A passionate advocate for the tech sector as a transformative economic tool, Stephanie Caragos uses IT mentoring and business development to deliver a higher standard of living to college graduates from low income Mindanao families. Her efforts have helped make Mindanao a tech center, increased the pool of IT talent, and enhanced prosperity and quality of life. After founding her own tech outsourcing company, Syntactics, in 2005, Caragos launched LetIThelp.org, a social enterprise that pairs local tech college graduates with Syntactics career mentors. While on her fellowship Caragos will explore mentoring and business models that can inform her expansion of the LetITHelp program to other regional sites. Through her visits to innovation centers and IT training institutes in the U.S., Caragos researched how teaching IT skills increases economic opportunity, and studied software trends that could positively impact the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) culture in the Philippines.