2nd Startup Weekend slated in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – People with business ideas to share may enlist for the second holding of Startup Weekend Davao, which is scheduled on August 9 to 11.

Angel Abella, one of the event organizers, said during the Club 888 press conference at Marco Polo Davao Wednesday that Startup Weekend is a “global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures”.

The event originated in Seattle, Washington in 2007.

She said they have invited chief executive officers and chief product officers from IT companies in Cebu and Manila to serve as mentors and judges for the event.

Although the usual participants are businessmen, software developers, web designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts, everyone is still welcome to participate.

“Even if you’re a student, you can join as long as you have ideas to share and passionate enough to start up a business,” said Bert Barriga, executive vice president of ICT Davao.

Last year, the event drew 110 participants who came up with 14 startup ideas.

During the event, there will be a “pitch fire” where participants will be given 60 seconds to pitch an idea for business. The ideas will then be voted on and teams will be formed to develop the top chosen ideas.

Dulce Rose Lada, head organizer of the event, said that this is an avenue to develop skills and easily start up business.

She also mentioned that the winning team last year will be going to Silicon Valley to propose another product later this year.

The event will be held at Centron Building, Quirino Avenue. Applicants may register at http://davao.startupweekend.org for a fee of P1000. (Florienne Melendrez/MindaNews)