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Visayas ICT Targets 1 TBI Per Province

Startup founders, technology business incubator (TBI) managers, and representatives of information and communications technology (ICT) councils from the Visayas joined the 5th Geeks On A Beach (GOAB), an annual international startup conference held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan this year.

The participants supported by the Visayas ICT Cluster Organization (VICTOR) of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) came from Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Dumaguete, Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Bohol. 

In 2016, ICT councils under VICTOR-NICP pegged a three-year target of achieving at least one TBI in each province in the three regions of Visayas to support local efforts to help build a startup ecosystem, develop entrepreneurship and generate jobs.

During the GOAB, Visayas ICT councils welcomed the proposed strengthening of collaboration among various government agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) with private incubators and accelerators as well as local stakeholders.

A TBI offers space, shared facilities, and services, as well as a whole line of support to incubate the startups such as mentoring, marketing, development of business and financial plan, legal services, export facilitation, investment linkages, seed funding, technical training and other programs.

The VICTOR participation, which was led by NICP trustees Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Joeven Tansi, was supported by DTI Western Visayas and DTI Negros Occidental./JEBSigue

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