If you attended our Startup Asia Jakarta event this past year, you no doubt remember Philippines-based startup Payroll Hero which was the runner-up for our Startup Arena competition. Today we received an update from co-founder Stephen Jagger who tells us that the company is ending 2013 on a high note, having been selected as ‘IT Startup of the Year’ in the Philippines.
Payroll Hero offers a unique service that helps companies keep track of employees using biometric facial recognition to ensure workers are at work when they should be. As we heard in their pitch earlier this year (see video), this solution targets time wasters and buddy punchers, and “optimizes work productivity with happiness.”
Stephen tells us this evening that Payroll Hero is still chugging along, and is looking forward to an even better year in 2013. So be sure to keep tabs on them (on Twitter, Facebook) to see what they have in store.
The award was handed out by the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (also known as Cyberpress) . The evening also saw Samsung Philippines selected as company of the year, and Project Noah – a data-rich weather mapping site that we mentioned during the August floods – was chosen as product of the year.
I’m not sure if these awards are a super big deal, but certainly we’re happy to see a Startup Arena alum go on to see some recognition! ↩