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ASEAN BAC Chairman Concepcion Establishes an Alliance Towards Prosperity

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion established the Alliance Towards Prosperity For All with various business chambers in the country.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion established the Alliance Towards Prosperity For All with various business chambers in the country.

After the successful Prosperity for All Summit, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion started an alliance with the country’s business chambers to create programs in creating prosperity for the micro and small entrepreneurs.

The Alliance Towards Prosperity For All is a long-term private sector-led campaign at the national level to build a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance of organizations and individuals to pursue prosperity for all among ASEAN nations.

Members of this alliance are expected to participate in all upcoming ASEAN activities and help in the continuous campaign for infrastructure. They will also be part of the technical working committee which will develop a national platform for MSME development.

Go Negosyo, founded by Concepcion, will be the leading organization for this alliance in the Philippines. Go Negosyo has been in the forefront of entrepreneurship development since 2005. For the past 12 years, Go Negosyo has created a strong network of entrepreneurs and organizations from all industries helping micro and small entrepreneurs level up.

Aside from Go Negosyo, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Financial Executives of the Philippines, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., Philippine Franchising Association, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, and many more will join the alliance. 22 business chamber heads attended the initial meeting of the alliance and many pledged their support to this initiative.

Chairman Concepcion said, “Through this initiative, we are creating a sustained alliance to fight off poverty through empowering micro and small entrepreneurs.”

In addition, in order to create prosperity for all, the alliance aims to strengthen the 3Ms for micro and small entrepreneurs. 3Ms include Money, Market and Mentorship. Access to finance is one of the biggest problems of MSMEs. In order to sustain their businesses, microfinance institutions, grants and loans, and other government interventions must be accessible to them.

To help MSMEs scale up, they also need market linkages. Go Negosyo and several organizations promote inclusive business where large companies include micro and small entrepreneurs in their value chains. By linking MSMEs to corporations, they are given wider market access and a sustainable income.

Mentorship is widely implemented by Go Negosyo in partnership with Department of Trade and Industry through the nationwide-implemented Kapatid Mentor Me Program which is a weekly coaching and mentoring program for micro and small entrepreneurs.

ASEAN Business Advisory Council under the Philippines chairmanship also established the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) which will be a pool of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts who will share their knowledge to micro entrepreneurs across the region. Members of the alliance will also be part of the AMEN program.

ASEAN BAC Chair Calls for ASEAN Brotherhood to Achieve Prosperity in the Region

Friday, May 5th, 2017
ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and current ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion led the hosting of the first Prosperity for All Summit. In his opening speech, Concepcion focused on relaying the essence and importance of creating prosperity for all.

After acknowledging the special attendees of the night such as Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senators Miguel Zubiri and Bam Aquino, DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez amongst many others, Concepcion gave special recognition to his father Jose Concepcion Jr. as his personal mentor and inspiration.

Thus, setting the tone for the event, the speech of Concepcion had the core message of mentorship and its role as a key driver for inclusive growth. In a room full of the country’s, and even the region’s, most powerful businessmen and organizations, Concepcion heeded the group to action. He said that it was about time they consciously balance their needs with the needs of the micro, small, and medium enterprises.

The greatest form of mentorship is when big businesses begin to adopt inclusive business model. in a sense, they are mentoring small businesses by incorporating them into their value chains and helping them scale. Concepcion cited the examples of SM, Rustan’s and Robinsons as supermarkets who have been directly sourcing goods from farmers.

Lastly, Concepcion presented the ASEAN-BAC’s adoption of mentorship as its main deliverable of the year. They will launch the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network this year, and this will hopefully be the start of an ASEAN-wide network of skills and knowledge sharing.

Be a partner for change and become a mentor for entrepreneurship in ASEAN! Visit www.aseanmentors.org and fill out the application form online.

Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture Form the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP). In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

Go Negosyo and Department of Agriculture sealed their partnership for the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP). In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship, Dr. William Dar, Go Negosyo Adviser, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DA Undersecretary for Marketing, and Luz Tapusok, Director of Agricultural Training Institute.

April 3, 2017–The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Go Negosyo at the Casa Roces, Malacañan, Manila City officiates the partnership between the two institutions in launching the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP).

Last 2016, Go Negosyo in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, rolled-out the Kapatid Mentor ME Program (KMME) which helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors. Mentors are business owners or practitioners across different functional areas of entrepreneurship. The sessions are held in DTI’s Negosyo Centers across the country and are stretched over the course of 12 weeks.

KAMMP in this regard, wishes to take the same proven and enabling formula as the KMME and apply it to the context of Agripreneurs. The DA is mandated to promote agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investments, and support services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises. Thus, KAMMP was developed with Go Negosyo as a coaching program for Agriculture as a complement to the DA’s initiatives to help sustain and scale up Agri-business in the country.

The program’s modules will be taught by Agri-business Industry practitioners with an extensive knowledge in their field. The objectives of the program are to equip Agri-preneurs with the proper production techniques, mindset and values, practical knowledge and strategies, and consultation services to foster successful and sustainable agri-enterprises. Mentees for the program will be selected from farmers groups by the respective Regional Directors of the DA.

Go Negosyo is represented by its Founder, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, together with Merly Cruz, Adviser for MSME Development, and Ginggay Hontiveros, Adviser for Agripreneurship. Also present were Go Negosyo Agri Mentors led by Dr. William Dar, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Toto Barcelona, Pamela Chan, Flor Tarriela, Mike Caballes, Cherrie Atilano, Vix Madlangbayan, Sandy Montano, Babie Atanacio, Mat Maderazo and Bobby Amores.  The Department of Agriculture is represented by Secretary Manny Pinol, together with Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan of Operations and Undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat of Marketing. Also present to witness the signing is the Director for ATI Ms. Luz Tapusok and members of the ATI,

AFID and AMAS teams. ATI is integral to the implementation of the KAMMP program in all regions of the country.

The MOU Singning was followed with a discussion by the two parties for several initiatives of agri development in the countryside, as well as the proposed ASEAN Agri Summit slated for October 2017.

DTI Pushes for Inclusive, Innovation-led Growth in ASEAN

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

by Secretary Ramon Lopez

The Philippines, as one of the founding members of ASEAN, takes pride in hosting this year’s regional meet, which has the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” Given that the organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we are also fortunate that we’ve been provided with an opportunity to strategically champion our advocacies within the region.

On top of our agenda is steering the ASEAN to full economic integration through greater trade and investment among our fellow ASEAN Member States.

Despite concerns that our country would lose in terms of trade or employment opportunities because of the ASEAN integration, the Philippines is actually well positioned to take advantage of it. Among our country’s many strengths, we have our robust economic performance, improving competitiveness, and a huge supply of English-speaking workforce.

The integration will likewise provide an opportunity for Philippine industries and services to become a major player in the ASEAN region, even as it offers a bigger market for Philippine businesses.

Through our chairship, we also wish to reach the conclusion for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that will link the ASEAN–an economic powerhouse with a market of 600 million people–to its six Dialogue Partners. This would create an even bigger market of 3.5 billion people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte officially opens the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte officially opens the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program.

What does this all mean for the average Filipino? For consumers, this means more variety of goods and services at cheaper prices. For producers, this means cheaper prices of imports–which translates to more competitive prices for their products. For investors, this means having a single production base, even with the ASEAN’s diversity with regard to capital, expertise, labor, and resources.

Of course, we cannot forget our micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), who are at the front and center of our current trade agenda. For them, integration means Philippine products and services having easier access to the larger markets of the ASEAN and RCEP, while also heightening their competitiveness.

Yours truly will serve as the chair of the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting even as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chairs the ASEAN Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (CBIP). The latter committee will engage the international business community, the government, and other parties, as well as organize business and investment-related activities.

Last January 24, DTI officially unveiled business programs and events that will complement the Philippines’ priorities under the AEC pillar. These are regulatory coherence; micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs); innovation; and women and youth.

Among the thematic priorities developed by the Philippines for its ASEAN 2017 hosting, DTI’s priority agenda of “inclusive, innovation-led growth” is poised to champion the MSME mandate in the ASEAN through the following strategic measures: (1) increasing trade and investment; (2) integrating MSMEs in the digital economy; and (3) developing an innovation-driven economy.

In these endeavors, all of you, our partners, can help the government promote the Philippine hosting of ASEAN, as well as the ASEAN identity, to the greater number of Filipinos.

Mentor Me to Launch in 16 Regions this 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Menter Me Program helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors.

Menter Me Program helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors.

March 8, 2017– Today marks the launch of the Kapatid Mentor ME (Micro Entrepreneur) Program or KMME for 2017. Last year, the program gained wide success and acclaim with the program rolling-out in 11 regions with over 200 business owners benefiting from the comprehensive program on entrepreneurship.

KMME began its roll-out on August 2016, as one the of three pillars of the Kapatid program. Go Negosyo, in collaboration with the DTI, launched this program as an initiative to bolster sustainable inclusive growth across enterprises of all sizes. The program consists of 1) the Mentor ME Program 2) Adopt-an-SSF (Shared Service Facility) and, 3) Inclusive Business.

Menter Me Program helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors. Mentors are business owners or practitioners across different functional areas of entrepreneurship. The sessions are held in DTI’s Negosyo Centers across the country and are stretched over the course of 12 weeks.

This year, the program will tackle 10 modules on topics such as — but not limited to —Marketing, the Entrepreneurial Mindset and Values Formation, Product Development and Innovation, Human Resource and Organization Management, Operations Management, Taxation and even Business Law.

“The Mentor Me Program feels like “modern bayanihan,” where entrepreneurs go hand-in-hand to help each other. It greatly helped a young & enthusiastic entrepreneur like me, acting not only as a guide but also as a way for me to be connected with people who have been in the business world for years,” says Sofia Tricia Zosa, business owner of Sofia’a Home Baked Goodies and 2016 mentee from DTI Davao, Region 11.

KMME will begin its roll-out this March in Mindanao and will spread out to other regions across Luzon and Visayas and Mindanao in the following months. The complete schedule for the months of March and April are listed below:
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DTI Supports Women in Tech Meet in Manila

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) will bring together women from ASEAN member states for a conference focused on Technology and Innovation. Photo courtesy of DTI Facebook page.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) will bring together women from ASEAN member states for a conference focused on Technology and Innovation. Photo courtesy of DTI Facebook page.

In line with the celebrations for the International Women’s Month in March, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) will bring together women from ASEAN member states for a conference focused on Technology and Innovation.  The Steering Committee is composed of representatives from the DTI, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBizPH) in coordination with the ASEAN National Organizing Council (NOC).

As part of the ASEAN Business and Investment Program led by DTI, the event tagged as S.T.E.A.M. Ahead in ASEAN: A Forum for Women and Technology will be held on 16-17 March at the Microtel by Wyndham at the Mall of Asia in Manila. Delegates and speakers from the various ASEAN countries with representatives from Google and UPS are expected to be at the two-day event to give women more ideas about opportunities in careers centered on Technology and Innovation.

Studies have proven that women who pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) are highly likely to earn 30% more income than in non-STEAM careers.

DTI, as a prime advocate of advancement of tech-driven businesses in the country, leads the conference as part of its SLINGSHOT program that aims to help the growth and development of the startup community in the Philippines.

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN) is a working group in ASEAN composed of women entrepreneurs and associations working to promote women’s economic empowerment in the region. The Philippines currently chairs AWEN which has a network of almost a hundred organizations in the 10 ASEAN member states.

USAID-ACTI, the co-sponsor of the Conference, supports AWEN’s policy advocacy plans to empower women through business and enterprise and to improve access to finance and markets. It also organized the network of women in 2014 and sees through its projects for sustainable action plans for regional integration through technology.

AWEN was first chaired by Vietnam until May 2016 when the leadership was turned over to the Philippines for the period 2016-2018. It also happens to be the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and Philippines as the host country. ASEAN-BAC headed by Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion,  supports AWEN in all its activities in line with its private sector engagement.

Interested parties wanting to attend the two-day conference may log on to www.womenbiz.ph or www.dti.gov.ph.

A Celebration for Women as Catalysts for Change

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

On March 30, 2017, at the prestigious Malacañan Palace, an event will be solely dedicated to the recognition of women across the Philippines and their capacity to be catalyst for change and progress during the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2017. This event is aligned with the first national celebration of Women’s Month, held every March as part of the worldwide observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration. For the celebration, the new leadership will focus on these key foundations: partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710), captured through the theme: “WE Make Change Work for Women.”

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

The Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards will highlight the strength and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in the ever developing landscape of entrepreneurship in our country. The awarding ceremony will celebrate the women who have greatly contributed and excelled in various ways in their respective fields. This new laudable batch of awardees are selected from an impressive pool of nominees and classified into seven categories: Youth, Inclusive Business, Women MSME Development Enabler, Micro, Small-Medium, Large, and Legacy.

“Women have been playing an active role, not just in their families, but also in their respective communities. We see more and more inspiring women who are empowered and passionate in their own respective fields and they deserve to be recognized. From conquering different industries such as food, fashion, health and wellness, to even male-dominated businesses such as construction and development. Women have truly proven themselves as catalysts for change and innovation,” Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion said.

As the Founder of Go Negosyo and the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Joey Concepcion has been at the forefront of honoring women entrepreneurs since the organization’s early years. In fact, Go Negosyo has already awarded over 200 outstanding women entrepreneurs for serving as inspirations in their respective fields. Among these women are Lifetime Achievement awardees Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore) and Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing) and the Mother of All Mother Entrepreneurs awardee Helena Benitez (Philippine Women University).

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte directed “all agencies, oversight bodies and local government units down to the barangay level to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women.” This is to ensure that man and woman will be partners in the pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments. This pursuit of development under the new administration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change.

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Manila Hosts ASEAN-EU Business Summit 2017

Friday, February 24th, 2017

The Philippines is all set to host the upcoming 2017 ASEAN-EU Business Summit happening on March 10 at The Conrad Manila in Pasay City. This is the country’s first big business event following its appointment to the ASEAN Chairmanship in September of last year. The fifth staging of the ASEAN-EU Business Summit coincides with the momentous occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 40th Anniversary of the ASEAN-EU relations. 2017 also serves as a banner year thanks to the on-going negotiations for EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion during the ASEAN EU press conference.

This year’s Business Summit aims to establish an even stronger relationship between the European Union and ASEAN, as well as strengthen the existing trade partnerships between the Philippines and the European Union. Since its inception in Indonesia in 2011, the Business Summit has become a formidable platform for business leaders, thought-leaders and policy makers to interact and discuss the key business and trade issues between the two regions. At the forefront of this year’s ASEAN-EU Business Summit is a distinguished panel of notable names, led by EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, BSP Governor Amando Tentangco Jr. and several other ASEAN Trade Ministers, together with some of the notable names in business, trade and government from around the ASEAN region. The Summit will consist of a number of panel discussions focused on diverse topics such as finance in ASEAN, sustainable economic development and boosting regional trade

Topics that will be discussed during the summit include Financing the ASEAN’s prosperity: Sustaining economic development and protecting it; Developing a world class automotive industry in the ASEAN and enhancing road safety; CSR and role of business in achieving sustainable development; Making the ASEAN more competitive – tackling NTBs and boosting regional trade; and The AEC – How can governments and businesses work together in bringing economic prosperity to all. The 2017 ASEAN- EU Business Summit is jointly organized by the EU-ASEAN Business Council, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), with the support of the EU-Philippines Business Network and co-funding from the European Union.

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen.

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen.

The summit is expected to gather over 200 attendees representing EU and ASEAN countries, local and regional heads of multinational corporations and businesses and NGOs for the Summit. Speaking at the public launch of the Summit, the EU-ASEAN Business Council Executive Director, Chris Humphrey, said: “The EU remains the number one source of FDI to ASEAN and the region’s second largest trading partner. As a result, this Summit takes on added significance as a platform for the exchange of ideas on how to further deepen and extend the trading and investment relationship between these two complimentary regions.”

Florian Gottein, the Executive Director of ECCP, added: “2017 is an important and key year both for EU-ASEAN relations and EU-Philippine relations. We expect good progress to be made on the FTA this year, being the 40th Anniversary of EU-ASEAN dialogues. Progressing on FTAs between the EU and the ASEAN region will be key to expanding trade and investment.”

Meanwhile EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said: “This is an important anniversary year for the EU and ASEAN. The strength of our institutions is sometimes taken for granted: The EU is the world’s largest economy and trading partner and we benefit a great deal from our trade. But we also realize that trade is more than that, it is also a vehicle for promoting values: We can shape globalization, rather than merely submitting to it, or letting others shape it for us. This Summit is an example of EU-ASEAN partnership and leadership in the world.”

Joey Concepcion, Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council also adds: “As we celebrate a milestone year for ASEAN, the ASEAN-EU Summit will be a good platform to discuss and share the progressive business and investment relationship of ASEAN & EU regions. Moving forward, the program can serve as an opportunity to further widen and deepen our economic engagement with the EU community. This year’s Business Summit is also kindly supported by PRU Life UK, JTI, Swift Financial Messaging Services, Bosch, DHL and Invest KL Malaysia.

Entrepreneurs to Pitch their Businesses on Reality TV show ‘The Final Pitch’

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

For the first time on Philippine TV, viewers will see the coming together of the best and brightest entrepreneurs on a reality TV show that will link them to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. All of them will go through a business boot camp and series of challenges for their chance to make the pitch of their lives in a once-in-a-lifetime funding round.

Entitled ‘The Final Pitch’, the reality TV show is loosely inspired by the Emmy Award-winning shows ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ and will challenge entrepreneur contestants in the realities of scaling their existing businesses- from exploring funding options, refining their business plans, and marketing their products and services. The show is set to air on History Channel this May, 2017.

Final Pitch

“The Final Pitch aims to help entrepreneurs find success by connecting them to investors who can finance them, and to mentors who can fine-tune their businesses—reducing risk factors and boosting growth potential and sustainability,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, John Aguilar.

Entrepreneurs will go through a series of challenges that will test their creativity, motivation and character. At the same time, they will learn the secrets behind the success of their potential investors, who are also tasked to handpick the top finalists to proceed on the show.

For Jose ‘Jomag’ Magsaysay, founder of a well-loved global food brand and one of the investors on ‘The Final Pitch’, his picks for the show would be based on whether or not he can see them as future business partners. “I’m looking for people who deserve a break, as I believe in the person more than the business,” he shares.

Other investors include the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies and SL Agritech, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and the youngest chairman of a publicly-listed company in the PSE, Joseph Calata; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the angel investing group MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

Final Investor Slot

Aguilar reveals that the show is on the lookout for a final investor who will complete the  investor panel. “The final slot should go to someone who is not just a successful business person with the capability to invest,  but someone who would like to see and help other entrepreneurs succeed.”

In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching from an esteemed lineup of mentors, who are composed of well-known business experts and inclusive business champions, namely Department of Trade and Industry Secretary, Mon Lopez; former President of MicroVentures, Inc., Senator Bam Aquino; Chairman of Start Up Village, Prof. Jay Bernardo and; President of the Ateneo Center for Entrepreneurship-Masters In Entrepreneurship (ACE-ME), Dr. Andy J. Ferreira, among others.

“The Philippines is host to so much untapped talent. With this show, we will find people who have great ideas and the willingness to overcome challenges, which are important qualities of a successful entrepreneur.” shares Aguilar. “This is also one way to help venture capitalists search for and nurture the next big business idea. We want to reinvigorate entrepreneurship in the Philippines, and rethink how we can contribute to its success.”

A Nation Building Venture

An entrepreneur himself, John Aguilar says that the show was founded on a more profound premise, which stemmed from his own experience as a young entrepreneur who put up his own business from scratch and persevered against seeking opportunities overseas.

“The intent is to help the nation through entrepreneurship, and the show does that in so many ways. First, we are helping put the idea of finding success through your own business out there in the hopes of inspiring others—especially the youth—to start their own business. Next, we are connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors, mentors and partners, and in the process, teaching viewers—who could potentially be future entrepreneurs—ways to start, improve, and grow their businesses.”

In addition, the show also promotes and showcases the value of adopting an inclusive business model, which helps alleviate poverty by creating a business ecosystem that makes the MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) sector an integral part of the value chain.

It is not uncommon knowledge that the Philippine economy is fueled by MSMEs. According to a data released by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) in 2014, 99.6% of all businesses in the country are MSMEs, which help reinforce sustainability of an economy by contributing on multiple fronts, like engaging local communities by bringing jobs to employment black spots, including in rural and far-flung areas. They also serve as valuable partners to large enterprises as suppliers and valuable providers of support services.

The Final Pitch aims to help bridge some of the sector’s major gaps by linking entrepreneurs to potential investors and imparting knowledge to them. According to Aguilar, each season of the show will have tangible and immediate results in terms of helping entrepreneurs and encouraging more people to start their own business ventures.

How to Join

To join The Final Pitch, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website www.TheFinalPitch.ph Deadline for submission of entries is until March 17, 2017. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through through its website.

‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for sponsorship and partnership inquiries, visit www.TheFinalPitch.ph or call 0917-8136674.

Go Negosyo Starts Kapatid Dev’t Projects in Sulu

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
GO NEGOSYO KAPATID BIG BROTHERS AND ENABLERS: (2nd row L-R) Merly Cruz of Go Negosyo, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Marissa Concepcion, Tony Meloto, George Barcelon of PCCI, Michael Tan, Manny Osmena, Luis Oquinena, Atty. Mike Toledo, Joseph Chua, Babe Romualdez, Sammy Uy, Alfredo Yao and William Belo of Wilcon Depot. (1st row L-R) Manny Pangilinan, Teresita Sy-Coson, Sec. Jess Dureza, Sec. Manny Pinol, PA Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datu Shah Bandar Abdusakur Tan, Gov. Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu, Ginggay Hontiveros and Henry Lim Bon Liong.

GO NEGOSYO KAPATID BIG BROTHERS AND ENABLERS: (2nd row L-R) Merly Cruz of Go Negosyo, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Marissa Concepcion, Tony Meloto, George Barcelon of PCCI, Michael Tan, Manny Osmena, Luis Oquinena, Atty. Mike Toledo, Joseph Chua, Babe Romualdez, Sammy Uy, Alfredo Yao and William Belo of Wilcon Depot. (1st row L-R) Manny Pangilinan, Teresita Sy-Coson, Sec. Jess Dureza, Sec. Manny Pinol, PA Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datu Shah Bandar Abdusakur Tan, Gov. Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu, Ginggay Hontiveros and Henry Lim Bon Liong.

Last December 19, Go Negosyo led by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol launched the Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu in Malacanang together with President Rodrigo Duterte. Attended by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, former Sulu Governor Sakur Tan and current Governor Totoh Tan and more than 500 entrepreneurs, advocates, and government officials, the launch successfully presented the program of rehabilitation for Sulu.

A month after, big brother conglomerates and PA Concepcion met with President Duterte once again to give an update on the developments of the Sulu program. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez also joined the discussion. Go Negosyo Kapatid conglomerates supports the President in helping areas of conflict and extreme poverty in the country. The President also commended the private sector for helping Filipinos achieve inclusive growth.

In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Alfred Ty, Manny Pangilinan, Federico Lopez, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Michael Tan, George Barcelon, Kevin Tan, Hans Sy, Enrique Razon, Cong. Arthur Yap, Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte; PA Joey Concepcion, Tomas Alcantara, Merly Cruz, Erramon Aboitiz, Alice Eduardo, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tony Tan Caktiong, Injap Sia, Former DOH Sec. Dr. Francisco Duque and Domingo Yap.

In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Alfred Ty, Manny Pangilinan, Federico Lopez, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Michael Tan, George Barcelon, Kevin Tan, Hans Sy, Enrique Razon, Cong. Arthur Yap, Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte; PA Joey Concepcion, Tomas Alcantara, Merly Cruz, Erramon Aboitiz, Alice Eduardo, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tony Tan Caktiong, Injap Sia, Former DOH Sec. Dr. Francisco Duque and Domingo Yap.

Following the successful meeting with President Duterte, PA Concepcion arranged another meeting with Finance Secretary Dominguez together with the Kapatid Conglomerates to discuss more business and finance issues and most importantly, the projects concerning the areas of extreme poverty. Secretary Dominguez echoed the support of President Duterte and assured that the government has allotted a budget for the development of ARMM.

On February 23, there will be a series of events in Sulu to commence the some of the development programs. First, there will be a launch of the SM Foundation – Harbest Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Agri Training and Capacity Building Program in a demo farm area in Jolo City, Sulu. Second, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony in Sultan Jamalul Kiram Central School and Kulasi Elementary School for the classrooms donated by Chinese Federation of Commerce and Industry and Cong. Arthur Yap of Bohol. There will also be another ceremony for the first two Kapatid Villages in Sulu which will be located in Brgy. Anuling Patikul and Brgy. Kajatian Indanan. For the past months, more than 200 houses were donated by many Kapatid big brothers which will support hundreds of families in province. There is also an on-going rehabilitation work to improve mobile and data connection by PLDT and SMART.

(A) The Integrated Provincial Health Office will receive donations of medical equipments and capacity building trainings for its medical staff through the MVP Group of Companies. (B) Most classrooms which are old and dilapidated will receive donations for rehabilitation from Kapatid big brothers such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

(A) The Integrated Provincial Health Office will receive donations of medical equipments and capacity building trainings for its medical staff through the MVP Group of Companies. (B) Most classrooms which are old and dilapidated will receive donations for rehabilitation from Kapatid big brothers such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Aside from these, more projects will be launched in the coming months in Sulu including establishment of coconut mill industry, provision of hospital equipment and capacity building, rehabilitation of schools, villages, and other livelihood programs. By March, there will be a commencement of poultry contract growing project for small farmers by the Bounty Fresh group, and on May 2017, there will be an agriculture capacity training program by ATISCO of the Yazaki Torres group.

More and more Kapatid big brothers are extending their help to the small brothers through Go Negosyo’s Kapatid, Angat Lahat Program. Eventually, with the strengthened partnership of the private sector and the government, prosperity and inclusive growth will be achieved.