I remember, a decade ago, there were not a lot of entrepreneurial events one can attend to learn about entrepreneurship. Please don’t compute for my age! haha! But seriously, I envy this generation as there are a plethora of choices that are available for them. One of the interesting events that I have come across is called Sparkfest and this was created by Patch Dulay, the founder of The Spark Project. I found it to be very beneficial and interesting that we even decided to sponsor the event, both for Manila Workshops and Taxumo!

So to help spread the word about this event, I decided to ask Patch for an interview. I know a lot of you are interested to see what this event is all about. Here is my interview with Patch:

Ginger: Hi Patch! Can you tell us more about yourself?

Patch: I’m Patch, the founder of The Spark Project, a crowdfunding website and startup community. I launched Spark in 2013 and since then I have found it my mission to enable creative entrepreneurs and change makers bring their awesome ideas to reality.

Ginger: What is Sparkfest 2018? When did it start?

Patch: It has always been a dream of ours to bring the community we’ve created online, offline. It was only last year when we found the courage to bring this to life. We crowdfunded the event and raised over P270K to make it happen. We saw how much people wanted it too, so in June 2017 we finally hosted the very first Spark Fest. It was amazing and is now the only conference in the city that intersects startup entrepreneurship, creative capital and social good.

Ginger: What encouraged you to create Sparkfest?

Patch: Crowdfunding Spark Fest last year really gave us a huge boost. Our community wanted it to happen, so did we. You see, Spark Fest can be a very transformative event for aspiring entrepreneurs. Seeing our attendees leave the conference with the much needed inspiration, courage and knowledge to bring their businesses to the next level, makes it easy for us to make it an Spark Fest annual event and do it again this March.

Ginger: What can people expect from joining Sparkfest?

Patch: Attendees can expect a whole day’s learning from a powerhouse lineup of speakers. We have 3 plenary sessions, 9 breakout sessions, 25+ exhibitors, and 30+ creative founders as speakers this year. Expect your notebook to be filled with fresh ideas and contacts. And you’ll be in the company of with like-minded aspiring entrepreneurs. Who knows, your next big business opportunity might be sitting right next to you.

Ginger: How much are the tickets and where can I buy tickets?

Patch: The learning investment for Spark Fest is only P3,500. But if you buy it before March 3! You can buy it at P2,500 and save a whole lot. So it’s good to buy your tickets early to get it at the best price. Tickets are available at www.sparkfestbytsp.com or through Manila Workshops. Please click here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/sparkfest-2018

You can find the full program and speaker list at www.sparkfestbytsp.com.

My daughter found this life coaching book which I found in National Bookstore late last year. I started writing and answering some of the pages, but stopped after around 5-6 pages. Hey, it wasn’t a case of laziness, but the book encouraged contemplation. I’m not kidding! It made me think about my life, my skills and my weaknesses.

My dad used to tell me that there were some people that had “the golden touch” when it comes to business. Whatever they touch, turns into gold. I’d like to think my dad was that way. I always wanted to have that golden touch, too. When I was a kid, I frequently wondered about creating something out of nothing.

I equate creating business ideas to making magic. What people see is the end result of every magic act, but what actually occurs beforehand, is deep observation, a deep understanding of how the audience will react and skills needed to complete the act.

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In this workshop on the 15th, these great speakers will actually teach you how to create something out of nothing — from Zero to Hero! Zero to Hero is a half-day conference dedicated for those who would like to start their own businesses from scratch, using zero or very minimal capital. If I were still in college or just graduated, I would have attended this conference. Parents, encourage your kids to start having the entrepreneurial mindset early in life!

Here is the program!

PROGRAM:

Part I. “Dream Works” – Idea Creation for Business by P.L.U.S. Factor

Part II. “Blazing The Trail” – Sharing of Actual Success Stories of Crowd-funded Start-Ups by Mr. Patch Dulay, founder and CEO of The Spark Project

Part III. “Moneytize It” – Earning from Your Core Gifts by Ms. Aileen Santos, Relationship Coach, Trainer & Author

Part IV. “Magnetic Marketing” – Informing the World of Your Product/ Service by Mr. Ferdinand Bondoy, Managing Director & Partner of ComCo Southeast Asia

Part V. “Altruistic Legacy” – The Responsibility of an Entrepreneur by Mr. Edmund Lee, President & CEO of Caylum Trading Institute

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS of ZERO TO HERO:

Patrick “Patch” Dulay is a startup enabler. He is the founder and CEO of The Spark Project, an online crowdfunding platform for passion-driven Filipino projects.

As a lifelong learner and teacher, his passion for education and entrepreneurship inspires him to serve entrepreneurs by providing them access to tools that help accelerate their business ideas to reality. He’s an experienced resource speaker and facilitator on various topics like crowdfunding, social entrepreneurship, business model canvas, lean startup, innovation and design both here and abroad. He’s been conducting workshops and mentoring entrepreneurs young and old since 2013.

As an innovation and program consultant, he has worked with Ayala Land Inc. in mounting IDEA’YALA, the flagship youth challenge of the Ayala Malls crowdsourcing innovative ideas that shape the mall of the future.

Patch got his undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2005. He completed his Master’s degree in Global E-business at the University of Lille, France in 2010. Patch also spent two years as a lecturer in the Department Information Systems and Computer Sciences at the Ateneo de Manila University.

He is one of 4 Filipino delegates chosen to be part of the Economic Empowerment cohort of the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP) for Spring 2016, and the current Entrepreneurship head of the Global Shapers Community Manila hub.

Aileen Santos is a Relationship Coach & A-ha! Trainer whose workshops, training products, and personal growth & professional development programs bring about self-directed transformation and lasting change.
She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Professional Coach. She has also been happily married for more than 13 years and has a passion for helping more people build more rewarding relationships of their own.

Aileen is a Certified Professional Coach with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology,
and she develops & delivers customized training programs that address issues of
Leadership, Team Dynamics, Communication, and Personal-Professional Development
in order to bring about creative solutions & self-directed transformation.

Ferdinand “Ferds” Bondoy is a champion of strategic integration, a multi-awarded communications practitioner with core expertise in Integrated Marketing Communications, Strategic Communications Planning, Brand / Consumer Marketing, Digital Strategy and Integration, Influencer Marketing, Media Maximization, Events Management, and Video Production.

He is the former Vice President of global communications firm, Fleishman Hillard Pte. Ltd., and lead the Manila office’s Digital and Consumer Marketing practice groups that service brands like Electrolux, KakaoTalk, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, 51Talk, Anytime Fitness, Krem-Top, Nobu Hotel, Volkswagen, Pru Life UK, Pioneer Insurance, Mentos, M&M’s and WWF, among others.

He already serviced some of the biggest global and local brands in the industry such as Globe Telecom, First Metro Investment, Luen Thai, Shell, Spain Tourism Board, Converse, P&G, GSK, Wyeth, Rockwell, Cortal SQR, Dulcolax, Philam Life, Philips, Skyscanner, AirAsia, Isla Lipana, HP and Abbott, among others. He also managed advocacy campaigns for reputable NGOs like UNICEF and World Vision.

The campaigns and projects he led were recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Quill Awards such as “P&G’s 3-Pid Handog Edukasyon (Gift of Education)”, “GSK’s Tour of Hope”, “Safeguard’s Global Handwashing Day”, “Electrolux’s Clothes & Hugs (Washing Marathon)”, “WWF’s Earth Hour”, and “SM Lifestyle’s Championing the Champions ice skating program”.

The Public Relations Society of the Philippines’ (PRSP) Anvil Awards honored his works for “Icons at MoA Arena: the Launch of Mall of Asia Arena”, “WWF’s Earth Hour” and “Electrolux’s Discover-E: Advocating the Neo Filipino Cuisine”

Recently, the Electrolux Discover-E campaign also bagged the Bronze Award from UA&P Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards. KakaoTalk’s disaster relief program on the other hand won the InnoCSR AIM Responsibility Award.

Edmund Lee is the President and CEO of Caylum Trading Institute (CTI), a private, financial educational institute that focuses on developing professional traders who can execute effective trading strategies across global markets. The institution is dedicated to offering a well-founded education. It’s primary purpose is to produce skilled and competent trading professionals who have been supplemented with formal market training and practical application of the systems.

Edmund worked as an analyst for COL Financial and Citisecurities where he analyzed various companies using different valuation methods, designed financial models in the mining and consumer sectors, and formulated research reports, including industry and company backgrounds.

Edmund got his undergraduate degree in Management, major in Entrepreneurial Development at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2010. He completed his Master of Science (MSc), Global Finance at New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business last year, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

I highly encourage you to sign up now for ZERO TO HERO! Please click on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/zerotohero