DOST gives P3-M grant to Cerebro

Supporting its goal of reducing teachers’ workload through EdTech, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), has granted Php 3 million in funding to Cerebro for product research and development.

Through this grant, Cerebro aims to further enhance its platform and become an integrated school management and content library system which can co-exist with schools’ current systems.

“This project will be of service to teachers who may utilize the ready-made teaching materials in Cerebro’s content library to support both hybrid and distance learning modalities, allowing them to save up to 400 hours per year in preparing curriculum-based class materials,” Cerebro’s CEO Justine Itugot said.

At present, Cerebro’s content library has already covered 94-percent of the entire Philippine K-12 curriculum with nearly 3,000 educational materials. With this funding, Cerebro will be able to conduct continuous product enhancements for the next 12 months.

“Since it is understood that certain schools may already have an existing platform in place, Cerebro will allow schools to easily integrate their existing systems with Cerebro so users will no longer need to maintain separate login credentials for different platforms,” Itugot added.

Cerebro is a graduate of the ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program (2022) and the Ideaspace Acceleration Program (2020). It was also was incubated at the DOST TOMASInno Center, the technology business incubator of the University of Santo Tomas.

Since 2020, the DOST-PCIEERD has already launched three cycles for the Startup Grant Fund to support emerging Filipino businesses in their research and development activities, giving each company up to Php 5 million in funding.

Among the other startups who made it in the current batch are Twala, Olivia, Brooky, Hubware, and CreatorBox.