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Filipino technopreneurs get a chance to go global

Computerworld Philippines staff | July 17, 2012
Incubator Kickstart Ventures, Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, further expands its support to technopreneurship in the country by being part of ON3, a pitching contest that gives local startups an opportunity to go global by competing for attention of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and the rest of the world.

Incubator Kickstart Ventures, Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, further expands its support to technopreneurship in the country by being part of ON3, a pitching contest that gives local startups an opportunity to go global by competing for attention of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and the rest of the world.

Through ON3, the Science and Technology Advisory Council - Silicon Valley (STAC-SV) which organizes the event is able to discover what is brewing across the country in certain areas of technology and employ best practices to help accelerate the development of businesses that have an opportunity to secure a spot in the global markets.

"We would employ best practices and offer to the regional runner-ups and grand prize winners of ON3 an experience like no other including access to experts and professionals both domestic and international that could help accelerate their initiatives," said Christina Laskowski, President of STAC-SV.

Minette Navarrete, President of Kickstart, said the company is always in a lookout for opportunities that could help the growth of technopreneurship, thus, the move to create strong partnerships with both domestic and international organizations.

"Our country has a huge pool of talented developers who could benefit from exposure to different systems and cultures, and a bigger market. Our participation in various startup activities such as ON3 is one way to lend a hand to the entrepreneurs who want to go beyond talking about new ideas, and get started actually doing stuff, creating market innovations. Kickstart's contribution is a push to action, to developing a culture that appreciates that technology entrepreneurship is about doing, not talking," Navarrete said.

Aside from ON3, Kickstart co-organized Startup Weekend Manila/Cebu, a Friday-to-Sunday event that brings together people with different skillsets to build applications and develop a commercial case in the course of 54 intense hours; and with the 1st Ideas and Apps Challenge, a competition initiated by US-based startup AppBridge, backed by the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative, to produce ideas and applications that tackle social challenges in the country.

ON3 was first held in the Philippines last year to provide a venue where people would be inspired and encouraged to work together to discover, support, and showcase some of the country's talent.

In April, it conducted four regional events in Cebu, Davao, Pangasinan, and Manila participated in by 40 tech-related startups that involved in areas such as consumer Web, Internet, Mobile, Wireless, Social Media, Gaming, Software, Clean Technology, and Biotechnology. Of the number, 15 advanced to the final competition and will compete for the Grand Prize - a three-month immersion in Silicon Valley.

The finalists include GroupJump, iVeamcast, LS, Guestlist.ph, X2Wave, Segworks, Straps, Technominds Easco Inc., Xamun, MiiMove, SpellDial, PayrollHero, Surebooked, Braille G4, and Udrics.

 

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