world’s most respected tech investors: Y Combinator and 500 Startups from Silicon Valley; Omidyar Network from New York; Unitus from Seattle and Bangalore; IMJ Investment Partners and KK Fund from Japan; and Wavemaker from Los Angeles and Singapore.
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 start-ups to iconic multinationals. Before joining Globe, she was 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 giants, Unilever and L’Oréal.
Minette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Major in Management Engineering, from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Kickstart Ventures is the corporate venture capital firm of Globe Telecoms, the Philippines’ leading mobile operator. Kickstart invests in early- to growth-stage startups in the digital space: they currently have 35 portfolio companies in the Philippines, the United States, Canada, Israel, and Indonesia.
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 wholly-owned digital advertising subsidiary. Minette has held CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.