ICT Office to hold boot camps for PH Start-up Challenge

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icto building The boot camp is being done in partnership with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and with the cooperation of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE). The Visayas leg will be the first of the series and will be held this June 4 in Cebu City. The Philippine Start-up Challenge is one of the start-up initiatives that the ICT Office is launching under its SeedPH Program this year. The Philippine Start-up Challenge is a student start-up competition that aims to involve academic institutions in the college level from all-over the country. It was conceptualized together with the local start-up community stakeholders and major players in the industry to encourage and inspire students to create innovative and relevant ICT services that may also be viable business ventures. Just recently, the agency kicked off the first leg of its Start-up Workshop series in Lingayen, Pangasinan last May 2, 2014. Through its SeedPH Program, the ICT Office aims to boost the development of the country?s start-up ecosystem and targeting at least 50 local start-ups based in the Philippines with average annual revenues of at least P10 million each by the end of 2016. ?Lean Start-up 101 Boot Camps? for school coaches will be discussing lean start-up methods and start-up basics to equip the possible participants with basic skills and tools to build and operate a start-up. Conduct of the workshops will be done in different regions to ensure that prospective participants from the countryside will be given appropriate orientation before the competition proper begins. In this series, the basic principles of Lean Start-up will be taught to relevant faculty mentors who subsequently will be mentoring students throughout the competition. The whole-day seminar/workshop will be facilitated by software industry experts from PSIA. According to major players and stakeholders in the Philippine start-up community, there are many key challenges and issues that are currently faced by local start-ups and the entities that support them. One of the main issues that hinder the growth of the start-ups and its ecosystem in the country is the low number of investible ideas generated periodically. It was also identified that a bigger pipeline of innovative ideas will help stimulate activities for start-ups that will keep funders, accelerators, incubators busier. To address all these, the start-up community has strongly supported the establishment of a national start-up competition that will educate the youth on the basics of setting start-ups and entrepreneurship that would help jump-start the commercialization of ideas that address relevant issues in society. The schedule of the Lean Start-up 101 Boot Camps is as follows:

? June 4 Visayas Leg ? Cebu City ? June 14 Southern Luzon/Bicol Region Leg ? Legazpi City ? June 21 1st NCR Leg ? Quezon City ? June 28 Mindanao Leg ? Davao City ? July 19 Northern/Central Luzon Leg ? Baguio City ? July 26 2nd NCR Leg ? Quezon City

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