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Credit: The Department of Information and Communications Technology

Credit: The Department of Information and Communications Technology

Elevate National Roadshow to increase the number of Filipino technopreneurs

An announcement made by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) highlighted a multi-city digital start-up project that aims to increase the number of Filipino technopreneurs.

The DICT together with Impact Hub Manila will launch Elevate National Roadshow, which is a multi-city digital start-up project happening in August 2018. This initiative is in response to the need to increase the numbers of technopreneurs in the country. 

Start-ups need to be empowered so that they will be able to bring their innovations and ideas to reality. Not only will Elevate National Roadshow be able to do that, but it is also designed to build awareness to start-ups.

On 28 May 2018, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the DICT Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim and Impact Hub Manila Co-Founder & CEO Celeste Eden Rondario to officially begin Elevate.

The DICT is the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that plans, develops, and promotes the national ICT development agenda.

Impact Hub Manila is an incubator, co-working, and events space for a membership community of entrepreneurs and innovators. Impact Hub Manila is part of the largest network of entrepreneurs in the world, present in 102 cities globally with a membership base of over 17,000.

The Roadshow will provide the DICT with an opportunity to advance the growth of the country’s digital start-up pipeline. It will also provide a chance to interact with existing and potential start-ups.

DigitalPH Program Manager Emmy Lou V. Delfin shared, “We want to learn about their ideas, the challenges they face, and the types of assistance that they need. This will help us find areas where we can engage them as we build a start-up ecosystem that supports ICT entrepreneurship and innovation.” 

“We are excited to partner with DICT as we go beyond Manila and meet entrepreneurs throughout the country,” said Ms Rondario.

She added, “We are committed to bringing the start-up ecosystem to the next level, and helping entrepreneurs start, and scale their start-ups.”

Five key cities nationwide are included in the inaugural year of the roadshow, which will take place the whole of August 2018.  Clark in Pampanga, Baguio, Iloilo, Dumaguete and Cagayan de Oro comprise the locations where discussions and mentoring sessions in the local startup community will be conducted.

It will be a two-day event per location. DICT and Impact Hub Manila will host town hall meetings and conduct learning lab workshops about Start-up 101 and Scaling. A social night will culminate each tour with start-up leaders sharing their stories of failures and successes.

The objective of Elevate National Roadshow is to support DICT’s SeedPH Program in enriching the development of communities in the countryside, which has been crucial in the continuous spread of the start-up advocacy.

The main goal of SeedPH is to have 50 local start-ups based in the Philippines with a company valuation of Philippine Peso (PhP) 10 Million or more by the end of 2016.

The Department Of Science and Technology (DOST) has been incubating start-up companies in its numerous Technology Business Incubators all of whom specialize in ICT/Technology. The aim of which is to present ITpreneurship as a viable career path for the youth so they will create their own ICT businesses.

Elevate also supports the Philippine Roadmap for Digital Start-up initiative of conducting grassroots activities that will encourage the players to focus on the quality of one value-generating event.

The Philippine Roadmap for Digital Start-ups is a short and long-term strategic plan for The Philippine Start-up Community and the DICT towards developing digital innovation in the country to generate innovative start-ups that will spur economic growth and find solutions to society’s most pressing issues.

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