Regional Forum on Strategies to Enhance Innovation and Management Capacities of Startups and SMEs

Co-organizer Description: 
Department of Science and Technology - Technology Application and Promotion Institute
Event Date: 
18 Jul 2018 to 19 Jul 2018
Event Location: 
Philippines
Events Description: 

At the Regional Forum on Strategies to Enhance Innovation and Management Capacities of Startups and SMEs” held in Manila, Philippines from 18 to 19 July 2018, experts from the region deliberated on critical challenges and suggested strategies to enhance management capacities of technology-based startups and SMEs. The Regional Forum was organized by APCTT in partnership with Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (TAPI-DOST), Republic of Philippines. The Secretary of DOST, Philippines, H.E. Prof. Fortunato T. De la Peña delivered keynote address at the Forum. Other key officials who addressed the Forum were Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Undersecretary, DOST, Philippines, Engr. Edgar Garcia, Director of TAPI-DOST, and Ms. Michiko Enomoto, Head of APCTT. The Forum was organized in conjunction with the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2018 of the Philippines.

The Regional Forum provided a platform for policy makers and senior representatives from key Government agencies, universities, R&D institutions, financial institutions and SMEs to deliberate on new and emerging policy frameworks and tools, institutional/infrastructural support systems, national/regional collaboration networks and platforms and innovative financing models. Case studies and best practices for the promotion of technology-based start-ups and SMEs were also shared. Experts from the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Republic of Korea and Asian Development Bank (ADB) shared international and national perspectives as well as experiences related to promoting innovation in SMEs and startups with the participants. APCTT shared its regional experience in fostering innovation ecosystem, regional cooperation as well as knowledge networks for promoting technology-based startups and SMEs. Over 80 participants attended the deliberations of the Regional Forum. Recommendations from the Forum will contribute towards supporting SDG 9 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Background Note and Agenda 

Presentations

Fostering a startup and innovation ecosystem to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Ms. Michiko Enomoto, APCTT-ESCAP

Enhancing the competitiveness of startups and SMEs through commercializing innovative technologies, Dr. Viraj Perera, PlaTCOM Ventures Malaysia 

Public innovation policies and tools for strengthening National Innovation Systems – Challenges and best practices, Prof. Sunil Mani, Centre for Development Studies, India

Supporting innovative entrepreneurs and startups – Policy interventions, support mechanisms and best practices, Prof. Sunil Mani, Centre for Development Studies, India 

Government policy and support, mechanisms for the growth of technology-based entrepreneurship, start-ups and SMEs in the Philippines, MA Corazon Halili Dichosa, Board of Investments Department of Trade and Industry Philippines

Knowledge networks for promoting technology-based startups and SMEs, Dr. Satyabrata Sahu, APCTT-ESCAP

Technology Business Incubators for nurturing innovation-based startups – Strategies and best practices, Dr. Viraj Perera, PlaTCOM Ventures Malaysia 

Fostering regional cooperation to promote technology startups in Asia and the Pacific, Dr. Krishnan Srinivasaraghavan, APCTT-ESCAP 

Managing Intellectual Property to promote startups’ competitiveness, Mr. K. J. Hyung, Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC), Republic of Korea

New and innovative mechanisms for financing tech-based entrepreneurship and innovative startups– International perspectives, Dr. Shigehiro Shinozaki, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Asian Development Bank, The Philippines

Financing support system for innovative startups and SMEs in the Philippines, Mr. Generoso S. David, Program Management Department II Landbank of the Philippines

New and emerging models for business angel/venture financing for start-up, Mr. K. J. Hyung, Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC), Republic of Korea