Boot Up: A Look at B.S. I.T.E. Junior Year

March 02, 2019

Boot Up: A Look at B.S. I.T.E. Junior Year
By: Apa D. Aquino

With the Philippine technological ecosystem experiencing a rapid growth, more and more tech startups are slowly rising in the entrepreneurial scene, reshaping traditional methods of doing business in the country. Combing enough research, application, and technology, what started as a simple idea could potentially transform into a million-dollar digital enterprise.
For a B.S. in Information Technology Entrepreneurship (BS ITE.) major, the journey of a successful startup story officially begins in his or her junior year as he or she partakes in Technology Venture Planning and Laboratory under Ms. Claire Ongcangco or Ma’am Claire as the ITE juniors call her. A lawyer who graduated from the Ateneo Law School, Ma'am Claire is the CEO of her own successful technology development firm, Concept Machine, which has created websites and systems for the biggest companies in the country.
In Technology Venture Planning, the ideation phase, students generate ideas and explore solutions for certain needs by innovating and bringing out their creativity. Aside from the different sessions of workshop, wireframing, and brainstorming, students also do comparative analysis on competing startups or at least startups within the same industry or market and present this to class.

ITE Students presenting a comparative analysis

In Technology Venture Laboratory, the final output is a proof of concept. “This is the time when they [ students] also approach potential partners or customers, either to get insights or invite them to collaborate,” mentioned Ma'am Claire. “Ideally, the students will develop a Proof of Concept for the idea that they presented in the first semester. However, just like in the real world, groups in the class setting may disband or maintain the group but forget the idea and jump to another one.”

After both courses, students will not only have developed their tech ideas but will also have grasped the tech startup world and the digital economy. Aside from the “Tech of the day”, the opener to each session wherein a student shares a tech update, students would also get to interview the founders of Eatigo, Kalibrr, Acceler8, and other startups in order to hear their startup stories firsthand.


ITE Students visit Acceler8

With this, Ma'am Claire emphasizes a collaborative learning environment in the two courses. “It is important for us that we learn from each other and naturally be exposed to new things about technology,” she said.