More on Philippines entrepreneurship

After writing a while ago about SME Insight Magazine from Philippine and later about 7 steps to start a business – advices from the Philippines – I’ve became interested in finding out more on entrepreneurship in “far away places” – well if you live in Europe, Philippines is exactly on the other side of the Earth.

While I’m not prepared yet to write a full review about doing business in Philippines (maybe I’ll do that later), there are a couple of articles that got my attention in the last week or so. The first one, Starting them young on entrepreneurship by By Kenneth del Rosario (Philippine Daily Inquirer) is about the educational efforts that take place in Philippines to teach youngsters about entrepreneurship: “In this program, students are challenged to look into social problems that plague the country and develop solutions where they themselves can be part of.”

I’m not sure if this is against one of my older articles – Born or taught to be entrepreneur but teaching entrepreneurship in a country which I assume doesn’t have great entrepreneurship roots make sense. “Part of the mentorship program of the school is to partner each group with an entrepreneur who would give advice on how the students can successfully run their businesses. The mentors, some of them entrepreneurs, were chosen based on their experiences and willingness to help.”

And if you wonder what kind of entrepreneurs can be found in Philippines, the second article (which I’m very proud I found in this context) is Filipino social entrepreneur honored in Davos, Switzerland . “A Filipino young social entrepreneur and alumnus of Ateneo de Manila University, Illac Diaz, is one of 28 nominees from all over the world to be declared Young Global Leader 2008 in Davos, Switzerland.”

“He was nominated for his “professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership.”

He has been awarded the 2007 DHL Young Entrepreneurs for Sustainability Award in Singapore; 2006 People of the Year Award from People Asia Magazine, and The Outstanding Young Persons of the World 2006 award from Junior Chamber International, and the 2005 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines award also from JCI.

He founded the Pier One Seafarer’s Dorm and is the executive director of MyShelter Foundation, a non-profit organization which addresses the housing and educational concerns of the rural areas.”

I don’t know about you, but it’s really great to see how entrepreneurship creates values no matter where you are coming from. So next time when you are thinking about entrepreneurship in USA, Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia or Africa, just remember this one thing: entrepreneurship makes us all equal, both in terms of opportunities and results.