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Four Startups Join CyberCentre in Bacolod

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. (seated 2nd from right) with Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (seated 1st from right), president of Bacolod-Negros Occ. Federation for Information and Communication Technology (BNEFIT) and Brent Andrew Chua (2nd from left), president of Simplex Gamelabs at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement held at the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City. (Capitol photo)

Four startups recently joined the Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) of the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City.

The startups - SWAPROSE, Simplex Gamelabs, Audacity Studio, and Aardvark - are still in their initial stage of organization. These companies are composed of students, young entrepreneurs and mentors.

The founders of the startups recently signed an application agreement to be part of the TBIC program and avail of the facility, equipment and mentorship support provided under the program with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr.

To be accepted at the TBIC, the startups must be engage in developing business models that utilize and incorporate information and communications technology (ICT).

The startups will receive mentoring from successful business owners and managers, and will be required to participate in seminars, information meetings and other such activities sponsored by organizations related to improving their business marketing and management skills. Further, the TBIC will tap available various local business leaders and operator to volunteered to provide mentoring.

The TBIC startup program was a concept of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), the recognized ICT Council of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).

BNEFIT is recognized to promote the competitive advantages and the growth potential of the Province of Negros including the City of Bacolod in the Philippines IT-BPO industry, and created as corporate entity under the Security and Exchange Commission (SC) with an equal composition of government, business and private sector, academe and training sector, and industry.

BNEFIT also partnered with the Department Of science and Technology (DOST) Region VI for the development of startups under the program “ICT Startups Equipment Support (ISES) program to unite under the vision of scaling up the province’s potential for ICT to encourage the development of start-up companies and entrepreneurs by assisting in programs, projects and activities such as but not limited to start-up fora, ICT entrepreneurship trainings and development of technology incubation programs.


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