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Startup training programme from DOST Philippines to help commercialise research projects

Startup training programme from DOST Philippines to help commercialise research projects

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the
Philippines recently launched
a startup training programme to help commercialise research projects.

The “Filipinnovation Entrepreneurship Corps” (FEC) programme
was launched in partnership with the De La
Salle University
, RTI International, and
the USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program.

STRIDE is a USAID Philippines project under the Partnership
for Growth (PFG), a 5-year, US$32 million initiative launched in July 2013. RTI
International describes itself as an independent, nonprofit research institute
dedicated to improving the human condition.

The FEC is an experiential training program for researchers
to rapidly define the commercial and societal value of their research, working
with teams built around 10 DOST-funded principal investigators or RDI (Research
and Development Institute) project leads.

The FEC programme is modeled on the US National Science
Foundation’s successful I-Corps program
which places researchers in teams led by entrepreneurs, which could be a
graduate student. Other members of the team include experienced industry
mentors and technology transfer officers who will help create a business model
canvas and conduct numerous customer interviews in the following weeks to
continuously refine their innovative products and ideas. 

The objective of the four-week program is to better equip
the teams to attract additional funding and strategic partners to fast-track
their project’s adoption and impact to the Filipino consumer. 
The FEC is supported by the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and
Emerging Technology Research and Development represented by Russell M. Pili,
chief of the Research Information and Technology Transfer Division.

The first batch of FEC trainees have teams representing
DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute, Metals Industry Research
and Development Center, Philippine Textile Research Institute, and Food and
Nutrition Research Institute; as well as DOST-funded researches at UP Diliman, UP
Los Baños, and De La Salle University. 
Principal Instructors of the FEC program are nationally certified instructors
for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps. Dr. Jim Chung is the Associate
Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the George Washington
University and Robert Storey is an Executive in Residence at the Johns Hopkins
University and a Principal of the MVR Company which focuses on the assessment
and creation of new ventures. Providing direct teaching support to participants
is Adam Klich, an Innovation Advisor with RTI International and a former
startup founder.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

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PARTNER

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SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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