Leaders in business allied to contribute to Pilipinas, Angat Lahat!

The Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance was officially launched last August 14, 2018 led by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion with the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte. The Alliance was composed of 30 business organizations who will work together to help the government in enabling and propelling micro, small and medium enterprises toward prosperity for all. The launch was also attended by Former President and Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and members of the business community.

The Office of the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship launched the Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance last August 14, 2018, at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace. This formal alliance is an initiative to integrate and accelerate all government and private sector programs and initiatives geared towards poverty alleviation and job generation through micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development.

Led by the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion, the Alliance is composed of the Office’s government and industry partners including 30 business organizations.

Alliance members include Go Negosyo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Philippines) Inc., Management Association of the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, People Management Association of the Philippines, Philippine Franchise Association, Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines, Microfinance Council of the Philippines Inc., Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc., Philippine Marketing Association, Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., Anvil Business Club, IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines, Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc., Philippine Retailers Association, Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, Philippine Women’s Economic Network, Direct Selling Association of the Philippines, Women’s Business Council Philippines, Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines Inc., European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc.

“The reason why we are here today is because we really want Mr. President to fulfill his mission in helping many of the Filipino people out there who are suffering from poverty. We, in the business sector, must equip and empower our brothers and sisters to accelerate the achievement of economic prosperity. We believe that through this alliance of business organizations, we can make inclusive growth a reality,” Concepcion highlighted.

The Alliance launch was also graced by the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.

President Duterte congratulated and thanked the Alliance for supporting him in his mission. “I believe that by unity, cooperation, and hard work, we shall achieve our aspiration for our country, including sustainable development, and the good life we wish for Filipinos. Let us work together to realize our focus and means for our people and nation,” he shared.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion presented the Pledge of Commitment of the Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance to President Rodrigo Duterte last August 14, 2018 at Malacanang Palace. The Alliance pledge to commit “to the mission of pursuing inclusive growth by harnessing public-private partnership endeavors geared toward micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) development by way of contributions to government policies and programs that will help create an enabling and sustainable business environment; and development of programs anchored on the 3Ms: Mentorship, Money and Market which will enable and propel our MSMEs toward prosperity for all.”

The Angat Lahat Alliance specifically aims to (1) harness public-private partnership economic endeavors geared toward MSME development; (2) champion the 3Ms of MSME development — money, market, and mentorship as the centerpiece of Alliance programs and initiatives that contribute to creating an enabling and sustainable environment for entrepreneurs; and (3) provide feedback to government economic and entrepreneurship programs and initiatives and help push for relevant policies and programs that will support micro and small enterprise development in the Philippines.

To successfully bring about inclusive Philippine economic growth and development, the Alliance members advocate for jobs generation and poverty alleviation through digitalization of micro-enterprises, agribusiness development, and island tourism. These programs are anchored on the 3Ms model, which provide avenues for financial support, wider market reach, and assistance to MSMEs.

With the Alliance, the public-private partnership is further strengthened and are aligned with  President Duterte’s socio-economic agenda. Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance will ensure overall economic growth for each and every Juan, especially the poor and the marginalized.

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Mentor Me on Wheels’ next stop: Legazpi City!

This August 11, 2018, Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) will arrive at Ayala Malls Legazpi – Activity Center, Albay.

Alongside the Ibalong Festival MSME Expo 2018, organized by PBN Broadcasting Network Inc. and Legazpi City Mayor’s Office, MMOW will be launched at its sixth stop in the Bicol region. The joint initiative of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry aims to introduce mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs through a free one-on-one 30-minute session with successful entrepreneurs.

The mentoring session will be participated in by The French Baker Founder and CEO Johnlu Koa, Albay Congressman Joey Salceda, PBN Broadcasting Network Inc. President Brenda Locsin, Albay Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Rose Quinto-Rey, 1st Colonial Grill Owner Bong Aspe, and other entrep-mentors. They will share their expertise on entrepreneurial mind-setting and marketing.

Coinciding with MMOW Legazpi is the second rollout of Mentor Me Online at The French Baker, SM Megamall. Mentor Me Online aims to connect mentees with online mentors through the recently launched Mentor Me Mobile Application.

Topics to be discussed at the Mentor Me Online event include mind-setting, product development, market growth and expansion, business model canvas, operations, supply and value chain, human resource, accounting and finance, taxation, business law, coop management, marketing, business registration, and digital marketing and promotions.

Through MMOW and Mentor Me Online, Go Negosyo introduces mentorship to aspiring business owners, offering technical and practical know-how about entrepreneurship through events that are held in more convenient and accessible locations.

Interested participants can pre-register through https://tinyurl.com/MMOWLEGAZPI. Walk-ins are also welcome and may register on the day of the event. Limited slots available.

Ayala Malls is an official venue partner of Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me on Wheels. This free mentorship program will roll out in Ayala Malls nationwide. Watch out for the next leg of MMOW in your local malls!


MATCH continues to link ASEAN start-ups with investors

Starting a business is not an easy undertaking. Many businesses, especially startups, have the most innovative ideas only to be hindered by their lack of capital. Small enterprises struggle with finding the right institutions that will provide financial aid in order for their business to be established.

These concerns were raised during the successful run of the Meet ASEAN’s Talents and Champions (MATCH) Philippines Roadshow last July 9 and 10 in Makati City and Cebu City, respectively, organized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines in partnership with Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Go Negosyo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., and SGV & Co. (EY Philippines).

The roadshow, which gathered more than 400 start-up entrepreneurs, aims to spread awareness on MATCH to facilitate deal-making by showcasing ASEAN startups and growth enterprises across all sectors, and link them to top global and local investors.

MATCH Deal-making and MATCH Conference are the newest additions to the expanded Global Investor Summit. MATCH aims to promote private equity and venture capital deal flow by bringing the investment and ASEAN enterprise communities together. It is organized by Ernst and Young, Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, and Singapore Business Federation.

MATCH Deal-making is a curated portal that will enable ASEAN enterprises with better access to quality funding, expertise, and networks for their businesses. It will showcase promising ASEAN enterprises as well as funding opportunities to investors.

As part of the Singapore Fintech Festival week, the MATCH Conference will be held on November 13-14, 2018. It will feature prominent entrepreneurs, founders, and investors who shared their expertise on financing strategies, enterprise value creation, and exit opportunities.

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For queries on MATCH Deal-making and MATCH Conference, contact MAS at MATCH@mas.gov.sg.

Deadline of registration is extended until August 31, 2018. Register now! Limited slots available.



ASEAN BAC PH to champion agribusinesses in 2nd ASEAN Agriculture Summit

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) Philippines, together with Go Negosyo and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Philippines, will once again hold the second ASEAN Agriculture Summit on October 1, 2018, at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

With the theme “Champions and Emerging Icons of Inclusive Business, Technology, and Innovation in Agriculture,” the summit aims to inspire and empower stakeholders in the industry by recognizing those who have greatly contributed to the advancement of agribusiness.

On its second run, the ASEAN Agriculture Summit will present major ongoing developments in agriculture enterprises that operate using the inclusive business and 3Ms (money, market, mentorship) models.

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will deliver their keynote messages. Also invited as guest speaker for the second ASEAN Agriculture Summit is House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“If we really want to change the landscape of prosperity for all in this country, we must pay attention and give importance to our farmers and other players in agriculture. The Philippines, as an agricultural country, with a land area of 30 million hectares, can become an even stronger player in the ASEAN, if we align our efforts to ensure that innovation in the field is supported and that the programs we develop can sustain growth,” said ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion during the summit’s first launch in 2017.

ASEAN BAC PH Chair Joey Concepcion, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, 2018 ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Dr. Robert Yap, and Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will each deliver their keynote messages during the summit. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was also invited as a guest speaker for this year’s Agriculture Summit.

For this year’s ASEAN Agriculture Summit, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion will welcome attendees with his keynote address. 2018 ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Dr. Robert Yap will also deliver his keynote message.

At the summit, panelists from the Philippines and other ASEAN countries will also share their own experiences and strategies that will encourage policy adjustment and system transformation for agribusinesses. There will be five forums, which will be participated in by the key players in the agribusiness sector: (1) 3Ms Model as Championed in the Agriculture Industry, (2) Technology and Innovation as Game-changers in Agriculture, (3) Shaping the Future of Food Security and Agriculture, (4) Inclusive Finance for Agribusiness, and (5) Platforms and Opportunities in Growing Agriculture Market Access.

As part of the summit, outstanding agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators who have shown exceptional feats in the agriculture sector will also be recognized in the first-ever AGROW Awards.

Chaired by Destileria Limtuaco and Co. President Olivia Limpe-Aw, the panel of judges for the AGROW Awards is comprised of Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan, Go Negosyo Adviser on Agripreneurship and Sulu and Marawi Projects Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Harbest Agribusiness Corporation Arsenio Barcelona, Inang Lupa Foundation President Dr. William Dar, and Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development President Tony Roces.

The summit will also bring together over 150 mentors, experts, and practitioners to help inspire and empower agripreneurs during the Go Negosyo Mentor ME one-on-one mentoring session.

Since 2017, the ASEAN Agriculture Summit has been bringing together stakeholders and enablers from the agriculture sector to develop an integrated framework which allows businesses and entrepreneurs to find greater success in the industry.

We are now accepting delegates for the 2018 ASEAN Agriculture Summit!

Nominations for the AGROW Awards are now open! Help us recognize inspiring agribusinesses and game-changers in the industry — including YOU. Apply now via http://www.aseanagrisummit.com/. Deadline of nominations is until August 20, 2018.


ASEAN BAC to recognize outstanding enterprises at 11th ASEAN Business Awards

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) will once again recognize outstanding ASEAN companies at the 11th ASEAN Business Awards (ABA), to be held on November 12, 2018, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The ASEAN Business Awards – organized by the ASEAN BAC Singapore and in partnership with Singapore Management University and Ernst & Young – aims to recognize outstanding ASEAN enterprises that have greatly contributed to ASEAN’s economic growth and prosperity.

ABA also serves as a platform for information dissemination regarding the ASEAN Economic Community to promote regional integration among ASEAN member states. In addition, it intends to highlight small and medium enterprises that have the potential to become global economic players.

There will be seven categories for ABA, namely Priority Integration Sector Excellence (Medium and Large), SME Excellence, Friends of ASEAN, Young Entrepreneur, Woman Entrepreneur, and Sustainable Social Enterprise.

This year, ABA added a new category called the ASEAN Family Business Award. This category recognizes outstanding family businesses that employ sustainable business models and have made significant financial and social impact in the ASEAN community for generations.

Previous winners from the Philippines include John Gokongwei Jr. (JG Summit Holdings), Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corp.), Teodoro Ferrer (Erikagen Inc.), Dennis Uy (Udenna Corp.), Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corp.), Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corp.), Paul Rodriguez (Asian Marine Transport Corp.), Pedro Delantar (Nature’s Legacy Eximport), Olivia Limpe-Aw (Destileria Limtuaco & Co.), Bernie Liu (Golden ABC), Anya Lim (ANTHILL Fabric Gallery), Jhondie Abenza, EMS Component Assembly, and Oryspa Spa Solutions.

The ASEAN Business Awards 2018 is supported by the ASEAN BAC Philippines in partnership with Go Negosyo and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Apply now via https://www.aseanbac2018.org/nomination/. Deadline of nominations is extended until August 31, 2018.

For more information, visit https://www.aseanbac2018.org/asean-business-award/or contact abaph.secretariat@gmail.com.


Supporting our Entrepreneurs through Mentorship and Ease of Doing Business

More than 60 entrep-mentors joined in the one-on-one mentoring session during the fourth leg of Mentor Me on Wheels in Clark, Pampanga.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held the fourth National Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit last July 10, 2018, at the ASEAN Convention Center, Clark, Pampanga.

With the theme “Accelerating 7Ms for Competitive MSMEs”, the event gathered successful entrepreneurs, government officers, partners and economic-enablers from public and private organizations, and many micro, small, and medium enterprises.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez acknowledged all the development partners who joined the campaign for MSME development. “This is a real campaign; we are on the ground… Ramdam na ramdam po tayo ngayon ng ating mga kababayan,” he shared.

The summit focused on the 7Ms of Entrepreneurship, which were thoroughly discussed in five forums: the Government Mindset Forum, Mindset, Mastery & Mentoring Forum, Money Forum, Models and Machines Forum, and Market Forum, which were all participated in by key players in the industry.

In the first forum, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Go Negosyo Founder, and MSME Development Council Vice Chair Joey Concepcion and DTI Undersecretary Rowel Barba discussed how the government is helping facilitate the ease of doing business and is supporting entrepreneurs.

Former National Competitiveness Council Co-Chair Bill Luz, DTI Undersecretary Rowel Barba, and PA Joey Concepcion discussed the government mindset in facilitating case of doing business in the National MSME Summit 2018.

“Through public and private partnerships, we are creating this dynamic economic environment wherein we’re able to support entrepreneurs and industries by providing access to money, market, and mentorship. This is what is needed to make this country grow and accelerate its economic success,” PA Concepcion highlighted.

During the plenary and the fourth leg of the Mentor Me on Wheels, PA Joey Concepcion and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez were joined by SL Agritech Corporation CEO Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, Wilcon Depot Founder William Belo and more than 60 entrep-mentors. The Mentor Me on Wheels program is the joint effort of Go Negosyo and DTI, and it equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the right tools and mindset to succeed through one-on-one mentoring sessions.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and PA Joey Concepcion officially launched the Mentor Me Mobile App.

PA Concepcion and Secretary Lopez also officially introduced the first ever Mentor Me Mobile App, another initiative of Go Negosyo and DTI in bringing mentorship closer to Filipinos. Through the mobile app, aspiring business owners can directly communicate with entrep-mentors, and seek advice from them to help further their businesses, anytime and anywhere. It is now available for download on the Google Play Store and will soon be available for iOS devices.

Secretary Lopez also shared with President Rodrigo Duterte how DTI is continuously helping MSMEs through their programs, including the Shared Service Facilities (SSF), Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3), Go Lokal, Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES), Comprehensive Social Benefits Program for Killed-in-Action and Wounded-in-Action Military Personnel (CSBP KIA-WIA), and the Kapatid Mentor ME program.

PA Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo mentors Dean Pax Lapid and Mylene Abiva, and House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the National MSME Summit 2018.

At the National MSME Summit, Go Negosyo and DTI showed how the two organizations are working hand-in-hand and are bringing mentorship to the next level. Together, they are meeting the needs of entrepreneurs by providing offline and online avenues, advocating the needs of MSMEs, and recognizing their importance in the country’s economic growth and development.


Wilcon Depot’s William Belo mentored a micro entrep during the Pampanga leg of Mentor Me on Wheels.


SL Agritech’s Henry Lim Bon Liong also joined the one-on-one mentoring session.


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