Limpag: Technopreneur boot camp

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Sunday, May 18, 2014


A TEAM that provides an integrated solution for home automation, monitoring and security with the ability to do all these from the phone was picked as the winner last Saturday in a startup event in Cebu.

Gerson Boston and his team topped the field of 10 projects pitched during the IdeaSpace #Technopreneur Boot Camp Cebu held in the University of Cebu in Banilad.

Their project is called Tip2Panel, which offers a comprehensive home security and monitoring solution.

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The event is part of a nationwide series of boot camps by IdeaSpace, the incubator put up by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan and his group of companies.

At second place was OneStream, which provides an easy solution to those who want to stream videos. The project uses WebRTC and does not require the installation of software either by the person streaming the video or those who want to view it.

Placing third was EasyFIS, which offers an easy way for small businesses to deal with paying taxes. It provides a hosted dashboard that will handle the records and transactions. The team said they would work to integrate with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to allow SMEs to pay their taxes online.

I was one of the judges during the boot camp and it was both fun and inspiring to hear the pitches of the teams, which included students. We got a lot of interesting pitches including one that promised to be an “Utang Reminder” to help businesses collect loan payments and the online education platform Gorilla.

Team Pakals (which comes from the Cebuano street slang for “eat”) pitched a restaurant ordering system to cut on wait times when ordering food. 1RidePlus, on the other hand, offered a system to guide commuters on the best routes for public transport. Team GigBox offered a centralized portal for those who want to look for bands and musicians to hire while Econovate proposed a nonprofit program. Rescue Me, on the other hand, pitched a fire detection and warning system.

National Computer Center Visayas Group head Frederick Amores was also a judge and we discussed on the sidelines how the ecosystem for tech has changed today compared to our small, coffee shop-based meetups of a decade or so ago.

Now, those who have ideas for tech projects have a lot of venues from where to build things or meet up with people to find co-founders and co-workers to build a startup.

Thanks to groups like CEDF-IT, TechTalks.ph of Tina Amper, IdeaSpace and KickStart Ventures, we have regular events that encourage people to pursue their ideas.

If the exchange of ideas last Saturday was any indication, we have great things to look forward to for Cebu in the coming years.

Of course, we have formidable challenges to deal with. It’s naïve to think everything is hunky dory. But with a startup community that is starting to form and get stronger, Cebu has more startup successes to look forward to in the near future.

(max@limpag.com / http://max.limpag.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 19, 2014.

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