US Embassy-Go Negosyo Brings Mentor Me Innovation Forum in Cebu

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 Pete 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, Nonoy Espeleta of FAMCOR Franchise Management and Development Corporation, Assistant Regional Director Nelia Navarro of DTI Cebu, Joselito “Joey” Limjap, of PLDT Innolab, JP Deloso of A SPACE Philippines 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, Joy Anya Lim of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, Nini Jose “Jojo” Tiongko, Jr. of San Jose Bakeshop, Jan Slater Young of Litecrete Corporation, Jan Rodriguez of Irie and Ilaputi, Wesley Chiongbian of, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation, and Vikki and Paula Rodriguez of Detalia Aurora and Co-creative Studios also joined the program.


The GoNegosyo- US Embassy Mentor Me Innovation Forum is supported by: (ANNUAL PARTNERS) Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, RFM Corporation, PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, DHL Express Philippines, Calata Corporation, Wilcon Depot, Concepcion Industrial Corporation, Brother Philippines, Business World, Vibal Group, Profood International Corporation, Double Dragon Properties Corporation, BPI Family KaNegosyo, Kettle Korn, Meralco Biz Partners & LBC Business Solutions; (EVENT PARTNER) Penshoppe, Aboitizland, CreamSilk & Julie’s Bakeshop; (TRANSPORTATION PARTNER): Avis; VENUE PARTNER: University of San Carlos & American Corner Cebu; (FOOD PARTNER): Bo’s Coffee; (MEDIA PARTNERS): People’s Television Network, ABS-CBN News Channel, The Philippine Star, DZRH, DZRH News Television, Radyo Natin, Rappler, The Freeman, Banat, Sun Star, & Cebu Blogging Community; (INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS): Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CHED, DTI Region 7 & Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry; (SPECIAL THANKS TO): Island Souvenirs, PLDT Innolab & National Confederation of Cooperatives.

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