They say age is nothing but a number.
In business, indeed it is. In this field, there is no such thing as too old, or too young, even. Your dreams, persistence, and will to succeed can help you get started, no matter where you are in life.
Don’t believe us?
Let these stories of five young Filipino entrepreneurs be your inspiration.
Gian Javelona, OrangeApps
“I remember my classmates were laughing at me when I told them that one day I would have a company
that will beat Apple and that I will name it OrangeApps,” Javelona shared to Rappler.
At 19, he introduced “the first mobile app for a school in the Philippines that covers access to students’ records and enrollment forms” according to Forbes.
A year later, he took on the role of CEO at 20 years old as he started to build his own company amidst doubts. So, what brought him there?
The then aspiring entrepreneur has the strong desire to learn, as well as faith in his vision. He showed this by entering incubation program Ideaspace Foundation in 2013 which he described to the Rappler interview as a transformative encounter, having met mentors, role models and peers.
He is also part of Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia 2016 list.
Alexis Ventura , Ink Scribbler and The Craft Central
Calligraphy was initially just a hobby for Ventura, who was “just looking for something to do after work”, she told Entrepreneur Philippines.
“When I started, people kept affirming my works, so that fueled me, and later on, people started ordering. It was surprising how fast everything transpired”, she shared.
She managed Ink Scribbler as a freelancer for two years. She then began Craftistry, Inc. which houses calligraphy firm Ink Scribbler and The Craft Central, a shop for artist supplies.
Liz Lanuzo, Project Vanity and In Her Element
Liz Lanuzo is the brain behind Project Vanity which she grew to become a top and trusted resource for reviews on beauty products and services. It is now backed with a team of writers and a more solid online following.
On working on her popular site, Lanuzo realized the need for more safe, effective, and affordable skincare products. That paved the way for her local brand In Her Element which was launched December of 2016, as said in their website.
Ifore Yu, Chicken Charlie
Are you a fried chicken lover?
It’s the same love that drove Ifore Yu to set up Chicken Charlie, a homegrown brand serving double-fried chicken to the Philippines.
He saw an opportunity while on vacation in New York, where double-fried chicken was very popular. Yu was still a student back then, finishing up his business administration major in export management degree.
Chicken Charlie’s first location was a 30-square meter space with a maximum seating capacity of just eight customers.
Now, it has grown to the Chicken Charlie chain we see around.