THE Department of Trade and Industry has established four new innovation centers in Mindanao to support the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
These centers— FabLab Mindanao, Negosyo Center, Ideya – Technology Business Incubation and the InnoHive—will promote sustainable innovation and technology entrepreneurship.
Fab Lab Mindanao, a shared service facility, with P4.96-million worth of newly equipment, is collaborative venture of DTI Region 10 and at the Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).
Dubbed as a laboratory that can “make almost anything,” Fab Lab Mindanao, helps MSU engineering students to create at minimal cost a robotic arm in two days which usually took an entire semester make Such prototypes, for example, may be developed to have applications in manufacturing. Other facilities of the Fab Lab Mindanao include precision cutouts, digital embroidery, and wood and acrylic engraving, among others.
The chancellor of MSU-IIT, Sukarno Tanggol, invited entrepreneurs, students and researchers from Mindanao to make use of the facilities.
“It’s about time our research focus on innovative ideas so that what presently exists would become better. This is an opportunity to engage private sector to converge to allow that idea bloom,” he said.
The undersecretary for trade, Zenaida Maglaya, lauded Northern Mindanao’s initiatives to support MSMEs development with the launching of Mindanao’s first innovation ecosystem.
“Northern Mindanao leads the way in developing support needed for innovation in entrepreneurship by engaging government, academe, and industries,” Maglaya said of an “Innovation Convergence” program that MSU-IIT organized.
DTI has established also a Negosyo Center inside the campus to support innovation in entrepreneurship.
“To encourage entrepreneurs, we will make it easy for them to start their business and later on, to facilitate access to services for these budding MSMEs,” said Linda Boniao, the director of DTI’s Region 10.
MSU-IIT collaborated with government agencies and industry partners (the Intellectual Property Unit-Innovation and Technology Support Office, in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, to manage and safeguard the intellectual property of the institution; “InnoHive,” a learning hub where peers, faculty mentors, and industry partners can discuss innovative and collaborative research projects; and “iDEYA:CIT@MSUIIT,” a business incubation center co-funded by the Department of Science and Technology).