UP ISSI staff mentor start-ups in energy and climate hackathon

UP ISSI staff mentor start-ups in energy and climate hackathon

Two ISSI extension specialists from the Business Enterprise Development Division (BEDD) served as mentors in the recently concluded hackathon entitled Ready, Spark, Charge 2023: Hacking the Future of Energy held on November 23-24, 2023 at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. The program was organized by New Energy Nexus Philippines, in partnership with the Ateneo Intellectual Property Office (AIPO) and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD).

BEDD staff conduct mentoring sessions for participating professional start-ups category.

Ms. Karen Kay C. Bravo-Coballes and Mr. Joshua V. Garcia mentored nine start-ups with their proposals for reshaping the future of the energy landscape. Using the GABAy mentorship framework, Ms. Bravo-Coballes and Mr. Garcia provided needs-based advice and guidance on the business model, market strategy entries, and sustainability of the proposed products of the participating teams. Mr. Garcia also served as a panelist during the last day of the hackathon where he evaluated the pitch presentations of the students.

Ms. Bravo-Coballes and Mr. Garcia receive their certificate of appreciation from the program organizers.

New Energy Nexus – Philippines conducts the clean energy and climate hackathon every year with the primary goal of cultivating creativity and entrepreneurial thinking amongst students and professionals. The said competition catalyzes the advancement of energy ventures and technologies capable of addressing the pressing energy challenges faced by the nation.

GABAy is UP ISSI’s flagship advocacy program that aims to accelerate the growth and sustainability of micro, small and medium enterprises by providing online and one-on-one mentoring, and marketing support.

Read more about the GABAy Program here: GABAy Program: Helping MSMEs Survive and Thrive in the New Normal

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