The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo and US Embassy in Manila hosted the Mindanao leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop in Zamboanga City last September 9-11. The three-day workshop was held in the Garden Orchid Hotel. Youth participants came from as far as Sulu, General Santos, Tawi-Tawi, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao.
Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs graced the workshop’s Day 1 with their fruitful presentations. The first speaker is Mr. Armando “Butz” Bartolome, president of GMB Franchise Developers Inc. Sir Butz talked about how one can re-discover the entrepreneurial mindset and the secrets of spotting business opportunities. Mr. Victor “Vix” Madlangbayan of Manok Mabuhay zeroed in on business model development and Ms. Tess Dimaculangan, Managing Partner of Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs enlightened the YEDW fellows with the much needed business finance knowledge. Finally, Mr. Willy “The Brand Healer” Arcilla mentored everyone on the basics of marketing.
Day 2 kicked off with a talk entitled “That thing called Ideaction: Leaping from idea to proof of concept” from a Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative or YSEALI alumnus, Mr. Ryan Louie Madrid, followed by another topic presentations from franchising guru Mr. Butz Bartolome (Franchising as a Tool for Business Expansion) and Mr. Vix Madlangbayan (Product Development and Marketing.)
One of the highlights of the workshop is the experience sharing of home-grown Mindanaoan entrepreneurs through a panel discussion. The Fellows got to ask relevant questions to the panel composed of Mr. Edwin To of Price Wise Marketing Corporation, Imelda Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garden and Ivy Simbajon of Myrna’s Bakehouse.
Guests from the USAID Gerardo Porta (Senior Democracy and Governance Specialist) and Jay De Quiros (Economic Growth Specialist) also discussed the USAID Philippine-American Fund and USAID initiatives on improving the investment climate in cities respectively.
At the end of the day, Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director, shared his expertise on different entrepreneurial topics such as marketing, branding and tips in managing a business enterprise.
After the dinner, the participants and organizers enjoyed the fellowship night where they got to know each other more and play some games.
It’s all business on day 3. The top 10 from the business idea and existing business categories were chosen and each of them presented in front of the panel of judges composed of Mr. Edwin To, Mr. Willy Arcilla an Engineer Rolando G. Acuna of CESO V (Provincial Director of DTI Region 9.) Each fellow from the top 10 were given 5 minutes to present their business or idea and another 5 minutes to answer the questions from the judges.
After the deliberation, the top 5 and eventual cash prize winners were announced as follows:
Business Idea Category:
Fiel Melan Bulaong
Shayryl Mae Ramos
Business Idea category Winner of P10,000: Robert Basco
Existing Business Category:
Andrew Ryan Cabillas
Existing Business Category Winner of P30,000: Gideon Rey Pahagas