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DOST holds Startup 101 Boot Camp in Legazpi City

 

The Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office held last June 14 the Legazpi leg of a series of Lean Startup 101 boot camps in preparation for the upcoming Philippine Startup Challenge 2014—a student startup competition under ICTO’s SeedPH Program that aims to involve academic institutions in the college level from all-over the country.

The event gathered some 43 IT professors and teachers from various schools in Bicol region at the Ninong’s Hotel in Legazpi City, Albay. These mentors are encourage to form a team of students studying IT-related courses in their respective institution, and thus, act as a mentor in the government-initiated national Startup Challenge slated next month.

DOST-ICTO Program Manager Versoza-Delfin said the Startup 101 boot camps targets to enroll IT professionals and practitioners in learning basic concepts and methods applied in building startups.

Aside from the introduction to startups, Ma. Rosario Gruet, event speaker, also lectured about business model canvass, customer development and validation, and minimum viable product. Gruet is a co-founder and vice president at 27-year old Filipino-owned software solutions and services company, Computer Professionals, Inc. She is also the director of Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and is one of the co-founders of Spring.ph, which are co-collaborators of the boot camps and whose mission is to nurture, encourage, educate, and support the needs of Filipino software product business.

“The Philippine government uses SeedPH Program to promote growth and best practices of startup businesses,” stressed Delfin. By holding boot camps and workshops, she said their Office aims to “promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in leveraging the use of ICT as tool for Filipinos to have business.”

Last May 2, the ICTO initiated the first leg of its Startup Workshop series in Lingayen, Pangasinan. Through its SeedPH Program, the agency aims to boost the development of the country’s startup ecosystem and targeting at least 50 local startups based in the Philippines with average annual revenues of at least P10 million each by the end of 2016.

Meanwhile, the DOST-ICTO kick started the nationwide series of the Lean Startup 101 boot camps last June 4, 2014, in Cebu City. The Visayas leg was participated in by 36 school coaches from all-over the island.

The boot camps were conducted in collaboration with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE), and in partnership with Albay ICT Association for the Legazpi leg.

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