Attendees during the Demo Day held last April 1, 2022

As a culmination of the technopreneurship training for the project “Transforming R&D Outputs into Innovations through Technopreneurship and Customer Validation (TransDI)”, DOST-MIMAROPA held its virtual Demo Day for three (3) days this April 2022.

The project TransDI aims to capacitate willing and interested winners of DOST’s Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) by providing them technopreneurship trainings to develop their technopreneurial capability; give assistance to patent searching and patent drafting for IP protection of technologies; and provide an avenue to link them with potential adoptor-investors, respective SUCs, and relevant/appropriate programs of DOST and their respective SUCs. A total of 62 RICE winning technologies from all over the country were endorsed to participate in the project. DOST-MIMAROPA serves as the lead organizer of the project.

A team of experts from UPSCALE Innovation Hub facilitated the technopreneurship training which formally started with the Kick-Off last December 2021. It was followed by a series of mentorship sessions on validating market opportunities, developing a value proposition canvas, and crafting pitching proposals for industry partners. The participants were also given recommendations throughout the training on potential improvements on their respective technologies to better fit the needs of the industry.

Participants with technologies that were deemed ready for adoption and commercialization by the panel were subjected into a practice pitch and eventually in the virtual demo day. The demo day, which was held last April 1, 6, and 20 showcased 10 technologies per batch, optimistic that they will attract possible investors and industry partners who will commercialize the technologies.

TransDI participant Ms. Renissa S. Quinones (left) addressed the questions raised by DOST IX Regional Director Martin Wee (bottom) during the Q&A portion moderated by Mr. Ryan Gonzaga (right) last April 6, 2022

The following were the technologies presented during the recent demo day activities:

Batch 1- April 1, 2022

  1. Mechanical Cacao Sheller/Huller by Dr. Jeffrey A. Lavarias of Central Luzon State University
  2. Modified Smoke House by Prof. Zaldy A. Fernandez of Pangasinan State University
  3. Serigraphic Printing Machine by Mr. Armando R. Reosura of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
  4. Chicken Taro Balls by Ms. Vee Larise Bali and Ms. Irene Calsiyao of Kalinga State University
  5. Chevon Dishes in Retort Pouch by Anabella G. Valdez of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
  6. A Process of Making Wine from Medinilla Magnifica Leaves by Dr. Moses B. Appoy of Ifugao State University
  7. Synthesis and Characterization of Flake-like Fluorapatite Powder from Golden Apple Snail (Pormacea Canaliculata) Shells as Potential Dental Material by Mr. Roy B. Piloton
  8. Decorative Board by Mr. Marvin Margarito of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
  9. Modular Magnetic Wall Panel System by Ar. Maria Rallah E. Villaseca of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines
  10. Instructional Automotive Charging System with Automatic Voltage Regulator and Integrated Circuit” by Mr. Rene Chavez of Bukidnon State University

Batch 2 – April 6, 2022

  1. Tomato Salsa by Ms. Meryl A. Bernardino of Pangasinan State University
  2. Process of Producing Sweet Pigeon Pea (Cajanus Cajan) Paste by Ms. Kristine Mae Ipan and Ms. Mary Katherine Apolonio of Tarlac State University
  3. GL-AA Antibac Solution by Mr. Romnick M. Ureta of Bansud National High School
  4. Gas Safety Regulator with Adjustable Flow Control by Mr. Arquillo Y. Melano
  5. Process of Producing Guyabano (Anonamuricana Linn) Flour by Ms. Henrisa Aparis and Ms. Florence Mae V. Valerio of Sultan Kudarat State University
  6. Hydraulic Leaf Spring Suspension and Installer by Mr. Jose C. Tunay Jr. II and Mr. Michael C. Barbecho of Partido State University
  7. Pre-Fabricated Eco-Couture Panel System Building Materials and Methods of Manufacture by Ms. Ria Liza C. Canlas of Po-lite Technology Inc.
  8. Process of Producing Nutrient Infused Food by Renissa S. Quinones of Cebu Technological University
  9. Calamansi Peeling Cookies by Ms. Leah D. Bartolome of Kalinga State University
  10. Use of Sodium Bicarbonate as Inexpensive General Aesthetic for Juvenille Red Tilapia Hybrids by Ms. Arlene Avillanosa of Occidental Mindoro State College

Batch 3 – April 20, 2022

  1. PHax Track: An Android-based Immunization Tracker Mobile Application by Ms. Noreen Jemima D. Gonda, Ms. Darlene Fed C. Libatique, Ms. Shekaniah V. Solapco, and Mr. Moses R. Ching of University of Makati
  2. Electronic Vein Mapping Device Using Near Infrared Light for Bio-Medical Use by Engr. Anthony S. Tolentino of Don Honorio Ventura State University
  3. Electronic Motor-Driven Coconut Dehusker by Mr. Yhebron Lagud of Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  4. Computerized Scoring a Paper-Based Multiple-Choice Exam (PBMCE) having Two Sets of Questionnaire Through Image Processing by Ms. Roxcella Reas of Eastern Visayas State University
  5. A Process of Producing Dagway (Saurauia subglabra) Jelly and the Product Produced Thereof by Mr. Emmanuel S. Pimentel of Ifugao State University
  6. QR Health: A Method for Transferring Medical Records Using 2D Image Codes by Mr. Jason T. Occidental of Ateneo de Davao University
  7. Ready to Eat Chevon Curry by Ms. Fredisminda M. Dolojan and Ms. Isabel F. Salvador of Quirino State University
  8. A Process of Producing Vacuum Fried Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) by Ms. Meryl A. Bernardino, Ms. Roseanne Jane C. Agustin, and Mr. Timothy Joshua Ventayen of Pangasinan State University
  9. Geo-Map Samar: Web-based GIS Geo-Referenced Agricultural Mapping and Management System by Mr. Raven C. Tabiongan of Samar State University
  10. A Pre-Wired Electrical Junction Box by Mr. Armando R. Reosura of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College

Ms. Noreen Jemima Gonda from the University of Makati presented her team’s technology during the 3rd Demo Day last April 20, 2022.

During the demo day, the cost of investment required for the licensing and manufacturing of the technologies was highlighted. In addition, members of the panel inquired participants on the status and the technology generators’ future plans for the technology.

For instance, representatives from the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (ORO CHAMBER), participated in the 1st demo day and expressed interest in holding possible exploratory meetings with the participants. ORO CHAMBER is an industry partner of DOST in a program called OROBEST or the “Optimizing Regional Opportunities for Business Excellence through Science, Technology, and Innovation” Program that aims to enhance industry productivity and competitiveness through the adoption of scientifically developed technologies.

Henrisa Aparis, a participant from Sultan Kudarat shared how TRANSDI was able to help her as a researcher. “TransDI is a blessing to me because it widens my horizons on product development and product commercialization. Demo Day is an unforgettable experience for me because it is my first time to present a pitch for my technology. It is inspiring because I’ve seen that the simple product we developed have a bright future in the entrepreneurial world if we only have that strong collaboration with funding agency and industry partner”, she said.

Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, Regional Director of DOST-MIMAROPA and Project Leader of TransDI, mentioned in her welcoming remarks on the 1st Demo Day that she is confident that the project will yield positive results with the guidance of the UP training team combined with the efforts of the participants.

Dr. Ma Josefina P. Abilay, Regional Director of DOST-MIMAROPA, gives her welcoming remarks

The fourth virtual demo day is also set on May 2022 to showcase another batch of technologies for possible adoption and commercialization of interested parties. The Demo Days were also attended by DOST Regional Directors, heads and/or officials of the State Universities and Colleges, and Industry Mentors of the presenters.