Updated: Apr 7, 2020
The Navigatu team joins the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) 4.0 Virtual Conference held from March 30 to April 3, 2020, organized by QBO, the DOST PCIEERD RITTD, and other partners made possible through the ever-increasing popular virtual conference platform Zoom.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and while this conference was scheduled for a while now, the conference organizers opted to pursue the conference online, and it paid off big time. The conference featured key speakers in the business as highlighted in the QBO images in this article.
This TBI 4.0 Virtual Conference was participated by all twelve existing TBIs under the TBI 4.0 program and those TBIs under the Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneursiph (HEIRIT) Program of the DOST PCIEERD. Participants from Navigatu were Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa, Mr. Melbert Recto Bonotan, and Ms. Jennifer Merca Española.
During the opening day, the speakers included Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, the DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director, EE Ling Lim and Thomas Jheng both from 500 Startups, and Hao Kau Foo from Singapore Management University, and with Ms. Natasha Bautista of QBO.
The TBI 4.0 Program being managed by QBO is primarily funded by the DOST PCIEERD. The "TBI 4.0 Program" aims to upgrade the capabilities of the DOST's TBI network that would set off the “internationalization” of Philippine TBIs under this program.
Day 3 speakers included Rosstyn Fallorina from QBO, Lemuel Sugui formerly connected with PhilDev Foundation, Prim Paypon of AIM Dado Banatao Incubator, and Joan Yao of KickStart.
Speakers for Day 4 included Thaddeus Koh, Natasha Bautista, and Jojo Flores. Thaddeus is the Co-Founder of E27 and also the company's Chief Operations and Finance Director. He is also an NUS Overseas Colleges Silicon Valley alumni where he worked at the startup, Cataphora, and received his minor in Technopreneurship at the Stanford Centre for Professional Development, according to his profile at e27. Natasha, meanwhile, currently heads the operations of QBO Innovation Hub. QBO is an innovation hub or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It is the product of a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, DOST, and DTI and the country’s first public-private initiative for startups. Jojo Flores is currently involved in the overall strategic planning and prioritizing of Plug and Play. Jojo’s immediate focus is on building strategic alliances in the Philippines and other reigns of South East Asia.
On the 5th and final day of the conference, the speakers included Dr. Tirso Ronquillo, Dr. Francis Uy, and Dr. Prospero Naval. Jhaze Asuncion moderated the panel discussions and touched on the spin-off companies of Dr. Uy and Dr. Naval.
Dr. Tirso Ronquillo, President of the Batangas State University and at the same time President of the Philippine Association of the State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) delivered his talk on the innovation programs in universities (PISI Program) and the support that the University Administration (OVPRE, Admin and Finance) of every university can provide to the TBI. Dr. Ronquillo elaborated on the funding support provided by the Batangas State University to the university's TBI in a form of grant to startups @ Php50,000.00 and a yearly fund appropriated to the TBI from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension (OVPRE).
Dr. Francis Uy, Dean of the College of Engineering of Mapua University talked about USHER's spin-off company journey also supported by DOST PCIEERD.
The last speaker, but definitely was not the least, who shared his expertise was Emil Tapnio of PhilDev Foundation. Emil is one of PhilDev’s Program Directors and one of the organization’s longest-serving members. As Program Director, he is tasked with managing PhilDev’s ongoing programs—such as the entrepreneurship workshops and the Visiting Professors Program, among others—from planning to organizing to execution, all while handling the different personalities that help him actualize PhilDev’s goals. Emil shared his experiences on how TBIs may get grants from any funding institutions. Emil had formed a strong partnership with the UNDP and the Australian Embassy on the ISIP Program that funds the Visiting Professors Program through the ISIP Program.
Navigatu congratulated everyone in QBO that includes Ms. Katrina Chan, Ms. Natasha Dawn Bautista, Ms. Jackie Isip, Mr. David Del Rosario, Ross, Dessa, and River for the job well done during this week's TBI 4.0 Virtual Conference!