Contributed by Mary Grace P. Santos – BPSU
CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – In line with the packaging of the proposal for the Technology Business Incubation (TBI) program to be submitted to the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), the Bataan Peninsula State University conducted an ocular visit otherwise termed as benchmarking activity at the two institutions with existing TBIs like the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UP-LB) and Batangas State University (BatSU) last June 8-9.
The said cross visit furnished the participants with the understanding on how the TBI is being implemented including the management approaches and strategies. Also, possible constraints that the TBI may encounter during the course of the implementations which can inflict the attainment of its expected deliverables and outputs were identified.
Furthermore, the visit focused on the actual incubation process, promotions and marketing of TBI to the industry and business sectors, building partnerships, and sustainability planning as well.
The TBI team consisted of Dr. Rudy C. Flores, Vice-President for Research, Extension and Training Services; Dr. Hermogenes M. Paguia, Director of the Research and Development Office; Engr. Rodrigo C. Muñoz, Project Leader; and Engr. Kristine P. Ortega and Ms. Mary Grace P. Santos, both Project Staffs.
On the first day of the cross visit, the BPSU team headed to UP-LB. From there, Mr. Daniel Dave J. Batayo, Project Development Officer II and Mr. Michael Viccil B. Junsay, TBI Manager, welcomed the team. Batayo then led them to the Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship where the discussion was held.
TBI Manager Junsay stated that in assessing if the start-up can qualify as an incubatee, there must be an intellectual and commercial potential on it. And once the incubatee was commercialized, a royalty-sharing policy must be established.
In addition, Batayo disclosed that the graduation of incubatees would mean that they can already stand on their own. UP-LB TBIs focused mainly on Agriculture, Biotechnology, Food and Dairy, and Information and Communications Technology.
Moreover, on the second salvo of the TBI Benchmarking, the BPSU team traveled to Batangas State University (BatSU) in Batangas City. In the morning, Engr. Albertson Amante, head of BatSU Center for Technopreneurship and Innovation, accommodated the team. Mr. John Richard Esguerra, project staff, was the one who discussed further the details regarding the establishment of their TBI.
All in all, BPSU Research and Development Director Dr. Paguia, evaluated that it was indeed a fruitful visit at the UP- Los Baños and Batangas State University. Thus, he is looking forward that what they have learned and grasped during the two-day benchmarking would be of great help to the university once the DOST-PCIEERD approved their proposal.