As an entrepreneur, I know how important it is to consistently innovate. Over the years, I have seen brands perish, businessmen fail, and companies close because of their failure to innovate. That is why it is important for us entrepreneurs to always think of ways to improve and develop their products and services.
As part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), Go Negosyo, together with the U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines organized the Cebu run of the Mentor Me Innovation Forum (MMIF) last Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the University of San Carlos.
This forum gathered innovators and enablers who have shared their inspiring and successful stories of innovation, expertise and advices on how to incorporate innovation in products, services, operation processes and business models.
More than 1000 young and aspiring entrepreneurs, students, academe members, start-up entrepreneurs and micro and small entrepreneurs joined us as we shared the importance of innovating.
The Mentor Me: Innovation Forum in Cebu was attended by Sen. Bam Aquino, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Paul Rivera of Kalibrr. Innovators from different fields such as Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corporation, Jefferson Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, Julita Urbina of Laguna Garden Café, and Peter Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport imparted encouraging words to the audience as they share their stories of success and challenges conquered.
Jocot De Dios, CEO of GE Philippines also shared the GE story and the culture of innovation in their company. Innovation enablers such as Tina Amper of Techtalks.ph, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR Franchise Management and Development Corporation, Program Director Elena Arbon of DTI Cebu, Joselito Limjap, of PLDT Innolab, Jeffrey Montecillos of CebuinIT, and Miriam Bacalso of DTI GIZ PH discussed simple business ideas can turn into successful business models. Carlo Calimon of MobKard shared how one can overcome innovation barriers.
Young entrepreneur-innovators such as Albert Padin of Sym.ph, Joy Anya Lim of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, Nini Jose Tiongko of San Jose Corporation, Jan Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Irie and Ilaputi, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Gabino Abejo of Abejo Builders Corporation, and Vikki and Paula Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora and Co-creative Studios also joined the program.