PSIA launched its own Product Development Special Interest Group (PD/SIG) in August 2011 to help the local software development industry create and commercialize at least 10 globally-recognized software products in various categories. The group has a goal of making the Philippines a center for software product creation, innovation, and commercialization.
In January 2013, the PD/SIG changed its name to Software Products Incubation Group or more commonly known as SPRING.ph. SPRING.ph also aims to be the industry platform to nurture, encourage, educate, and support the needs of Filipino software startups. To date, close to 50 companies (representing PSIA member and non-member companies) and 24 product teams have joined SPRING.ph.
The SPRING.ph 2014 program includes monthly meet-ups dubbed as “TechTalks” for startups, quarterly LaunchPad events, monthly coaching sessions, and a startup competition for schools.
LaunchPad is an exciting whole-day activity that helps the participating teams cross the threshold between their software product idea and starting a software product business, by integrating lessons from the Business Model Canvas and the Lean Startup into a single practical event that can turn an idea into reality. The teams that are successful during LaunchPad events will get business development assistance from the PSIA-SPRING.ph and a chance to be a part of the group of Globally Recognized Software Products that generate at least US$1M in annual revenues from customers outside the Philippines by 2016. To date, SPRING.ph already has 24 teams under its wings.
SPRING.ph had seven (7) face-to-face monthly coaching sessions (January-July) and four (4) one-on-one online coaching session (September-December). For the first seven months, LaunchPad teams were gathered in one place to report about their status/progress to the coaches. As the number of teams grew, an online session was more doable for both the teams and the coaches. During coaching session, each team were given the opportunity to consult and seek the coach’s advice about the challenges they are currently facing. Challenges may vary from product development, marketing strategies, seeking investors and everything related to product development. To date, the SPRING.ph committee added three (3) more coaches to its roster to assist the LaunchPad
Techtalks is created for everyone interested in technology and promoting the high-tech industry in the Philippines. It allows people to network with tech enthusiasts, colleagues and with their friends, learn new things and share ideas, make social and business connections, and share talents and ideas to support the tech/software community. Techtalks will be held every 2nd Thursday of the month starting on February 13, 2014.
The 1st quarter SPRING.ph workshop entitled “Getting a Start-up Started: Organizational Challenges for Start-ups” focused on the different organizational challenges faced by startup companies involved in software products. The workshop was held last February 28, 2013 at the Asian Institute of Management with 36 participants coming from both PSIA member and non-member companies. SPRING.ph coaches and selected LaunchPad teams facilitated the workshop discussing Business Model Canvas, Lean Startup and Organizational Challenges.
The 2nd quarter workshop entitled “Corporate Storytelling” was held last May 23, 2013 at AIM. The workshop was attended by 43 participants from both PSIA member and non-member companies, academe and partners from the government. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Raju Mandhyan; author, coach and a personal and organizational development speaker. The video “The Startup Kids” was also first introduced in this workshop which became the inspiration to PSIA’s own version of a video documentary featuring the Philippine software industry and startup scene.
The 3rd quarter workshop entitled “Starting and Growing a Software Business” was held last August 22, 2013 at the University of the Philippines Cebu in Lahug, Cebu City which was attended by 25 participants representing the local-based software companies, students and private organizations. SPRING.ph has invited Cebu-based software company representatives to be part of the panel: Dave Overton of Sym.ph, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo, Mark Buenconsejo of Caresharing, Anthony Noel of Lenddo and Honeylyn Balingcasag of Codetoki.
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Spring.ph is a community of software product startups in the Philippines, under the Philippine Software Industry Association.
Spring.ph aims to make the Philippines a hub of software product creation, innovation, and commercialization. More specifically, its goal is to help the local software development industry create and commercialize at least 10 globally-recognized software products in various categories.
Spring.ph has a panel of software industry leaders that provides free coaching services, as well as workshops to help startups grow. It also organizes talks covering various relevant topics and engages with young, aspiring entrepreneurs from universities.
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