Archive for February, 2010


Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Social Enterprise business plan competition

Got a groundbreaking idea to improve lives in your community?
Win 100K to implement it.

The British Council is looking for young Filipino social entrepreneurs who have brilliant ideas and innovative solutions to address social problems in the community.

If you are 16 to 28 years old, you can submit your idea and get a chance to win Php 100,000 seed capital to turn that idea into a reality.

Four winners would be awarded Php100K each for the best social enterprise idea that best meets our criteria.

To join, you need to submit an application form and a social enterprise venture proposal. Forms and other important documents can be downloaded from the British Council website.

Visit for more details or e-mail for inquiries.

Deadline for submission of applications is on April 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

Announcement of finalists is on April 30, 2010.

Women in our lives

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

This coming March is Women’s Month, a recognition of what women empowerment is all about and a reflection of how far the influence of women has reached. It seems that the power of women has been growing stronger throughout the years. The influence of women in our lives has always been so strong.

My own mother’s influence on our values has been quite strong when we were growing up, as my dad was busy working hard. It was my mother who made sure that we followed the rules. She did the budgeting and gave us our allowances, which was actually not enough during those days. It was Mom who pushed us to the limits. In a way, we are what we are today because of our mother’s influence. Now that we are married, our wives have somehow taken over that role, setting the balance in our lives and reminding us to give time for family and spiritual life.


Social entrepreneurship through coffee and water

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Who is a social entrepreneur? Books and sources would suggest that a social entrepreneur is someone who identifies a social problem and uses entrepreneurial skills and concepts to bring about change and provide solutions.

Many people think that when one is a social entrepreneur, there is no money to be made. However, a good social entrepreneur needs to make money for him to sustain his business model, to be able to continue helping others.

The Philippine map

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Last 2008, my sister Liza and brother in law Dondi Santos gave me a unique shirt for my birthday. It drew inspiration from the polo brand shirts that we frequently use when we come from the states. This time, the shirt had the Philippine map instead of the horse.

Joey Cua’s family owns Collezione. I remember the brand from way back. I used to buy Collezione shirts when we were growing up. The brand eventually faded as they were not able to innovate.


May the best win

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

One of my recent columns entitled The underdogs basically talked about Gibo and Villar being the underdogs. Prior to that column, Noynoy’s lead in most surveys was quite big.

In business, many of the brands we developed were once underdogs. Because of the sheer desire to succeed, we have been able to make some of our brands market leaders. This is a caution for market leaders. Their biggest fear should be about those who have the strong passion to succeed, even though they might seem to be the underdogs.

Women educators, enablers, entrepreneurs

Monday, February 8th, 2010

As we celebrate women’s month on March, the Tagumpay column will be featuring women with stories of triumph. It will not only be about triumph over poverty. We will feature tagumpay stories of women with different backgrounds overcoming different challenges.

There are a lot of women who are able to run a business and a household at the same time. We all know about the attention that a husband demands and that the children need most specially while growing up. It is remarkable how a woman succeeds as a mother, wife and entrepreneur all at once. I will devote the next columns to inspiring and incredible stories on women entrepreneurs.


Culture of Personal Excellence

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Culture of Personal Excellence

by Francis J. Kong

March 3, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex

What separates you from who you are and the best that you can be? Excellence.

Many have an idea of what it is while others know of people who seem to have it. Very few however actually live and breathe it.

Life Enriching Discoveries

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Life Enriching Discoveries

Life Enriching Discoveries

Life Enriching Discoveries (L.E.D) is an entrepreneurship contest by Brother International Philippines Corp that aims to encourage Filipinos to come up with their unique business ideas or concepts.

Pitch your business idea or concepts and get a chance to win one hundred thousand pesos (PhP 100,000) worth of cash and Brother printer as your start-up capital, courtesy  of Brother Philippines.

Who may join?

In order to join the contest, participants must be Filipinos aged 18 and above, are residents of Metro Manila.  The contest is open to individual or teams with up to four (4) members.

Entry Requirements

Simply download the registration form at and email completed forms at or An email confirming receipt of registration will be sent to all those who joined.

Submission Requirements

The contest requires a written business brief in general terms and should outline the business idea, the market, the competition, and competitive advantages.  Specific market and financial forecasts are not required, although participants should have a basic idea of the level of financing they would need to start their business.  Concepts are evaluated on their viability and feasibility in the current marketplace.

Download the business plan template at

Participating entries must be submitted to GrooveCom via or An email confirming receipt of entry will be sent to all participants.

Submission of entries will be from December 1, 2009 to February 22, 2009.

Announcement of L.E.D. Unique Business Idea/Concept winner will be on March 9, 2010.

Helping people achieve their dreams

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

I have been involved in helping the PGMA administration spur entrepreneurial development for the last four years. I do not sit as a cabinet secretary nor hold any formal government position. I was simply appointed Presidential Consultant on Entrepreneurship, pro bono. When PGMA steps down, the appointed title will also be gone, unless the next president sees our efforts in our advocacy.