This 2017, Miriam College Philippines, CBEA-Department of Entrepreneurship, a CHED designated Center of Excellence, and the Society of Junior Entrepreneurs (SJE) is hosting and co-organizing this event for its 2nd and final year as the GEW’s official school partner. This year, the GEW “Failing Forward” with subtheme “Responsible Entrepreneurial Leadership” aims to bring together young and transformative entrepreneurial leaders who are changing people’s mindsets through their experiences and expertise in their respective fields.
The highly interactive student activities, like venture pitching competitions in 2 categories, have been organized to prepare and hone students in design and creative thinking. These workshops help build and focus their ideas on acceptable and viable undertakings through coaching by panels judges composed of faculty members and entrepreneurs. This year, cash prizes await the winners from the MC UNESCO EE Net Sponsor, 3M.
Maria Luisa B. Gatchalian – MC GEW Moderator
Volunteer entrepreneurs, experts, and supportive institutions collaborated and joined forces as a benchmark initiative in helping establish a supportive ecosystem in building a vibrant “Entrepreneurial” Philippine society.
To sustain this prestigious global affair and advocacy, Miriam College will, at the end of the program, pass on the torch to the next university or college and its’ student organization to continue this yearly event and keep the flame burning.
Penbrothers Makati City – Bookie Philippines Co-Founder, Mr. Dijo Songco shared his knowledge on handling customer services, in front of our YES Members last October 25, 2017.
Dijo Songco is the Co-Founder of Bookie Philippines an online travel shop which focuses on customizing trips around the Philippines. Bookie PH was built to aid all types of travelers and make the booking process as seamless as possible. It’s a system created for travelers by travelers.
For this month’s forum, Dijo shared about how important customer relations to a brand. He emphasizes that as the owner, we need to discover and deviate the services that we want to offer to our target market for accurate details, and after that, you can now deliver it to them.
Dijo also shared core principles in customer services this are (1) Knowledge – about the brand (2) Patience and (3) Kindness – to your customers.
The forum ended with Dijo gave guidelines to them to give the best possible customer services for them to patronize their business and as a token, he gives the attendees free BookiePh stickers. Soon after, the participants gathered for a group photo.
YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our partners, Penbrothers and EntrepRadio – The Voice of Filipino Entrepreneurs, Catch the next YES forum on November 22, 2017! See you there!
“Navigating the Future: Striving Business Leadership in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Globalization”
Facing the challenges of modernization, innovation, and globalization, entrepreneurship is now changing its social position. The age of data with the emergence of artificial intelligence creates significant impact towards how modern-day entrepreneurs see business and society as a whole. “To innovate or to die” – an important question which startups are trying to answer nowadays.
Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) will have its first major entrepreneurship conference which will feature industry experts, successful business leaders and established entrepreneurs to talk about how entrepreneurs can have a mindset which will be able to cope up with very demanding markets and trends today. QAEC will tackle issues on entrepreneurial awareness, innovation, and globalization for aspiring young entrepreneurs of QCPU and of other universities.
- Luis Archangel
CEO – Montgomery Fitch + Associates
- Angelo R. Santiago
Assistant for Special Projects – Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines
- Mark Ablaza
Founder – Young Entrepreneurs Association of the Philippines
CEO – Great Alpha Group of Industries
- Angeli Recella
Head of People Operations – Storm Technologies
Pasig City – Author of “The 5 Step Guide to Empowering Consumers” and President / Resume Writer of GetYourJobFaster.com, Ray Chubb shared his knowledge on how to solve small problems and make this success builds one’s confidence, in front of our YES Members last October 13, 2017.
Ray talked about overcoming barriers and shared some guidelines that can help in starting a business. He also shared the best ways of managing self-awareness, awareness of others, and peace of mind.
The forum ended with Ray entertaining queries from the audience about their own entrepreneurial experiences which made the session more informative. Soon after, the participants gathered for a group photo.
YES Business Mentoring offers a combination of peer brainstorming, education, accountability, and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills.
YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible. Catch the next YES Monthly forum on October 25, 2017! See you there!
Makati City – Vitalstrats Creative Solutions (VCS) Founder and Host of EntrepRadio – The Voice of Filipino Entrepreneurs, Amrei Dizon shared her knowledge on how to past the survival stage and succeed in growing a business, in front of our YES Members last September 21, 2017.
Amrei is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vitalstrats Creative Solutions (VCS) – a 13-year-old Digital Content Production Company powering up a brand and corporate communications with strategic creativity.
For this month’s forum, Amrei shared about how lack of experience and resources shouldn’t stop a person from succeeding and growing his/her own enterprise. She also emphasized that an entrepreneur needs to keep on learning new things on the way, know all the aspect of a business, and must have a good vision to succeed.
At the middle of her talk, Amrei let the attendees participate by closing their eyes, and visualize their big dream as an entrepreneur.
The forum ended with attendees sharing their experiences in life as an entrepreneur to each other, and Amrei gave guidelines to them which made the session more interactive. Soon after, the participants gathered for a group photo.
YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our partners, Penbrother and EntrepRadio – The Voice of Filipino Entrepreneurs, Catch the next YES forum on October 26, 2017! See you there!
Penbrothers, Makati City – Young Entrepreneur Academy Founder and Chairman Pocholo “The Voice Master” de Leon Gonzales shared how his passion creates a great impact on his success today, in front of our YES Members last August 17, 2017.
Pocholo started his talk with an icebreaker, where he let the attendees hold each other’s hand and exchange some information about them.
As he introduces himself, the attendees were entertained on how he used his voice in different ways that he usually does in dubbing cartoons, movies, and etc.
As the forum goes on he asks the attendees to list down their talents and out of this, chose only three that they think they have a passion to follow. Pocholo stated that they need to learn first what their passion in life is, then ask their self who needs them and what their target market needs from them that can make a life changing experience.
“Every business is a service. Create a business that will live longer than you. Help make people better than you, rather than keeping them below you. Create a legacy.” – Pocholo
YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our venue partner, PenBrothers, and Media Partner EntrepRadio – the Voice of the Filipino Entrepreneurs. Catch the next YES forum on September 21! See you there!
The 3rd Startup Summit 2017 was successfully held last August 12, 2017, at Ortigas Foundation Library In Pasig City. The summit, considered as national competition for startups in the Philippines where the winners are awarded the right to represent the country in various global competitions, was organized by the Young Entrepreneur Society (YES) Philippines.
The summit was participated by over 50 applications where the top 20 startups were chosen to pitch at the final competitions. Among the finalists include Higi Energy, Skyeye, Bookie, JazzyPay, AutoConscience, Wela School System, Pushkart.Ph, Onewatt, Empleo, Zikaway, Still Fresh, StyleGenie, My.Divisoria, Exora Philippines, Leverage Ph, Einstar, and Hangtime.
The top 2 winners were awarded as national winners in their respective global competitions.
Higi Energy earned the right to represent the Philippines in the global Future Agro Challenge next year in Turkey. Higi Energy aims to solve the water hyacinth disasters by turning them into solid Eco-fuels for the domestic usages to help customers save on their monthly utility bills.
SkyeEye, on the other hand, won the Philippine Startup Cup from the USA and will be representing the country in the World Startup Cup next year. Sky Eye offers database analytics by using drones to acquire land information quickly, cheaply and intensely. The information that SkyEye will provide will be used to help users correct long-standing mathematical with land titles and government to collect right taxes.
All the top 20 finalists of the Startup Summit automatically earned slots to the annual Startup Open competition organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network. The final 10 most innovative startups in the world will be selected this November where the grand champion will be invited to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Turkey next year.
Startup Summit 2017 was made possible through Global Entrepreneurship Week Philippines host, Young Entrepreneur Society Philippines, Startup Nation Philippines and its sponsors Scan- Shipping, Money Match, Penbrothers, Light Network TV Channel 33, WheninManila.com and EntrepRadio.
Another month of learning and interaction as this month YES Forum tackles about the vital stages of a startup journey as Ezra Ferraz and Jason Domantay shared stories of entrepreneurs who successfully scaled and excited a startup, to our YES members last July 19.
Ezra Ferraz is the author of the book “The Finishers “which documents stories of Filipino entrepreneurs who have been able to make start-ups successful. While Jason Domantay is the head of Video of Voyagers Innovation that focused on delivering disruptive innovations for the rapidly changing world, and he is also the CEO of Aboo one of the Top 20 finalist in Startup Summit 2016.
Ezra started his talk by sharing true to life stories of Philippine-based entrepreneurs’ success.
As Jayson took up the stage he grouped the participants into four to work on a business plan to pitch for a certain audience to test their knowledge in pitching a startup.
The forum ended with Ezra and Jason entertaining queries from the audience about their own startup experience, and guidelines which made the session more interactive. Soon after, the participants gathered for a group photo.
YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our venue partner, PenBrothers and Media Partner EntrepRadio – the Voice of the Filipino Entrepreneurs. Catch the next YES forum on August 17! See you there!
I prayed for it, but I did not expect winning YES Philippines’ Startup Summit 2016 pitch competition. It is the first time I competed for our startup ResortsGuide, and with this win, we just got our first international recognition.
Fast-forward to our prize, together with Acudeen CEO & Co-Founder Magellan Fetalino, I joined the YE! Entrepreneurship and Leadership Workshops in Stockholm, Sweden last November 28 and 29 and was also invited to the 2016 Global Inclusion Awards by The Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI).
It was an honor to be joining other young entrepreneurs from India, Kenya, Kosovo, Jordan, Uganda, Ukraine, and other countries. It was like a physical welcome to the global initiative of CYFI – the YE! Community, which aims to “connect young entrepreneurs around the world and link them to various tools, resources and opportunities to support the growth of their startups.”
Growth and Leadership
Indeed, our trip to Stockholm was full of fun experiences and life-long learning. The two-day workshops were organized by McKinsey & Company, the most trusted management consulting firm, which helps grow the world’s largest companies and institutions. The themes of the workshops were Business Model, Growth Strategy, and Centered Leadership.
Through interactive and simulative group activities, we were trained to systematically make business decisions and address critical business problems. McKinsey’s structured approach to problem-solving personally equipped me with the skillset I can use not just in growing my company but also in developing myself as the center and leader of my own endeavors.One key takeaway that’s really valuable for me is the lesson on “energizing”. We learned that for us to be capable
One key takeaway that’s really valuable for me is the lesson on “energizing”. We learned that for us to be capable of effecting change in our organization, we must be able to optimize our personal productivity by balancing our personal energy levels through streamlining the activities we do on a daily basis. I realized that a person’s 24 hours in one day is actually enough to make things happen day by day.
The Global Inclusion Awards Ceremony at The Golden Hall of Stockholm City Hall on November 28, 2016, was a wonderful night of recognizing and honoring countries, institutions, civil society organizations, and individuals who have made significant impact and innovation in empowering children and youth across the world.
As the founders and leaders of our respective companies and organizations and now being part of the YE! Community and CYFI, we are one in this global movement to ultimately break the poverty cycle by promoting youth financial and economic inclusion and youth entrepreneurship worldwide.Barsh & Cranston (2009) says, “engaging is where it all comes together – when you choose to cross an invisible line from being a person to whom things happen to
Barsh & Cranston (2009) says, “engaging is where it all comes together – when you choose to cross an invisible line from being a person to whom things happen to become a person who makes things happen.”
We have crossed this invisible line when we engaged ourselves in the entrepreneurship path. When I decided to build my own startups, one of which is ResortsGuide, I knew there’s no turning back. I knew that it’s a commitment to build something far beyond my lifetime.With this, it is in my deepest thanks and appreciation to YES Philippines to have been granted the opportunity to represent our country in this global movement. YES! It is a great time to be an entrepreneur and make things happen.
With this, it is in my deepest thanks and appreciation to YES Philippines to have been granted the opportunity to represent our country in this global movement. YES! It is a great time to be an entrepreneur and make things happen.
Nitro Breweries & Beverages Inc. is a startup founded by five Ateneo de Manila University students. We are developing Ariatté Nitro Coffee to help millennial coffee drinkers have a unique and premium quality coffee experience through our key technologies of cold brewing and nitro infusion.
Last October 8, 2016, we participated in YES Philippines’s Startup Summit. Little did we expect to be chosen as the national winner that will continue on into the Creative Business Cup.
The team, L-R: Andrew Uytengsu, Alyssa Ramos, Kirsten Chua, Abigail Palma, Justin Yturzaeta
Last November 20-21, we were able to go to Denmark to represent the Philippines in the Creative Business Cup (CBC). Held at the Copenhagen Business School, the Creative Business Cup is an international competition where the most creative startups from different parts of the world can showcase their products and be awarded the title of “the world’s most creative entrepreneur.”
The competition was a great venue for us to showcase Ariatté, a nitrogen gas infused, cold brew coffee beverage that aims to help millennials appreciate Philippine coffee and get the benefits of a smoother, creamier, and premium-quality coffee.
There, we found out that ideas for creative businesses are everywhere. Standing alongside engineers, graphic designers, and programmers who have been able to develop products that can alleviate environmental problems, measure things accurately, and teach people how to play guitar, made us realize that there are endless opportunities to improve our product, branding, and business model.
Gribskov-Asia Boot Camp
As part of the sponsorship from Scan Shipping, we attended the Gribskov-Asia Boot Camp from Nov 17-18. It was a rigorous program with talks from well-established mentors, networking, and pitching sessions. There were so many lessons and insights gained from the boot camp which helped us prepare for the competition itself.
Creative Business Cup
During CBC, app developers were able to talk to investors from Silicon Valley to ask for funding, feedback, and mentorship. Some national winners who had contacts in the beverage industry shared about their country’s coffee culture and expressed their interest in trying the RTD version of our product. Joining an international competition made us realize that in order to grow our business, it is important to reach out to people from the industry. Learning how to deal with investors and fellow entrepreneurs in a professional setting is a skill that needs to be honed and developed. Events like contests and pitches can be an avenue to meet and interact with people who have more experience in the industry and are willing to connect you to potential investors and partners.
The Creative Business Cup was a good learning experience for all of us. We were immersed in a competitive environment with people who were interested in taking advantage of opportunities in their respective industries through creative business solutions. Aside from gaining publicity and contacts, we were able to get positive feedback from the jury and the audience. This experience gave us a clearer view of the business and the industry that we’re in, as well as how Ariatté can make a difference in the local industry by highlighting the taste and quality of homegrown coffee as well as raising the standards for RTD coffee. For now, our team must focus on rapid and sustainable growth and expansion. Our product, Ariatté, has a lot of potentials. We will continue to find ways to expand our distribution and join events that could be a good opportunity to showcase our brand.