It was sweet success for lady chocolate entrepreneur Dalareich Polot who won the $5,000 grand prize for best business presentation at the first Young Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.
Polot, of Dalareich Food Products in Tagbilaran City, produces chocolate-bars (tablea) and encourages other youth to become entrepreneurs in order to create more economic opportunities in the Philippines.
Organized by US Embassy Manila and Spark! Philippines (Samahan ng mga Pilipina Para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran), the three day program provided mentoring, training, and networking opportunities for 27 women business owners from throughout the Philippines.
The runner-ups, who each received $1,000 were Bernadette Manuel of Seon Kris Food Products Innovations from Surigao del Norte; Fatima Elijah Basar of Elijah’s Marketing from Cotabato; and Katrina Aniag of C&K Handicrafts from Bulacan.
Present at to show their support and admiration for the lady entrepreneurs during the bootcamp were US Economic Officer Katy Bondy, Spark! Philippines president Mel Alonzo, US Embassy Economic Counselor Joel Ehrendreich, and Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora Terrado.