DOST-TUPV Hive launched in Bacolod
The Hub for Innovation and Value Engineering (Hive) of the Department of Science and Technology-Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas was launched at the Antonio Chan Memorial Technical Training Center in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City Thursday.
The launch signaled the full operation of the technology business incubator and the beginning of the incubation program of the first batch of startups, a press release from TUPV said.
The event was graced by Russel Pili, the chief of Research Information and Technology Transfer Division of the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, that is the funding agency of the DOST-TUPV Hive.
She highlighted the importance of empowering technology business incubators (TBIs) “as they will serve as stewards towards the goal of reaching 1,000 startups in the coming years.” This will allow the generation of employment, raise both public and private investments, and inspire future innovators and technopreneurs to pursue their ideas, the press release said.
Engr. Jovel Young, DOST-TUPV Hive project leader, emphasized the significance of the different sectors coming together, saying “we are here to seek help,” in addressing the audience from different government units and agencies, private organizations, and academic institutions.
He presented the eight startups that have made it to the first batch of the incubation program, marked by the ceremonial signing of the TBI Program Agreement between the startups and Hive.
The launch also served as a venue to acknowledge and introduce the mentors and partner organizations of Hive in carrying out its mandate of providing support services to the startups.
These include Raymond Patrick Serios of the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Inc., John Dave Duenas of HYBrain Development Corp., and Hajee Birth Aquino of BNEFIT Inc. The three organizations are also listed as Hive’s partners along with the Association of Negros Producers. Jinky Joy Besa of Holysoft Studios Inc. will also serve as mentor, along with TUPV alumni Edgardo Etac, Rufino Demisana, Rex Cari-an, and Russel Mapa, the press release said.
The Hive is TUPV’s TBI facility. It is fully-equipped with locator startup offices, a conference/training area, common equipment room, and co-working spaces. All available facilities and services at the TUPV Campus will also be accessible to the start-ups in the program. These include laboratories and shops for product research and prototyping, legal counseling and Intellectual Property management, mentoring from TUPV faculty and alumni, networking events, investor pitching, business development and marketing.
The Hive services are open to all technopreneurs in the province, the press release added.*
The eight startups with TUPV Campus director Eric Malo-oy (seated, center) during the signing of the TBI program agreement, witnessed by Hive project leader Jovel Young, Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), Ma. Leonor Validor - VP for Planning and Development of the TUP System, RITTD chief Russel Pili, Provincial Science and Technology director Allan Francis Dara-ug, and Engr. Nelson Franco - assistant director for Research and Extension (standing, l-r)*