Scholar’s Field, a newly-drafted portal for scholarship grants, bested 14 groups to win the recent Startup Weekend Cebu 5, in the Philippines.
A total of 127 developers, designers, marketers, and technopreneurs joined in the 54-hour event, focused on building web or mobile applications over the course of a weekend, which could later form the basis of a credible business.
Second and third place winners went to SpendCheck and TeeVee. The former is a mobile app that aims to help micro-business owners spend wisely, while the latter is a t-shirt vending machine for special events.
Scholar’s Field’s Kerwin Jorbin — a magna cum laude computer engineer graduate — said his inspiration in creating Scholar’s Field is to make it easier for underprivileged but deserving young Filipinos to get an education.
Jorbina has been a recipient of several scholarship grants from grade school to post-graduate degree. His team members are Geraldine Granada, Arnel Saquilabon, Inaki Paday, Garik Tate, Le-an Lacaba, John Bhattrai, and Jan Gazo.
Scholar’s Field portal provide students with the necessary information on scholarship grants from schools and different private and government organizations, and allow them to submit multiple applications minus the tedious task of going through various websites to do so.
Interested students need only to sign up to Scholar’s Field and enter personal details such as grades and family income, among other pertinent data, and through an algorithm, students can be matched to available scholarships which they can immediately apply for without leaving the portal.
In looking and applying for a post-graduate scholarship, Jorbina said he had to input the same information again and again in form documents and its was consuming precious time. He also had to go to several websites to find the scholarships he was qualified for.
“There’s no one portal for all of that. There would be some that provide links but then, no application processes can be done immediately. So I thought, why not give students more options but in a one-stop shop portal,” Jorbina said.
Pia Angeli Bernal, social impact investments manager of local venture capital firm Kickstart Ventures Inc, said they’ve been supporting Startup Weekend Cebu since its first run in May 2012, treating it as a “great starter” for people who want to build and test their ideas in just 54 hours.
Kickstart is a wholly-owned venture capital firm of Philippine mobile brand Globe Telecom. The latter’s developer community arm, Globe Labs is another supporter of SWE Cebu. It provides Application Programming Interface (API) credits to the winners to help them further develop their ideas, with Scholar’s Field receiving 15,000; SpendCheck, 10,000, and TeeVee, 5,000. The API credits are valid for use until December 31, 2015.
Startup Weekend is a Seattle-based global grassroots movement where people come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.