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Davao Startup Week: Davao-Israel Night

Written by Rene Estremera on . Posted in Madayaw News

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Mr. Balzam, Israel Embassy's deputy chief of mission, speaks at the Davao Israel Night 

IDEAS Davao’s Davao Startup Week was celebrated in August, with the Davao-Israel Innovation Night held on August 12, 2022, as the highlight event. IDEAS Davao lead and UP Mindanao assistant professor Miguel Carlo Guillermo welcomed the participants and guests. 

That evening, a number of entrepreneurs pitched their startup ideas for agriculture and construction efficiency, coffee and food for social benefit, education in rural areas, and employment for disabled persons.  UP Mindanao alumnus Adrian Bernardino pitched “Hayahay,” an app for unifying business needs and processes into “one screen, one platform, one tool.”

Mr. Nir Balzam, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Israel in Manila, Mr. Itamar Gero of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, and Dr. Enrico  Paringit, executive director of DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) listened to the pitches. 

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Participants, guests, and organizers of Davao-Israel Night  

“Israel and the Philippines share common issues," said Mr. Gero in his keynote talk. "A pressing problem and chutzpa or courage to overcome the fear of failure are what startups need to make things happen.” 

“We want to share Israel’s experience as a startup nation," said Mr. Balzam. "We look forward to those joint proposals that will build bridges of innovation between our two countries.”  

Dir. Paringit, in his closing remarks, said, "We really need an ecosystem to support our startups delivering support, encouragement,  guidance, direction, inspiration, motivation, to make this all possible." 

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