2 budding entrepreneurs receive business starter kits

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TWO aspiring entrepreneurs in Cebu have received P6,000 worth of livelihood starter kits after graduating the nationwide 3A Bootcamp: Accept, Adapt and Act program by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippine Trade Training Center in partnership with the Angelpreneurs and Leadmore.

The 3A Bootcamp is intended for working students, housewives, displaced employees and teachers and overseas Filipino workers who are interested in starting a business to replace lost family income.

“This program primarily aims to instill a resilient mindset that can accept and adapt to the new normal and pivot out of unemployment, act with an entrepreneurial mindset, and be able to set up a business. Both of them are able to do that,” DTI Cebu Provincial Director Esperanza Melgar said.

According to a press release, Chancel Dorothy Francisco and Carla Dalagan were among the 31 qualified scholars out of almost 80 participants who qualified for the completion of the program.

Both were engaged in a mentoring program that ran seven sessions from January to February 2021.

Francisco graduated Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy a week prior to the lockdown. Dalagan, on the other hand, was displaced from working in a food franchise corporation and was unemployed for 10 months.

To support their families, both applied for a virtual training program by the DTI.

Dalagan planned to start an ice candy business, with fresh milk as the main ingredient while Francisco pitched the production of sugar hair wax removal.

The 3A Bootcamp requires participants to present a “mockup product” or product concept test business model-market/product validation. Critiquing is done to improve the plan and other aspects of setting up the new business, especially in light of the pandemic and digitalization.

The learning sessions were designed with practical approach and delivered by business practitioners. With the training done online, Francisco and Dalagan said, they were able to complete it despite the troubles with internet connection and the budget for load allocation. (JOB with PR)