Posted: May 8, 2014
Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) will continue to be one of the activities of the Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2014 celebration in June.
SWC 4, which will be held at the University of Cebu (UC) Banilad campus from June 6-8, is being organized by TechTalks.ph and the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), organizers said. It is getting support from the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT (CEDF-IT) and Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).
The event aims to generate breakthrough ideas from tech communities in the Visayas.
A concept that started in the US, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.
It is a global movement to empower young entrepreneurs to nurture their innovative ideas into becoming sustainable businesses.
The event also gathers experts and practitioners from different fields of business to mentor the participants as they launch their concepts into business reality.
Participants, during the weekend, will immerse themselves in the different stages of the business cycle, including idea creation and business pitching, prototype development, mentorship and networking sessions, as well as product or business presentation to possible investors and funders.
According to DOST Undersecretary and ICTO executive director Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, his office has made it a priority to develop the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry. It is in line with this thrust that he is backing Startup Weekend Cebu 4.
“The DOST – ICT Office believes that providing support in countryside entrepreneurial activities is an effective way in livening and expanding the local economy through ICT,” ICTO deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim said.
“Promotion of homegrown ICT products and businesses will not only provide employment in the countryside but also help develop innovative and creative solutions that can address not only the local but also the global market.”
Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph, said the ICTO has since been very supportive of their activities, which now include a Startup Weekend in Bohol later this year.
“From the first Startup Weekend Cebu toGeeks on a Beach, the DOST – ICTO has been a consistent backer,” Amper said. “They have always been there for us, and we are very grateful to them.”
Amper is serving as adviser/mentor to a new set of volunteer organizers who have stepped up to lead this year’s Startup Weekend. Entrepreneurs Rica Serenio and Ben Skelton will be leading SWCebu and SWBohol, respectively.
In Startup Weekend, participants get acquainted with one another starting on a Friday night. They pitch startup concepts they are passionate about and form teams around the most popular ideas.
They refine their ideas and business plans and start building product prototypes with the help of the onsite mentors. They then present what they have accomplished in a four-minute pitch and demo by Sunday evening.
Following the success of its inaugural staging in May 2012, Startup Weekend Cebu organizers successfully staged a second and third and will hold a fourth leg in June following incessant demands of startup enthusiasts in the Visayas and Mindanao.
For more information about these events, visit the cebu.startupweekend.org or bohol.startupweekend.org sites, or find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @swcebu and @swbohol. (PR)