The 17th Business Idea and Development Award (BIDA) organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has announced the winners in four categories. The goal of the competition is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among students in the Philippines.
The winners were honored at a special ceremony on October 25th at the 49th Philippine Business Conference & Expo (PBC&E) at the Fiesta Pavilion in Manila Hotel. The winners in the food, non-food, service, and technology categories were recognized for their innovative business concepts.
The food category award went to “VitaStrip” by Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna, a dissolvable strip made from native ingredients for optimal nutrition in the elderly. The non-food category award went to University of Northern Mindanao’s “Lif’sh Cosmetics,” an organic lip product made from purified fish scales.
The service category award was given to “Furry Care Pet Aquamation” by Our Lady of Fatima University – Antipolo, a professional pet memorial service. Misamis University’s “Bamboost Essentials” was awarded in the technology category for their product that uses UV-C LED technology for water sterilization.
Additionally, Naga College Foundation Inc.’s “Bichanos Butong Isda” and the University of Mindanao’s “Ecossential” placed second in the food and non-food categories, respectively. Caraga State University’s entry “SnapScout” also received a special citation.
The awards were presented by PCCI President George T. Barcelon, 49th PBC&E Chairman Arch. Felino A. Palafox, Jr., PHILEXPORT President and PCCI Honorary Chair and Treasurer Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr., PCCI Education Committee Chairman Dr. Eduardo G. Ong, and 17th BIDA Chair Dr. Cindy F. Soliman. This event aims to promote innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit among Filipino youth.