To be an entrepreneur is to have a brave soul. Do you agree?
Despite how prosperous it may sound, jumping into business is no easy feat, given the fact that starting an enterprise involves tons of risks.
Also, this industry has a huge number of highly esteemed veterans, but the good thing is its doors are never closed to new spirited characters brimming with potential.
Thinking of having your own startup this 2018? Get inspired by these young ventures and entrepreneurs that are already making waves in the local business scene:
Hello Gorgeous! by Skinline – Mawy Conferido and Gladys del Rosario
Local makeup brand Hello Gorgeous is known for its trendy cosmetics and skincare products that caters to the young culture.
Indeed, the brand is devoted to skin care as it traces its roots back to 1998, when the Skinline spa began to operate in Hagonoy, Bulacan.
The mother-and-daughter tandem began to repackage and sell the products used in the day spa in February 2016 under the brand Skinline Essentials.
A few months went by and it gained an online following that consisted of young crowds, which led them to develop the concept for Hello Gorgeous.
The Good Tapa – Geremy Kho and Monique Ventura
Craving for some tapsilog? Thank goodness for all-day breakfast restaurants!
But did you know that you can also find “good tapa” in food bazaars?
With a capital of P20,000, couple and fellow foodies Geremy and Monique began introducing The Good Tapa to the public by regularly participating in food bazaars, which costs much less.
The turnout wasn’t as encouraging at first, but they continued to offer sumptuous tapa from one bazaar to the next, they shared with
Entrepreneur Philippines. As they did, The Good Tapa became a
recognized name in local food fairs.
Soon, they were able to own their first permanent stall in The Yard Underground in Pasig in January last year.
The couple-slash-business partners have also brought their brand to The Container Turf and are now looking forward to setting up The Good Tapa in more food parks, hoping to eventually have their own restaurant in the future.
Go Zero – Fides Jimenez
Ever thought of doing business without hurting the environment?
Venture into Go Zero, a brand in the business of saving Mother Nature from excess waste.
Founder Fides Jimenez thought of giving away reusable stainless metal straws as Christmas presents to reduce
the use of plastic straws as she was able to see the deteriorating state of the environment in her travels, according to an article in Pepper.
It turned out to be a hit, and soon, she manifested her advocacy in a business by launching Go Zero in January 2017.
Go Zero packages these reusable straws with their matching cleaners in tikog pouches handcrafted by local weavers in Leyte.
Continuously driven by the vision of zero-waste living and goal of raising awareness on environmental issues, the label recently launched a new product — the bamboo toothbrush which is biodegradable and very environmentally-friendly compared to the conventional plastic toothbrush.
Hey Kessy – Mansy Abesamis
It might be quite easier now to find affordable washi tapes in local bookstores and craft shops, but before, these pretty, sticky things have been somehow elusive.
A crafter at heart, Mansy Abesamis was working on her thesis, an artwork, which brought her to look for washi tapes, she told Cosmopolitan Philippines. She was able to procure some, but they were only available abroad that time, and were quite expensive.
Soon, she found a supplier, and from there she began to sell washi tapes in the 10a Alabama craft fair, and eventually, in her online shop in 2011.
The market for washi tapes grew in 2012, and Mansy, with her business partner Paul Imbong, met and collaborated with other local artists to develop original washi tape designs.
In 2014, the Hey Kessy shop opened its doors in Esteban Abada in Katipunan, which also sold other products that cater to crafters, and anyone who’s interested to try arts and crafts. The shop then relocated to their current space in UP Town Center.
Pundesal – Abby Magsanoc and Lance Florentino
Love ‘punny’ stuff?
It’s the enjoyment of witty and funny punchlines that led Multimedia Arts students Abby Magsanoc and Lance Florentino to create ‘Pundesal’ in 2016, a brand of nifty novelties like sticker packs (Pundikit), and patches (Puntahi), according to an article in Adobo Magazine.
With a concept loved by fellow millennials, Pundesal sells its products in its online store, and in a number of partner stores in Metro Manila.