BillEase’s Georg Steiger, Huyen Nguyen, and Ritche Weekun Join the Endeavor Network

Endeavor selected the Philippines’ Georg Steiger, Huyen Nguyen, and Ritche Weekun of BillEase at the 45th Virtual International Selection Panel (vISP) held April 24-26, 2024. The panel included Valeria Alberola (ZOMALAB and Endeavor Colorado Board Member), Joe De Pinho (Riverwood Capital), Mariah Chase (ELOQUII), Steve Kessel (Amazon), Shailesh Rao (EscapeVelocity), and Luca Bovone (Habyt and Endeavor Entrepreneur).

BillEase was founded in 2015 by Georg Steiger, Huyen Nguyen, and Ritche Weekun. Georg met his co-founders Ritche and Huyen while working at McKinsey in Singapore, where they witnessed firsthand the lack of retail lending and banking infrastructure in the Philippines while working on a project. Georg was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and studied law as an undergraduate at the University of Vienna. He taught himself how to code during this time, eventually choosing to work as a developer at two startups in London and Austria post graduation. After obtaining an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, he became a consultant at McKinsey in Zurich. He later moved to the Singapore office in McKinsey’s Financial Institutions Risk Management practice, setting up retail banking across Southeast Asia. Ritche is Filipino-Chinese and was raised by entrepreneurs. He studied business, economics, and entrepreneurship at Babson College and worked in banking in Singapore after graduating. He moved to McKinsey’s Singapore office after obtaining his MBA from Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. He moved back to the Philippines to support his family business before deciding to co-found BillEase. Huyen was born and raised in Vietnam and studied economics at Wesleyan. She joined McKinsey’s Singapore office directly out of college and worked closely with Georg to build out Security Bank’s retail banking arm in the region. Through this, the trio discovered how further behind the Philippines fintech infrastructure – particularly for consumer credit – was compared to other SEA countries.

The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify high-impact entrepreneurs who demonstrate the potential to leverage Endeavor’s resources and mentorship to create large-scale wealth and jobs, and are committed to reinvesting their time and money in their local entrepreneurship ecosystems to help others take off.

As part of Endeavor’s network, the newly selected entrepreneurs will gain access to comprehensive, strategic, global support services, including introductions to local and international business mentors, investors, and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs.