By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY –A workshop pushing for change in the community level will make a stopover in this city this month, with the Open Collaboration with East Asian Networks (Ocean) summit scheduled to be held next week at the Park Inn by Radisson.
The idea is to gather so-called “indiepreneurs” or ventures with ideas that could use some mentoring from experienced figures in various industries.
“We use the term ‘indiepreneurs’ to highlight that these entrepreneurs and enterprises are independent but have the potential to scale up tremendously and shake up their sectors,” said tech entrepreneur and Silicon Valley veteran Winston Damarillo.
He is also the founder of OCEAN and the CEO of Amihan Global Strategies, a technology and consulting firm that brings together globally-educated and homegrown professionals, leveraging expertise with local knowledge to transform how business is being done in the Philippines and ASEAN.
“We’re looking at economic growth more holistically–there are efforts to support innovation, but they are largely isolated to tech startups. OCEAN aims to ignite industry, policy, and government support for these leading innovators in non-tech related sectors,” he added.
The workshop, which was held in Cebu and will also be held in Iloilo and Manila, will feature talks that are intended to strengthen ventures, refine business fundamental knowledge, and create impact in six identified sectors: creative economy, education, food, global Filipino engagement, healthcare, and tourism.
This series is held in line with the upcoming OCEAN Summit in Cebu on November, which will serve as the “indiepreneurs” platform to connect with key stakeholders.
Damarillo will be one of the instructors in the workshop. He will talk about “Kickstarting Your Ventures” alongside Richard Dacalos who will discuss “Masterclass in Pitching.”
Global Shapers Davao Hub curator and social entrepreneur Mithi Miclat will also share best practices of homegrown businesses and how these thrive through various innovations.
“Ventures of Davao entrepreneurs show strong potentials but these are riddled with challenges. Through this event, we hope to come together to address these,” said Miclat.
A panel engagement that discusses the MSME ecosystem in Davao will also take place with industry leaders: social enterprise Happy Farmer founder Jun Ralota, DTI XI business development division chief Ivy Uy, Malagos Farmhouse founder and cheese maker Olive Puentespina, and social enterprise Olivia & Diego founder Yana Santiago.
Since 2014, OCEAN has been a platform for people from different industries to come together to discuss and create ways to strengthen the country’s innovation, technology, and creativity ecosystems. From the past two summits emerged initiatives such as the beginnings of the Start-Up Business Bill, proposed by Senator Bam Aquino, which would provide tax exemptions for early-stage ventures, as well as a series of white papers with Pampubliko, which discussed how the Philippines can harness new technologies to accelerate economic development and social progress.
OCEAN is a collaborative effort among the Philippine hubs of the Global Shapers (World Economic Forum-initated network of young people); IT nonprofit DevCon Philippines; and social nonprofit Kaya Collaborative. In Davao City, the workshop is organized in partnership with Swito Corporation and Global Shapers Davao Hub.