(by: Angelo Dee)
Caritas Christi urget nos!
With SPUP’s continuous quest for improvement, innovation is critical in sustaining business, and student competitiveness, and improving productivity. On March 25, 2017, SPUP, in partnership with Brainsparks Philippines pioneered a Start-Up Innovation Workshop with the theme, “SPUP IGNITE: Start Pushing Up: Ideas for the Generation of Noble and Innovative Technology and Entrepreneurship.” Held at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Training Center (Global Center), the program was participated in by 500 students from the School of Business, Accountancy and Hospilaity Management (SBAHM) and School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE).
Facilitators from Brainsparks, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and HackTheNorh.ph engaged the participants on a series of activities aimed to foster innovation in solving problems and make a difference in society. Mr. Lionel Belen, Mr. Artie Lopez, Brainsparks, Ms. April Ong Vano and Ms. Karla Legaspi inspired and engaged SPUP students with knowledge and skills to build capabilities and consider technopreneurship as a viable career.
The workshop covered 5 major fundamentals topics on innovations and building a startup. These topics included: Startup 101 which gave the students a background on the local startup scene; The Heart of Innovation, a topic on discovering a need or a problem that is worth solving; Developing Solutions, that taught prototyping and iteration and how to make something people want to students; Capturing Value, for the development of business and revenue model around ideas; and Making A Great Pitch, that helped students communicate their ideas effectively, convince people and reach an audience.
Since its foundation in 2014, Brainsparks Philippines have had the experience and privilege of delivering workshops to hundreds of students, faculty, professionals, and founders through their own programs and through seminars and events organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Information and Communications Technology.