Local entrepreneurs now have more channels to help them further reach potential clients. With the launch of the Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute’s two publications, entrepreneurs who availed of DOST support now have more market opportunities.
“I hope everyone here is as excited as I am to marvel at the collection of DOST-assisted innovations in ‘Kalipunan: Compendium of DOST Technologies’, to be inspired by stories of entrepreneurial success in the ‘Compendium of Successful TAPI-Assisted Projects Under Venture Financing Program,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña in a speech delivered by Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara.
According to TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia, “The launch of the publications and website will hopefully inspire our clients and encourage to forge new collaborations with our stakeholders.”
The Kalipunan: Compendium on DOST Technologies, according to Dir. Garcia, serves as reference material on DOST-assisted technologies and as well promotes said technologies to the public. The book contains technology descriptions, contact details of researchers, identified beneficiaries or adoptors, pictures, and other information from DOST research institutes and councils.
Meanwhile, the Compendium of Successful Venture-Assisted Projects gives brief stories on 37 DOST-TAPI-assisted entrepreneurs that hurdled their early challenges and struggles, particularly in securing critical working capital and equipment in running their businesses.
Currently, DOST-TAPI has seven priority areas of assistance, namely food processing; furniture; gifts, housewares and decors; marine and aquaculture; horticulture and aquaculture; metals and engineering; health products and pharmaceuticals; and ICT and electronics.