ITSO, AdUNEST thumb-ups four college-based startups as first Falcon Incubation Program graduates

Date Posted: February 17, 2023 at 08:03 PM

Four technology business incubatees of the Falcon Incubation Program that have hurdled its required phases were awarded their respective Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Utility Model Patent Certificate during ceremonies held last February 9 at the Co Po Ty Audio Visual Hall. 

BORQ Technologies Inc., PondO2, Claritea and Siklista were recognized as “graduates” of the Information and Technology Support Office (ITSO) and Adamson University Neo Science and Technology Incubation Center’s (AdUNEST INC) mentorship project after successfully undergoing each phase and the required training and processes. 

The Falcon Incubation Program is a four-part training and assistance project aiming to aid budding technology innovation and startups and their inventors, leading them to eventual independence as individual enterprise. 

“[The] journey towards innovation, technology and entrepreneurship is always challenging [but] our graduates have proven that anything is possible with hard work, dedication and perseverance,” Engr. Noe Enriquez, ITSO IP Commercialization Head, said in his opening remarks, lauding the graduates and awardees. 

“[The incubatees and researchers] have developed new technologies, created innovative products and services, and have taken the first step in making a better future for all of us. They have faced and overcame the obstacles that came in entrepreneurship and have emerged as leaders,” he continued, also expressing gratitude to the administration’s continuous support in such endeavors and excitement about the graduates’ respective futures.  

Engr. Enriquez’ message echoed the words from Vice President of Academic Affairs Catherine Castaneda commending the graduates for their achievements and challenging them to soar higher. 

Utility Model grants were also handed out to two incubatees from the Chemical Engineering Department and one each from the Electrical Engineering Department, College of Pharmacy and Information Technology and Information Systems Department. Dr. Venusmar Quevedo, AdU Vice President for Administrative Affairs and ITSO Manager, Dr. Nuna Almanzor, Executive Director of the AdU Center for Research and Development, together with Engr. Enriquez and Ms. Anna Ramos, IP Development Head, handed out the certificates. 

In a separate message, DOST-NCR Clustered Area Science and Technology Office Head Engr. Lota Paras discussed their department’s role in advancing the technopreneurship in the region, also revealing a potential plan of establishing ties with the Univeristy’s technopreneurship program and their partner communities. DOST-PCIEERD is also one of the program’s government partners under the Higher Education Institutions and Industry Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HEIRIT) project. 

Dr. Venusmar C. Quevedo ended the momentous occasion as she recounted AdU ITSO’s journey from breaking through the status quo to pushing forth the vision of an entrepreneurial university. 

Among the attendees of the event are College of Pharmacy Dean Perlita Crucis, Center for Research and Development Executive Director Dr. Nuna Almanzor and Director Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM, Fr. Rock Joseph Enriquez, Assistant to the VP for Academic Affairs and different department chairpersons, as well as ITSO mentors and partners.