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GEW 2019 Greetings From Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

Senator Aquilino Pimentel encourages every young entrepreneur to participate and attend the GEW 2019. 

In his stated letter, “The activity marks a milestone in the history of the Philippine entrepreneurship as it opens our local businesses to new possibilities and exciting opportunities”.

See his full statement below:

GEW 2019 Greetings From Senator Grace Poe


Senator Grace Poe congratulates The Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines for organizing the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019. 

In her letter, she stated that ”MSMEs can be the engine of inclusive growth and the key players in uplifting the quality of life of a community”.  

She also emphasized that we need more events that celebrate the Filipino entrepreneurial spirit.

See her full statement below:

Startup Huddle Takes Center Stage Around the World During #GEW2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is excited to celebrate Startup Huddle chapters around the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2019.

Since its launch in 2016, Startup Huddle has provided a platform for hundreds of entrepreneurs to share their challenges with their local communities. It all began as an idea at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Medellin, Colombia. Entrepreneurs around the world were eager to connect with one another and share their challenges with one another, but there was a lack of opportunities to meet up and connect on a regular basis.

GEN decided to test out a model and conduct pilots in select cities through 2017. In 2018, we slowly introduced new cities and committed to the model. To date, we have launched more than 40 chapters in 30 countries and growing.

Startup Huddle educates, engages, and connects entrepreneurs on a regular basis. The format is consistent in each location: on a given morning, one or two early-stage startup founders give a six-minute presentation of their companies to a diverse audience of peers, mentors, educators, and advisers. Each presentation is followed by a 20-minute question and answer session.

As opposed to a traditional “pitch” environment, Startup Huddle was not created to be critical of entrepreneurs, but rather for the presenters to learn from shared experiences and find ways to support one another as a community.

“One presenter learned about the Entrepreneurship World Cup through a Huddle, applied, and received coaching from our team, participated in Get in the Ring, won the pitch competition at the Caribbean Startup Summit in Barbados, and was selected as a global finalist for the Entrepreneurship World Cup. Three of our past presenters were also selected as semi-finalists for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2020 Fellowship.” shared Michelle N. Samuel, Lead Organizer of Startup Huddle St. Lucia.

The culture surrounding Startup Huddle is that of a supportive, neutral space, welcoming entrepreneurs to be honest and open about their businesses and the challenges they face. It is also a valuable experience for the community, providing a unique opportunity to network with people from backgrounds one might not typically meet.

“Many Startup Huddle attendees have landed internships and jobs at the presenters’ companies. For many, it’s a rare chance to meet the founders and CEOs of the most promising, innovative businesses. Twenty attendees have even started their own ventures because of their experience. People have become so confident in the quality and value of Startup Huddles that they even rely on them as a resource for learning about the latest investment, mentoring, and business opportunities,” shared Aasif Iqbal, Lead Organizer of Startup Huddle Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Startup Huddles are organized by local entrepreneurs and community builders who volunteer their time to secure a venue, vet and select presenters and publicize the event. As a part of our onboarding process to train new chapters, we have a group of ambassadors who are committed to sharing their insights with other ecosystem builders around the world.

“Working with GEN on Startup Huddle the last 2 years has reinforced my belief that anyone, anywhere, can change their life, their family’s lives and their community’s future through innovative entrepreneurial effort. Startup Huddle provides an open, inclusive and diverse community space where all ideas are welcomed, supported and celebrated,” shared Tyler LeCompte, one of our Startup Huddle Ambassadors, also an organizer of 1 Million Cups Daytona Beach in the United States.

“As a founder of a company focused on finding and discovering “gaps” in ecosystems around the globe, I can attest, first-hand, the value of Startup Huddle. The program brings communities together to genuinely support startups in generating revenue instead of hyper-focusing on raising investment,” shared Lana Zumbrunn, another ambassador, also CEO and Founder of LevelUp Economy.

In the spirit of GEW, more than 20 chapters will be hosting Startup Huddles this week, including:

  • Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Mohali, India
  • Moscow, Russia
  • N’Djamena, Chad
  • Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • St. Lucia
  • Veliky Novgorod, Russia

GEN also announced a new partnership with Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts this week to scale Startup Huddle into other chapters next year.

To learn more, visit startuphuddle.co or contact colleen@genglobal.org.

Colleen is the Director for Partnerships at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. She works on all of GEN’s flagship programs to identify and…

GEW 2019 Greetings from Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri


Senator Zubiri shows his support for GEW as it was stated in his letter that “Entrepreneurs, in many ways, are the pulse of a nation. From humble sari-sari stores to telecommunications giants, entrepreneurs offer invaluable products and services that lead to better and easier living for us all.”

He also commends celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week that has been a helpful platform for growth and development and encouraging young entrepreneurs to turn their bright new concepts into reality.

See his full statement below:


GEW 2019 Greetings from Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo

In her video message, Vice President Robredo expresses her support for all the young entrepreneurs in the Philippines “May you continue to invigorate our nation’s workforce by adopting fresh and new ideas to uplift the lives of your fellow entrepreneurs and the rest of the Filipino people. May this gathering aid you not only in honing your entrepreneurial skills but more importantly in creating more opportunities for collaboration toward to our shared goal of inclusive and sustainable progress.” 

Watch her full statement, see the video below: 

GEW Philippines 2019: Innovate, Connect, and Change the World

More than a week from now, the biggest celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week is happening in the Philippines. Universities and colleges are excited to participate in this week-long celebration that will start from November 18 to 23. The purpose of this event is to celebrate global entrepreneurship, engage entrepreneurs in resources and education and connect to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week Philippines 2019 will be hosted by GEN Philippines is going to be the biggest and the brightest celebration, as it has gathered partners from the entrepreneurship community comprised of associations and universities to celebrate this week-long event. There will be different GEW events that will happen in Manila City, Quezon City, Pasig City, and other parts of the country. Startups, Creators, and young entrepreneurs will be featured in the event.

Keep tabs on the activities for this week:


Launching Ceremony of GEN Philippines

The launching ceremony of GEN Philippines. It is a kick-off event to start the GEW and also to launch the GEN in the Philippines. It is a small gathering of makers and creators, startups, social and young entrepreneurs in the country.



The Global Entrepreneurship Week Philippines 2019 will be hosted by GEN Philippines is going to be the biggest and the brightest celebration, as it has gathered partners from the entrepreneurship community comprised of associations and universities to celebrate this week-long event. There will be different GEW events that will happen in Manila City, Quezon City, Pasig City, and other parts of the country. Startups, Creators, and young entrepreneurs will be featured in the event.The event will focus on showcasing the talents of Student Entrepreneurs in innovation and entrepreneurship and bring together bright minds to give talks that are an idea, idealization, and sustainability-focused to foster learning, inspiration. It aims to contribute economically in the society of today and provoke conversations that matter in the field of business and enterprise.

Pitch Perfect: Finding Your Pitching Style

3:00 PM- 5:00 PM – QBO Innovation Hub, Makati City

One of the early challenges that startup founders face is pitching their product. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to various pitch approaches to help them find the right style for their startup.



2050 FEST

It is the ultimate final pitching and culminating event for the Impact 2050 program.

Impact Hub Manila is a global network co-founded by Ces Rondario in 2015 and sets itself up as an incubation hub focused on purpose-driven entrepreneurs whose venture ideas have the potential to impact the lives of Filipinos at large scale.

Respectable speakers and juries from startup, private, and government sectors will be present during the event.

Locally–fied, Far Eastern University

A bazaar for local non-food business.



Enabling the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Miriam College

Startup Nations Policy Hack is a global policy platform dedicated to providing its members with opportunities for policy design, experimentation, and knowledge exchange that lead to policy implementation.



Coffee Talk: Creative and Conscious Entrepreneurship

Ayala North Exchange, Makati City

3:00PM – 5:00PM

Coffee Talk is a community meetup for entrepreneurs who are looking to engage in insightful conversations about their work. For the Philippine Startup Week edition of Coffee Talk, outstanding creative and social entrepreneurs are invited to share about what it takes to run a sustainable business while being mindful of the impact it creates in society.

This event is organized by The Spark Project in partnership with Clock In by Ayala Land Offices, US Embassy of the Philippines, and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).



Startup Huddle Manila

that has been currently taken place in Bangladesh, Australia, India, Canada and many more. It is a program designed to build and strengthen local entrepreneurship ecosystems by helping one entrepreneur at a time by huddling with other entrepreneurs in different industries to share his business challenges and crowdsourcing solutions from participants. It is based on the notion that the best way for entrepreneurs to discover solutions to the challenges they face is through purposeful engagement with one another. This program aims to have an intimate engagement with co-entrepreneurs to have an entrepreneurial ecosystem that aims to help one another.



Creative Business Cup Pitching Competition, FEU Manila Auditorium

Creative Business Cup Pitching Competition is a competition showcasing creative business venture products, services, and prototypes. This event provides actual venture products that can create market awareness, product testing/acceptance as well as possible angel investors.


Global Entrepreneurship Week Summit

It is the weekend event of GEW and it is an inspirational keynote conference that celebrates lessons in failures in entrepreneurship. This event’s main goal is to recognize and bring into a sphere that all successes in business today have been influenced by lessons from mistakes and disappointments of an entrepreneur.

Participate in one of the biggest events for the Startup Community. Come and celebrate with us during the Global Entrepreneurship Week. See you there!

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GEN Philippines Partners with Impact Hub to Promote the World’s Largest Hackathon

GEN Philippines is supporting Impact Hub Manila in its official attempt to break a Guinness World Record for organizing the largest hackathon in the world this October 30 and 31.

Dubbed as Impact Hackathon, the 24-hour codefest aims to catalyze the impact entrepreneurship system in the Philippines, all while providing solutions to pressing problems in the sectors of climate change, agriculture, education, health, and smart cities.

Together with the government, private, and start-up sector, the event aspires to put the Philippines on the map as a tech innovation hub that embraces progressiveness and inclusivity.

The reverse hackathon will happen in 15 cities across the Philippines through a live feed situated in the main venue, Smart Araneta Coliseum! The coding marathon itself will begin at 12:00 noon of October 30 and will go on until 12:00 noon of the following day.

“We are very proud to be part of this important event in the Philippine startup community. Through the Impact Hackathon, we hope to be able to raise entrepreneurial awareness in our country,” says Henry Ong, Managing Director of GEN Philippines.

“This event is also very timely as we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week next month” Ong adds.

For more info about Impact Hackathon, visit https://www.impact2050.com/impact-hackathon/

6th Startup Huddle Manila: Forming A Cyber Safe and Inclusive Startup Community

6TH Startup Huddle Manila held last September 20 (Friday) at PSE Center, East Tower Tektite Ortigas Pasig City from 1:30-4:30 pm. Two Startup presenters were given 20-minutes to discuss their startup and another 10 minutes for the question and answer. 

Mr. Paulo Sairel Don, CEO of Stealth X Technologies

The first presenter is Mr. Paulo Sairel Don, CEO of Stealth X Technologies. It is a computer company which specializes in hacking and cybersafety. He discussed cybersecurity and cyber threats that business owners might encounter. He also showed some examples of how you can get hacked along with the tips on how you can spot if it is a fake website or not. He had given the startups a piece of advice on how to keep safe from anomalous websites and developers. 

Ms. Alea Ladaga, Managing Director of Techtonic Summit

For the second presenter, we had Ms. Alea Ladaga, Managing Director of Techtonic Summit. Techtonic Summit is the Philippines’ largest tech conference that aims to provide an inclusive platform to showcase the best that the Philippine startup ecosystem has to offer. It is a 2-day convergence of ideas, technology, and innovation, bringing together all the movers and shakers across Southeast Asia. Discussed building an inclusive startup community from the ground up.

Ms. Kimberly Lim

As for the last presenter, Ms. Kimberly Lim shows the startups on how to easily connect and engage with other entrepreneurs, suppliers and target markets using the Unionbank Global Linker application for free. It is a digital platform that helps SMEs to grow their businesses globally. 

Startup Huddle Manila is a monthly international program that has been currently taken place in Bangladesh, Australia, India, Canada, and many more. 

This program is designed to build and strengthen the local entrepreneurship ecosystem by helping one entrepreneur at a time as well as huddling with other entrepreneurs in various industries to share business challenges and crowdsource solutions from participants. 

For more info, please visit https://www.genglobal.org/philippines/startup-huddle-manila



Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH) 2019

11-15 November 2019, Singapore

Organised by Enterprise Singapore, NRF and IPI, SWITCH is a platform where scientific discoveries and advancements are transformed into disruptive technology applications that will redefine the way we live. It focuses on deep tech applications in the areas of manufacturing, urban solutions, health, and biomedical sciences and digital services.

SWITCH is where companies identify new technologies for business transformation and where collaborations are formed. It convenes entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, innovator and industry professionals from diverse backgrounds. Find out more at www.switchsg.org

Please use this link to register if you plan to attend, as it will help show the organizers the value of YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SOCIETY PHILIPPINES and the strong network we can bring to this event.


This month’s YES FORUM was held last August 27, Tuesday at Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Ortigas in full house attendance by aspiring entrepreneurs and startup founders.

Mr. Roy Julian, a human Resource Professional with intensive specialization in business analysis and organizational development and Co-Founder of Burket Ph, a market network specifically designed to connect and match businesses to their target customers and suppliers, was the main speaker.

Mr. Roy Julian, Co-Founder of Burket Ph

He discussed how to efficiently and effectively start your own Startup and shared some important hacks and tips for startups that are in idea-stage, early-stage, and growth-stage. GEN FORUM aims to connect and engage with the Startups and Young Entrepreneurs to strengthen the local entrepreneurship ecosystem. The event was held in partnership with Young Entrepreneur Society.

YES FORUM aims to connect and engage with the Startups and Young Entrepreneurs to strengthen the local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Event Schedule

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Philippines
November 11 - 17, 2024
Metro Manila