Rakuten Viber turns business ideas of budding Pinoy entrepreneurs into a reality

Catrina P. Smith

MANILA, Philippines — Real to their extended-time commitment of supporting regional micro, modest and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Rakuten Viber recently gathered budding Pinoy entrepreneurs for a chance to degree up their facet hustles and modest corporations.

Find Filipino business owners vying for a probability to understand their small business dreams arrived to a head previous July 14 at the Pinoy Aspiration Negosyo celebration in Makati Town. 

The celebration culminates a sequence of on the internet challenges and routines that the top rated a few collaborating business people from the Raket PH and FoodPH Viber channels experienced to go through for the opportunity to pitch their business suggestions and receive a organization grant from Viber and its companions.

In the stop, two budding Filipino business owners became a single move closer to satisfying their entrepreneurial goals as they each and every obtained a enterprise grant from Viber and its companions:

  • Mon Cabsag of The Bistro Box as the GRAND BESTie of Foods PH classification
  • Richmond Argosino of Ken Items and Clothing for Raket Mo ‘To of Raket PH category

The winners had been preferred less than the supervision of DTI agent Edsel John Lingon.

“It was a unforgettable and exhilarating practical experience for me. I achieved and interacted with a ton of business owners like me and attained additional standpoint about functioning a business,” Cabsag said.

“Pinoy Desire Negosyo didn’t transpire overnight. It is a byproduct of the team’s tough operate to meet up with and response the wants of the Filipinos again in 2020,” claimed Lana Macapagal, APAC PR Guide for Rakuten Viber.

“When there was a surge in buyers and communities actively making use of Viber, we requested ourselves how we could assistance them even further. That led us to our aim, which is to champion Filipino MSMEs.”



Viber observed an improve in the use of its channels attribute throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns. Applying such channels, business people access out to possible clients and like-minded individuals, letting them to expand and take care of their enterprises.

Raket PH serves as a Viber channel for MSME owners and facet hustlers who want to encourage their aspect companies. Since its launching, Raket PH now has over 203,000 subscribers.

Meals PH, on the other hand, is an on the net foodstuff channel that assisted smaller and micro food business people adapt to the “new normal” for the duration of the pandemic via contactless on the internet buys. Food PH finally evolved by way of its bot, serving as a transaction level for buyers. It has developed appreciably to entice about 560,000 subscribers.

Chef Gerick Manalo, who served as choose, praised the Pinoy-preneurs through the function: “It was a privilege to get to know the members and see them do their ideal as they acquire aspect in the Pinoy Dream Negosyo initiative of Viber.”

Another choose, mompreneur Nene Tamayo, thanked Viber for organizing Pinoy Dream Negosyo. “I feel this level of competition is an amazing possibility for Filipinos to showcase and grow their information and small business abilities.”

“To our finalists and the channel users of Meals PH and Raket PH, thank you for inspiring us. I’m hopeful that by way of your stories, Pinoy Dream Negosyo will keep on to encourage much more Filipinos to lastly just take that leap in pursuing their business enterprise desires,” choose and Rakuten Viber’s Chris Aguilar included.

Viber, a long-time supporter of business owners in the country, appears to be ahead to the next set of enterprising folks whose goals it can assist make a truth.

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