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PhilDev Labs at INSPIRE PH

On April 28, 2018, INSPIRE.PH brought together leaders and changemakers in Entrepreneurship, Start-Up, Tech and Innovation, Cryptocurrencies and the Stock Market at the SMX Convention Center. The event was attended by over 1,000 participants from the tech and investment sectors. It was sponsored by Investagrams, an online platform that provides guidance to users who want to venture into the stock market. It also provides tools that inform and educate users on stock market trading.

PhilDev was part of the INSPIRE.PH event, setting up its own booth to entertain queries from participants who wanted to learn more about PhilDev’s programs and its newly launched PhilDev Labs, a hub for technology and innovation.

Dustin Masancay, Incubator Manager of PhilDev Labs was the panel moderator of the session with venture capitalists and incubators, Unicorns: Finding the Next Billion Dollar Startup. Members of the panel include Butch Meily, President of IDEASPACE/QBO; Artie Lopez, Co-Founder and Startup Coach of Brainsparks; and Jojo Flores, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Launchgarage.

The discussion mainly focused on the status of startups in the Philippines and what investors look at when investing in startups. The panel members also shared which sectors and local startups excite them most.

“We have started, as an industry, to put up a list together and we think there is between 500-800 startups in the Philippines now. It’s still below the 1000 mark compared to Indonesia’s size, so my point is we are not producing enough. I have to give credit to the government and the private sector who have been pushing the advocacy of bringing Technopreneurship in the country. Hopefully, the number will grow.”  said Butch Meily, President of IDEASPACE/QBO.

Members of the panel also provided practical advice to startup founders and entrepreneurs who wish to build their own startup.

“Since you are a startup founder, you need to look for people who have the same mindset as you, you have to look for people who are just as passionate about solving the problem that you want to solve. And the place for you to find those people is in other startup events. This (Inspire PH) is kind of like one. This is a very investing-centric event but there are a lot of startup founders and entrepreneurs here. So try to be more involved in the community.” said Artie Lopez from Brainsparks.

The panel discussion concluded with a positive tone that reassured startups and aspiring entrepreneurs of the support from different sectors, particularly within the startup community itself.

“We are highly encouraged by the prospects of an improved Philippine startup ecosystem. Thanks to the new programs and players joining to advance our cause. We at PhilDev are happy to play our part through our upcoming programs.” Said Dustin Masancay, Incubator Manager of PhilDev Labs.

PhilDev Joins the UP TMC Startup Meetup


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 Partnership (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.


PhilDev-Shell Scholarship Electrical Engineer Graduates

CONGRATULATIONS to our Electrical Engineers!

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Kevin R. Relleve

Year Graduated: 2017 (Cum Laude)
Top 1 at the Registered Electrical Engineering Board Exam








Leonardo Nogas Jr.

Year Graduated: 2017 (Magna Cum Laude)
Top 4 at the Registered Electrical Engineering Board Exam









Jeff Nathan E. Sale

Year Graduated: 2017 (Cum Laude) 
Board Passer at the Registered Electrical Engineering Board Exam