Technopreneurship: The Missing Dimension in IT Education

The increasing demand of web and database applications nowadays has prompted Ms. Jocel Garrido, co-founder of i-Link Business Solutions, to draw together all IT professionals in Northern Mindanao who must have been missing the opportunity to venture more on technopreneurship.

Ma’am Jocel Garrido, a certified Cisco instructor who used to be an instructor in major colleges and universities in Northern Mindanao, has recognized the de facto that ”being a programmer or a web developer alone nowadays will not anymore give every IT professional the financial rewards they’ve been looking for”. The newly-built i-Link Business Solutions in Cagayan de Oro City, Northern Mindanao is inspired to deliver cutting-edge business solutions at minimal cost with education sect as their focal point.

Ma’am Jocelyn L. Garrido, along with the co-founders of i-Link Business Solutions, has felt the obligation to endorse the importance of technopreneurship – a subject that is missing in almost all IT curriculum in key universities in Cagayan de Oro City namely: Mindanao University of Science and Technology, Xavier University, Liceo de Cagayan University, and Capitol University.

During our over an hour conversation with this incredible woman at her 30s, I was like reading the whole chapters of book about how to make the best use about your programming skills. Computer savvy professionals or people who’re in the field of Information Technology have to admit that “selling your programs” is a whole lot a headache especially if you don’t have the marketing prowess. No matter how good are you when it comes to programming, you’ll never get the most out of it if you do not know how to sell yourself!

Of course, technopreneurship does not end all there. Technopreneurship is not all about how to make a program and sell it then to your prospect clients. Technopreneurship basically takes every IT professional in the starting point of maze way to a point where you as a developer will enjoy the rewards you deserve being in the IT field!

Incorporating technopreneurship with the current IT offerings will do a lot of wonders, and I hope colleges and universities in Northern Mindanao will be able to see it. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) either has to encourage higher education institutions (HEIs) to integrate this most important subject – technopreneurship – with the current IT curricular offerings in Northern Mindanao, if not with the entire Philippines.