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US Embassy-Go Negosyo Mentor Me Innovation Forum Cebu

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Go Negosyo Mentor Me Innovation Forum (Manila) held last March 10, 2016 at the Enderun Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. In photo (L-R) Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation), Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Senior Adviser to US Secretary of State Amb. David Thorne, Sheel Tyle (Seed Practice), Deborah Magid (IBM Venture Capital Group), Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines), Mike Cassidy (Google), Jason Fischer (UL's Asia Pacific), Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Javy Infante (Enderun Colleges & Navegar Fund), Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez (Enderun Colleges), Delby Bragais (North Road Image and Fashion Group), and Rj Ledesma (Mercato Centrale) .

Go Negosyo Mentor Me Innovation Forum (Manila) held last March 10, 2016 at the Enderun Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
In photo (L-R) Go Negosyo entrepreneurs Ferdinand Maranon (Sagrex Corporation), Josiah Go (Mansmith & Fielders), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Senior Adviser to US Secretary of State Amb. David Thorne, Sheel Tyle (Seed Practice), Deborah Magid (IBM Venture Capital Group), Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines), Mike Cassidy (Google), Jason Fischer (UL’s Asia Pacific), Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Javy Infante (Enderun Colleges & Navegar Fund), Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez (Enderun Colleges), Delby Bragais (North Road Image and Fashion Group), and Rj Ledesma (Mercato Centrale) .

ABOUT THE SUMMIT
As part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), Go Negosyo, together with the US Embassy is organizing the Cebu run of the Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) on July 14, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Cultural Center of the University of San Carlos.

This forum is a gathering of innovators and enablers whose expertise will cover major topics such as innovative products or services development, operation processes, and innovative business models.

YEDW-MMIF aims to gather participants from the youth sector, micro and small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), aspiring young entrepreneurs, and academe to enhance their innovation models as a way to take the business to a higher growth plane.

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

For Students and Teachers (Academe)
Each school is allocated ten (10) slots only. Registration for Students and Teachers is FREE. Interested schools may get in touch with the MIFF- Cebu Secretariat through (02) 637-9229 or (02) 638-8489 to request for the MMIF-Cebu Official Invitation Packet.

Registration must be made until June 17, 2016.

WHO TO CONTACT

Interested participants (colleges and universities, students and teachers of business or creative courses, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs and other attendees) may get in touch with our Programs Development Officer, Gianina Napo at gianinajoy.pce@gmail.com

For Interested Institutional Partners
Interested institutional partners, sponsors and exhibitors may get in touch with our Marketing Officer, PA De Guzman at padeguzman.pce@gmail.com.

For Interested Media Partners
Interested media partners may get in touch with our Media and Communications Officer Aeron Morado at aeron.pce@gmail.com.

For Interested Individuals
Interested participants may get in touch with the YEDW-MMIF Cebu Secretariat through (02) 637-9229 or (02) 638-8489. Click the link to register: www.tinyurl.com/MMIF-Cebu. Registration is until June 17 only.


GONEGOSYO MENTOR ME INNOVATION FORUM SECRETARIAT
Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (GoNegosyo)
5/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts.
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
E: gonegosyo.cis@gmail.com
DL: +632 6379229 | +632 6318101 (loc 7106)
F: (02) 638-8489
W: www.gonegosyo.net

Go Negosyo Brings Mentor Me Program to Naga

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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Empowering women entrepreneurs! Around 200 members of Lakas ng Kababaihan (LK) took part and learned from the Go Negosyo Mentor Me Program.

In partnership with the Lakas ng Kababaihan (LK), the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship organized the Go Negosyo Mentor Me Seminar for their members last April 23 at the Champagne Garden in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

The one-day program highlighted three major topics: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Character and Spotting Business Opportunities covered by Ed Pilapil, Jr. (President, CreedoGroup Inc and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur), Basics of Product Development and Strategic Marketing for MSMEs by Mylene Abiva (CEO, Felta Multimedia Inc and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur) and Basics of Value Chain Management discussed by Efren Daniel De Leon (President and CEO of Worldtech Resources Institute and Director of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce).

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Coun. Gabriel Bordado and Mr. Efren Daniel de Leon of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Coun. Gabriel Bordado and Mr. Efren Daniel de Leon of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Ed Pilapil.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Ed Pilapil.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Mylene Abiva.

Go Negosyo angelpreneur Mylene Abiva.

DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada.

DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada.

DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada graced the seminar to introduce their programs to the LK members. PD Edna highlighted the Great Women Project and the function of Negosyo Centers among others. Desiree Duran, known as the Seedling Queen of Bulacan, was also invited to join the Tagumpay Forum to share her inspiring story on how a former fishball and “palamig” vendor became a successful farmer. Also from starting small and now having a toll manufacturing for herbal products, Naga-based owner of YML Food Products Yoli Oliva joined the Tagumpay Forum to share her entrepreneurial journey. Ramon Lopez, Executive Diretor of Go Negosyo also participated the forum to share his inputs on how can one level up from livelihood to entrepreneurship. LK members were enthusiastic in asking questions to the panelists, eager to be mentored right after their lectures. The topics emerged from their questions were mostly about loans and micro-financing, marketing and government-provided support for MSMEs.

Tagumpay Forum. In the photo (L-R): Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Desiree Duran (Duran Farm), Ed Pilapil, Yolly Oliva (YML Food Corp.), Mylene Abiva and Efren Daniel de Leon.

Tagumpay Forum. In the photo (L-R): Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Desiree Duran (Duran Farm), Ed Pilapil, Yolly Oliva (YML Food Corp.), Mylene Abiva and Efren Daniel de Leon.

Around 200 members of LK took part and learned from the program. Lakas ng Kababaihan is a community- based organization founded by Cong. Leni Robredo which aims to enhance women’s lives by providing series of training, scholarships, and support grassroots micro-entrepreneurship.

Search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Awardees of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs for 2014 during the 6th Filipina Summit.

Awardees of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs for 2014 during the 6th Filipina Summit.

The search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring WOMEN Entrepreneurs is a campaign spearheaded by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE). Through the recognition of inspiring role models, PCE hopes to instil a culture of entrepreneurship among the Filipino people and provide them with examples of potential negosyo models that they can go into.

Qualifications:
(The nominator must write a supporting statement or a short essay highlighting each of the qualifications below. See Official Nomination Form for the format.)

1. May or may not have come from humble beginnings;
2. A Filipino who embodies the following traits: PASSIONATE, POSITIVE and PANALO (‘can do’) attitude;
3.Must have an innovative business model (products/ processes);
4. Mus t show the ability to genuinely care for the community and stakeholders and must have the potential to share time and talent to help spread the entrepreneurship advocacy;
5. Must be well-respected by their peers.

Mechanics & Requirements
Nominators must fill-up the Nomination Form and send it on or before January 26, 2015. Candidates must submit their requirements not later than January 26, 2015.  Requirements include:

1. Duly accomplished Nomination Form
2. Short essay/ supporting statement (Please see attached Nomination Form for the format)
3. Supporting documents:
– Certificate of Business Registration or SEC Registration
– Pictures of products and/or business establishment/s
– Feature articles/press releases (if any)

Nomination Forms and Candidate Requirements can be sent:

VIA E-MAIL
 – send to filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com and and put “Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015” as the subject.
VIA MAIL – send directly to the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, 5/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Streets, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila 1552
VIA FAX – send to (02) 637-9229

Please call the PCE Secretariat (02) 637-9229 to confirm if your entries were received. PCE shall not be responsible for any loss of data during transmission.

Deadlines:
          1. January 26, 2015– Deadline of submission of Nomination Forms and Candidate Requirements
          2. March 6, 2015– Awarding of the 10 winners at the 7th GO NEGOSYO Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Download the NOMINATION FORM – Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015 here.

For more information, please call the PCE Secretariat at (02) 637-9229 or e-mail us at filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

Go Negosyo to hold the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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In its continuing efforts to empower Filipinos to be enterprising and entrepreneurial, and as its dedication to enabling Filipinas, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (Go Negosyo) in its tenth year as a progressive non-governmental advocacy-based organization, is holding the 7TH GO NEGOSYO FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT in time with the international celebration of the Women’s Month. This year’s Filipina Summit is set to happen on MARCH 6 2015, FRIDAY at the WORLD TRADE CENTER in Pasay City.

The Summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina. It shall continue the annual tradition of recognizing our women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. For six years in a row, this Summit, which usually has over 5,000 attendees, empowers our Filipinas by equipping them with a positive mindset and the tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success most especially by being entrepreneurial and enterprising.

The Summit which will cover different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics will have several plenary fora featuring prominent female personalities. The first forum is the Keynote Forum that will highlight the inspiring stories, platforms and advocacies of women in governance. In addition, we will be awarding inspiring female entrepreneurs who are exemplary in the field of business. There will also be individual mentoring sessions with expert entrepreneurs we call Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs.

STUDENTS AND TEACHER PARTICIPANTS
Interested Students & Teachers may get in touch with the #FES7 Secretariat thru Programs Development Associate, Ms. Aprilmae Casas at 637.9229. Schools will be sent official invitation letters addressed to the College or University President. Request for the official letter may also be communicated thru the Secretariat.

NON-STUDENT/NON-TEACHER PARTICIPANTS
Go Negosyo is reserving 500 SEATS for Participants who are Non-Students & Non-Teachers. Registration fee is worth Eight Hundred Pesos (800.00) which cover for a packed lunch meal, seat reservation and a Certificate of Participation. Participants (non-students and non-teachers only) should reserve a slot by filling up the online registration database through http://tinyurl.com/GNFES7

 

PAYMENT DETAILS:
Account Name: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 4850-088-492 (BDO Savings Account)

For slot verification, the deposit slip should be sent via fax (637.7874) or via e- mail (filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com) (Subject: FES7Payment_LASTNAMEFIRSTNAME).

REGISTRATION and PAYMENT is until FEBRUARY 20, 2015.

Interested Institutional Partners may get in touch with Go Negosyo’s Programs Development Manager Jap Uminga at 637.9229 or via e-mail (jap.pce@gmail.com).
Interested Media Partners may get in touch with Marga Manuel at 637.9347 or via e-mail (marga.pce@gmail.com).
Interested Sponsors may get in touch with Go Negosyo’s Marketing Officer P.A. De Guzman at 637.9229 or via e-mail (padeguzman.pce@gmail.com).

DOWNLOADABLES:
FES7 Letter of Invitation (HEIs)
 FES7 Confirmation Slip (HEIs)
7th Filipinas Entrepreneurship Summit Program v9

 

4th OFW & Family Summit 2014 Press Conference

Friday, November 14th, 2014
In the photo (L-R): Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director, Sen. Cynthia Villar and Mr. Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founder.

In the photo (L-R): Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director, Sen. Cynthia Villar and Mr. Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founder.

Villar Foundation in partnership with Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo held the 4th OFW & Family Summit 2014 Press Conference earlier today at Worldwide Corporate Center. Present in the press con were Senator Cynthia Villar, Mr. Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founder and Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director and members of the press.

The 4th OFW & Family Summit will be held on December 4, 2014 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. This one day event aims to provide various business opportunities for the OFWs and their families, with the thrust for proper management and investment of their hard-earned resources. Moreover, the summit aspires to encourage entrepreneurship among OFWs and provide the vehicle for them to spot business breaks that fir their interests and skills. This will be an avenue for them to network with business owners, franchise holders, and other groups that can help them start their own business.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez, giving his insights on what to expect in the upcoming OFW & Family Summit 2014.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez, giving his insights on what to expect in the upcoming OFW & Family Summit 2014.

Go Negosyo Founder, Mr. Joey Concepcion, encouraging everyone to attend the 4th OFW & Family Summit on December 4, 2014.

Go Negosyo Founder, Mr. Joey Concepcion, encouraging everyone to attend the 4th OFW & Family Summit on December 4, 2014.

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This year, Villar Foundation has once again tied up with Go Negosyo for the OFW & Family Summit. This one day event aims to provide various business opportunities for the OFWs and their families, with the thrust for proper management and investment of their hard-earned resources.

Check out more photos at our Facebook Page.

GoNegosyo to Bring its Creativity & Innovation Summit in Cebu

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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True to its commitment of helping transform the Philippines into an entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo is bringing the Creativity and Innovation Summit in Cebu on August 29, 2014, FRIDAY at the J Center Mall, Mandaue City, Cebu, after its successful Manila run November last year.

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[GoNegosyo Summit] GoNegosyo to Hold 1st PH AgriNegosyo Summit 

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Inspired by its commitment to building the Philippines as an entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (Go Negosyo) is launching its very FIRST PHILIPPINE AGRINEGOSYO SUMMIT on JULY 25, FRIDAY at the WORLD TRADE CENTER in Pasay City.

GNPAS is a one-day event that will feature different topics in agripreneurship in the forms of keynote addresses, plenary discussions and plenary lectures.  It shall enjoin the participants to develop a positive change in their mindset, and empower them with relevant entrepreneurship tools and concepts as their key to success specifically in pursuing an agribusiness venture.

Designed to complement the existing sectoral summits of GoNegosyo targeting the youth, the women, the OFWs and the technopreneurs, this Summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people by educating them about different opportunities in the vast sector of agriculture.

 

GNAS - Final Poster

OBJECTIVES

 

Specifically, the summit aims to be able to:

  • Inspire students and aspiring entrepreneurs to look at agriculture in a different way and possibly encourage them to start their own agribusiness ventures by featuring young successful and inspiring agripreneurs;
  • Present various business models in agriculture in the crops, seeds and grains, vegetables and fruits, agri-processing, fishing and animal raising and industry subcategories and teach practical know-how on starting up an agri venture;
  • Recognize role models in the field of agripreneurship through the GoNegosyo Inspiring Agripreneurs for 2014 Award;
  • Invite relevant government agencies and leaders in the agriculture sector to communicate their general roadmap and vision for the Philippine Agriculture;
  • Get together a network of enablers in the agribusiness industry to share and discuss services being extended to potential and practicing entrepreneurs.

 

 

THE FORUMS

 

There will be four plenary forums on the following topics:

 

Keynote Forum The Making of a Successful Agribusiness Ventures 
Panel Discussion 1:Business Models Business Opportunities and Business Models in the Agriculture Sector: Trends, Treats and Threats
Panel Discussion 2:Making It Happen Going into the Agri-Business Venture & the 3M: Making It Happen! (MENTORS & MACHINES)
Panel Discussion 3:Making It Happen Getting Funding: Going into the Agri-Business Venture & the 3Ms: Making It Happen! (MONEY)
Panel Discussion 4:Young Agripreneurs Cultivating the Youth to be Agripreneurs

 

Aside from the plenary forums, other program elements include:

 

Welcome Message To be delivered by the GoNegosyo’s Founding Trustee, Mr. Joey Concepcion
Keynote Addresses To be delivered by top government officials whose primary and special duties revolve around agriculture – Sen. Cynthia Villar, Senate Committee Chair on Agriculture and Food, and newly appointed Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agriculture Modernization, former senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan
GoNegosyo Inspiring Agripreneurs Award 2014 Aim of which is to recognize role models who will continually inspire our fellow Filipinos to also venture into agripreneurship
AgriExpo As a hands on experience, there will be select agricompanies who will do product/service exhibit. This is to provide the attendees a visual or even tactile or hands on experience.
Plenary Talks

 

DOWNLOAD COPY OF THE LATEST PROGRAM HERE.

DOWNLOAD COPY OF THE PRIMER HERE.

 

REGISTRATION FEE & HOW TO REGISTER

A. Students & Teachers

  • Registration is free for students and teachers (Graduate School not included).
  • The official invitation letter to schools may be downloaded HERE
  • The confirmation slip (for schools only) may be downloaded HERE.

 

B. Non-Academe Participants/ General Audience

  • Registration Fee: For Non-Academe Participants (Non-Student/Non-teacher/ Non-School Personnel), registration fee is Five Hundred Pesos Only (P500.00).
  • Inclusion: The fee covers the door ticket, seat allotment (in the blocked area of the hall), and Certificate of Attendance.
  • Where to Register: Registration for non-student/non-teacher is via online: www.tinyurl.com/gonegagri

 

Since slots are limited (World Trade Center Hall D can only accommodate over a thousand participants), we encourage you to confirm immediately or reserve your slots by calling 637.9229 or 6318101 loc. 7106

 

WHO TO CONTACT

 

For INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS (general audience, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs and high school and college students and teachers), you may get in touch with our Programs Development Assistant Braddy Reyes at gonegosyo.agribusiness@gmail.com.

 

For INTERESTED INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS, you may get in touch with our Programs Development Manager Jap Uminga at jap.pce@gmail.com.

 

For INTERESTED SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS, you may get in touch with our Marketing Officer Mia Concepcion at mia.concepcion@gmail.com.

 

For INTERESTED MEDIA PARTNERS, you may get in touch with our Media and Communications Officer Ann Margaret Antonio at marga.pce@gmail.com.

 

THE GONEGOSYO AGRIPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT 2014 (GNPAS) SECRETARIAT MAY BE CONTACTED THROUGH 637.9229 OR 6318101 LOC. 7106 OR VIA EMAIL (gonegosyo.agribusiness@gmail.com)

SME Roving Academy Region 3 Launched in Pampanga

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Last July 16, we celebrated the launching of SME Roving Academy for Region III and Go Negosyo Seminar in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. This program is a continuous learning program for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to become competitive in the domestic and international markets. The goal of this program is to integrate the business development services for SMEs at national and local levels, establish the Provincial, Regional and National Entrepreneurship Development Networks and manage an inclusive promotion program. SME Roving Academy program has seven stages: Start-Up & Capability Building Stage, Market Awareness Stage, Market Readiness Stage, Export Readiness Stage, Export Market Entry Stage, Export Sustainability Stage and Export Expansion Stage.

Region III covers the following provincial offices of DTI Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Bataan and Aurora.  The participants of the event traveled all the way to San Fernando, Pampanga just to witness the launching of this program and of course, to learn from the Go Negosyo seminar. Aside from the representatives per provincial office, DTI also invited MSMEs to attend the program in helping them improve and develop their negosyos. During the first part of the event, launching was done.

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Participants from DTI Region 3 and MSMEs

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Go Negosyo mounts its 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 1

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

In its continuing effort to empower Filipinos to be enterprising and entrepreneurial, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo, will mount the 5TH GO NEGOSYO FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT on MARCH 1, 2013, FRIDAY at the WORLD TRADE CENTER MANILA.

The Summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipina by equipping them with a positive mindset, as well as the tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success. It shall continue the annual tradition of recognizing women and their capacity to be catalysts of change and progress.

Serving as Keynote Speaker for the summit is no less than the distinguished member of the Senate, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. In addition, a select pool of distinguished Filipina entrepreneurs and enablers will be awarded for their remarkable contribution in their respective fields. Among the twelve Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013 are Corazon Dayro-Ong (CDO Foodsphere, Inc.), Maria Fe Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.), Charita Puentespina (Puentespina Orchids and Tropical Plants, Inc), Amb. Preciosa Soliven (OB Montessori, Inc.), Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz Holdings, Inc.), Tina Maristela-Ocampo (Celestina), Glenda Barretto (Via Mare), Dr. Eleanor Tan (Healthway Medical), Bambi Verzo (Concertus Manila), Dr. Vivian Sarabia (Vivian Sarabia Optical), Cynthia Villar (The Villar Foundation), and Heny Sison (Heny Sison Culinary School).

Meanwhile, three women entrepreneurship stalwarts will be recognized as the Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Icons for devoting their lives in entrepreneurship and by helping promote the same to Filipinos. Our Women Entrepreneur Icons are Dr. Helena Benitez (Philippine Women’s University), Socorro Ramos (National Book Store), and Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing House, Inc.).

The summit will cover different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics through a series of plenary fora featuring prominent female entrepreneurs. There will also be individual mentoring sessions with expert entrepreneurs and business consultants, and an expo area where entrepreneurs can sell and promote their products and services, as well as showcase their effective business models.

Level up and learn! Entrance is FREE FOR ALL! Students and teachers may pre-register by calling 637.9229 or 637.9347. For more information, visit Go Negosyo’s website at www.gonegosyo.net and facebook.com/gonegosyoofficial.

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Go Negosyo holds the 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

With more than 5,000 participants, the Philippines’ biggest names in technology gathered last January 21 at the SMX Convention Center for the 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) – Go Negosyo.

From the Filipino-American technologists who became very successful in the Silicon Valley up to the country’s most promising technopreneurs, the speakers and panelists during that day made the day inspirational and full of learning. More than 5,000 participants filled the halls of SMX; 4,000 of which were students from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The experience was even more overwhelming with the presence of PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan.

After the short welcome speech of Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion , PLDT President Poly Nazareno delivered the opening remarks, where he emphasized the country’s role to create an environment where aspiring entrepreneurs can thrive, and how PLDT is doing its part to achieve this. Following him was Silicon Valley top technopreneur Engr. Dado Banatao, who actually took his time to prepare a slide presentation for the summit. This gesture was really appreciated by the audience who were taking down notes during his talk. He reminded the participants that the key to be successful in the technology industry is to start young by focusing on their studies. Dado also reminded thetechnopreneurs who were present of the importance in knowing the market trends, having a relevant product and technology roadmap, continuously working on objectives and key result areas, and having a strong management team and an active board of directors in their respective companies.

The keynote forum came next, where other successful Fil-Ams in Silicon Valley served as panelists. They were Winston DamarilloEric ManlunasDr. Paco Sandejas, and Myla Villanueva, as well as Smart Communications co-founder Doy Vea, who willingly shared the experiences that they encountered during the time when they were still starting. They all have the same belief that the Filipino talent is at par with the technologists from other countries. According to them, all that we need is the right assistance, and they are more than willing to serve as mentors through their foundation called PhilDev.

Three more forum sessions followed in the afternoon. The first one featured existing businesses in the country’s technology industry, and the panel was composed of Bernie Abis (Webcast Technologies, Inc.), John Bibal II (Philippine Blackberry Developer Group), Alvin Edwald Chan (game developer), Gerry Cruz (Andgage), RJ David (Sulit.com), Michael Ngo Dee (Tripid.ph), Ryan Escarez (developer, MRT Trackr),Calen Martin Legaspi (Orange and Bronze Software), Jose Julio Lopez (EMC Corporation), Unyx Sta. Ana (Orchestronix), Jeffrey Siy(Galleon.ph), Ralph Wunsch (Metro Deal), and Alvin Tan (Siglo). They shared their individual entrepreneurial journeys, as well as the best practices that their companies do. It is worthy to note that most of them believed in helping other practitioners in the realm of technology, even if it would sometimes require them to share their own resources and knowledge.

The next forum featured the enablers in the technology industry, which are either helping start-ups fund their projects, develop their ideas further, or provide a strong physical infrastructure or software for their businesses. They were James Ayson (Smart DevNet), Ken Lauren-Dagano (technology evangelist), Reena Estuar (Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center), Jojo Flores (Silicon Valley S&T Advisory Council), Alvin Gendrano (Microsoft Philippines), Monchito Ibrahim (Information and Communication Technology-DOST), Tom Russel(SeedAsia), Jack Madrid (Multiply), Dr. Luis Sison (DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship), Marica Uchida (Developers Connect Foundation), and Earl Martin Valencia (Ideaspace Foundation).

Meanwhile, the last session was a bloggers’ forum featuring prominent names in the blogging industry, such as Mark Joseph Delgado(Bloggers4Change), Anton Diaz (OurAwesomePlanet), Ira Giorgetti (male fashion), Tricia Gosingtian (female fashion), Ivan Henares (Ivan About Town-tourism), Mae Ilagan (When in Manila-tourism), Michael Lim (Fashion Pulis), Abe Olandres (Yuga Tech), Carlo Ople(UnBox.com), Patricia Prieto (female fashion), Jeoff Solas (Loveyourself.ph), and Janette Toral (Philippine Blogging Summit). It was a great way to cap the content-heavy day, because they shared their entertaining yet inspiring experiences in blogging. Their stories prove that anyone can use technology not only to practice their writing skills or to share their experiences in life online, but also to use it as an avenue to earn from it.

The said summit became succesful because of the partnership with PLDT Cloud, PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, and Multiply.com Philippines. Go Negosyo hoped to inspire more Filipinos to be techies and consider this industry as the means to get out of poverty.