There is good news for the Philippine educational system — and the teachers that help keep it running.
This month, Wela School Systems, a Manila EdTech startup based in Cagayan de Oro, won the Pitch Jerusalem competition. Wela School Systems is a teacher-friendly web application developed to improve the efficiency in which a teacher carries out administrative tasks. Its ultimate goal is to increase teacher productivity by allowing them use their time in school more effectively, specifically by automating academic reports and improving parent-teacher communication through technologically advanced methods.
VP for External Relations ICCP David Elefant, ICCP Director Sagiv Massad, ICCP President Itamar Gero, Wela School Systems Co-founder John Vincent Fiel, Cherry Murillon of Wela School Systems and Dr. Leah Buendia, Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology
Wela School Systems Co-founder John Vincent Fiel
A total of 30 startups submitted their applications in the competition. In the final round, the list was narrowed down to five participants who were invited to present to a panel of judges composed of Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP) President Itamar Gero, ICCP VP for External AffairsDavid Elefant, ICCP Director Sagiv Massad, and Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology, Dr. Leah Buendia. Embassy of Israel’s Deputy Consul General, Yulia Rachinsky-Spivakov, also graced the event.
Wela School Systems emerged as the overall victor.
In return for their hard work, Wela School Systems representatives will be flown to Israel to join other startup founders from around the globe for Start Jerusalem, an immersive five-day event whose series of workshops and sessions are designed to help take their projects to the next level. A full travel package including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodation and access to the Start Jerusalem event will be provided.
With pride in the successful staging of this event, Itamar Gero, President of Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, says, “Israel has innovation and creativity in its DNA and it is our mission to share this here and help to cultivate the startup environment.”
Wela School Systems has been in operations more for than two years, and is currently serving eight private schools in Cagayan de Oro. The school system is being introduced to Luzon, and it will hopefully soon be of help to more teachers in other parts of the Philippines.
This event was made possible thanks to the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry Export Marketing Bureau, Department of Science and Technology and Qbo Innovation Hub and ICCP Platinum Sponsor, Dayanan Business Consultancy and Event Sponsors TrueLogic Online Solutions and Payoneer.