“We are in a millennium of irritations – inconvenience, lack of access, environment deterioration, and inequality. Ironically, as change-makers and game-changers, today is the best time to become an entrepreneur. Identify the intersection of your passion and the world’s problems and start something”, said Gladis Morales, chief executive officer of the newly formed Entrepreneurship Club or E-Club of Far Eastern University.
The E-Club aims to promote entrepreneurship among students through E-Start which includes a one-year mentorship program boot camp, and incubation. As its maiden project, the E-Club organized E-Forum with the theme “Be an Entrepreneur. Start an Enterprise”, in partnership with Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation, and Mercato Centrale.
Attended by over 300 students at the FEU Mini Auditorium, the speakers led by RJ Ledesma, co-founder, of Mercato Centrale, Deborah Rodrigo, managing director at Sugar Crafts, Inc., Patrick Pasengco of EO, and Janine Chiong, co-founder of Habi Footwear, challenged students to monetize their ideas and take the risk of responding to problems through businesses.
“FEU has produced the country’s tycoons such as Henry Sy, Ramon Sy, Ramon Ang, Rosalind Wee, Lucio Tan. If students are given access to entrepreneurship opportunities — whether business ideas or actual venture — then we can produce yet another batch of Tamaraw-entrepreneurs”, said Joeven Castro, director of Student Development.
In her remarks, Atty. Gianna R. Montinola, vice president for Corporate Affairs discussed with the students five good reasons why we should be an entrepreneur: “to control one’s destiny, to be able to spend time doing what we love, to enjoy unlimited earning capabilities, to work from wherever we want, and most importantly to leave a lasting legacy.