𝐏𝐒𝐔 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐄𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠
The Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation Technopreneurship (HEIRIT) Program is a two-year preparatory program which is applied to ensure that future Technology Business Incubator (TBI) Managers are equipped to plan, execute, build, and catalyze the emerging start up community in the region. As of now, there are 54 TBI facilities across the country.
Having a TBI within a University is an edge among other universities for it expands the role in the development of the region by providing access to facilities to benefit entrepreneurs. It also fosters entrepreneurial spirit for faculties and researchers to commercialize technologies, and it nurtures innovators and entrepreneurs in the region. With TBI, a university may attract more mentors, advisers, and partners from industry.
The objective of the program is to train at least 20-25 TBI Teams from selected Universities and assist at least 20-25 Universities to build the requirements for TBI. It also aims to facilitate the build-up of entrepreneurial culture within the University and the province/region where the TBI will be located. The program handholds the universities in its first year of TBI applications.
Out of 120 HEIs applicant for the HEIRIT Program of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Pangasinan State University was luckily shortlisted and was included in the 26 HEIs to advance to the next stage of TBI Application presentation headed by the University President Dr. Dexter R. Buted, Vice President for Research and Development Dr. Paulo V. Cenas, Director for Innovation Technology and Support Office, Dr. Catalina Platon together with the TBI Team Headed by TBI Manager Dr. Veronica Austria, Assistant TBI Manager Dr. Gudelia M. Samson, Resident entrepreneur Mr. Norberto De Vera and two TBI Members Dr. Christian Thom A. Tabisola and Mr. Lester Arandia.
After thorough evaluation of each institution’s proposal by PCIEERD, Pangasinan State University was qualified to be part of cohort institution that will undertake the HEIRIT Preparatory Program with a chance to submit a proposal to PCIEERD for TBI funding assistance and become a part of the HEIRIT Universities for 2022-2024. The preparatory program will be spearheaded by the University of the Philippines Mindanao’s UPGRADE TBI.
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