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GEW Greetings 2019 From Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged the effort and dedication of the Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines as it holds the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019.

In his letter, he stated that “Be assured that this administration will continue to pursue programs and policies that will create a more vibrant and competitive atmosphere in your industry”. 

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GEW 2019 Greetings From Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III

Senate President Tito Sotto expresses his gratitude in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Philippines. He believes that GEW empowers youth to pursue their aspirations and also preparing them to be future generations of business leaders.

In his stated letter, “The times call not only for innovative ways of doing things. They also dictate that we can live up to the highest standards and best global practices.”

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GEW 2019 Greetings from Senator Francis Tolentino

Senator Francis Tolentino supports the Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebration supporting our entrepreneurs and by supporting our local products and services.

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GEW 2019 Greetings from Senator Sonny Angara

Senator Sonny Angara congratulates GEN Philippines for the Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebration and for supporting our entrepreneurs and by supporting our local products and services. 

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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”.

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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.

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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: 

Event Schedule

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