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  • Applications


  • Application Deadline – Philippines

    To be determined

  • Boot Camp – Philippines

    To be determined

  • National Finals

    June-August 2021


Our Team for Philippines

Meet Dickie & Tasfia

Federico C. Gonzalez (“Dickie”)

Federico C. Gonzalez (“Dickie’) was appointed in January 2017 as the first Executive Director of DLSU’s Animo Labs Technology Business Incubator for the incubation & commercialization of university research of faculty, students, alumni and others. It is now coaching over twenty (20) projects and is active in workshops, competitions, Techpre101 teacher-training and assisting other TBIs. Animo Labs is also the thought leader and advocate of technology and innovation-driven entrepreneurship at DLSU.

Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation are Dickie’s passion, which he has pursued for 15 years now. This passion took seed in his organizing in 2005 the PESO Challenge, the first technology business plan competition in the country. Since then, and having retired from corporate life, he has reinvented himself and served as a technical consultant for various stakeholders.

Dickie finished his BS-MechEng (Magna Cum Laude, 1964) at the De La Salle College (Philippines) and MS-Industrial-Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1966), Cambridge, Mass., USA.

His post-MS education includes:

  1. PhD in Industrial Engineering (DLSU), thesis-in-process;
  2. Intellectual Property Training by WIPO;
  3. Expert-level training in Blue Ocean Strategy (UCSI, 2012-13);
  4. Technology Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Product Development (Stanford-online, 2013);
  5. Sustainable Development (Columbia-online, 2014).


What is your background?

I am a graduate from Nanyang Technological University’s Earth Science programme, with extensive international training in field research, natural systems and environmental politics. As an Analyst at RENERGii, I help to conduct research and analysis to develop a circular vision for our cities. This is my second year helping to run ClimateLaunchpad in Singapore, with the 2019 edition giving me an opportunity to attend the bootcamp and learn the essentials of climate start-up businesses. I am also an internationally acclaimed spoken word poet.

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