Startup Weekend opens today

IT IS all systems go for the staging of the 3rd Startup Weekend Davao beginning tomorrow, August 1, at the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu).

The three-day event, which will end on Sunday, is expected to draw in 100 businessmen, software developers, web designers, marketers, product managers, and start-up enthusiasts to meet, pitch ideas, form teams, build products and launch a startup in 54 hours.

John Naranjo, chief executive officer of Ingenuity and co-organizer of Startup Weekend Davao, said during Wednesday's edition of Club 888 at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao that participants will be educated and become aware on what startup is through the line-up of experts that they have invited over.

"It is a rare opportunity to bring these experienced entrepreneurs and tech leaders under one roof... These tech movers will be sharing their time and expertise to aspiring entrepreneurs to help them succeed in their startups. They will definitely bring tremendous value to our local startup ecosystem," he said in a statement.

Some of the mentors they have invited for the event include Yoyo Holdings cofounder and CEO Yosuke Fukada, Kickstart Ventures Inc. social enterprise investment manager and communications head Pia Bernal, Mynimo.com founder and CEO Wesley Chiongbian, Twidl Inc. co-founder and CEO Eric Clark Su, CubePixels CEO Ray Rubio, and Ted Padova, dean of the School of Visual Arts at the Philippine College of Technology, among others.

The organizers have also invited a strong panel of judges, who will evaluate the final presentations during the last day of the event. They are: Philippine Software IndsutryAssciation president Joey Gurango, engageSPARK founder and CEO Ravi Agarwal, Nanoscript Inc. and ZipIt Solutions president and CEO Lizabel Garcia Holganza, Synacy CEO Rhett Jones, ClickingLabs co-founder Jean-Patrick Bisson, Caresharing co-founder Harm Rietjens, and DOST-ICTO ICT Industry Development Group program manager Frederick D. C. Amore.

Davao Start-up Community public relations officer Angel Abella said after the event they hope to be able to foster their winners.

The three-day event is organized by Startup Davao, Techtalks.ph, and the ICT office of the Department of Science and Technology.

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