Hub for Palaweño technopreneurs launched

DOST-4B Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina Abilay led the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Palawan ICT Business Incubator facility at the second floor of Palawan State University-Center for Strategic Policy and Governance building. (Photo//K.A.S. Fabro)

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Aspiring Palaweño technopreneurs can now develop their business ideas and earn from it through the help of newly-launched Palawan Information and Communication Technology Business Incubator.

The Technology Business Incubator (TBI), graced on Monday afternoon, December 14 at the Palawan State University, was made possible through the collaboration among the Department of Science and Technology-Region 4B (DOST-4B), Palaweño ICT Association and international ICT companies based in Malaysia and Taiwan.

It is the first of its kind in the Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan (MIMAROPA) region, and eventually the very first in the country that tap international ICT companies.

Dr. Ma. Josefina Abilay, DOST-4B Regional Director, in her speech delivered during the launching, said this technology business incubator will serve as platform “wherein ideas can be transformed into products and startups can be guided to become full-pledged entrepreneurs.”

“The establishment of the TBI is just the initial step towards a goal that we all should envision to achieve, and that is to harness and unleash the imaginative and creative power of our human capital to conquer the world with exceptional, different and innovative products,” she added.

Abilay said it will specifically benefit students and graduates of computer-related courses from various higher education institutions in MIMAROPA, who have the drive to create ICT-based products that can compete in the global market.

“We are now at the point where we need to become visible in the global market…It is high time that we refrain from being passive consumers to becoming creators and producers of innovative ICT-based products,” said Abilay.

Incubatee can use the hub’s facility, and they will be provided with access to mentors, financial institutions, legal counselors and market, and also assistance in acquiring licenses.

“They can come here and have their business grow into maturity,” said the regional director.

Dr. Michael Pido, PSU Vice President for Research and Extension, was grateful that the university was chosen to house the TBI. He believes this newly-established hub would help drive economic development, and would further transform PSU as one of ICT centers in the country.

“We would like to produce graduates not simply to become employees but graduates who will become entrepreneurs in different fields like ICT,” said Pido, who will act as TBI’s overseer. Dr. Hanlie Taha, PSU Planning Office Director, meanwhile will serve as Palawan ICT Business Incubator manager.

The launching was also attended by outgoing PSU President Jeter Sespeñe amd City Councilor and ICT Committee Chairman Eleutherius Edualino.




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