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Nata de Coco Manufacturer is 2015 Citi Microentrepreneur of the Year

Monday, December 7th, 2015
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Lydia Malot of Davao City was chosen the National Winner of the 2015 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA). Lydia is the first CMA National Winner to hail from Mindanao in the program’s 12-year history.

Manila – Public school teacher turned nata de coco manufacturer Lydia Malot of Davao City was chosen the National Winner of the 2015 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA). Lydia is the first CMA National Winner to hail from Mindanao in the program’s 12-year history. Together with six other winners, Lydia was honored during the awarding ceremonies held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) last December 2, 2015.

A partnership among the BSP, Citi Philippines, and the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), the CMA is a nationwide search for the most outstanding micro business owners.  Funded by Citi Foundation, it started in 2002 as part of the celebration for Citi’s 100th year in the Philippines.  The CMA has since recognized more than 100 winners across the country.

This year, the CMA set a new record with 144 nominations from 28 microfinance institutions and cooperatives across the country.

Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed, who served as co-chair of the National Selection Committee (NSC) that chose this year’s winners, expressed their appreciation for the industry’s continuing support for the program.  “Each year, it is a very involved process to identify seven awardees from a long list of winners. With each passing year, it becomes more and more evident that there continues to be a great wealth of entrepreneurs in this country. These are men and women who have displayed exceptional commitment, determination, and ingenuity to create businesses that have contributed to better lives for themselves and their families as well as to the communities in which they live.”

The NSC members were all equally generous in their compliments for the exemplary business accomplishments and inspiring stories of the nominees. Despite the difficult task of sifting through nominations, the NSC unanimously chose Lydia because of her impressive business achievements and acts of bravery and perseverance.

Armed with basic knowledge on nata de coco production and PhP300 capital, Lydia and her husband were able to build a thriving enterprise. When her husband succumbed to an illness, she bravely took on the reins of the business and now supplies nata de coco to large canned food and juice producers in the Philippines. Lydia will soon be exporting her product to a customer overseas. Microfinance institution Kabalikat para sa Maunlad na Buhay, Inc. (KMBI) helps her by providing capital for expansion.

The stories of the regional and special awardees are also full of hardship and victories.

Regional Awardee for Luzon Ester Shiela Vitto and husband Ronald were able to carve a market for their homegrown sandals and slippers using old tires for the footwear’s outer soles complemented with a unique service offering of free repair. Visayas Awardee Jordan Inalisan who started as a pastillas business worker is now the owner of the go-to store offering special pastillas and other delicacies from Carigara, Leyte; and Maternidad Salili, Mindanao winner is a proud manufacturer of coil springs for some of the country’s biggest manufacturing companies. Ester, Jordan, and Maternidad are clients of CARD Bank, Inc., Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc., and KMBI, respectively.

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The NSC also gave the Special Award for Agri Micro-business to two outstanding microentrepreneurs – mushroom and organic rice grower Victoria Bantilan of Negros Occidental; and fish breeder and knife fish trader Laarni Ditablan of Binangonan, Rizal. Marines Takingan’s advocacy on organic farming in La Trinidad, Benguet earned him the Special Award for Community Leadership. Victoria is a member of the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc; while Laarni is supported by Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. Marines receives assistance from ECLOF Philippines Foundation.

The winners received close to PhP2 million in cash and non-cash prizes including life and health insurance coverage; a 4-week entrepreneurship training; and laptops and IT training. They were also inducted to the CMA Alumni Network, the winners’ circle organized to provide support and networking opportunities to past winners. The alumni network offers members access to a one-on-one mentoring program that aims to identify and address specific business needs of the alumni to enhance business competitiveness.

BSP Governor and NSC Co-Chair Amando Tetangco, Jr. in his keynote said that, “Indeed, our microentrepreneurs represent a gold mine of lessons and information that has been helping us transform and improve the lives of millions of Filipinos through microfinance. A significant factor in our growing harvest of successful microenterprises stories is a regulatory environment that enables microfinance institutions or MFIs to provide appropriate products and services.”

This year’s NSC is composed of Gov. Tetangco and Ahmed as co-chair; with members Antonino Alindogan, Jr., Independent Director, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation; Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, President, Summit Media; Jose Ma. Concepcion III, President and CEO, RFM Corporation; Atty. Felipe Gozon, President and CEO, GMA Network, Inc.;  Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas; Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Chair, the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Darwin Yu, PhD, Dean of John Gokongwei School of Management of the Ateneo de Manila University; and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, President, Ayala Corporation.

 

Go Negosyo Hosts 3rd Installment of “Meet the Presidentiables Series”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

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December 2—The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Go Negosyo in partnership with PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and RFM Corporation organized the 3rd Installment of “Meet the Presidentiables Series” featuring presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe at the Solaire Grand Ballroom.

Attended by some 500 entrepreneurs and youth delegates, the series aimed to give the entrepreneur community and key enablers a chance to meet the presidentiables who will share their vision and platform for the country, particularly on economic and entrepreneurship development although other topics were also discussed such as: agriculture, transportation, politics, poverty etc.

During the forum, a panel composed of different entrepreneurs such as Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Attorney Mike Toledo, Ramon Lopez (RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo), Babe Romualdez, Myrna Yao and (Richprime Global) got to ask questions to Poe about her platforms and takes on certain national issues.

Go Negosyo: Meet the Presidentiables Series featuring Sen. Grace Poe will be televised by the TV5 channel on December 44:15-5:15PM.

Go Negosyo and Villar SIPAG Conduct 5th OFW and Family Summit

Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Ribbon cutting ceremony with DHLExpress Country Manager Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Former Senate President Manny Villar, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Las Piñas Representative Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

Ribbon cutting ceremony with DHL Express Country Manager Yati Abdullah, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Former Senate President Manny Villar, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Las Piñas Representative Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Inc., Go Negosyo and the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Foundation organized the 5th annual OFW and Family Summit last November 26, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City with the theme: “Ipon Mo, I-Negosyo Mo.”

The summit, which aims to gather former and current overseas Filipino workers and introduce them to various opportunities in entrepreneurship, was attended by more than 5,000 OFWs and their families.

Aside from the forums and special topics discussed by guest speakers, there were also exhibits manned by the Summit partners and sponsors.

The event officially started with the ribbon cutting ceremony with former Senate president and Founding Chairman of Villar Sipag Foundation Manny Villar, Senator Cynthia Villar, Congressman Mark Villar, Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo and DHL Express Philippines country manager Yati Abdullah.

Go Negosyo founding trustee Joey Concepcion opened the program with an inspiring speech for OFWs and how they can achieve success through Sipag at Tiyaga. His talk was followed by Senator Cynthia Villar’s message of thanks to the program partners and OFW attendees.

After that, the signature crowd photo with the attendees was taken.

On its 5th year, the OFW & Family Summit organized by the Villar SIPAG Foundation and Go Negosyo attracted more than 5,000 OFWs and members of their families who are aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs. Photo shows Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez joining entrepreneurs and participants at the World Trade Center.

On its 5th year, the OFW & Family Summit organized by the Villar SIPAG Foundation and Go Negosyo attracted more than 5,000 OFWs and members of their families who are aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs. Photo shows Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Mark Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez joining entrepreneurs and participants at the World Trade Center.

The first forum of the program featured former OFWs who found success in entrepreneurship: Imelda Dagus, of Dennis Coffee Garden, Rosalie Ellasus of Philippine Maize Federation, Myrna Padilla, of Mynd Consulting, Prudencio Garcia of Mekeni and Zarah Juan of Green Leaf Eco Bags. The forum was co-moderated by MobKard’s Carlo Calimon.

The next forum was composed of successful Agripreneurs such as Henry Lim Bon Lion of Sterling Paper Group of Companies, Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation, Edith Dacuycuy of REFMAD Farms, Leo Dator of Itlog Ni Kuya, Lomboy Farm’s Avelino Lomboy, Paco Magsaysay of Real Fresh Dairy Farms Inc., Antuza Refalda of Kalinga Brew and Paris Uy of Livegreen International Inc.

The third forum focused on other business opportunities such as franchising, direct selling and multi-level marketing. Rico Garcia (World Ventures), Greny Guadamor (Max International), Rhea Horrilleno -Gudani (Nu Skin), Joey Sarmiento (Chair of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines), Cyd Bascar (Crystal Clear), Prof. Euclid Cezar (Famous Belgian Waffle), Ricardo Z. Cuna, (Fiorgelato), Jerry Neil C. Ilao, (Ink All You Can), Ms. Jean Uvero (Nail It) and Carolina T. Rivera (Crystal Clear franchisor) sat as panellists for this forum.

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Forum with former OFWs turned successful entrepreneurs moderated by DJ Cheska San Diego and angelpreneur Carlo Calimon.

Aside from the forums, there were also discussions about various special topics from experts in different fields: Michelle Molas, Product Marketing Manager for Ads Marketing of Google Philippines had a presentation on “Google for Business.” Randell Tiongson, Director of Registered Financial Planner Institute Philippines supplied the attendees of important knowledge about financial literacy. Benel Lagua, EVP & Chief Development Officer of Development Bank of the Philippines discussed financing opportunities for SMEs. Atty. Angelo Jimenez, Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies EVP talked about the National Reintegration Center for OFWs. Atty. Minerva A. Sobreviga-Retanal of the Anti-Fraud Division of National Bureau of Investigation gave everyone crucial information on business investment scams to avoid falling for these schemes. Lastly, Susan Ople, Head of Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute discussed the very important topic of illegal recruitment and human trafficking amongst OFWs. She also invited the victims of the lag-lag bala incident, Nanay Gloria and Mr. and Mrs. White, who shared their stories with their fellow OFWs.

Participants also had a chance to take home a house and lot from Camella Homes, business franchises from Kettle Korn, sari-sari store package from All Day, motorcycle from K Servico, and home appliances from Savers and business packages from event partners and sponsors.

The grand winner of Camella house and lot is Marlene Cacho.

This year's winner of a house and lot from Camella, Marlene Cacho with former Senate President Manyy Villar, Cong. Mark Villar, Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez and last year's winner Art Verano.

This year’s winner of a house and lot from Camella, Marlene Cacho with former Senate President Manyy Villar, Cong. Mark Villar, Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez and last year’s winner Art Verano.

After the program, the Villar family hosted a thanksgiving dinner for the partners and organizers of the 5th OFW and Family Summit where Congressman Mark Villar officially announced his candidacy for senator.

 

5th OFW and Family Summit Villar Stresses Need for OFWs to Save and Grow their Income

Sunday, November 15th, 2015
Sen. Cynthia Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Mr. Ramon Lopez.

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Go Negosyo Executive Director Mr. Ramon Lopez.

Sen. Cynthia Villar today stressed the need for overseas Filipino workers to learn how to save and invest their hard-earned money following a survey showing a decline in the number of OFW’s household allocating remittances for savings and investment.

“We already heard countless stories about OFWs who after working for a long time abroad, went broke because they had no savings or alternative way to earn. Programs should be initiated and regularly held to help our OFWs become successful even without employment abroad,” Villar said.

Villar cited the results of the Consumer Expectations Survey for the Third Quarter 2015 conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas saying OFW households are saving less from 49.7 percent in the second quarter to 38.2 percent in the third quarter.

The percentage of OFW households allocating for investments also fell to 6.2 percent in the third quarter from 6.7 percent in the second quarter.

“The mindset should not be working abroad for the remainder of their life. There should be a viable plan upon return to the Philippines that would make their earnings abroad grow,” the chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises added.

Villar said Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) partnered with Go Negosyo to provide a venue for OFWs and their family to gain knowledge and information on starting a business and entrepreneurship.

The 5th OFW and Family Summit with the theme “Ipon Mo, I-Negosyo Mo,” will be held on November 26, 7 am to 4 pm at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

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“The summit has become an annual gathering of OFWs and their dependents where participants acquire business insights from success stories of fellow OFWs and self-made businessmen. It is also a venue allowing participants to interact with the different government and private institutions offering opportunities for investment,” Villar said.

Entrance to the summit is free. Interested parties should register online at ofwsummit2015.villarsipag.org

Aside from the precious advice on entrepreneurship, participants will also have a chance to take home a house and lot from Camella Homes, business franchises from Kettle Korn, sari-sari store package from All Day, home appliances from Savers and business packages from event partners and sponsors.

Among the invited speakers are Zarah Juan (Green Leaf Eco Bags), Rosalie Ellasus (Philippine Maize Federation), Antuza Refalda (Kalinga Brew), Randell Tiongson (Director, Registered Financial Planner Institute Philippines), Benel Lagua (EVP & Chief Development Officer, Development bank of the Philippines), Angelo Jimenez (EVP, Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies), and Susan Ople (Head, Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute).

The senator will give the inspirational message in the summit, while Go Negosyo’s founding trustee Joey Concepcion will deliver the opening remarks.

MSMEs Take Center Stage in APEC Agenda

Saturday, November 14th, 2015
IN THE PHOTO (L-R): Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion, ABAC 2015 Chairman, Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Sen. Bam Aquino during the APEC SME Summit 2015 press conference.

IN THE PHOTO (L-R): Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion, ABAC 2015 Chairman, Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Sen. Bam Aquino during the APEC SME Summit 2015 press conference.

Manila, 12 November 2015 – The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will highlight the critical role of innovation in enabling micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to rethink the way they do businesses and become creators of ideas and solutions. Enterprises are considered the backbone of economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

ABAC, in partnership with Asia Society Philippines and the Philippine Center for the Entrepreneurship, will present the APEC SME Summit 2015, which is anchored on the theme of “Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries.” The event will be held on 17 November 2015 at the Green Sun in Makati City as part of the week-long APEC events.

“Entrepreneurs have become the dynamic drivers of innovation and job creation. With MSMEs accounting for 97% of enterprises and up to 90% of employment in APEC economies, ABAC urges Asia-Pacific economic leaders to address barriers inhibiting the participation of MSMEs in cross-border trade,” said Doris Ho, ABAC 2015 Chair.

Ho added that Asia-Pacific economies must promote inclusive business models to enable more MSMEs enter into long-term, value-driven partnerships in global value chains.

President Benigno Aquino III will deliver the Keynote Address to discuss the inextricable link between innovation and inclusive economies. “Unlocking the remarkable potential of entrepreneurs needs robust innovation ecosystems. SMEs are oftentimes better poised to understand new customer expectations and create transformational business models through innovation,” said Ho.

The Summit’s Conference will feature speakers whose big ideas and innovative solutions have inspired positive changes in their industries and in communities. These include Asia Society President Josette Sheeran; UBER Technologies, Inc. Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Care.com Founder and CEO Sheila Marcelo; Tallwood Venture Capital Managing Director Diosdado Banatao; Barefoot College Founder Bunker Roy, and Thumbtack Co-founder and President Jonathan Swanson.

Discussing innovation insights and experiences are Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa, Xurpas, Inc. President and CEO Nix Nolledo, Kalibrr, Inc. Co-founder and COO Dexter Ligot-Gordon; and Simple Wearables Co-founder and COO Angelo Umali.

The Conference’s afternoon session will talk about innovation and the future. Speakers include Innosight Managing Partner Scott Anthony; Aeromobil Co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculik; Bhumiputra Architecture Principal Alok Shetty; ABRA Founder and CEO Bill Barhydt; Teach for All Co-founder and CEO Wendy Kopp; and FedEx Asia Pacific President and CEO Karen Reddington.

Also happening alongside the APEC SME Summit is a trade exhibit of innovative and game-changing products and services. Around 30 world-class, cutting-edge business solutions and other groundbreaking technological advances from across the APEC region will be showcased. This covers all fields and sectors from agriculture, creatives, manufacturing, services, finance, science & technology, gaming, and others. One such exhibitor is Harish and Johnsen, the business solutions specialist firm run by two women under the age of 40 offering a creative, multiplatform approach tailor-made for each client’s needs.  Harish and Johnsen, in fact, created the event app that will debut during the Summit, enabling users to enjoy a more interactive experience.

Ho also underscored ABAC’s commitment to create an environment for MSMEs to internationalize through e-commerce. A joint study by ABAC and the USC Marshall School of Business found that MSMEs face complex customs requirements, high compliance costs, high logistics costs, lack of e-commerce infrastructure and e-payment facilities.

“We need APEC-wide e-Commerce policy frameworks and e-Commerce trade facilitation provisions in Regional Trade Agreements, as well as the APEC-wide promotion of the Cross Border E-Commerce Training Program for MSMEs,” said Ho.

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ABAC was created by APEC Leaders in 1995 to be the primary voice of business in APEC. Each economy has three members who are appointed by their respective Leaders. They meet four times a year in preparation for the presentation of their recommendations to the Leaders in a dialogue that is a key event in the annual Leaders Meeting.

ABAC is comprised of the Asia-Pacific region’s top business leaders tasked to provide inputs to APEC. It serves as the official business sector voice in APEC by presenting recommendations that promote the advancement of inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region, and ensure greater prosperity and a better quality of life.

This 2015, ABAC focused on four key priorities: Advancing the regional integration and services agenda; strengthening and facilitating micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises’ (MSME) entry into global markets; maximizing innovation and human capital potential; and promoting livable, sustainable cities and resilient communities.

 

Go Negosyo Wins Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion receives the Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing during the 36th Agora Awards.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion receives the Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing during the 36th Agora Awards.

Marriot Grand Ballroom—The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc., Go Negosyo won the prestigious award for Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing at the 36th Agora Awards last November 11.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion accepted the award and thanked Agora for recognizing the efforts of Go Negosyo in alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship.

Winners of the 36th Agora Awards with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez.

Winners of the 36th Agora Awards with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez.

Among the other winners of the annual event are: Arthur Tan of Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Export Marketing), Raul Falcon, country manager of Procter and Gamble Manufacturing (Outstanding Achievement in Overseas Marketing), Dr. Maynoll Montalbo of Mont Albo Wellness Corp. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-small scale), Catherine Salimbangon of Organique Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-medium scale), William Tiu-Lim of Mega Global Corp. (Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-large scale), Carl Mark Miniano, Ph.D, Dean of Adamson University’s College of Business Administration (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Education), David Guerrero of BBDO Guerrero Inc. (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Communications), Benjie Yap of Unilever Philippines (Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management) and ABS-CBN corporation which was represented by Carlo Katigbak (Marketing Company of the Year).

The Agora Awards is regarded as the standard-bearer for marketing excellence in the Philippines.

 

 

Go Negosyo Hosts 2nd Installment of “Meet the Presidentiables Series”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
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Liberal Party standard bearer, former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas delivers his speech in front of more than 500 guests during last night’s Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series.

November 9, 2015 —The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo in partnership with PLDT-SMART SME Nation, TV 5, Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation and RFM Corporation organized the 2nd Installment of “Meet the Presidentiables Series” featuring presidential candidate Mar Roxas at the Manila Polo Club.

The series aims to give the entrepreneur community and key enablers a chance to meet the presidentiables who will share their vision and platform for the country, particularly on economic and entrepreneurship development.

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Panelists with presidential candidate, Mar Roxas.

During the forum, a panel composed of different entrepreneurs got to ask questions to Roxas about his platforms and takes on certain national issues such as the Mamasapano incident, Yolanda, slow internet connection in the country, agriculture and issues on governance. The panel was composed of Atty. Mike Toledo of Philippine Bar Association, columnist and President of Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC) Mr. Babe Romualdez, Dra Limpe-Aw, CEOa. Vicki Belo of Belo Medical Group, Ms. Olivia Limpe-Aw, President & CEO of Distileria Limtuaco & Co., Ms. Tina Papillon of Pamora Farms, Inc. and Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez with TV5′s Head of News and Information, Ms. Luchi Cruz-Valdes as the moderator.

The third installment of the series will feature presidential candidate Grace Poe and will be held at the Solaire Resort and Casino on December 2, 2015

Go Negosyo Holds Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) Philippines 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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(UPDATED) October 24, 2015 – Go Negosyo and Peace and Equity Foundation teamed up to launch the Mobile Application Challenge for the Philippine run of the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) in partnership with Applied Innovation Institute, IE Business School and JSeed Ventures in conjunction with GSMA at the Impact Hub Manila, Green Sun Hotel Makati.

The bootcamp was opened to all types of mobile solutions developers, ranging from but not limited to education, SME solutions, entertainment, communication etc.

The first plenary talk was about What Makes A Good Tech Start-up Idea from an Investor’s Point of View with Joe Maristela of katalyst.ph as speaker. Artie Lopez from BrainSpark Philippines spoke next, giving the participants some tips on the How’s of Pitching.

The participants were able to ask questions in the forum with tech industry experts such as: Ragde Falcis, (Gorated Innovations Lab) Alvin Tan (Siglo and 2014 Philippine representative to SEAMAC PH) and Calen Legaspi (Orange & Bronze.)

After the forum, the acceleration program proper transpired. About 10 teams of participants were divided for a session with the following mentors: Renan Mara of 8 MaraLabs, Calen Legaspi of Orange and Bronze, Allan Mangune of Taughtworks, Inc. and Kenneth Swedlund, start-up and app industry expert.

The final pitch submissions for the participants is on November 9 and the semi finals (Philippine finals) is on December 5. The top two teams will receive one ticket each to Hawaii, USA to represent the Philippines for the Regional finals to be held in Hawaii, USA.

For more information about the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) Philippines, visit www.gonegosyo.net/mobilechallenge.

Go Negosyo is Gawad Parangal’s Most Outstanding Institution of 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez together with Angelpreneurs Paulo Tibig, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke, Carlo Calimon and Butz Bartolome, received the award on behalf of its founder Joey Concepcion.

On October 19, The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.—Go Negosyo received the prestigious Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for being the Most Outstanding Institution of 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The award was given to recognize Go Negosyo’s advocacy for entrepreneurship: addressing poverty by transforming Filipinos into entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, together with Angelpreneurs Paulo Tibig, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke,  Carlo Calimon and Butz Bartolome, received the award on behalf of its founder Joey Concepcion.

The Gawad Parangal is an annual event geared toward recognizing outstanding individuals and institutions that have contributed to not only Quezon City’s development but inspired the nation as well.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs in Luzon

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
YEDW Luzon fellows with mentors, Jorge Wieneke, Paulo Tibig and Mylene Abiva.

YEDW Luzon fellows with mentors, Jorge Wieneke, Paulo Tibig and Mylene Abiva.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo and US Embassy in Manila held the Luzon Leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) in Batangas last October 7, 8 and 9, 2015.

48 participants from all over Luzon went to the Pontefino Hotel in Batangas City to join the three-day workshop. Several entrepreneurs and guests were invited to speak and inspire the young entrepreneurs with their entrepreneurial journey.

The first day speakers were all Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs: Jorge Wieneke, (co-founder, Potato Corner and President of Tokyo Tempura) talked about re-discovering the entrepreneurial mindset and the secrets of spotting business opportunities; Mylene Abiva, (CEO of FELTA Multimedia) engaged the audience with her presentation on business model development; and Mon Abrea (CSO of Abrea Consulting Group) enlightened the fellows with his expertise on business finance. The latter part of the program was spent on group mentoring sessions. The first day ended with the Fellowship Night where the fellows were able to have fun and get to know each other better.

On the second day, the fellows learned the commerce and culture of the book business through none other than Karina Bolasco, AGM and Publishing Manager of Anvil Publishing, Inc. She was followed by another Go Negosyo Angelpreneur, Vix Madlangbayan, (Manok Mabuhay Inc.) who talked about Business Planning. Jaime Garchitorena (President and CEO of Credit Information Corporation) and Dr. Mario Lamberte (Team Leader for Access to Credit, USAID COMPETE Project) educated the participants with the much-needed information on improving credit availability through credit information and enhancing access to credit and business development services respectively. Jay De Quiros (Project Management Specialist of USAID) discussed the USAID initiatives on improving the investment climate in Philippine cities.

Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) during the forum moderated by Go Negosyo's Publication Officer, Lara Mendoza.

Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) during the forum moderated by Go Negosyo’s Publication Officer, Lara Mendoza.

After lunch, two promising entrepreneurs Joel Yala (ChocoVron) and Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm) shared their entrepreneurial stories in the entrep sharing panel wherein the fellows got to ask questions and seek for pieces of advice. After this, the entrep champ Paulo Tibig (President of VCargo worldwide) shared the strategies of a champion entrepreneur. The day ended with another group mentoring session.

YEDW Luzon leg winners Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers) and Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers).

YEDW Luzon leg winners Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers) and Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers).

The last day was spent on business pitches. The top 10 from the business idea and existing business category presented their business and plans to the panel of judges Vix Madlangbayan, Glenn Baticados, (Director, Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, UPLB) and Marcelina Alcantara (DTI Assistant Regional Director, Region IV-A.) The participants also enjoyed hearing the story of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream straight from the man behind the brand, Paco Magsaysay. At the end, the following made the top 5:  BUSINESS IDEAS CATEGORY: Joanna Marie Aquino (Sano Food Inc.), Hosfelito Fines (Fino d’ Fine Perfume), Raphaelo Perez (OVERHEAT Burgers), Randy Reyes, Jr. (Freeze Dried Fruits) and Rose Jaminilio (Golden Goat Farm); EXISTING BUSINESS CATEGORY: Erica Midori Acuna (Ako’y Magsasakang Organiko (AMO)), John Paul Vincent (Dotimas Documentaries), Jesus Dane Lavarias (Kaboom Wings and Burgers), Sedfrey Lacsamana (Real Estate Service CPD Seminars) and Diana Prado (Proudly Tarlac Made Inc. (Visit Tarlac)).

Raphaelo Perez won the P10,000 cash grant for the business idea category and Jesus Dane Lavaras won the P30,000 cash grant for existing business category.