Pueblo de Panay Township, Roxas City – “It’s about time that we get out of our comfort zones and our shells and try to be the best that we can be so that we can offer this to our students as well.” This is the challenge issued by Mr. Jonathan De Luzuriaga, CEO of Spring Valley and President of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), to the teachers who attended the Philippine Startup Challenge Mentors’ Bootcamp – Roxas Leg, held at Islands Hotel in Pueblo de Panay Township last September 4, 2017.

Over 20 educators from Capiz and Aklan attended the said bootcamp, which covered topics on the technical and business aspects of building a startup: ideation, validation, business modelling, and pitching. Spearheaded by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), it was facilitated by Ms. Belle Blanco, Center Manager of UP Innovation Hub, and Ms. Nicole Paterno, Founder of 1000 Angels.

The PSC Mentors’ Bootcamp series is designed to empower college professors and instructors to prepare them for mentorship in the Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC). The PSC is a national startup competition for college students which aims to encourage the youth to create innovative solutions to real-life problems. The educators who attended the PSC Mentors’ Bootcamp are now qualified to mentor a team of college students in the 4th Philippine Startup Challenge.

And we have Spring Valley and the Capiz Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Council to thank for this event. According to Mr. Rik Amores, DICT – Visayas Cluster 1 Director, “I would like to acknowledge JDL (Jonathan De Luzuriaga), who lobbied very hard to have this done here. Because truth to tell, there was supposed to be no scheduled bootcamp for Region 6. It was just in Tacloban. But because of the interest, and of course, the request of our ICT Councils in Region 6, we had actually 2 bootcamps, in Iloilo, and of course, Roxas.

Through the efforts of the DICT, Spring Valley, and the Capiz ICT Council, we can look forward to having Panay Island represented in the upcoming 4th Philippine Startup Challenge.

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