On April 14, 2018, a community of aspiring entrepreneurs came together to identify opportunities, share experiences, and collaborate with other entrepreneurs in the field. The TMC Startup Meetup was held at the Nokia Technology Center at the UP Technohub in Quezon City. Over 70 participants made up of startup entrepreneurs, students, members of the academe, and government officials attended the event.
PhilDev Program Director Emil Tapnio discussed the Innovation for Social Impact Project (ISIP) that PhilDev and UNDP are leading, with support from DFAT-Australia. PhilDev’s Program Coordinator Katherine Khoo also discussed the upcoming Accelerator Program that’s also being supported by ISIP, which will be launched under PhilDev Labs.
Other speakers during the event include the Director of the Department of Science and Technology Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), Dr. Joel Marciano who discussed the present and upcoming projects of the department and technology opportunities for commercialization. He also mentioned the importance of entrepreneurship in realizing the IT National Plan.
“We’ve been advocating the IT National Plan but listening to the speakers today, I knew that we can only realize that through Entrepreneurship,” said, Director of DOST-ASTI.
The National Information Technology Plan presents the Philippines' broad strategy to spur itself to global competitiveness through information technology. This plan sets down specific time frames for achieving goals related to laying of IT infrastructure. Having the use of IT pervasive in daily life and making the Philippines a Knowledge Center in the Asia Pacific. This plan was published in 1997, benefitting from a study undertaken by the National Information Technology Council (NITC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Edison Cruz, Director UP TMC also emphasized on the importance of events like this in encouraging entrepreneurship in the startup ecosystem “Meetups stoke embers of entrepreneurship and pave the way for startups.” said Cruz.
The UP Technology Management Center (UP TMC) is a first of its kind in the Philippines and the ASEAN region being an interdisciplinary undertaking where it draws from the expertise, experience and perspectives of nine (9) UP Diliman affiliated units namely the College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Business Administration, School of Economics, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, National College of Public Administration and Governance, College of Home Economics, Asian Center, Institute for Small-Scale Industries.
The TMC Startup Hub is a group that aims to bring together aspiring entrepreneurs from the University of the Philippines’ Technology Management Center. They regularly conduct meetups wherein speakers from the academe, government, and private sectors are invited.