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University of San Carlos, a PhilDev TechHub

PhilDev and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) continue to work to establish a network of Technopreneurship Hubs (TechHubs) hosted in Philippine universities strategically located nationwide. These TechHub universities will serve as Centers for Technopreneurship Excellence with whom surrounding universities and entrepreneurship communities can collaborate. The TechHubs are expected to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in various regions of the Philippines.

 The University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City is one of PhilDev’s TechHubs. They have been actively involved in several initiatives pursuing the overall objective of the TechHubs to strengthen the linkage among the government, private sector, academe, and the community, to develop a thriving startup ecosystem, particularly in the Central Visayas region.

 On January 22, USC launched the USC TechHub known as “Carolinian BRIDGES” in its Talamban Campus in Cebu City. The acronym BRIDGES was derived from Building Research and Innovation for the Development and Growth of the Enterprise & Society. It is a center where innovators and game changers can collaborate and develop products that solve real world problems.

 This was followed by a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Dean Taboada, Dean of USC College of Engineering, and executives from private industry partners like Zoog Technologies Inc.; GT Cosmetics Manufacturing Inc.; TrustE Web Services Technologies; Lexmark Research & Development Corp.; Fluor Daniel; Autoliv Cebu Safety Manufacturing., Tsuneishi Technical Services (Phils.) Inc.; Minebea Mitsumi ; and Knowles Electronics Philippines. Through the MOU, they aim to build active linkages and an active ecosystem network with industrial networks through exchange learning sessions, On-the-Job training and faculty immersion, collaborative research, curriculum development of disciplines, and technology innovation undertakings

 Innovation enablers were also invited as speakers for the forum, with the objective of promoting and strengthening the Technopreneurship culture in the region. Present during the event were Bryan Ybañez, Research Specialist of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 7; Maria Elena Arbon, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 7; Rufino Olay III, Vice-President for Business Operations of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center for Excellence; and Fr. Aleksander Gaut, SVD, PhD, Vice-President for Academic Affairs of USC.  Jones Castro, PhilDev Executive Vice Chairman, was also present during the Regional Forum and Pitch Competition.

 Aside from the USC TechHub-Carolinian BRIDGES launch, a Technopreneurship Forum and Pitch Competition was also conducted as part of the activity lineup of the TechHub.  The pitch competition aims to showcase the talent and innovations of USC’s students and alumni. This is aligned to the TechHub’s objective of propagating entrepreneurial thinking among the students and alumni.

“We are really excited with the new developments happening in our TechHub. We believe that the opening of the USC Tech Hub-Carolinian BRIDGES will further spur innovation. This is just the beginning and we are looking forward to implement more projects and programs that would help us implement best standards in developing innovations and enterprises that are globally scalable and responsive to local needs at the same time.” said Dr. Angelo Cabije,TechHub USC Manager.

 “Since we at PhilDev started our partnership with University of San Carlos four years ago, we mark our journey with USC today with another milestone, the Carolinian Bridges, its Technology Business Incubator (TBI). USC is part of a nationwide Technopreneurship Hub (TechHub) initiative with CHED, wherein 15 TechHubs will be geographically and strategically located throughout the country to raise the entrepreneurship standards and spur innovation at the HEIs in its region and increase linkages with the industry and public sectors in their respective communities.” said Mr. Jones Castro, PhilDev Executive Vice Chairman.

 At present, PhilDev is officially engaged with six (6) TechHubs from all over the country. The goal is to expand to more universities and HEIs to support the implementation of the Technopreneurship 101 subject that was rolled out in all 539 HEIs in the Philippines that offer engineering programs starting academic year 2018-2019.





Professors from PhilDev | TechHubs in Singapore

On July 31 to August 4, 2018, Technopreneurship professors from PhilDev TechHubs Batangas State University and University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) went on a Study Visit to Singapore to benchmark best practices in Technopreneurship education, learn how Makerspaces enable innovation in Singapore, and identify replicable business models and practices.

The participants visited various Universities in Singapore including Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University, and Nanyang Polytechnic. At the universities, professors learned more about advanced university-based incubator business models, research licensing and technology transfer. Some of the professors learned about programs and incubators related to Agritech and the farming industry. This includes Leave a Nest, a program from Japan that addresses the dying farming industry and Budding Innovations, a startup incubator based in Singapore.

Professor Amante of Batangas State University also attended the ASEAN Business Incubator Network (ABINet) meeting in Jakarta Indonesia. ABINet is an initiative of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises supported by the government of Japan. It is a multi-year project to promote SMEs competitiveness and strengthening of TBIs through capacity building and regional networking and linkages among the incubators in the ASEAN region.


PhilDev TechHubs established in universities across the Philippines help students develop entrepreneurship skills and serve as a network strategically located to support technology- based enterprises. TechHubs will spearhead innovation, help develop capabilities to scale, as well as support enterprises as they respond to the needs of the local community.

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2018 PhilDev-Shell Leadership Camp

The Annual PhilDev-Shell Science and Engineering Scholarship (PSES) Summer Camp is part of the support services provided by PhilDev and Shell to its scholars. Scholars from PhilDev’s partner universities in the Philippines participate in this yearly event. The scholars attend various sessions during the camp from personality development to practical skills like resume writing and job interview training.The Summer Camp was held on July 23-25 at the Shell Training Center in Pililia, Rizal. 99 of PhilDev’s 150 scholars participated in the 5-day activity.

Present during the event were Dado Banatao, Chairman and Founder of PhilDev, and Cesar Romero, Country Chairman of Pilipinas Shell. The event was also attended by Members of the Board of Trustees of PhilDev and top officials from Pilipinas Shell.

Dado shared his journey as a Filipino Engineer that started with his pursuit to learn more and explore opportunities in the U.S. He shared his experiences from his first job at Boeing, designing aircrafts and eventually pursuing higher studies in Stanford University. Dado emphasized on the importance of the design process and constantly striving to learn more.

“You have to invent your own process. We thrive as engineers because we design things. It becomes a habit when your mind is always hungry for more.” said Dado Banatao.

Cesar Romero also shared about his experiences as an Engineer himself, starting with a career in sales and eventually working his way to the top. He highlighted the significance of differentiating accomplishment from effort and the importance of “follow through”.

“There’s a big difference between effort and accomplishment. Unfortunately, that’s the sad reality of life: you are not judged by your effort, you are judged by your accomplishment. The discipline of “follow through”–make sure that something is completed” he said.

The camp was culminated by a short program where all the different batches of scholars showcased their talents through performances and presentations they prepared. The graduating batch of scholars also prepared a short presentation to thank PhilDev and Shell for all the help and support provided to them.


With 100 million pesos in seed funding from Pilipinas Shell Foundation in 2015, the PhilDev Science and Engineering Scholarships (PSES) supports talented students who lack financial capability  to pursue their studies in disciplines under science and technology.

Scholarships are given to students who are entering their second year (or upwards) in any Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) course.  Visit Phildev’s Science and Engineering Scholarship Program for more information.