Enderun Hosts Entrep Week 2015
From delicious food, delightful desserts and beverages, to customized apparel, Enderun students and various food establishments showcased their products in Entrep Week 2015. Held inside the school campus last October 12-16, the week long event catered to the Enderun community by providing an avenue for students to sell their products and market their businesses. The event was also an opportunity for these students to test the viability of what they were selling, giving them a glimpse of doing business in the future.
Among those who participated for the entire week were Potato Corner, Chicks2Go, Ninja Booth Shake, Appétit, Cultura, and the organizer of the event, Enderun Entrepreneurs Society, who sold personalized Enderun hoodies.
According to Ericka Santiago, president of the student organization, “EES decided to sell hoodies this year due to the reason that we’ve been hearing students demanding for an Enderun Jacket. We received a lot of good feedback from the students, they said that they use it wherever they go and they are very proud to be an Enderun student whenever they wear it. Some students ordered for their younger siblings, who they believed will be the next batch of students of Enderun.”
Maxine Maxey and Gela Lapis, culinary students from Appétit also shared, “We had so many decisions of what to sell, so many opinions and options, it got changed last minute, working in the kitchen is really like that, it’s really unpredictable.” Since it was their first time to sell, being part of Entrep Week 2015 helped them learn about the business side of operations, as well as handling their expenses and revenue.
Hotel Administration students Patricia Lopez and Francis Mesias of Cultura also described the experience as ‘fun and worth it.’ “This experience has been very mind-opening, and so far it’s been really fun, interacting with people, seeing what people like, what they dislike, their food preferences as well. Its been really good.”
Furthermore, some of the participants were only present in select days throughout the week. These include Bono Gelato, Cluckys, Bacon Blast, Mini Donuts, Lekker, J. Cuppacakes, Nutella Cookies, and Zoe Pastores.
As for Miguel Angelo Villanueva, an Entrepreneurship student, planning and manning Lekker involved, “Lots of hard work, lots of patience, lots of coordination with the team, but all in all there’s success in what we’re doing. For students, it teaches them how to sell as much as possible.”
Seniors and culinary students Bernice Uy and Santi Herrera of Gelato Lab said the experience for them was eye-opening. “It showed us how it’s like to run a small business in the real world. Its not only empowering, it helps us to interpret what we learn in theory into actual practice.”
Entrep Week 2015 provided equal opportunities for all Enderun students and enabled them to learn by seeing the operations of established food businesses. It has helped form bonds among students, and has promoted both entrepreneurial and school spirits.