The first SOX ICT Start-Up Challenge held at GenSan City

   The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and ICT Solutions Association in Region 12 with active support of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), private sector and the Local Government of General Santos City organized the first SOX ICT Start-Up challenge last September 14-16, 2016 at Veranza Mall, GenSan. This event is a component activity of ICT Industry Cluster Plan by SOCCSKSARGEN ICT Industry Cluster Team. The ultimate intention of which is to help the city of General Santos become a Next Wave City and other Region 12 cities become an IT emerging cities as well. 

   SOX Start-Up is not just a competition but more of a business integration. Different schools, IT Professionals/Techno-preneur and Local Government Units from Region 12 participated the said event to brainstorm, collaborate and pitch their start up ideas to Venture Capitalists and companies from the region. The SOX Start-Up is only limited to proposals addressing the following broadly defined business sectors – Information Technology; Manufacturing; Healthcare; Sustainable Food; Allied Services. 

   “It is a competition which aims to encourage and inspire college students to create and innovate relevant technology that may also be viable business ventures. This initiative is geared towards promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in ICT among youth and also to ensure the continuous creation of investible ideas and start-up,” said Alimbzar P. Asum, the Regional Director of DICT 12. 

   Philippine Start Up Challenge is one of DITC’s lined up programs in collaboration with private sectors and government agencies. They have also Next Wave Cities, where cities proclaimed as hubs. These hubs are an enabling environment and support the continued growth of the information technology and business process management. 

   Out of 18 teams who participated the event, 3 announced as winners for their start-up ideas. They are CreativeSphere Studios (Social Business Network), Fermin Fruylan III (Cemetery Information System), and ACLC Squad B (Mobile & Web Vehicular Management System). 

   “By working together, we have the power to maximize new opportunities for economic growth, job creation, education, and health care that digital technology offer us,” said RD Asum. 

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