The recently inaugurated innovation hub (iHub) at Guimaras State University (GSU) Main Campus-Buenavista opens doors for budding entreprenuers, innovators, students, and stakeholders in pursuit of stimulating new ideas and encouraging collaborations and information sharing.
iHub is led by Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) through its consortium, Unified Movement in Western Visayas to Accelerate Startup and Spin-off Development (UMWAD) Western Visayas, and in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST) 6, (GSU), and the provincial government of Guimaras.
In her message, DOST-6 Asst. Regional Director Dr. Naomi Cossette Luis referred to iHub as a space that fuels innovative ideas where startups can be nurtured, and key players like enablers, investors, and accelerators can gather and collaborate.
“We will pursue innovation for the people and create value not only in monetary terms but for the people’s sense of well-being”, Dr. Luis conveyed during the launching event.
According to DOST-Guimaras Provincial Science and Technology Director Allen Daryl Asuelo, the science department provided funding support to establish one iHub for every province in Panay and Guimaras.
The funding supported the hiring of a Project Assistant responsible for setting up and maintaining the space. Additionally, funds were allocated for ICT equipment, furniture, as well as the necessary improvement of the area.
Asuelo further cited the importance of partnerships with state universities and colleges (SUCs) for the establishment of iHub.
“SUCs often possess extensive infrastructure and facilities, enabling them to offer an available building that was eventually utilized and repurposed into the iHub. This approach maximized existing resources, reduced costs, and promoted sustainable development,” Asuelo said in an interview with PIA.
Asuelo mentioned that SUCs have faculty members with diverse expertise, hence, the collaboration provides access to a pool of knowledgeable professionals who can be tapped and can contribute valuable insights and skills to the project.
To note, GSU provided the facility for ISLA Technology Business Incubator (TBI) which also houses the iHub.
DOST likewise vowed to continue the linkage with partner agencies and institutions throughout the project’s duration, providing necessary technical assistance through training, seminars, and workshops. (PIA)