A planning session was conducted for members of the Technopreneurship Hub (TechHub) Network on February 21-23. A total of 10 universities hosting TechHubs from batch 1 and 2 participated in the three-day workshop. Participants from the first batch of TechHubs presented their accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned from their implementation of the project. A knowledge sharing session among participants was also conducted to guide them in drafting their respective catch-up plans.
“PhilDev, through its Chairman Dado Banatao, was able to partner with CHED in creating a mindset towards entrepreneurship through education. Technopreneurship 101 subject in the engineering curricula was the entry point and the story does not end there. The story towards creating employment continues.” said Dr. Fay Lauraya, the outgoing head of the Institutional Development and Innovations Grant (IDIG) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Dr. Lauraya presented the IDIG’s objectives and its relevance to CHED’s thrusts for internationalization and the Philippine government’s overall direction in education, innovation, entrepreneurship, and science and technology. “Internationalization could be an indicator of quality. Your reputation of quality brings in the best partner collaborations,” added Dr. Lauraya.
The first and second batch of TecHubs collaborated through sharing of experiences and best practices. The first batch served as mentors to the second batch when the latter created their respective implementation plans.
“I think it is very important for us to establish incubators based on the experiences of local and foreign universities so that relevant influences can be utilized.” said Prof. Jeffrey Dellos. He will head the implementation of the TechHub in CARAGA State University in Butuan City.
The workshop was concluded with sessions on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Communications and Branding. These sessions were facilitated by the PhilDev team to better capacitate the participants.
“PhilDev is committed to spurring innovation and entrepreneurship in various regions in the Philippines that’s why we created the TechHub project. The CHED, through the grants given to our university partners, is supporting the first year of this three-year project. From a total of 15 TechHubs, five has already been established in 2016, five is about to start its implementation this 2018, and another 5 is being identified to start implementation in 2019.”, said Emil Tapnio, PhilDev Program Director.