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Fueling the Dream


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Fueling the Dream


Esquire Financing Inc. presents the winner of its second year of Fueling the Dream: Business Model Competition - a contest opened for students and young professionals pushing for businesses with a People-Planet-Profit agenda, articulated through a Business Model Canvas.

The competition is on for around 50 teams of students and young professionals that attended the Workshop for Esquire Financing Inc.’s Fueling the Dream: Business Model Competition at AIM Stephen Fuller Hall on Saturday, August 15.

Launched to encourage creativity, passion, and entrepreneurial aspirations of the youth, Fueling the Dream will award a capital-based funding of up to Php 1 million, aside from Php 100,000 cash prize and features from various media channels: broadsheets, magazines, and social media.

Schools participating are Asia Pacific College, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, De La Salle University – Manila, Enderun Colleges, Far Eastern University, Lyceum of the Philippines University – Manila, Makati Science High School, Manila Tytana Colleges, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Sacred Heart College – Lucena, San Beda College – Manila, The One School, University of Asia & the Pacific, University of Sto. Tomas, University of the Philippines – Diliman and University of the Philippines – Los Baños.

The Workshop was attended by EFI’s President & COO, Navin Uttamchandani, and CFO, Sandeep Chandiramani. There was also a series of talks from event partners and invited guests: “Financing the Missing Middle” by Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. Executive Director, Jay Lacsamana, “Ecological Footprint & Sustainability” by WWF Philippines VP for Sustainable Production & Market Engagement, Dr. Ria Lambino, “Entrepreneurship Development” by UmakeX Owner and DTI-GIZ Consultant, Dr. Ed Canela, and “Business Model Canvas” by Asian Institute of Management core faculty member, Prof. Richard Cruz. Lastly, the competition mechanics was explained.

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Jay Lacsamana


Jay Lacsamana


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Dr. Ria Lambino


Dr. Ria Lambino


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Dr. Ed Canela


Dr. Ed Canela


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Prof. Richard Cruz


Prof. Richard Cruz


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Contest Mechanics


Contest Mechanics


We have uploaded the materials needed for the competition!

Contest Mechanics
Executive Summary

Financing the Missing Middle by Jay Lacsamana
Ecological Footprint & Sustainability by Dr. Ria Lambino
Entrepreneurship Development by Dr. Ed Canela
Business Model Canvas by Prof. Richard Cruz

SUBMISSION 1

Deadline: September 11

10 sets of Executive Summary
1 2-minute Video Presentation

Compile in an envelope, submit to our head office!

SUBMISSION 2

Deadline; October 23

5 sets of Business Model Canvas
5 sets of Narrative (explaining the elements in the Canvas)

Compile in an envelope, submit to our head office!