Former DLSU Professor wins Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award

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Ralph Regalado, CEO of Senti AI, an Artificial Intelligence company in the Philippines
wins the Injap-Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award in the Service Category

By Victoria “NIKE” De Dios

From the academe to the corporate world,  Senti AI, Chief Executive Officer Ralph Vincent Regalado proves that his passion will reap eventually succeed in due time as he recently been named the 2020 Injap-Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Awardee in the Service Category at Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 46th Philippine Business Conference & Expo.

As background, the PCCI Injap Sia award recognizes young entrepreneurs who can innovate ideas to develop new markets, create wealth, and generate jobs.

Early Years

While he started his carer in the academe and became a professor at De La Salle University, Ralph began dabbling in the startup scene when he joined Ideaspace’s Startup Weekend Manila. He pitched the concept of AI-backed analytics software that was able to understand Filipino languages and ended up winning. The winning solution became Senti AI’s first product called Pulse.

As his journey continues in the corporate world being the CEO of  Senti AI, Ralph launched five (5) more products and became the leading artificial intelligence solutions and services company in the Philippines. Under his tutelage, the company combines nearly three decades of academic research with deep industry experience to produce cutting-edge AI projects with meaningful impact.

Paying it forward

Two of these projects are the Machine Learning HackFest 2019 where the company conducted a hackathon that encouraged the local AI community to help NGOs in the Philippines augment their limited manpower by leveraging Artificial Intelligence.

Most recently, Ralph and his team partnered with the Department of Health to create an AI system that helps deliver accurate, timely, and updated information on CoVid-19 policies for the whole Philippines.

PH to become AI-Ready

Give the rapid evolution of technology across the world, Ralph envisions to see that the Philippines will be AI-ready as he continues to use his knowledge and expertise to help our country to be globally competitive in the area of AI. With his passion for education and innovation, he conducts activities that help nurture the local tech community and empower the country.

Some of these activities include traveling around the Philippines to educate marketers, teachers, and doctors about artificial intelligence, helping the country nurture a generation of AI engineers, data scientists, and AI enthusiasts by establishing the AI Pilipinas community, represented the Philippines in the ASEAN-ROK Start-up Summit at Busan, Korea (where he bagged 2nd place against other countries), judging and mentoring startups, technology teams locally and internationally, and producing numerous NLP background projects and research papers to help expand and develop the scientific knowledge about the subject. His works can be found in Google Scholars.

Humbled and honored to receive another award, the CEO of Senti AI said,  “For every new wave of innovation, it’s an opportunity for countries to leapfrog their way to the top. This is the reason why we built Senti AI, to help the Philippines speed up our adoption to AI by enabling organizations to understand its value and apply it.”

“We know that it’s a challenging task, but we are driven as a team to succeed so we can bring more job opportunities to the country, to be recognized as one of the leaders in the field, and to prove that Filipinos can be at par with the talents of the world.” Regalado concluded.

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