Enriquez, Araña attend nat’l TBI Management Training

Date Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:16 AM

An earthquake did not stop two Adamsonian engineers from expanding their knowledge as they took part in a national training on technopreneurship development assistance.

Engr. Noe Enriquez, director of the Institutional Planning and Policy Development Office (IPPDO) and Technology Business Incubators (TBI) Manager, and Engr. Jasper Maynard Araña, one of the university’s Intellectual Property (IP) Experts, were equipped with new strategies in Business Incubation Management as they attended the World Bank and infoDev-sponsored seminar bearing the title infoDev Business Incubation Management Training at the Widus Hotel and Casino, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga last April 22-30.

The event is also the culminating activity of a Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HeIRIT) initiative which involved 20 universities and 13 DOST TBI from around the country.

The said training conducted seminars on the establishment, maintenance and management of a business incubator. These seminars include topics on planing the incubator, marketing and stakeholder management, financing the incubator, managing the incubator, monitoring, evaluation and benchmarking, implementing a mentoring program, dealing with incubator clients, technology commercialization through incubation and setting up virtual services.

According to Engr. Enriquez, Speakers Dr. Suresh Kumar, the Executive Director of the award-winning Indian technology-based enterprise PSG-Science and Technology Entrepreneurial Park (PSG-STEP) and Dr. A. Balachandran, the General Manager of Vellore Institute of Technology -Technology Business Incubator (VITTBI), shared valuable insights and experiences in managing a university TBI.

“The training will also help the university in achieving the strategic plan in bringing the university’s technologies to the market,” he said. “It will also have a role in uplifting the conditions of the socially disadvantaged.”  

Other participating universities were Mapua University, Miriam College, Technological Institute of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas from the NCR; Bicol University, Bulacan State University, Cagayan State University, Holy Angel University, Nueva Vizcaya State University, St. Louis University and University of the Cordilleras from Luzon; Cebu Institute of Technology – University, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Samar State University, Silliman University, Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas and University of Southeastern Philippines from Visayas; and University of Mindanao and University of the Philippines (UP) - Mindanao from the Mindanao region.

Representatives from existing DOST TBIs such as those from Asian Institute of Management, De La Salle University, Batangas State University, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Western Visayas State University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Caraga State University Palawan State University, UP Los Banos and UP Diliman also attended the seminar spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship.

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