Filipino SMEs to benefit from PLDT-backed entrepreneurship summit

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In its vision to consistently provide relevant information, tools and solutions to the SME and startup community, PLDT SME Nation, together with Social Play and Innovation Network (SPIN) Manila and Impact Hub Manila, is bringing to the Philippines, the country’s first Collaborative Carnival.

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Dubbed as the “comic-con” of entrepreneurs and changemakers, the Collaborative Carnival is a festive finish to Entrepreneurship Month, which aims to spur awareness and inspire collaboration among key players in the community. From March 27 to 29, 2015 Filipino entrepreneurs will get to learn, connect and collaborate with experts and key influencers in the local and international SME community, participate in interactive plenary discussions, attend bilateral workshops, and gain access to tools and solutions that will enable them to scale and boost efficiencies of their enterprises.

“PLDT SME Nation is proud and excited to be part of this pioneering initiative aimed at building a dynamic and collaborative environment for entrepreneurs in the country. As the preferred ICT partner of SMEs and startup in the community, we are in a unique position to help pave the way for the success and sustainability of Philippine enterprises,” says Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and head of PLDT SME Nation. “At the festival, Filipino entrepreneurs can gain access to resources and information, including PLDT SME Nation’s extensive line-up of tools and solutions designed to help them expand their businesses,” Luna added.

Richard Dacalos, Founder of SPIN Manila, said, “The Collaborative Carnival is the first event of its kind in the Philippines and the ASEAN region. Going beyond the confines of any single discipline, the talks, hands-on workshops and networking events will provide entrepreneurs and changemakers a platform to bring their projects to the next level. PLDT SME Nation’s support really showcases our belief that Filipino SME’s are ready to meet the global stage.”

“True to our core of providing entrepreneurs a venue for collaboration, cutting-edge content and meaningful connections, we believe the Collaborative Carnival is only the beginning of furthering Impact Hub Manila’s vision of enabling the entrepreneurial sector in the country,” added Ces Rondario co-founder of Impact Hub Manila.

Collaborative Carnival is expected to gather hundreds of attendees and will feature a roster of industry experts as speakers such as Joomla’s Johann Jansens, Shur Group Japan’s Junto Ohki, Impact Hub Manila’s LizAn Kuster, Gawad Kalinga’s Tony Meloto, Liter of Light’s Iliac Diaz, and SPIN’s Richard Dacalos among many others.

Shown in the photo (from left) are: Fernnet Rentura, Smart Enterprise Community Engagement Specialist, Corinne Funk-Zablan, AVP and Head of Smart Enterprise Community Engagement Services, Richard Dacalos, Founder of SPIN Manila; and Ces Rondario co-founder of Impact Hub Manila.

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