Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs through YEDW

December 21st, 2015

Go Negosyo in partnership with the US Embassy brought together the Grand Culminating Activity of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) series on December 9, 10 and 11 at the Heritage Hotel in Manila. The grand culminating activity gathered the winners of the YEDW existing business and business idea categories from all over the country.

Day 1 kicked off with the arrival of our special guest H.E. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg from the US Embassy. Ambassador Goldberg, Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo Executive Director) and I delivered our inspiring messages to the youth delegates and even entertained a few questions.

The rest of the afternoon was spent for clustered mentoring sessions. The fellows were mentored by experts from their respective industries. The following served as mentors to the YEDW fellows: Food: Juliet Herrera (Serenitea), GJ Jimenez (Banapple), RJ Ledesma (Mercato Centrale), Paco Magsaysay (Carmen’s Best) and Ifore Yu (Chicken Charlie). Beauty/Health and Wellness: Sherill Quintana (Orayspa) and Anna Meloto-Wilk (Human Nature). Tourism/Travel: Chal Lontoc (Jeron Travel) and Ivan Man Dy (Old Manila Walks) Agriculture: Toto Barcelona (Harbest), Brian Belen (Ato Belen Farm), Reden Costales (Costales Nature Farms) and Desiree Duran (Duran Farms) Fashion: Zarah Juan (Green Leaf Eco Bags) and Brian Tenorio (Tenorio) Service: Tess Dimaculangan (Go Negosyo Angelpreneur/ Dimaculangan, Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs), Jerry Ilao (Ink-all-You-Can) and Amor Maclang (GeiserMaclang) Education: Joy Abaquin (Go Negosyo Angelpreneur/ Multiple Intelligence International School).

To end the day’s program, a forum about funding composed of panel members Patch Dulay of The Spark Project, Benel Lagua of Development Bank of the Philippines, Joe Maristela of Katalyst.ph and Navin Uttamchandani of Esquire Financing enlightened the fellows on funding opportunities that they can tap.

The second day started with Engineer Aisa Mijeno, the brain behind SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) as featured in the recently concluded APEC Summit. The floor was opened for questions after Ms. Mijeno’s talk about her SALt lamps.

The fire pitches of the non-winners judged by Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke and Willy Arcilla was followed by another mentoring sessions on the different aspects of business. The following served as mentors: Vix Madlangbayan, Butz Bartolome, Mylene Abiva, Willy Arcilla, Paulo Tibig, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea, Armand Bengco, Danella Yaptinchay and Atty. Aileen Almora and Emelita M. Barbosa, CEBS.

The last day was filled with excitement as the winners of each leg and wildcard rounds presented their final business pitch.

At the end, Rachel De Villa of Cropital from the Manila leg and Helen Kaye Layco of Macho Mucho from the Mindanao leg each won P100,000 cash prize to help expand their business and idea.

YEDW 2015 Fellows.

YEDW 2015 Fellows.

Joey Concepcion and US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg.

Joey Concepcion and US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg.

The first plenary talk was with Dr. Ed Canela—consultant for Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF). Dr. Canela discussed the Philippine entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The first plenary talk was with Dr. Ed Canela—consultant for Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF). Dr. Canela discussed the Philippine entrepreneurship ecosystem.

After the networking lunch, program director of Launchgarage Jay Fajardo talked about innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship.

After the networking lunch, program director of Launchgarage Jay Fajardo talked about innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship.

(L-R: Standing: Willy Arcilla, Tess Dimaculangan, GJ Jimenez, Juliet Herrera, Sherill Quintana, Anna Meloto-Wilk, Desiree Duran, Mary Joy Abaquin and Zarah Juan) (L-R: Sitting: Brian Belen, Ivan Man-Dy, Reden Costales, Chal Lontoc, Amor Maclang, Brian Tenorio and Jerry Ilao)

(L-R: Standing: Willy Arcilla, Tess Dimaculangan, GJ Jimenez, Juliet Herrera, Sherill Quintana, Anna Meloto-Wilk, Desiree Duran, Mary Joy Abaquin and Zarah Juan)
(L-R: Sitting: Brian Belen, Ivan Man-Dy, Reden Costales, Chal Lontoc, Amor Maclang, Brian Tenorio and Jerry Ilao)

 L-R: Patch Dulay, Benel Lagua, Joe Maristela, Navin Uttamchandani and Lara Mendoza of Go Negosyo.

L-R: Patch Dulay, Benel Lagua, Joe Maristela, Navin Uttamchandani and Lara Mendoza of Go Negosyo.

Ms. Aisa Mijeno

Ms. Aisa Mijeno

L-R: Paulo Tibig, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea, Ramon Lopez, Emelita Barbosa, CEBS, Atty. Aileen Almora, Danella Yaptinchay, Mylene Abiva, Butz Bartolome, Armand Bengco and Vix Madlangbayan

L-R: Paulo Tibig, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea, Ramon Lopez, Emelita Barbosa, CEBS, Atty. Aileen Almora, Danella Yaptinchay, Mylene Abiva, Butz Bartolome, Armand Bengco and Vix Madlangbayan

YEDW 2015 Top 12 Finalists: (L-R) Flora Mae Sañosa, Erica Midori Acuña, Pamela Nicole Mejia, Mariel May Obregon, Rachel De Villa, Helen Kaye Layco, Michael Earl Castroverde, Cezar Chan, Gideon Pahagas, Robert Basco, Jesus Dane Lavarias and Raphaelo Perez.

YEDW 2015 Top 12 Finalists: (L-R) Flora Mae Sañosa, Erica Midori Acuña, Pamela Nicole Mejia, Mariel May Obregon, Rachel De Villa, Helen Kaye Layco, Michael Earl Castroverde, Cezar Chan, Gideon Pahagas, Robert Basco, Jesus Dane Lavarias and Raphaelo Perez.

 (L-R) Ma. Isabel Gutierrez (US Embassy), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Jorge Wieneke (Tokyo Tempura), Pete Davis (US Embassy), Elizabeth Lu (US Embassy) Kaye Layco (Macho Mucho), Rachel De Villa (Cropital), Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Dianne Eustaquio (Ideaspace), Tess Dimaculangan (Dimaculangan and Dimaculangan CPAs) Willy Arcilla (Independent Marketing Consultant).

(L-R) Ma. Isabel Gutierrez (US Embassy), Carlo Calimon (MobKard), Jorge Wieneke (Tokyo Tempura), Pete Davis (US Embassy), Elizabeth Lu (US Embassy) Kaye Layco (Macho Mucho), Rachel De Villa (Cropital), Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Dianne Eustaquio (Ideaspace), Tess Dimaculangan (Dimaculangan and Dimaculangan CPAs) Willy Arcilla (Independent Marketing Consultant).