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Elevating Kagay-anons through Technopreneurship

Last August 24, 2018Impact Hub, in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), held the Elevate National Roadshow to gather startup leaders at the 6th Floor Performing Arts Theatre, University of Science and Technology of the Southern Philippines. The University of Science and Technology of the Southern Philippines hosted the event with the goal to build the Philippine startup ecosystem, furnish and empower rising entrepreneurs and the Cagayan de Oro City startup ecosystem. Moreover, Mr. Bronson Mabulay headed this occasion.

Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, Vice Chancellor for research and innovation of USTP, delivered the opening address. He gladly welcomed all who eagerly attended the Elevate National Roadshow. Additionally, the said event was also brought by CDO ICT Business, headed by Council President and CEO of an outsourcing company in the Philippines, Ms. Stephanie Caragos – an inspirational woman who began a startup business with her college classmate, Wilfredo P. Kaamino, Jr., as they wanted to provide jobs for the local Kagay-anons. This startup business was the EBS Accounting Software Solutions. Now, EBS Accounting Software grew to be Syntactics, Inc.

Furthermore, Ms. Caragos shared her advocacy in building awareness and promoting innovation as she delivered her keynote address. Guest speakers: Mr. Ruel Amparo, Mr. Gerald Castillo, Ms. Guita Gopalan, and Mr. Carlo Valencia then followed.

All in all, these people began as start-ups and have now reached the stars. Their story on the hardships and rewards of starting a business serves as a testimony for new businesses.

Start-Up 101

The start-up experience introduces an entrepreneurial mindset to students. Almost or about 90% of the participants were college students, divided into big groups that created two teams.

Firstly, the workshop during Start-up 101 set a fire in their minds. Also, it inspired them to become innovative by coming up with a start-up idea. Next, while planning their start-up idea, the entrepreneurship workshop simulated true to life start-up building by challenging participants to identify problems and finding the solution through technology and entrepreneurship. They were even asked to pitch their ideas.

Lastly, the expertise, ideas, and experiences combined with an understanding of start-up culture from the speakers as well as the results of the workshop can definitely help in establishing great models of technopreneurship. Hopefully, they can start encouraged as they journey to being a start-up entrepreneur and reach for the stars themselves. 

Axel May Rivera


Axel is an avid fan of many dramas and songs. She is always eager to explore and discover more when it comes to movies and entertainment, especially in Korean and Filipino culture. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and playing badminton.

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