The Department of Entrepreneurship of Laguna University held the 6th Young Entrepreneurs Society Summit on February 22, 2017 at the Cultural Center of Laguna, with the theme, “Boundless Ideas for Limitless Opportunities.”
The activity was guided by the following objectives: a) provide opportunities to students to acquire appropriate business insights and entrepreneurial skills through the business presentations selected students and guests; b) cultivate and enhance the entrepreneurial traits and values of the students; c) come up with a simple production number showcasing the creative talents of the students.
The day started with an opening prayer led by Prof. Virgilio Bulatao, followed by the National Anthem by Ez-jay Almanza. Dr. Norayda M. Dimaculangan, the Dean of the CEMA, delivered the inspirational message. She emphasized that whether one is born rich or is self-made, young or old, educated or out of school- with the right mindset, he/she can attain success. She also reiterated that there are three types of individuals- the Hard-pressed, the Ordinary, and the Successful. The Hard-pressed attitude is described by the statement: “Lumaki akong mahirap, mamamatay akong mas mahirap pa sa daga.” The Ordinary Attitude says: “ Ganito ako ngayon, okay lang na ganito ako bukas, darating din naman ang swerte,” while The Successful Attitude: “Pahirap ng pahirap ang buhay. Kailangan nating maghanap ng paraan para umasenso tayo.” She concluded by citing the GONEGOSYO Formula: DREAM – BELIEVE – ACHIEVE. “What your mind can DREAM, your heart must BELIEVE, and your hands can ACHIEVE.”
The affair was highlighted by shark tank pitching, where students were given three minutes to pitch their proposed business to a panel of sharks / judges. Three (3) of the Fourteen (14) presenters were chosen by the panel of sharks. They were, Abigail Suiza for “EXPRESS PRINTING” (first place), Renzo Lainez for “CONNECTEA-FI” (second place) and Mica Cadawas for “FASHIONISTRUCK” (third place). The winners received cash prize incentives.
The shark tank pitching portion which provided boundless ideas for limitless business opportunities was facilitated by Syruz Reyes, the LU-YES President.
Wrapping up the morning session was a heart and mind-boggling talk of the guest speaker, Mr. Marlon Joven Lorida, Web Developer and Technopreneur at Intellicare, Asalus Corporation, Makati City. He was introduced by Prof. Nenita Directo, the Program Chair of the BS Entrepreneurship as a simple and humble young professional who completed BS Information Technology at STI but found himself more successful in the field of business because he is an entrepreneur by heart. He is an epitome of a young boy who never gave up his dreams despite odds and ends. He is that kind of boy who has to uproot cassava early morning so he will have a penny for school. He ended his talk by saying” in life you must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.” It was indeed a morning full of inspiration and reflection because the audience was able to empathize with the speaker.
In the afternoon, creative performances of the students were displayed through songs and dances. This was made even more romantic with the lights and sounds created by the talented Joshua Almontero with the assistance of one of the alumni, Mr. Brent Noma Tobias. The affair was packed up with words of challenges inspired by biblical passages shared by Prof. Virgilio Bulatao, the Adviser of the LU- Young Entrepreneurs Society.
The 6th Young Entrepreneurs Summit would not have been successful without the untiring and dedicated service of the LU-YES officers: Syruz Reyes, Joshua Almontero, Kim Orona, Jeslyn Arandia, Abigail Almocera, Patricia Matuigas, Darill Ancahan, Ez-jay Almanza and Maria Jonadel Gazer. The affair was hosted by Mr. Darill Angcahan.