Go Negosyo Continues Humanitarian and Negosyo Programs in Mindanao




















“The mission of bringing prosperity for all Filipinos includes our brothers in Mindanao. Go Negosyo, together with our partners, has been bringing humanitarian and negosyo programs in the provinces of Mindanao. Through these developments, we hope to bring prosperity and everlasting peace in the region.”

– Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion












After more than a decade of celebrating Filipino women and recognizing their capacity to be agents of change and progress, this 2019, Go Negosyo will once again recognize the outstanding entrepreneurial spirit of Filipino people, particularly women through the Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2019.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion highlighted: “Majority of the 99.6% micro and small entrepreneurs are women. They are natural-born entrepreneurs. We are recognizing them for their passion and perseverance that brought them to their success.”

Scheduled to happen this March, Go Negosyo will recognize Filipina entrepreneurs will for their leadership role in their respective enterprises which led it to its success, their contribution in providing better opportunities and development in the community; and for being an inspiration to fellow Filipinos in taking the route towards entrepreneurship.

Looking back from its inception in the year 2009, the annual Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards, usually presented during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, is anchored in the tenacity of the Filipina entrepreneurs in the economic sector of the country.

In line with the celebration of the National Women’s Month and International Women’s Day this 2019, Go Negosyo hopes to recognize a new batch of inspiring women entrepreneurs from micro, small, medium and large enterprises from different sectors such as agriculture, retail, food, among others.

From different categories, the awards will also highlight inspiring stories of success that can serve as role models where more people especially the women can learn from and emulate. This year, categories include Micro, Small-Medium (Agriculture, Technology, Education, Retail, Logistics, Food, Service, others; Large; and Special Awards: Youth, Inclusive Business, Enabler and Intrapreneur.

Be part of this year’s Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards! Every Filipina entrepreneur is encouraged to apply.

Go Negosyo Continues Humanitarian and Negosyo Programs in Mindanao














“The mission of bringing prosperity for all Filipinos includes our brothers in Mindanao. Go Negosyo, together with our partners, has been bringing humanitarian and negosyo programs in the provinces of Mindanao. Through these developments, we hope to bring prosperity and everlasting peace in the region.”

– Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion


Appreciation and thanksgiving

Merry Christmas from PA Joey Concepcion and family!

While everyone is busy shopping for gifts or enjoying their vacation, I’m reflecting on the many things that has happened this 2018.

It’s been a fruitful year indeed, not just for me and my family, but also for Go Negosyo, which continues to push forward our goal of inclusive growth and prosperity for all. Last Dec. 8, I took the opportunity to celebrate our milestones with our partners and mentors who have supported us and become key figures in our success this year.

These people, from both private and public sectors, gave us their full support and even helped us advance our advocacy, which are anchored on the 3Ms: Mentorship, Money and Market.

At the appreciation dinner, I also invited the Citi Microentrepreneurship awardees of 2019. Four of them were graduates of the Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry’s Kapatid Mentor ME Program. They are proud testament to the success of our programs for our microentrepreneurs. With the knowledge and skills training, these successful microentrepreneurs will, indeed, have a better chance to grow and sustain their respective businesses.

During the dinner, aside from celebrating partnerships, I was also surprised by my wife, Marissa, who presented me with a heartwarming gift. It was a book she secretly put together with the help of family, friends and fellow Go Negosyo entrepreneurs, who had tirelessly worked on it for seven months. It was definitely something that I would not have agreed to do. But after seeing and reading it, I was deeply touched. The book is truly a labor of love from my wife Marissa and our children. And for that love and care, I’m forever grateful.

This gesture from family and friends has encouraged me to reflect on my own life and all the blessings that I have received. I’m grateful to God that my father is still with us — happy and healthy — and turning 87 this Dec. 29.

I’m also thankful for the opportunity of being able to help others in MSME development, which I’ve embraced as my lifelong duty and cause. Not everyone is given such a proud responsibility and I pray that the good Lord bless me with more courage, patience and drive to help my fellow kababayans.

This year has been rewarding, to say the least. For our continuous efforts on MSME development in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region, I was recognized by the Republic of India with a Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award from their government. The award — the first for any Filipino — was conferred to me by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi, India.

In addition, I was honored with The Outstanding Filipino award for entrepreneurship and most recently the People of the Year award from PeopleAsia. These awards are not solely reflective of my efforts, but all the efforts and successes of my team, our mentors, and our partners, all of whom have supported me and Go Negosyo. None of this would have been possible without them; they deserve all the praise and applause, too.

This Christmas, I’ve realized that life without purpose is empty, and I’m thankful to have been given this role to not only help MSMEs, but inspire others to find their own passion and meaning outside of their businesses.

This holiday season, I encourage everyone to take a moment from our busy lives and reflect in gratitude. Of course, let us not forget to give thanks and rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ for he is the reason for all of this celebration. We shall thank Him for all the success and blessings we have enjoyed this 2018 and continue to pray for guidance for the upcoming year.

We at Go Negosyo look forward to helping more Filipinos by bringing more programs to our micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. It will be an exciting year ahead as we reach out to more audiences, including the youth, women, and digital and tourism sectors. I assure you there will be more conferences and summits that will inspire and empower more of our kababayans. Our greater vision and goal for Go Negosyo is to see our entrepreneurs thrive and their businesses become sustainable. This is my Christmas wish. And with the help from the private and public sectors, as well as the support of the government, I truly believe we can achieve an inclusive economy and prosperity for all!


Mentor Me e-learning

Go Negosyo partners with Singapore Polytechnic for the first online entrepreneurship program entitled Mentor Me e-Learning.

Not everyone can be entrepreneur, but everyone can be entrepreneurial.

Since 2005, Go Negosyo has been advocating for a shift in the entrepreneurial mindset and attitude. We truly believe that we can address poverty in the country by engaging Filipinos in entrepreneurship and developing an optimistic, innovative, resourceful, and persevering character. While not everyone can be a businessman, there’s much that we can benefit from if we embrace an enterprising attitude and apply it to our lives.

We believe that this mindset should be cultivated and nurtured at an early age, allowing a new breed of creative and innovative entrepreneurs to be developed. Go Negosyo takes pride in leading this revolution, making mentorship more inclusive by bringing it to the younger generation here in the Philippines. Now, through the Mentor Me e-Learning powered by Singapore Polytechnic and Go Negosyo, a 15-week online entrepreneurship program, we aim to teach the skills and values needed for young entrepreneurs to succeed across Asia.

Mentor Me e-Learning is an the first e-learning entrepreneurship program which is developed and managed by partner schools and universities from all over Asia. The program provides students from partner institutions the platform and the relevant business, technical and creative skillsets needed to start, sustain and scale-up a business. The program culminates with the student teams pitching their businesses to key partners and investors with the aim of bringing the product, solution or service to a wider market.

For as low as 15 SGD per student for 15 weeks, a student taking any major can have the opportunity to access this online learning education. Schools can integrate entrepreneurship in their existing curricula providing the students mentorship, skills training, shared services and workspaces, access to market and potential investors not only locally, but even across Asia.

Through this course, students are made to identify real world problem statements and evaluate their business savviness and commitment to successfully sustain and scale up their entrepreneurial ventures. The program is delivered using the “blended learning” approach, a combination of tutorials directed towards traditional learning and online learning.

After identifying the problem statement using the Design Thinking (empathy, ideation and prototype) process, students are encouraged to find an opportunity in the problem. Online tutorials then guide the teams on how to apply the concept of a lean startup (build, measure, learn and pivot) to their business model.

Mentors will play a crucial role in the students’ entrepreneurial journeys. Weekly face-to-face mentoring sessions will be conducted by the academe mentors, who are also trained by Singapore Polytechnic, and teams will also be paired with entrepreneur mentors of Go Negosyo based on their industry. Go Negosyo’s existing pool of about 700+ mentors nationwide will participate, lending their wisdom and experience.

The program is highly experiential in nature and will entail research and fieldwork. After the first week, students will have to do regular engagements and meetings with external stakeholders relevant to the project. Within the 15 weeks, students will have gone through the whole process, from ideation to final demo day where they are required to pitch their business models and product prototypes to potential investors. Successful teams can get funded; but most importantly, they will be given constructive criticism and feedback on how they can further improve their business ventures.

After taking the program, students will be given the chance to continue incubating their ideas and they will also be encouraged to become mentors themselves to the students of future batches.

After helping entrepreneurs scale up by providing mentorship through Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program, Kapatid AgriMentor ME Program (KAMMP) and Mentor ME on Wheels, we at Go Negosyo and ASEAN BAC hope to provide more opportunities and expand our influence by catering to micro-entrepreneurs through this unique partnership with Singapore Polytechnic.

This collaboration will also further institutionalize the ASEAN BAC legacy project, AMEN, which we had launched in November 2017 during the Philippine chairmanship as part of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit. We will continue to elevate mentorship on the regional level, and ensure that ASEAN BAC becomes a stronger community partner. Hopefully, as we build stronger ties and seek the support of the respective chairs of the different ASEAN countries, we can have the program implemented all the across ASEAN.

We will proudly launch this partnership at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2018 from Nov. 12 to 13 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We look forward to all your support and your amazing ideas.

We are inviting all schools and universities to join this exciting program. For interested parties, you may get in touch with Go Negosyo through gianinajoy.pce@gmail.com or elaysiongco.pce@gmail.com or call us at 637-9347.