IdeaSpace gets record number of entries in nationwide search-A A +A
Thursday, February 28, 2013
IDEASPACE Foundation, Inc., the incubator of the First Pacific group of companies, said that its first national competition for the country’s top tech business ideas attracted close to 700 entries from different regions of the country.
By April, IdeaSpace will award the top 10 aspiring startups behind these ideas with six months of incubation and funding of up to P5 million each. This translates to an acceptance ratio at IdeaSpace at close to 1.5 percent, comparable to global incubation and accelerator programs.
“We were happily surprised. Our original target was at least 500 entries. There really is a strong pipeline for science and technology based business ideas in the country.
All these aspiring technopreneurs need are democratizing opportunities like this
competition.” said IdeaSpace president Earl Martin Valencia.
IdeaSpace was launched in March last year and after doing a road show, it kicked off its national competition in late August. Submissions closed in early January and now, IdeaSpace has completed the second round of judging.
For every stage, there are different panels of judges, all experts and leaders from industries, the startup community, venture capital firms, academe and government.
The top 20 teams will be invited to fly to Manila in early April to view for the 10 incubation spots.
“The usual practice in investment communities is for startups to pitch to venture capitalists or angel investors. IdeaSpace trustees led by Manuel Pangilinan decided that holding a national competition will ensure equal opportunities especially for those not based in Manila or have little access to startup and entrepreneurship events.” said Diane Eustaquio, IdeaSpace Executive Director.
Currently, IdeaSpace is incubating three startups funded by Smart Communications, Inc.. These three startups are all alumni of the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (Sweep), the biggest telco industry-academe partnership program in the country.
These startups are Time Free Innovations, Inc., which offers a mobile based queuing system; Gen8 which is currently prototyping a mobile phone for the blind; and Blue Garage, which is developing a one-stop shop web and mobile solution for the racing community.
IdeaSpace recently kicked off this year’s road show with various activities in Metro Manila and Iloilo. It also forged tie-ups with global programs and venture capitalist firms.
A non-profit foundation, IdeaSpace is supported by: First Pacific, First Pacific Leadership Academy, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., MPIC hospital group, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Meralco, Smart Communications, Inc., Digitel, Sun Cellular, SPI Global, ePLDT, Indofood, Philex Mining, Maynilad, MediaQuest, and TV5. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 01, 2013.