Meeting Christina Laskowski of STAC Silicon Valley

It was a lazy Wednesday afternoon. Yet, the atmosphere was good enough to meet awesome techies.

After the presscon at Ching Palace for Startup Weekend Cebu, I found myself in a soothing atmosphere at A Cafe in Crossroads Banilad.

I was there for the purpose of meeting Gwen Tan from SGEntrepreneurs.com. She and Terrence just came in from Singapore to interview the startups that joined ON3 Pitching Competition by STACS Silicon Valley.

Didn’t know that I would also be able to meet an awesome “Woman in Tech”. I met Ms. Christina Laskowski, the president of STAC Silicon Valley. She flew in with Denny and Jojo Flores of Plug and Play.

She travelled with her two sons who both sounded like very smart kiddos! We got to chat about work and what they do at STAC. I also got to ask her about mommy stuff like homeschooling and Montessori school, which sounds like a very good alternative for regular school.

But the main reason that she visited Cebu is for their initiative which is the ON3 Pitching Competition. She and the team are there to explore the startups in the country and maybe meet the next big names in tech.

Last year’s 2011 ON3 winner was Piclyf.com and they are very much blessed to be picked for an immersion program in Silicon Valley. This is what the other startups aim for as they pitch their businesses.

Hope I can meet more women who are into tech and who are supporting the local startups and people who are brave enough to venture into entrepreneurship.

Below are some details about ON3 —

ON3 2012 | Making it Happen

April 10-12:
Visayas Regional: UP Cebu AVR, Main Admin Bldg, UP Cebu, Gorordo, Ave., Lahug, Cebu City
April 13-15:
Mindanao Regional: Martha’s Place, Brokenshire College, Madapo, Davao City
April 16-18:
Northern Luzon Regional: Philippine College of Science &Technology, Nalsian, Calasiao, Pangasinan
April 19-21:
Southern Luzon & NCR: Meridian International College (MINT College) Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

The ON3 National event to be held in conjunction with the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) in July

Grand Prize

3 Month Immersion in Silicon Valley

  • A three (3) month Silicon Valley immersion and funding mission at Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley.
  • Introduction to at least 5 top-tier VCs and angel investors in Silicon Valley. The winners will participate at one of Plug and Play’s EXPO series.
  • Participation at Plug and Play’s 3-day Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship  Academy.

Next Steps and Other Activities

  • Winners will arrive in 2012
  • Coaching and mentoring in Silicon Valley
  • Creative Workshop in July 2012
  • Founder of Pixar Animation Studios and Producer of  Nickelodean shows will lead the Discussions
  • Silicon Valley VCs to the Philippines

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