/ 5 July 2021

WOMEN “TECHNOPRENEURS” can now easily develop their start-up ideas and convert them into viable products or services through the Partners in Innovating Resilient Start-ups or PaIRS program initiated by Miriam College and the Department of Science and Technology.

The PaIRS program was launched in support of the 2019 Innovative Startup Act that aims to strengthen, promote and develop an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture in the Philippines.

The program was launched on June 28, 2021. DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose Patalinjug III and Miriam College President Amb. Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario signed a memorandum of agreement to kick off the program.

In September 2019, Miriam College established the MC-Technology Business Incubator with the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology, Research and Development to provide technology and innovation management support, especially to women entrepreneurs and women-led startups in the areas of education, job search, food, and well-being technology.

One of PaIRS sub-programs “The Nursery” helps facilitate the development of startup ventures in their early-stages by providing full support for six months through capacity-building activities, mentoring, networking events and legalization and funding as they transition their business ideas into a minimum viable product.

“More than commending (technopreneurs’) courage, vision, and hope to help the country, we need to address the risks and uncertainties that come with starting a business. Thus, we recognize the ingenuity of Miriam College as it established a technology business incubator in Metro Manila to host and support our tech start-ups, and serve as springboard to jumpstart their businesses,” Patalinjug III said during the virtual signing ceremony.

“We are happy to be working with DOST on this program and we are ready to provide other resources, if needed, because we know that innovation and entrepreneurship are the way to economic development,” Amb. Quiambao-Del Rosario said.