‘Idea Camp’ created to help coco farmers start biz

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


STARTUP Weekend CdeO awards Idea Camp as the first startup winner in the city at the Capitol University early this week.

Idea Camp makers Marl Ian Dionado, Aaron Lee Yap and Paul Ouano met during the contest and grouped together, each had the required skill to develop a prototype of their startup in 54 hours.

Idea Camp, said author Dionado, is a venue for people to share their ideas whether it be for entrepreneurial purposes, artistic or advocacies for free.

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Basically a democratic and transparent crowd funding website, the authors plan to add it to a social media feature.

“The idea is to find funding for coconut farmers who want to start a business but they do not have capital. They do not have the required IDs and papers to apply loans, so we want to find people who are willing to support their cause. That is how it started,” Dionado said.

Through Idea Camp, advocacies and campaigns are easier to fund. There is no need to drive to the bank to deposit money.

A share button is also available so people can share it on Facebook, Twitter and other sites.

“Right now, we are developing the site and looking for people with brilliant ideas, campaign creators. Soon we will be launching a site which is a first from CdeO,” he added.

Campaign creators may advertise their causes through videos, spiels and posters.

Idea Camp also has an option wherein the campaign materials will be provided for with a service fee.

Dionado runs his own business while Ouano and Yap are developers in Cebu.

“The recent Startup Weekend CdeO shows the startup community in the city is growing. We are looking forward to more viable businesses launched from technopreneurs and we are committed to helping them scale further,” said Earl Valencia, president at IdeaSpace and vice president for corporate development and strategy at Smart Communications, in a statement.

Smart Communications is one of the sponsors of the said event.

More than 100 participants gathered last July 11-13, 2014 for the first Startup Weekend in the city.

Developers, designers, marketers, and aspiring entrepreneurs both students and professionals went through the 54-hour contest at Capitol University pitching, developing and launching their own startups.

The ideas were pitched and introduced to the audience for 60 seconds to their fellow participants, to mentors and organizers.

Participants then voted for 13 ideas and formed their respective teams. On Sunday, after the presentation of their startups, Idea Camp was awarded overall champion.

Startups Zayd.com won first runner up and Abroadpinoy.com won second runner up.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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