AdU features HEIRIT Conference 2024

Date Posted: June 25, 2024 at 10:50 AM

The University, through the Innovation Technology Support Office (ITSO) and the Adamson University Neo Science and Technology Incubation Center (AdUNEST), hosted the Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HEIRIT) Conference 2024.  

The event, held at the Co Po Ty Audio Visual Hall from June 4 to June 8, was a significant convergence aimed at empowering higher education institutions (HEIs) with the tools and knowledge necessary to drive innovation and incubation. 

The conference opened with the Stakeholder’s Forum, welcoming participants from ten different HEIs. A heartfelt welcome from Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, President of Adamson University, highlighting the goals and purpose of technopreneurship, kickstarted the proceedings.  

Ms. Leizl D. Sueno, Senior Science Research Specialist from PCIEERD, outlined the forum's objectives, setting the stage for a day filled with insightful presentations and interactive sessions. 

Highlights of the first day included Dr. Michael Abundo’s engaging disuccsionon incubation and acceleration experiences, and Dr. Franch Maverick Lorilla’s presentation on the growth journey of Wela School Systems.  

Ms. Shor Macalbe from QBO Innovation Hub, meanwhile, discussed strategies for expanding market reach. A lively Q&A session allowed attendees to delve deeper into the topics presented. Afternoon activities featured a panel discussion moderated by Engr. Edward Paul Apigo, and Ms. Cristina Ibañez facilitated a TP-TBI mixer event, encouraging networking and collaboration. 

Day two of the Stakeholder’s Forum began with a recap by Engr. EPHA, followed by Mr. Cris Delgado from the Wadhwani Foundation discussing methods for tracking incubatees. The forum's primary focus was on TBI Guidelines, ReSEED Guidelines, and SPRINT-FASTRAC Guidelines, essential frameworks for supporting and developing TBIs. The day concluded with closing remarks from Ms. Russell M. Pili and a fellowship night, fostering a sense of community among the participants. 

The TBI Workshop, spanning the final three days of the conference, was a cornerstone of the event. Spearheaded by Ms. Russell M. Pili and Engr. Edward Paul Apigo, the workshop provided hands-on experience in various aspects of technopreneurship.  

The first day focused on Value Chain Analysis and Ecosystem Mapping, where participants engaged in workshops and presentations to develop efficient and sustainable business models, while the second day centered on crafting a Business Model Canvas and developing a TBI’s value proposition, equipping participants with essential tools for refining their incubation programs.  

The workshop culminated on the third day with a team-building session for HEIs, fostering unity and collaboration among the institutions.