Cebu will host the First Philippine Technology Business Incubator (TBI) Summit on November 24, 2017, at Victoria Hall, Cebu Parklane International Hotel. The summit will be a gathering of the country’s technology and startup stakeholders to discuss urgent entrepreneurial and innovation issues.
The inaugural TBI summit is organized by the Innovation Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Cebu Campus, UP Cebu inIT, and TechTalks.ph.
“We look forward to seeing all Department of Science and Technology (DOST) funded incubators, other government innovation agencies, private incubators, and innovators at the First Philippine TBI Summit,” said PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Carlos Primo C. David.
The event is open to the public but slots are limited. It will feature two days of educational sessions, group discussions, networking, and workshops for participating incubators and other stakeholders in order to help raise their potential for generating employment and investment. The first day will have private sessions for DOST and internal partners while the November 24 conference is open to the public.
Keynote speakers will be led by DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena who will speak on the topic of building ecosystems of innovations in the regions through meaningful S&T initiatives.
DOST Usec. Rowena Cristina Guevara will talk on the “DOST TBI Program: Generating Technopreneurs through Business Incubation” with Department of Trade and Industry Usec. Nora Terrado’s keynote focusing on “The Fablab as a Strategy to Capacitate Technopreneurs in the Region”.
Meanwhile TechnoPark Malaysia’s Dr. Azra’I Shu’ib will give a talk on “Malaysia’s Journey towards Building 4th Generation TBIs and their ASEAN Cooperative Scheme in Business Incubation”.
“The First Philippine TBI Summit is really about providing incubators a platform for innovative ideas to be nurtured and developing new technology that will lead to entrepreneurial breakthroughs,” added David.
The First Philippine TBI Summit will also feature the launching of the Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HeIRIT) program which seeks to provide a platform for fueling innovation and entrepreneurial growth.
“With the HeIRIT program, we hope to make the country’s leading universities and academic institutions into catalysts that help the country’s tech and startup ecosystem grow and develop,” said HEIRIT Program Project Leader Prof. Nestor O. Raneses.
A Memorandum of Agreement will be signed with 20 university partners that will serve as TBI host institutions for the HeIRIT program.