Clark to vie for Global Startup Battle

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Clark Freeport  |  October 2014 

Metro Clark has time and again, proven itself to be a formidable center for global ICT/BPO investment, with its strategic location, state-of-the-art infrastructure, deep talent resource and investor-friendly business climate.  As such, Clark is the undisputed center for ICT excellence in this part of the country. 

Fueled by drive to further promote ICT investment and employment, Metro Clark ICT Council (MCICTC), in association with Clark Freeport, the Department of Science and Technology ICT Office, and TechTalks.ph brings the first ever STARTUP WEEKEND CLARK this 21-23 November 2014.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities.  It is a pitching and business development competition geared towards producing a new breed of IT and knowledge entrepreneurs from parts of the world.  Currently, SW has held over 1,500 startup events in some 120 countries and 723 cities; participated by over 123,000 entrepreneurs and producing some 13,000 startups.

Startup Weekend Clark is the first officially-sanctioned SW event in Luzon outside Metro Manila.  Also, on that date, Clark will be competing with 200+ cities globally for the Global Startup Battle.








Clark hosts 1st ever Startup Weekend this 21-23 November

 

Ready.. Tech.. Go!
Ready.. Tech.. Go!

Startup Weekend Clark

November 21st, 2014

DOST and Metro Clark ICT to host Startup Weekend Clark

THE Department of Science and Technology, through its Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) is supporting Startup Weekend Clark to be held on November 21-23, 2014 at Clark Museum in Pampanga.

Organized by Metro Clark ICT Council in cooperation with TechTalks.ph and local developer and business groups, this will be the first staging of Startup Weekend in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Startup Weekend Clark is aimed at generating breakthrough ideas from tech communities in the Pampanga area.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.

The concept, which started in the U.S., is a global movement to empower young entrepreneurs to nurture their innovative ideas into becoming sustainable businesses.

The event gathers experts and practitioners from different fields of business to mentor the participants as they launch their concepts into business reality.

The whole event involves the participants in different stages of the business cycle including idea creation and business pitching, prototype development, mentorship and networking sessions until product or business presentation to possible investors and funders

According to Mon Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director of DOST-ICTO, the DOST-ICTO has been moving forward in its new thrust to uplift the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry, and in line with this, it is supporting Startup Weekend Clark.

“The ICTO believes that providing support in countryside entrepreneurial activities is an effective way in livening and expanding the local economy through ICT,” Ibrahim said. “Promotion of homegrown ICT products and businesses will not only provide employment in the locality but also provide innovative and creative solutions through their products and services.”

“Startups or Innovation-driven enterprises (IDE) is one way to diversity our economy.  Anyone with a laptop/computer, internet connection and a passion to build a business can build their own “startup”.   We want to encourage more startups in our city, said  Dr. Gilbert Tumibay, President of Metro Clark ICT council.  “Startup Weekend is part of our awareness campaign to introduce the benefits of tech startups to our community.”

Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph, and adviser to Startup Weekend Clark said that startup success stories like Alibaba.com and, Filipino startup Ayannah.com, are inspiring many would-be entrepreneurs.  Startup Weekend allows these motivated individuals to experience first-hand on how to build a startup in a mentored environment.

During Startup Weekend, participants get acquainted with one another starting on a Friday night. They pitch startup concepts they are passionate about, and form teams around the most popular ideas. They refine their ideas and business plans and start building product prototypes with the help of the onsite mentors, and then present what they have accomplished in a four-minute pitch and demo by Sunday evening.

“This is a great opportunity for Pampanga and surrounding cities as we will have successful entrepreneurs and tech leaders who have volunteered to mentor the participants says Dr. Gilbert Tumibay.

All are invited and anyone interested in learning how to start a business are encouraged to attend – including students, software developers, web designers, professionals, etc.  Participants will be categorized as those with technical or non-technical background.

  For further details, email clark@startupweekend.org, visit their website http://www.up.co/communities/philippines/clark/startup-weekend/4844 ,  follow them on Facebook Startup Weekend Clark  or Twitter @swclark .