With an impressive line-up of speakers, most of which I have met and know personally, the Pinoy Entrepreneur Summit was indeed a great spectacle to behold. For me, seeing these people gathered together in one venue was a dazzling feat. I have to congratulate the organizers of this event for their ability to make the event overloading with so many useful information shared by these highly respectable resource persons.
Having the theme "Getting INto Business: From Passion to Action" the entire day was filled with enthusiastic students all eager to absorb all the knowledge and experience shared throughout the day. I am sure that many got the inspiration to equally match, or even surpass, the achievements of the speakers that day.
Held at the Megamall Conference Center, 5th floor of SM Megamall in Ortigas Pasig city, the Pinoy Entrepreneur Summit is a highly relevant source of information especially for business students who all want to be the best in their chosen fields. Thus, there were many sectors of entrepreneurship that were represented at the event.
From startups to advocacy or social entrepreneurships, the speakers shared insights that you won't normally learn from school. Most of the time, the most significant learning comes from the actual experience in the field when you are at your actual work area where you experience all the real life scenarios that are all challenging and most of the time reaching breaking points. It is only at our actual work where we encounter the various trials and challenges, and where we learn to become more resourceful and creative in order to meet our deadlines and reach our goals.
The speakers during the event were Miguel Dela Rosa, Managing Director of M-Plify and Emmelina Masanque, Information Officer and Assistant Division Chief of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines who both shared tips and tools on how to start a hassle-free business.
They were followed by social entrepreneurs Anne Yee, CEO of Jacinto and Lirio; Mark Rivera, Founder and CEO of MINKA and the Toothbrush Movement; Janine Mikaella Chiong, President and CEO of HABI Footwear. Marwin and Valerie Serrano, owners of V. Serrano Organic Enterprises; and Krie Reyes Lopez, General Manager and Founder of Messy Bessy Cleaners shared how to integrate low-cost eco-friendly alternatives in developing products and services for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Sharing knowledge on how to use technology to leverage your business were Jacqueline Van Den Ende, founder of Lamudi; Janette Toral, owner of Digital Filipino and known as the Mother of E-Commerce; Gian Javelona, Founder and CEO of OrangeApps; and Homer Nievera, founder and CEO of Negosentro and FoodFinds Asia.
Next set of speakers were those invilved in the restaurant business namely Ifore Yu, Founder and VP for Marketing of Chicken Charlie;Philip Moran, COO and General Manager of Amici and Cara Mia Cakes and Pastries; and Rolandrei Viktor Varona, owner and Director of Operations of Zark's Burger.
Fashion entrepreneurship also was highlighted at the event with Sister Secrets President and founder Karen Bordador; Shoephoric founder Ann Jacobe and Fashion Editor of Brand Magazine Yhuong Botor.
Right now, the best achievement for me is if I can also someday go up on that stage too and speak infront of hundreds of people sharing my own success stories.
Thank you to the event organizers for getting us as one of their media partners. More power and until our next partnership!