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Alcoffea Tiles to Compete in Creative Business Cup Global Finals

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

Young Entrepreneurs Society fetured eventCreative 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.

YES Forum October: Pitching and Tech Trends

This month’s forum was different compared to the previous forums that we’ve been shared for the past 6 years. We are proud to present the 2 speakers that we had during the forum: Pushkart.ph CEO and Founder, Mr. Joshua Aragon and SORA Founder, Mr. Juan Dalisay Jr. who shared their valuable time and knowledge in their respective fields. The forum was held last October 11, with a topic entitled “Pitching and Tech trends”.

Our first speaker for this forum was the Co-Founder of Pushkart.Ph, Mr. Joshua Aragon. He started the forum by asking the crowd if they know how to pitch and how vital to know the art of pitching. He talked about how it helps him with his business and teaches the crowd how to do the right pitching.

The second speaker was the Founder of SORA, Mr. Juan Dalisay Jr. He started the forum by asking the crowd if they have a basic knowledge about Web development and Technology. His talk was very informative as he provides the best example to explain further his topic. He explained different platforms to use for non-tech people.

After sharing their expertise, both speakers provide advice related to their talk.

Both speakers took a photo along with the crowd.

YES Philippines would like to thank everyone who made this event possible especially to our partners Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Penbrothers.


YES Forum July: Science, Business, and Beer

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.

BRANDING 101: A Startup’s Guide to Branding

“Branding is an intangible feeling.” was stated by Faye Jessica Yoingco, Digital Content Strategist of One Mega Group Inc., in the YES forum with the topic-“Branding 101: A Startup’s Guide to Branding” held last April 26 at Pen Brothers, Makati City.

Faye is also a marketing communication professor at Miriam College. She also worked as Associate Client Leader, Senior Media Planner, and Digital Marketing Consultant where she gained an extensive background in marketing and media industry.

Faye embarked the first part of her talk by asking the participants, “What brand speaks to you the most?” One of the participants answered ‘Jollibee’ because of its advertisements which showcase the importance of family. According to Faye, marketing strategists’ main focus is to communicate through consumer’s emotion. She also discussed the topics of creating, managing, reviewing, and cultivating a brand. Furthermore, she emphasized that the startup must think about integrating not disrupting.

She taught the participants how to make an outstanding brand by utilizing the power of digital marketing despite the fast-paced environment of the digital world. She also pointed out that the basic guidelines for making a brand are the one H and the 4 Ws (How, What, When, Where, and to Whom). Startups can possibly attain success by mastering the mentioned basic guidelines, focusing on the brand strategy, and maximizing the capacity of digital marketing.

The forum ended with exchanging of calling cards of participants. 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 Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Penbrothers and Mystery Manila.

October YES Business Mentoring: Overcoming Challenges to Success

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!


Acudeen CEO featured at YES Networking Forum

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 Forum April: Business Modeling Workshop


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.

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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 info@yesphilippines.org. See you at our next forum on April 20!

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Event Schedule

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018
November 12 - 18, 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week Philippines 2018
November 17, 2018
FEU Manila