Learn IT business from Technopreneurs - lucrative than selling foods, clothes and other goods PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

Today might be a turning point in your business life at Grand Astoria Hotel. Attend, listen, and be inspired from 4 successful technopreneurs (technology entrepreneurs) who will talk about making it big in the business world using Information Technology (IT). One speaker is from a small Tawi-Tawi island, Mapun, who after studying at ADZU, created an IT program that gave him and his family the comfort of life today.

The whole day IT event entitled, “Startup Workshop 2014 in the Next City Wave,” is organized by the Zamboanga Communication and Information Technology (ZICT) in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology - ICT Office. It is open to the general public as it aims to inspire, tap, and encourage people from all sectors to turn their business ideas or business problems into a viable product or service thru technology entrepreneurship.

IT is a very doable and lucrative business that gives income higher compare to traditional businesses like selling foods, clothes and other goods, one of the speakers said.  Add to these 4 guys, two management consultants (one from Canada) will also be around to explain how to make it in the business.

Meet the Technopreneurs speakers:

ADEMAR TUTOR. He co-founded Bootyard, a Ruby on Rails web development and design firm that focused in helping entrepreneurs build their business ideas. He also helps IT/CS students learn technologies that most companies require today.

“I enjoy working on ideas that has the potential to change the world. The tools I use to make these possible on the web are Ruby, Rails, Twitter Bootstrap, JQuery, Sass and EmberJS. When the idea needs to conquer mobile world, I love to develop mobile apps using PhonGap,” Tutor revealed.

JOEY GURANGO. He believes that the time is ripe for businessmen, even aspiring entrepreneurs (involved in art, business, social sciences, marketing, among others), young professionals and students in this country to tap into software development and other IT services.

Gurango, who sits as CEO and CTO of the local Human Capital Management solutions company Gurango Software, said the Philippine software industry has earned $1.16 billion in revenues and recorded 60,000 full-time employees since 2012. He revealed PSIA targets the local software industry to reach $5 billion by 2016.

"It doesn't cost much to start a software development business because the capital is cheap. You only need a computer and Internet connection," Gurango said, noting many Filipinos also have the skills and creative ideas to succeed in such venture. He said what Filipinos really need is expert mentorship to help them turn their technopreneurship ideas into a moneymaking scheme.

GIAN PAULO DE LA RAMA. “I believe in creating and growing the next great Filipino software engineering company. I believe in the talents and potential of our country's technical professionals and it is high time that we show the world that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with the giants of technology,” he said.

His company, InnoVantage, is a sales leader in charge of strategy and business development. It believes that technology should – EMPOWER (give the right people the right tools and services at the right price), ENABLE (give organizations the ability to successfully adapt to the ever-changing business landscape), and ENLIGTHEN (give decision makers actionable information and insight to be able to make the correct decisions).  These are the key ingredients that will allow companies to continuously INNOvate and gain a sustainable competitive adVANTAGE.

CHINO (PHILIP ADRIAN) ATILANO. Chino is a passionate technopreneur who left his corporate job as an engineer and co-founded TimeFree Innovations, a virtual queuing solutions company. As CEO of TimeFree Innovations, Chino was instrumental in raising the seed and Series A funding for the company. He played a key role in securing a multi-million peso contract with the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines to deploy the TimeFree virtual queuing solution in their retail stores. He also closed a deal to deploy their queuing solution in Hong Kong, Malaysia, & South Africa.

Chino actively engages with local and foreign investors and venture capitalists as well as with potential corporate clients on a regular basis. Furthermore, he constantly connects with like-minded technopreneurs believing that this is the key to developing strategic alliances.

Psalms 32:8 " I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."


By: Dante Corteza