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Saint Louis University TechHub Conducts Technopreneurship 101 Workshop

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Saint Louis University (SLU) held a one-day supplementary training for Technopreneurship 101 on May 5. Faculty members from the School of Engineering and Architecture participated in the activity. SLU in Baguio City is one of PhilDev’s partner universities that established a Technopreneurship Hub (TechHub) with support from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). SLU TechHub actively serves as platform to enhance and strengthen the Technopreneurship 101 course within their own university and their respective cohort universities and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera Regions.

Topics covered by the training include Business Model Canvas led by Mr. Joel Barquez, Founder and CEO of Blood Hero. The session focused on the different parts of a Business Model Canvas and its importance in the foundation of a startup company. Mr. Tivo Mallillin, Competence Manager of Nokia R&D, led the session on Lateral Thinking. He presented Eduard De Bono’s concept of Lateral Thinking where a problem solver should explore different ways of examining a challenging task, instead of accepting what appears to be the solution with seemingly the most potential moving forward.

Dustin Masancay, PhilDev Labs’ Incubator Manager discussed Human- Centered Design and the importance of designing products and ideas based on the needs of the customer. A mini design thinking workshop was also conducted during the session.

“Design thinking offers a new way of looking at problems and creating solutions relevant to meeting the SDGs. These are the types of innovations–inclusive and highly impactful–that we hope to support through programs like ISIP and the TechHubs.” said Dustin Masancay, PhilDev Labs Incubator Manager.

The activity was concluded with a panel discussion with entrepreneurs who shared their experiences in putting up a startup. Panelists include Au Soriano, Founder of PinoyTravel, Inc.; Jessica Manipon, Co-founder of Vesl Trade, Inc.; Janelle Dulnuan, Co-founder of Plot and Play; and Jason Bruno of Word Camp.

“We believe that in order to strengthen Technopreneurship 101, we must consistently push for continuous academic and entrepreneurial mindset development through activities such as workshops and trainings. This would enhance and supplement our knowledge and capacity to teach the subject to our students. It is through supplementary activities like this that we gain a better understanding and grasp of the subject and see the various practical applications which the students would better appreciate.” said Professor Donna Tabangin, Program Manager of SLU TechHub.

Technopreneurship 101 is a subject developed by PhilDev based on recommendations from Visiting US Professors the PhilDev brought in and deployed in various Philippine universities in 2013-2017. Through the partnership of PhilDev and CHED, Technopreneurship 101 will be part of the new engineering curricula, offered as a required General Education elective, beginning academic year 2018. The subject will be rolled out in more than 539 Philippine universities that offer engineering programs. In 3-5 years, PhilDev hopes for the Philippine universities to produce new breeds of engineers and scientists who would have the skillset to commercialize their innovations and inventions.