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Penbrothers Sheridan—Nipa Brew Craft Beverages CEO and Founder, Mr. Stephen Michael Co, shares his journey in attaining his dream— to be the boss of his own business using his passion for biotechnology. Nipa Brew Craft Beverages is a Filipino handcrafted beverage that offers five (5) flavors of craft beer: Tropic Haze, Sun Stoked, Bliss Point, Midnight Blur, and Drop Zone. They recently opened the first ever bar, Nipa Brew Taproom, located in Makati. Stephen was also the founder of Selula Hayagham Corporation focusing on food and agricultural innovations. This month’s forum was held last July 26 with a topic entitled “Science, Business, and Beer”.
Mr. Stephen started the forum by introducing himself with regards to his educational background, his passion towards the food and agricultural innovations. He also talks about the process of how he came up with the idea of putting up a craft beer business in spite of the tight competition of the alcoholic beverages industry here in the Philippines.
He admitted and explained that craft beers are way more expensive than commercial beers in the local market and it is because of its brewing process which he further elaborated each step of it.
Before his talk ends, he opened the floor for Q&A portion which made the forum more interesting and interactive. While he’s entertaining queries from the attendees, YES coordinators opened some bottles of Nipa Brew beers for tasting. Attendees really enjoyed the beer tasting and gathered for a group photo afterward.
YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our partners Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), and Penbrothers.
Penbrothers Makati City – Pushkart.ph Co-Founder and CEO, Mr. Joshua Aragon shared his knowledge on putting the right content on your elevator pitch, in front of our YES Members last January 25, 2018.
Joshua is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pushkart.ph an online grocery delivery service, developed by a group of young Filipino millennials that aims to ensure fast, convenient, and safe delivery of groceries right at your doorstep.
For this month’s forum, Josh indicated why you need to prepare your elevator pitch. He emphasized that as the presenter or entrepreneur, we need to know first in hand our audience, our business, what can we do to help our target consumers, and what value this consumer need from you.
He also stated that keep on networking with other people, practice more, and search more ways of marketing can help on creating your own pitch deck.
At the middle of his talk, Josh let the attendees participate by making a big circle, and encourage them to make an impromptu pitch about their selves as if they were pitching in front of their investors.
The forum ended with Josh 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 Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our partners, Penbrothers, Pushkart.ph, Mystery Manila, and EntrepRadio – The Voice of Filipino Entrepreneurs.
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.
Acudeen CEO, Magellan Fetalino shared valuable insights to YES Members in managing their startups and businesses last April 20, at Penbrothers Makati.
Magellan Fetalino III is the Founder and CEO of Acudeen Technologies Inc., the first online peer to peer marketplace for discounted receivables in the Philippines. He handled International Business Development for the Illustrados Business Consultancy Group in Hong Kong and also used to serve as the Chairman of the Board of The Global Filipino Investors. His Startup won Seedstars Philippines 2016 and bagged first place at the Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016 as well as one of the winners of YES Philippine’s Startup Summit 2016. Just this month, Acudeen became the overall winner of Seedstars world 2017 in Switzerland.
For this month’s forum, Magellan talked about managing a Tech Startup and dealing with its stakeholders. He shared his ways on the handling of different kinds of people that keep a startup running namely Customers, Employees, and Investors. Magellan also emphasized the ones that he mentioned requires different treatments and approach. All throughout the talk, eager participants exchanged their questions and experiences which made the forum enlightening to many.
The forum was finished soon after with a group photo and further questions with the speaker. One of the thoughts he shared with everyone was, “Do not sell your features. Try to solve their [customers] problem and you can sell them anything after.”
YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our venue partner, Penbrothers. See you at our next forum on May 18!
YES Members learned the best-suited business model for their startups and businesses after they attended YES Philippines’ Business Modeling workshop last April 6 at YES HQ in Pasig City.
This workshop featured Jean-Luc, a startup coach at multiple incubators and accelerators in UAE. He recently founded Innoopolis, A Digital Innovation Factory, with the ambition to help enterprises and startups to get more out of their innovation initiatives. He is also regularly featured in Innovation and Tech Magazine has been a part of multiple innovation juries and is also an active member of the UAE startup eco-system.
Jean-Luc guided the participants in choosing the right kind of business models from successful businesses in the industry.
In the latter part of the workshop, the participants worked on doing a business plan for a certain business in order to test their knowledge in modeling. YES Members presented their ideas and shared their knowledge to everyone right after. The event ended as the participants approached the speaker to ask their further questions about their business.
This event is free for YES Members only. Interested in becoming a member? You may send an email to email@example.com. See you at our next forum on April 20!