The iSTART program shall stimulate investment in technology-based enterprises through utilization of science-based planning tools and deployment of the returning researchers, scientists, and engineers.
The support mechanisms shall include the recommendation of science-based policies and appropriate incentive packages for the technology-based enterprises. Backed up by the strong network and linkages of regional offices, opportunities for gainful engagements will be identified from other government, private and the industry sectors.
The iSTART program will also synergize with other DOST Programs such as, but not limited to the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), Community thru Science and Technology (CEST), RDLEAD, Balik Scientist Program, Career Incentive Program (CIP) and iFWD PH to ensure sustainability.
Government Agency Partners
Presided by its Chairperson DOST8 Regional Director Ernesto M. Granada, the Regional Research Development and Innovation Committee held its 4th Quarter meeting on 5 November 2020 with the presentation of iSTART program by Dr. John Glenn Ocaña as one of its agenda. The Committee also approved for endorsement to SDC-RDC the Joint PEZA and BiPSU Special Economic Zone Institute presented by Dr. Victor Cañezo, Jr., President of BiPSU.