Technological Institute of the Philippines

Young Filipino technopreneurs inspire T.I.P.ians

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) recently invited three young business and technology personalities for a sharing session in line with the school’s ongoing Technopreneurship Learning Series (TLS) on June 22, 2017 at the T.I.P. Quezon City campus. The speakers for the said session were Ezra Ferraz, Andrew Cua, and Miggy Azurin.

Ezra Ferraz, content marketer and author of “The Finishers,” a book about local entrepreneurs and their startup success stories, advised the students to look for the best technopreneurship practices here in the Philippines instead of looking at other countries’, stating that the startup ecosystem in the country is most likely different from foreign ones. “We already have a very strong startup culture. It makes more sense to try to learn from people who have already been successful here,” he explained.

Also present was Andrew Cua, the 23-year-old CEO and co-founder of Tralulu, one of the 10 new IdeaSpace startups for 2016. Tralulu is a digital booking platform that connects travelers around Southeast Asia to quality local guides. Cua shared important pointers and values he learned along his journey. A young visionary, he related how he would think of possible ways to help not only the country, but also the world. He also advised students to keep fighting for their vision through grit. “Real entrepreneurs are anchored by their passion, their vision, and their reason for doing what they do,” he said.

Miggy Azurin, CEO and founder of Hiring.ph, a startup company that provides job opening information to minimum wage earners or blue-collared workers via SMS, also talked about his journey in the tech business. Azurin described how he started venturing into small-scale businesses, selling products that people would usually buy, before founding his own company and investing in digital services. “Communication has drastically changed. Digital technology allows me to tell stories making it easier to inspire, convince, educate, and entertain,” explained Azurin.

As parting message to students, Azurin advised them to take and make the most of the opportunities being given to them. “What you’re learning today, all of these will help you help others someday,” he said. “Take these opportunities, so that you can dream big for yourself and dream bigger for other people,” he added.