Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forums Set in Cebu and Manila

on October 5 to 8, 2012

Four days of brainstorming, mentoring and networking will share how Filipinos can take their genius from the local scene to the global sphere

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) announces their 2012 PhilDev Economic Forum with the theme “Harnessing Filipino Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will be held on October 8th, 2012, Monday at the Manila Peninsula in Makati City. PhilDev’s US-based Filipino Board of Directors who are established entrepreneurs and changemakers will come home to host the event, merging local technopreneurs with investors and gamechangers from Silicon Valley.

“Based on the experience we gathered from the Entrepreneurship Camp we held in Cebu last May, the time has come for all to discover, highlight and harness the talent of the Filipino,” said PhilDev Chairman of the Board and Tallwood Managing Partner, Dado Banatao.

Aside from Banatao, PhilDev Trustees and Event Chairs, Winston Damarillo, Chairman and co-Founder of Exist Global Inc., and Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of will also be advising entrepreneurs at the forums and will help showcase the Philippines’ software industry as a burgeoning leader in the ASEAN and global markets.

Other speakers will include Toby Stuart, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Haas School of Business in Berkeley, CA, and former Harvard School of Business faculty, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, Arthur Tan, Chief Executive Officer and President of Integrated Microelectronics, Inc., a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, Eric Manlunas, Co-founder & Managing Partner of Siemer Ventures, and Secretary Greg Domingo of the Department of Trade and Industry. Executives from Facebook, Google, Oracle and Dell and have also been invited to become speakers and mentors.

This year’s Forum will be preceded by a three-day mentoring session on October 5 to 7 at the Radisson Blu in Cebu City. “Hack2Hatch: From Hacker to Founder” is a weekend entrepreneurship camp and guided pitching session and one-on-one mentorship where local start-up founders can harness their business and technical skills and pitch to actual investors and venture capitalists who have had success in Silicon Valley. This special 4-day mentorship and speaker series aims to take the Filipinos’ innovation and entrepreneurship towards collective empowerment and economic development.

Silicon Valley Comes to the Philippines is co-sponsored by The Manila Peninsula and Exist Global, Inc., and supported by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Tickets for Silicon Valley Comes to the Philippines are on sale now and are priced at P2,500/person or P1,000/student for the Manila Forum. A separate application form for startup groups who would like to participate in Hack2Hatch in Cebu are available on PhilDev’s website Space is limited. Net proceeds will benefit the programs of Philippine Development Foundation.

Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) focuses on building an ecosystem of science and technology-based entrepreneurship and innovation for social and economic development in the Philippines. It is a public charity registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.

For more information about SVC2PH or to be a sponsor, please call PhilDev at +632-9106010 loc. 5023,  0923-343-6183, US no. 1-310-728-2142, email Jo Anne Coruña at or visit, or follow @phildevfdtn, use #svc2ph, on Twitter.


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