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Boosting the Startup Ecosystem in Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental Startup Community with Governor Maranan and Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue

The startup ecosystem in Negros Occidental recently got a boost from Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. himself. 

This comes at the heels of the “graduation” of Hybrain development Corporation from The Technology Business Incubation Center of Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation of ICT at the Negros First CyberCenter. 

The Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) at the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City was established in 2015 as proposed by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) to the Province of Negros Occidental.

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) 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. Another partnership in the TBIC is the Business Resource Center of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which assigns BNEFIT as manager of a shared service facility (SSF).

Meeting with representatives of various startups together with Atty. Jocelle-Batapa-Sigue, the governor was impressed with the development and progress of the province’s technology startups.

During the discussions, Governor Marañon Jr. was able to grasp the importance of the IT-BPO industry for the province and its citizens. Thus, he was able to formulate the right questions needed to develop the industry sector further for his province. Particular attention was brought into how to further improve the incubation center for startups; the sills requirements for the startups and their operations and other forms of support needed.

The governor then decided to focus on the following:

1. To expand the incubation facilities
2. To create a venture capital program
3. To document success stories of startups
4. To institutionalize and regularize trainings of K To 12 ICt teachers
5. To create tech-SMEs facility for lease to startups and tech-SMEs

Startup Founder and CEOs (R-L) Ed Salinas of Convonaut, Hajee Birth Alferez Aquino of Audacity Studios, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon, John Dave Duenas of Hybrain Development Corporation and Brent Andrew Chua of Aardvark Play

Other welcome developments include the addition of CONVONAUT to the Negros First Cyber Center as well as the “graduation” of the second startup Aardvark.

The first graduate was HYbrain. HYBrain Development Corporationstwas established only in September 2016. Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of HYBrain John Dave Dueñas said they have to exit early in the center so that they can keep up with the demands, as well as address the need for increasing manpower.

HYbrain offers various digital services like website application development, web design, android application development and design, desktop application development and software testing, targeting the local businesses.

TBIC offers its incubation services such as free office space and equipment. It also includes trainings and seminars conducted by experts in Information Technology.

HYbrain already created automated hospital information systems for some medical institutions in Negros Occidental and Western Visayas.

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