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PhilDev professors at Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) Berkeley Engineering

On November 19, 2016 PhilDev professors were featured on the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) website. Professors Matthew Escobido, Donna Tabangin, Mary Jean Apor, Godelyn Hisole, and Erees Queen Macabebe shared their background and key entrepreneurship learnings during their stay at UC Berkeley. Read the article here.

"The goal of PhilDev, in sending such highly qualified candidates to UC Berkeley is to map the landscape of entrepreneurship, the methods of creating startups, and help spread them in Philippines, in an attempt to increase the knowledge community in the region. Each professor representing their universities was chosen in a highly competitive, geographically informed process so that at the completion of their research and training, PhilDev’s scholars can spread the Berkeley & Silicon Valley Method of Entrepreneurship to as many other academics back home as possible."

PhilDev, USAID, SCET hold 3-day bootcamp for Filipino professors

A three-day bootcamp to train Filipino engineering faculty in entrepreneurship pedagogy was held from March 28 to March 30 at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, Philippines. The event, which was sponsored by the Philippine S&T Development Foundation (PhilDev), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Berkeley (SCET Berkeley).

PhilDev represented in APEC 2015

PhilDev Trustees Dado Banatao and Sheila Marcelo presented at APEC SME Summit 2015 inspiring the audience of their entrepreneurship journey in the US. In an ANC interview, Dado cited lack of risk taking and funding as factors that constrain entrepreneurship growth in the Philippines. He also gave an update on PhilDev's CloudTop Project and Engineering scholarships. Read more of APCE SME Summit here.

On November 18, 2015 SALt founder Aisa Mijeno spoke at APEC CEO Summit moderated by US President Obama. We know of Aisa and her brother Raphael when they shared their story at PhilDev IDEA Entrepreneurship Workshop at the University of San Carlos early this year. 

Save the Date! IDEA Symposium and Workshop, Feb 17 and 19-21, 2016

PhilDev and USAID will be conducting the IDEA Entrepreneurship Symposium and Workshop 2016.  

Join us on February 17, 2016 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel for the IDEA Symposium as we discuss gains, challenges, issues, and emerging trends in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

The IDEA Entrepreneurship Workshop returns on February 19-21, 2016 at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City to equip Filipino engineering professors and students, and startup entrepreneurs, with the tools and skills to effectively bring their innovations to the market.

For questions on the IDEA Symposium 2016, email us at

For questions on the IDEA Workshop 2016, email us at

Keep a watch for upcoming announcements!

PhilDev Google Unconference at Google Campus, Mountain View, CA

"Education leads to innovation. Innovation is key to ensuring our place in a global economy."  -Dado Banatao 

Join PhilDev on November 3, 2015 at Google as we explore ideas and solutions to better the Filipino-American community.  This discussion will happen in the form of an Unconference (, where in you, the participant, drives the agenda.  

Space is limited for this event.  If you'd like to participate and help shape PhilDev's direction in the US and PH , please register by completing this form

Confirmed participants will receive notification.  

Join Us for PhilDev's Inaugural Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Dance

We’re excited to announce our very first golf tournament at the Chardonnay Golf Course in American Canyon, CA. Check out the invitations below for more information.


To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, please email or call us at one of the following:

Jonesy Castro -

Sonny Emanuel -

Tony Limgenco –

Ricky Tejada – (408) 509-0687

Beth Reyes – (408) 533-3998


Events like these help us fund CloudTop, IDEA Symposiums, and more. We'd love to see you there!

A Milestone: Our First PhilDev Scholar Graduates

We have great news to share: our first PhilDev-Shell scholar has graduated! Congratulations Vance Navales, who earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of San Carlos.

Of the 253 USC College of Engineering graduates this academic year, only 18 graduated with honors. Vance was one of the only three from the Electrical Engineering department.

“I took up Electrical Engineering because it is the profession the nation needs right now. We have enough energy resources yet we still have power shortages in many parts of the country. A new batch of young electrical engineers is needed to help solve this problem," says Vance.

“My plan for now is to review for the board exam in September, pass it and apply for a job. Becoming a Professional Electrical Engineer in this country is a remarkable achievement as there are only a few PEEs. I also dream of becoming an entrepreneur and starting my own company. Since I am a car enthusiast, I want to own a tuning company where I can upgrade, tune and modify cars and test them on the track.”

 Vance’s advice to scholars everywhere is simple: “Never stop learning. Don’t just study for an upcoming exam. Study with all your heart because you want to learn.”

Filming in Iguig, Cagayan

Over the past few weeks, members of our team and WKG Creative have been retracing the steps of Dado's early life growing up on a farm in Iguig, Cagayan. We visited his old home, schools—including one he and Maria equipped with computers and internet—met Dado's family and old classmates, and even did a surprise visit to a computer science symposium. 

Here are some scenes from our travels and shoots. Stay tuned for the video!