(UPDATED) The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (Go Negosyo) and the US Embassy in Manila Partner to Launch the 2015 Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshops (YEDW).

YEDW is a series of developmental three-day workshops for existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs (with actual business ideas) to be held in Manila, Batangas, Iloilo and Zamboanga. The workshops include training, networking, mentorship opportunities from US government exchange program alumni and Go Negosyo angelpreneurs, and a business innovation plan competition. These workshops are free of charge, but only serious participants should apply.

At the conclusion of each workshop, a panel of judges from the American and Filipino business communities will vote on the best plans to innovate and expand their businesses.  One finalist from each city will receive a P30,000.00 grant with the exception of the grand prize winner, who will receive P100,000.

Finally, the top ten participants from each workshop will be invited to Manila to participate in a final workshop that will coincide with the 2015 APEC Ministerial meetings in November 2015.  This final workshop will build upon previous workshops by giving participants an opportunity reflect on the progress and challenges they encountered since the initial workshop, further hone their business development skills, network with counterparts from across the Philippines, tour successful U.S. and Philippine companies, engage with special guest speakers, and meet with APEC Ministerial meeting interlocutors.

Minimum qualifications:
(1) Must be a Filipino citizen
(2) Should either be a:
– Young entrepreneur with existing enterprises
– Young person with profound interest with starting his/her own business (has a well thought-out idea that he/she is committed to pursuing or growing into a venture)
(3) Should be below 35 years old at the time of the deadline of application
(4) Requirements: business pitch (existing business and business idea)

How many will be selected and when is the deadline?
The organizers will select only 50 applicants per area workshop. The deadline of application is on June 19 (for Manila) and July 26 (for Iloilo), August 21 (for  Zamboanga) and September 14 (for Batangas).