DOST's Bicol IT roadshow kicks off June 14

In preparation for the upcoming Philippine Startup Challenge 2014, the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office will be holding a series of Startup 101 boot camps for teachers and coaches across the nation in partnership with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and with the cooperation of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE).

In Bicol, the boot camps will kick off on June 14 in Legazpi City.

Lean Startup 101 Boot Camps for school coaches will be discussing lean startup methods and startup basics to equip the possible participants with basic skills and tools to build and operate a startup. Conduct of the workshops will be done in different regions to ensure that prospective participants from the countryside will be given appropriate orientation before the competition proper begins. In this series, the basic principles of Lean Startup will be taught to relevant faculty mentors who subsequently will be mentoring students throughout the competition. The whole-day seminar/workshop will be facilitated by software industry experts from PSIA.

According to major players and stakeholders in the Philippine startup community, there are many key challenges and issues that are currently faced by local startups and the entities that support them. One of the main issues that hinder the growth of the startups and its ecosystem in the country is the low number of investible ideas generated periodically. It was also identified that a bigger pipeline of innovative ideas will help stimulate activities for startups that will keep funders, accelerators, incubators busier. To address all these, the startup community has strongly supported the establishment of a national startup competition that will educate the youth on the basics of setting startups and entrepreneurship that would help jump-start the commercialization of ideas that address relevant issues in society.

According to Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the DOST – ICT Office, “We strive to promote the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in ICT, as we serve as the government partner in building and harmonizing a healthy ecosystem for tech startups to be developed and be cultivated, we would also like to inspire young Filipinos to become ITpreneurs. This initiative would not have been possible if not for our public and private partners who share our goals in this endeavor.”

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