More than half of the population of the country resides in the regions outside of the area of the National Capital Region (NCR). To ensure inclusive growth, equitable distribution of wealth and attain rural prosperity, there is a need to develop these areas in the country through increase investments that will support the growing populations including increased migrations to the regions. The Innovation, Science and Technology for Accelerating Regional Technology-Based Development (iSTART) Program aims to support balanced development geographically by accelerating growth through science, technology and innovation.