By Wilson Chua
Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC) is the largest startup-competition for college students. It is where participants develop ideas for a technology-based product or service. The PSC exposes college students to real-world scenarios. Here, students learn how to validate their ideas outside the confines of academe. Students get invaluable advice from seasoned entrepreneurs and founders of successful startups.
Joey Gurango adds: “These are learning opportunities that they will never experience in their schools. I wish there was a PSC when I was in college.”
According to Jackielyn Isip Project Lead, Philippine Startup Challenge Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) “At least three winners of this year’s 4th Philippine Startup Challenge will go on to join Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program”.
This year the PSC attracted 202 entries from over 100 schools in the country. This represents an almost 25% increase over last year. The increasing participation reflect the importance of digital entrepreneurship for fueling future job growth.
This increase in participation can be seen from the table below:
The current top three universities with the MOST number of entries who advanced to the semi final round this year are as follows:
- Bulacan State University (4 entries)
- University of Southeastern Philippines (3 entries)
- MSU-IIT (3 entries)
Other new schools in the semifinalists teams include teams from :
- Colegio De La Purisima Concepcion
- Lorma Colleges
- Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- University of the Cordilleras