Friday, November 16, 2018

Aikontech brings Beltone to the Philippines.

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, November 16, 2018



Last November 13, 2018, Aikontech which is a 35-year-old company has brought its hearing-aid products to the Philippines.

To put things in perspective, according to the World Health Organization, there are around 250 million people with hearing disabilities and hearing impairment in the world. About 2/3 of these identified people live in Asia and the Philippines along with Indonesia is among the Top 4 in that list.

The prevalence of hearing disabilities in this region can be attributed to several factors such as congenital, work-related, accident injury/trauma, and even lifestyle (those who go to loud venues and concerts or work in them).

This considerably contributes to the lessening of the quality of life of these hearing impaired people and is also a hindrance to gainful employment and livelihood opportunities.

Aikontech Hearing is now the distributor in the Philippines of various hearing aids for all the requirements of hearing-impaired persons in the Philippines.

With this, Aikontech offers Beltone hearing aids. Beltone was founded in 1940 to make high-quality hearing care to people.

Beltone with its decades of experience aims to give access to quality hearing aids with a clear focus on the different individual needs of the hearing impaired. The company believes that no individual should be denied an improved life with better hearing.

Aikontech is into distribution of IT products that include brands like Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Panasonic, McAfee, Huawei, Samsung, Lenovo, Logitech, Polycom and Jabra among others.

With an opportunity provided by the GN Group of Denmark, Aikontech also decided into the Hearing Aid industry sector. The GN Group owns Jabra and 3 other hearing aids brands such as ReSound, Belton end Interton. These premiere hearing aid brands provide technologically advanced hearing solutions and excellent customer care experience.

The Board of Advisers to Aikontech Philippines are the following:

1. Dr. Rina Reyes-Quintos, MD, MclinAud, FPJOHNS
2. Dr. Nathaniel Yang, MD, FPJOHNS
3. Dr. Ramon Antonio Lopa, MD, FPJOHS






Thursday, November 15, 2018

2019 Edition of Startup Competition by IdeaSpace Foundation Launched

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 15, 2018
IdeaSpace 2019 Startup Competition Launch.

This year’s Startup Competition by IdeaSpace,  was launched last November 13, 2018. IdeaSpace is also the country’s  leading and longest-running early-stage startup in the country and has been holding this competition for the past 6 years.

Unlike in the previous years’ competitions, the 2019 IdeaSpace Startup Competition will select 20 startups instead of the previous 10 selected for its accelerator program. What also makes it different this year is that the prize structure has been revised.

This is part of the “Pivot” that Ms. Diane Eustaquio, Executive Director of IdeaSpace announced. Going back to the history of the Startup Competitions held before by IdeaSpace, startups selected failed to utilize the fully the Php500,000.00 granted to them by the program. Instead, the startups tried to “economize” on the expenditure and when they needed more funds for their eventual take-off, then that is where it limited their full utilization.

Realizing such, this year, the prize structure was changed wherein the 20 selected startups for the acceleration period will receive Php100,000.00 as equity-free operations funding plus support in-kind worth Php500,000.

At Demo Day when the top 3 startups will be announced, each startup will receive Php1.0 million equity funding. This will serve as their “runway” according to Ms. Eustaquio.

“We are pivoting and making changes to the program to remain relevant and to address the gap that still exists,” said Rene Meily, IdeaSpace President.

The Philippine startup environment has 400 active startups as of 2017 out of the 547 founded since 2014.

According to Ms. Diane Eustaquio, the cash prizes are not the only benefits that chosen startups will be receiving. It will also include non-cash benefits such as Mentoring by industry experts, free Learning Sessions, Linkages to corporate partners, investor network and strategic partner resources, free office space use, and housing allowances for non-Metro Manila team participants.

The submission of entries started November 13, 2018, via www.ideaspacefoundation.org/apply and will be open until January 18, 2019.

A series of roadshows and learning sessions which will be announced on the following
channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ideaspaceph/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ideaspaceph
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ideaspaceph/ 






Thursday, November 8, 2018

ICT Champion Offers Bacolod New Leadership

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue: Tech-Driven Candidate for Mayor of Bacolod in the 21st Century.

A strong and dedicated champion for information and communications technology (ICT) in the countryside, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue now offers the City of Bacolod a chance for new leadership.
Last October 16 or a day before the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the May 13, 2019 mid-term elections, residents of Bacolod, including close colleagues of Batapa-Sigue were surprised to learn about her decision to run for mayor of Bacolod, challenging incumbent mayor Evelio Leonardia, who is now finishing his fifth term or a total of fifteen years as mayor of Bacolod .

Batapa-Sigue, 45, a lawyer by profession and a professor of law, in a press briefing last October 16, says her candidacy is about giving Bacolod a chance to “win” over status quo and open up to new ideas and solutions to speed up its advancement as one of the highly urbanized cities in the country.

She coins her vision for Bacolod in four letters – JOBS. These stands for jobs and investments, open governance, barangay development, and empowerment and sectoral and citizens participation. She believes that for Bacolod to steadily create jobs and attract investments, a comprehensive set of strategies, including trainings and certifications must be in place to ensure quality talent supply. She believes that good business environment includes efficient traffic management, sound environmental practices, and streamlined government processes, areas were the city is not able to address effectively.

Open governance, for her, entails the use of ICT to reduce red tape, promote transparency and accountability in government, make public services accessible, create an effective data collection to support policy research, and make available online platforms to bring government closer to the people and to effectively respond to citizens’ needs. Known for advocating the creation of smart or digital cities, Batapa-Sigue thinks it is high time for Bacolod to join the ranks of cities developing and utilizing a digital process that aims to provide convenience to its constituents.
2016 Ten Outstanding Women in Nation Sevice (TOWNS) in the field of ICT






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