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Out of 15 startups that joined the Pitch Competition held at the Global Entrepreneurship Week last November 17, 2018 at Far Eastern University Manila. Alcoffea Tiles won the title to compete for the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Alcoffea Tiles is an agriculture startup that produces “Coffee Tiles” or tiles that are made from coffee waste. The tiles are eco-friendly, affordable and have reasonable mechanical features. The team had conceptualized “Coffee Tiles” in order to provide a cheaper alternative to the clay which is used to produce traditional tiles.
The young socio-entrepreneurs envisions a better future for the people in Amadeo, Cavite by providing jobs, and by encouraging Filipinos to dispose and recycle coffee grounds properly.
“I think winning the competition was beyond our expectation. I was very passionate to pitch an idea in front of business professionals because, I think it will help a community and it can become a sustainable solution to a known predicament in the tile industry. The competition had provided us a great learning experience and we are extremely grateful for this opportunity.” said Shannen Anabo, Founder of Alcoffea Tiles
Creative Business Cup is not just a competition but rather an opportunity to gather and empower startups and entrepreneurs for them to be able to showcase their talents and creative ideas in a wider scope of investors and moreover the global markets.
Alcoffea Tiles is our country’s representative for this year’s CBC Global Finals to be held on Denmark this July 2019.
President, Rodrigo R. Duterte shows his full support in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Philippines
The Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES) Philippines is proud to present the President of the Philippines,President Rodrigo R. Duterte shows his full support in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Philippines.
President Duterte commends in his letter the Global Entrepreneurship Network for an innovative campaign that supports the entrepreneurial environment in the Philippines.
He also mentioned that this is the best opportunity for industry leaders to share their valuable insights and best practices that will help the young generation to pursue entrepreneurship that could help improve the lives of many people and career opportunities.
To see his full message, see below:
Senator JV Ejercito shared how being an entrepreneur have helped him sharpen his skills and confidence in which lead him to enter public service. In his stated letter, “I fully support this endeavor because before I entered public service, I also started as a young entrepreneur and doing business have honed my skills and confidence to thrive more as well as serve other people.”
He also commends celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week that has been constantly spreading awareness about entrepreneurship and encouraging people to engage to become potent contributors to our economy.
To see his full message, see below:
Vice President, Leni Robredo sends her dreams and wishes to all young entrepreneurs in the Philippines.
The Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES) Philippines is proud to present the Vice President of the Philippines, VP Leni Robredo shares her gratitude for celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week here in the country.
VP Leni mentioned her dreams and wishes for all young entrepreneurs in the Philippines, “Ang pangarap at panalangin ko para sainyong mga kabataan ay ito, Kayo ay maging mga matagumpay na negosyanteng may konsensya, negosyanteng handang bahagian ang inyong mga empleyado ng biyaya ng kanilang tagumpay sa pamamagitan ng tamang pasweldo, tamang kalagayan sa trabaho, at tamang benepisyo.”
Watch her full statement, see the video below:
DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez expresses his gratitude in having the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Philippines that he believes these business enterprises have helped the Philippines economy.
In his stated letter, “We are grateful to organizations like the GEN that spearhead programs to help entrepreneurs around the world and providing encouragement for our countrymen who want to start their own business.”
For more full statement, see below:
Every year, during the second week of November, over 170 countries around the world celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).
The event aims to inspire people from all walks of life to consider entrepreneurship as a way to financial independence.
More than 10 million people from different countries participate in at least 35,000 events during the weeklong activity to learn about entrepreneurship.
Like any startup, GEW started as an idea that became a global movement. It was founded in 2007 and initially launched as an entrepreneurial awareness campaign with 37 countries, led by the United States and the United Kingdom.
Through the years, the GEW movement has evolved to be a platform for collaboration and connections with more countries eventually joining to be a part of this important event.
Today, the Philippines is one of the active country promoters of GEW.
The Young Entrepreneur Society (YES), the official host of GEW in the Philippines, has been leading this weeklong entrepreneurial events in the country for the past five years.
To find out the schedules and activities that you can participate in during GEW, you can go here.
Whether you are a successful entrepreneur or an aspiring startup founder, being part of this event can benefit you in many ways. Here are five ways that GEW can inspire you to become a better entrepreneur:
1. Build your dreams with courage
You may not be good in numbers or creative enough to be in marketing but without the attitude of persistence and determination, succeeding in business is almost impossible.
Euclid Cezar, the founder of Famous Belgian Waffles, once lost all his life savings from investing in a business venture but he overcame this failure by having the right mindset.
“Today’s weapon is not your typical ‘study-hard-and-get-a-college-degree’ anymore,” Cezar says. “It’s having ‘tibay ng dibdib’ (fortitude). You must have the guts to become an entrepreneur. You must not wait for opportunity to come to you. You must create your own opportunity. The good thing about having guts is all about mind-setting and it does not cost you anything.”
2. Grow the business with guidance
Every entrepreneur encounters frustrations at one point or another. Difficulties in decision-making can happen for many reasons.
Having a business mentor or an advisory group can help you develop new perspectives and ideas. They can serve as your sounding board when making important business decisions.
Dennis Uy, the founder of Phoenix Petroleum and Udenna Holdings, one of the fastest-growing conglomerates with interests in logistics, hospitality and telecommunications, would always ask people with experience for advice.
“One of the keys to succeed in business is to be humble enough to admit that you don’t know,” Uy says. “I am not afraid to ask if I need to consult something from my own employees.
“Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you know everything,” he adds. “I have mentors who advise me in my business. We would discuss many things about business and even life experiences.”
3. Inspire your team with symbols
Having a meaningful brand can help you enable your employees to focus and move into action.
A strong brand vision helps ensure everyone is working towards achieving the same goal.
Robertson Sy Tan, the founder of Blade Auto Center, the largest car accessories store chain in the country, developed a brand that would inspire his employees to work harder and be competitive.
“When we were starting in the business, it was always a huge uphill battle,” Sy Tan says. “I likened our difficult situation with the experience of Andres Bonifacio in history. He was fighting against the Spaniards’ guns and canons with only itak or bolo. I used the bolo as symbol of our fight and that is how our brand name became Blade.
“The inspiration from the Katipunan was the reason why we wear red all the time because the color inspires us to get ready for battle.”
4. Strengthen market presence with good reputation
Building a positive image is about getting your stakeholders, your customers, suppliers and investors to trust you.
When you have a good reputation, you can influence how people feel about you as an entrepreneur and how you run your business.
Ricky Gutierrez, founder of 1771 Group of Restaurants, believes that having a positive reputation can be a good competitive advantage for the business over the long-term.
“At the end of day, reputation is more important,” Gutierrez says. “It is what will save you when things go bad. If you get a good name and people believe in you, no matter how tough your situation is, you can always find ways to turn things around. Every challenge is an opening to bigger opportunities.
“An entrepreneur is a person who sees things that others don’t. He or she is one who takes calculated risks and if the bet is wrong, has the capacity to change or reinvent himself by creating solutions in order to turn things around and not to run away when things get difficult.”
5. Prepare for the future with the right skills
There is a saying that it is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
If you want to make things happen in the future, you need to build yourself up.
Johnlu Koa, founder of The French Baker and master franchisee of Taiwan-based bubble tea chain Chatime, prepared himself well by developing his business skills early on when he took graduate courses and applied what he learned when he built his startup.
“If you prepare well to meet your opportunity, you are bound to succeed,” Koa says. “Winning should start on the first day, not on the 100th day when you have already blamed everybody.
“On the first day, you should already win. This is the SM way. Look at all possibilities.”
Henry Ong, RFP, is president of Business Sense Financial Advisors. Email Henry for business advice email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @henryong888
The Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES) Philippines is honored and proud to receive a greeting from the Commission of Higher Education.
The CHED Officer in Charge, Mr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III sent his warmest welcome to this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Philippines participants.
To see his full message, see below:
Senator Miguel Zubiri once again expresses his admiration to young entrepreneurs. In his stated letter, “ I am optimistic that our remarkable young entrepreneurs are capable of thinking up creative solutions and forging confident paths forward, toward a future of innovative and inclusive entrepreneurship.”
Senator Migs send his full support for this movement as he stated, “I look forward to the fruits of this week, and you can trust that you have in me an ally in your continued work toward a more robust entrepreneurial future for the Filipino people.”
To see his full statement, see below:
Global Entrepreneurship Week Philippines 2018: Things to watch out for this week
A week from now is the biggest celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 in the Philippines. Universities and colleges are excited to participate in this week-long celebration on November 12 to 17, 2018 that celebrates global entrepreneurship, adhere entrepreneurs to resources and education and connect one another to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The Global Entrepreneurship Week Philippines 2018 hosted by GEN Philippines is going to be the biggest and the brightest celebration as it has gathered partners from the entrepreneurship community composed 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 in other parts of the Philippines. GEW events will feature makers and creators, startups, social and young entrepreneurs in the country.
Look on what to watch out 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.
GEN Forum – Developing Brand Strategy
Learn how to leverage your marketing-mix and build a strong brand platform with a strong customer focus, analytical orientation, and interactive approach.
The speaker and his topic
- Michael Ryan Estrella, Certified Marketing Professional – Developing Branding Strategy.
Startup Huddle Manila
Startup Huddle Manila is a monthly international program 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 the different industry 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.
- Attorney Marlon, CEO, and Founder of LexMeet!
- Geraldine Aligno, CEO of Ground Gurus
PADCDI General Assembly
The 4th General Assembly of Philippine Association for Digital Commerce and Decentralized Industries. It is a social gathering to have an intimate social networking with Government and Investors.
MC Entrepreneurship Startups Trunkshow, Miriam College
MC Entrepreneurship Startups Trunk show is an exhibit showcasing the students venture products and prototypes. This event also provides a venue where venture products can create market awareness, test for product acceptance or marketability as well as promote their programs and achievements.
Startup Nations Policy Hack, Miriam College
Startup Nations Policy Hack is a global policy platform that focuses on giving its members opportunities for policy design, experimentation and knowledge exchange that lead to policy implementation.
Eureka Series: In the Green Economy
More and more green businesses are thriving in our economy and they have been affecting us in many positive ways, but what exactly are these “green” businesses? Find out more about the positive impacts of green businesses and green spaces in our latest installment in the Eureka series: In the Green Economy.
Tambiz: Social Trampreneurs: Building Sustainable Communities
Social Enterprise Business Venture Showcase, FEU Manila Quadrangle
TamBiz 2018’s goal is to usher in a new era of sustainable inventions and innovations, using the ROI concept: Recyclable, Organic and Indigenous. It highlights the importance of doing business imbued with the essence of social entrepreneurship. This business venture showcase will help students to create market awareness, product testing and drive sales.
Financial Literary Forum
The summit intends to educate students about the genuine definition of financial sustainability, inform them how to achieve such, and eliminate the usual misconceptions about it.
Manila Blockchain Powerhouse
The Manila Blockchain Powerhouse aims to innovate major industries and systems by introducing and bring the Filipinos closer to the Blockchain technology for faster, cheaper and more transparent systems, improving the lives of the Filipino people in the process.
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.
GEN Failing Forward Conference 2018, FEU Manila Auditorium
Failing Forward is the week end 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.
- Euclid Cezar – CEO and Founder of Famous Belgian Waffle
- Robert Tan – CEO and Founder of Blade Auto Center
- Karl Boo – CEO and Founder of Six Pack Chef
- RJ Ledesma – Co-Founder of Mercato Centrale
- Krie Lopez – CEO and Founder of Messy Bessy
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.