7 out of 10 employees dream of starting their own business someday, but most of them don’t really know how or where to start and in 2015, Jerry Ilao, an employee turned entrepreneur founded “Leapreneur.”
LEAPRENEUR is a community of employees aspiring to be successful entrepreneurs and have taken the leap of faith and started their own business. It was created with the dream of helping regular employees transition into entrepreneurs. Ilao envisions ripple effects in the economy whereby one employee-turned-entrepreneur will hire his own employees, consequently reducing unemployment, one employee at a time. “Becoming a successful entrepreneur is indeed doable with the right preparation and unwavering determination,” says Ilao.
And for the very 1st time,15 employees-turned-entrepreneurs, whose businesses vary from Agriculture, Retail, Construction, Hospitality, Services, and eCommerce have been selected and recognized for taking the “Leap of Faith” to become full-fledged entrepreneurs. The 1st Certified Leapreneur Awards was recently held at the St. Francis Tower, Shangri-la Place, Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City..
Congratulations to the 15 courageous men and women recognized at the very 1st Certified Leapreneur Awards:
Raymund Layoso of Rayne Laundry Express
Donna May Tomboc of ZNTR Travel and Tours
Alexander Duca of CodeSkitch Solutions & Upbeat Multimedia
Cecille Sarmiento of Buttons Up Ventures Inc.
Christine Acosta of C.A. Design and Build
John Carlos Valdepenas of SV Wellness and Services Corporation
Engr. Jun Tamayo of Aquasian Water Technologies Inc.
Esther Joy Sanchez Villa Vitaliana Farms Inc.
Mark Bryan Asilo of MYNE Inc.
Elisa Cruz of Westgate Farm
Jojo Cruzado of The Laundry Project
Miguel dela Rosa of MPLIFY Marketing Enterprise
Edward Cruz of Ecomilion Inc.
Mark Angelo Hernandez of MOZ Inc.
Ronnie Billones of BillGreen Enterprises
Currently, Leapreneur has more than 6,000 members, many of which are Overseas Filipino Workers from Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Japan. They have helped many Filipinos through their various programs such as Leapreneur Insights, Jerry’s Notes, Startup Blueprint Masterclass Program, Meet-up activities and various Leapreneur Trainings. This is an advocacy project of Leapreneur Founder, Jerry Ilao, who was an employee for 7 years in a multinational company. He left his corporate job to become a full-time entrepreneur in 2007.
Ted Ferrer, Chairman of Generika Group, and Armando “Butz” Bartolome, President of GMB Franchise Developers, inspired the awardees and challenged them to go global. Successful entrepreneurs from the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) were also present to witness the momentous event.