Technology-based entrepreneurship program
for students, youth and young professionals

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Tess Fortuna,
DOST NCR Regional Director

"Several programs of the Department of Science and Technology are geared to encourage and develop interest among students, out-of-school youths, and young professionals in selected universities, colleges, and non-government organizations on technology-based entrepreneurship.

Under the combined programs called Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, and DOST-Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development (SETUP-DATBED) Program, the DOST through its National Capital Regional Office provides funds, facilities, and technologies to qualified schools and NGOs that offer tertiary science and technology courses, enterprise development programs, and youth projects. 

 

Officials from 16 universities and colleges in Metro Manila expressed interest to participate in the SETUP-DATBED program during a consultative meeting jointly organized by DOST—NCR office and Technology Application and Promotion Institute last March at the DOST conference room. 

 The schools represented include Asia Pacific College, Asian College of Science and Technology, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Feati University, La Consolacion College, Letran College, Mapua Institute of Technology, Marikina Polytechnic College, Namei Polytechnic Institute, New Era University, Philippine Women’s University, San Sebastian College, University of the East, University of Perpetual Help System, and Technological University of the Philippines.

The schools are expected to identify and propose income-generating projects with technology content.  A profit sharing scheme between schools and students will be worked out along with an assurance sound financial, management, and technical support for the implementation of SETUP-DATBED Program.

Technology-based entrepreneurship goes well with some of the schools’ existing small enterprise activities and business development curricula.  The new partnership also fosters stronger links between DOST, academe, and NGOs.

[For inquiries on program requirements, please contact DOST-NCR, 2/F Imelda Bldg., DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, telefax: (62) 837-3162, and trunk line (62) 837-2071 to 82 local 201, or send email to ncr@dost.gov.ph or visit web site: http://www.ncr.dost.gov.ph]. 

 

 

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