CDO b.i.t.e.s is DOST-PCIEERD Kabalikat University TBI Awardee

Local business technology incubator CDO b.i.t.e.s. (Business Incubation Technology Entrepreneurship and Startups) of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) gains recognition for advancing science and technology in the Philippines and its accomplishments in enabling the innovations in their sector.


The PCIEERD Kabalikat University TBI Award is an award given to a university based Technology Based Incubator (TBI) that has contributed to their community and their region by becoming the center of innovation.

USTP System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II with Ms. Rhea Suzette Haguisan (right), CDO b.i.t.e.s. Project Leader, and Ms. Geisha Getuaban (left), CDO b.i.t.e.s. IT Technical Assistant

CDO b.i.t.e.s. was established in 2016 and has supported 33 startups, raised 3.7 million in investment in various startups and firestarter programs,.and has an accumulated revenue of 37.7 million pesos.


It has established partnerships and collaborations with 17 local and  4 international organizations including Microsoft.


It also received the highest satisfaction rating among the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) TBI Network.


CDO b.i.t.e.s. being a university based TBI have contributed to the community in the region by becoming the center of innovation, building a network of key innovation partners, generating jobs and attracting investments.


USTP System President Dr Ambrosio B. Cultura II thanked the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)  for the support and recognition.

The University President delivers his acceptance speech. Shown at the bottom frame are members of the CDO b.i.t.e.s. Team: Ms. Shor Macalbe,TBI Manager; Ms. Katheryn Suarez, Admin and Information Assistant; and Ms. Rutchiel Laureta, Research Officer.

“Indeed, our partnership and collaborative effort in supporting the establishment of Technology Business Incubation in the university is one of the effective programs engaged by DOST-PCIEERD to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country’s socio-economic development” Dr. Cultura said.

The awarding ceremony was conducted during the 4th Technology Business Incubators Virtual Summit by DOST.

Virtual group picture after the awarding ceremony

The QBO Innovation was also recognized as the PCIEERD Startup Ecosystem Builder Awardee.

DOST is halfway in achieving 1,000 startups by 2023.


PJ V. dela Peña, USTP System Strategic Communication Office