Briefing with the winners

USC-KNN Awards Seed Capital to 14 Small Entrepreneurs


It’s been two months since more than 60 people had attended the third business plan seminar of the USC-KNN in November 12, 2011 at the Cebu Technological University. Of the participants, two dozen business plans were submitted for consideration by the USC-KNN for possible granting of seed capital.

The winners are made to sign a MOA with the USC-KNN organizers: DyAB/ABS-CBN, USC-COCAAI,and DOLE. Signing the MOA in the image are Collin Diano and Estrella Manabat with USC-COCAAI President Alice Sim Uy while Carmen Piramide, Anita Gaanan , and Devin Go (hidden) of the USC-KNN Committee look on.

Today, the USC-KNN Committee has announced 14 Winners out of the 24 business plans who have been granted with seed capital amounting to P7,000 and P10,000 depending on the proposed business. Take a look at the list below:

1- Amamag, Raul (Lighted Route Numbers)

2- Arnado, Danica (Shirt Printing)

3- Briones, Edgardo (Food Vending)

4- Debuque, Ricardo (Vinegar)

5- Diano, Colin (Mosquito Killer)

6- Engalla, Rubie (Balloons)

7- Manabat, Estrella (Laundry Service)

8- Manansala, Jonna Dexie (Snacks)

9- Melloso, Rito (Furniture)

10- Musni, Marites (Siomai)

11- Ortiz, Crisostomo (Food Vending)

12- Ranara, Ramona (Cakes & Desserts)

13- Pitogo, Anita (Food Vending)

14- Solomon, Medioline (Food Vending)

The funds are provided by the Department of Labor and Employment in Region Seven under its livelihood program. The winners passed several screening processes including panel and radio interviews for the past two months.

USC-KNN Chair Carmen Piramide also announced the holding of a mentorship program for all previous KNN winners. It shall be held on February 14-15, 2012 (1:30pm) at the USC-Main Campus.

Each KNN winner is paired with two faculty members from the School of Business and Economics of the University of San Carlos. The mentors are expected to provide professional advice to the winners regarding the progress of the latter’s business.

Piramide stressed the program aims to raise the winners to a different level as an entrepreneur.

USC-COCAAI President Alice Sim Uy also invited all KNN winners to display their wares during the USC Commerce Week celebration on February 10-17 at the J Centre Mall in A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.

The announcement of the Big Winner for the KNN Season 6 shall also be held at the same mall on February 18 during the USC-COCAAI alumni homecoming. Twenty four small entrepreneurs are vying for the title this season.

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