Fil-Am tech icons bring Silicon Valley to PH

The Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) has announced the 2012 PhilDev Economic Forum, with the theme “Harnessing Filipino Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, which will be held on October 8 at the Manila Peninsula in Makati City.

Pinoy tech icons Winston Damarillo (left) and Dado Banatao are also the driving force behind US-based PhilDev Foundation

PhilDev’s US-based Filipino Board of Directors who are established entrepreneurs and change-makers will come home to host the event, merging local technopreneurs with investors and game-changers from Silicon Valley.

“Based on the experience we gathered from the Entrepreneurship Camp we held in Cebu last May, the time has come for all to discover, highlight and harness the talent of the Filipino,” said PhilDev chairman of the board and Tallwood managing partner Dado Banatao.

Aside from Banatao, PhilDev trustees and event chairs Winston Damarillo, chairman and co-founder of Exist Global, and Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com, will also be advising entrepreneurs at the forums and will help showcase the Philippines’ software industry as a burgeoning leader in the Asean and global markets.

Other speakers will include Toby Stuart, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California and former Harvard School of Business faculty Loida Nicolas Lewis, chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, Arthur Tan, chief executive officer and president of Integrated Microelectronics Inc., a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, Eric Manlunas, co-founder and managing partner Siemer Ventures, and Department of Trade and Industry secretary Greg Domingo of the. Executives from Facebook, Google, Dell and have also been invited to become speakers and mentors.

This year’s forum will be preceded by a three-day mentoring session on October 5 to 7 at the Radisson Blu in Cebu City.

“Hack2Hatch: From Hacker to Founder” is a weekend entrepreneurship camp and guided pitching session and one-on-one mentorship where local start-up founders can harness their business and technical skills and pitch to actual investors and venture capitalists who have had success in Silicon Valley.

At h2H, local tech developers will learn how to present to top venture capitalists, and win seed money to fund and grow their business.

“Cebu has tremendous growth potential,” said Damarillo. “The way it’s organized, the way the people are so entrepreneurial, the way the community is bringing up the level of skill and innovation. We’re so excited!”

“The message we want to relay in Cebu is that we have all these opportunities…it is time to take advantage of it now,” said the 42-year-old serial technopreneur.

“We have identified the cause of poverty, which we are addressing with education. Let’s keep moving forward and build. What we have to do is build high value products in the Philippines. “

A free application form for Hack2Hatch in Cebu is available for groups on PhilDev’s website or on hack2hatch.com. Individuals may also attend as observers. Hack2Hatch is a free event and is co-sponsored by Exist Global and MorphLabs.

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