DLSUxENDERUN Swap 2016: De La Salle University Students Become Titans for a Day
Enderun Colleges opened its doors to welcome 13 students from De La Salle University last July 23, 2016.
DLSUxENDERUN Swap 2016 is a whole-day event organized by Enderun Entrepreneurs Society, the school’s co-curricular organization for its Entrepreneurship program, in partnership with DLSU-YES. It featured a campus tour, an Amazing Race activity, interactive talks, and a culminating mock business pitch.
“We are trying to eliminate the barriers between college entrepreneurs by developing this event for each college,” shared Rudolf Nierras, President of EES. The recent Swap is foreseen to be the benchmark for similar upcoming inter-school events under the organization with the support of Enderun’s Entrepreneurship Department.
DLSUxENDERUN Swap 2016 is also a fresh take from its 2012 predecessor, which was when the first exchange took place between the two campuses.
The event proper kicked off with an icebreaker aimed to test the participants’ “grace under pressure”. A total of six groups, comprised of students from both schools, competed against each other throughout the day. A localized version of The Amazing Race also took place at select spots in the Venice Grand Canal Mall to further enhance their experience.
“The DLSUxEnderun Swap made me realize that there’s so much to learn by experience and by being around various people. It was enjoyable because we got to work in teams with people we barely even know, but at the same time be able to connect with them and be friends,” noted Schinael Pacheco, a sophomore taking up BSBA major in Financial Management at Enderun.
During the afternoon session, two consecutive talks were held inside the campus featuring Beachhead, an online educational platform introduced by Professor Ryan Morales and Enderun’s Incubator Team, as well as Disciplined Entrepreneurship (DE), an entrepreneurship framework from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Design Thinking, a methodology from Stanford University presented by Professor Ray Estrada.
Focusing on the story behind Beachhead, the first talk touched upon three main points, namely (1) Primary Market Research, (2) Team Dynamics, and (3) Processing Data. Taking after the DE framework, Beachhead walked the participants through the concept of identifying a pain point first before starting a business.
Before the day came to a close, all six participating groups showcased their proposed ideas to a panel of judges. In the mock business pitch, Group 4’s Volepiche, an application that serves as a “middleman” between enterprises and suppliers, was declared the winner. “I feel that teamwork is important in all the activities that we had because it allows us to achieve more. Our synergy as a team enabled us to score well in the impromptu alphabet game, the Amazing Race, and the business pitch,” said Angel Guevara, a Culinary Arts student from Enderun and a member of the winning team. “Even though I am a not an Entrepreneurship student I deeply feel that I was able to benefit from this event as it helped widen my knowledge on what entrepreneurship is and its importance in our fast growing modern society.”
After the event, Erlyn Espeleta, a fourth year student studying Entrepreneurship in Enderun, added that she found the concept of identifying a pain point useful, “because I discovered that more students struggled the same way that I did, so I was able to better come up with an idea or business concept to help alleviate or provide a solution to the problem.”
To top it off, Luchi Ybiernas, an Entrepreneurship student from De La Salle University also expressed that she was “able to appreciate the environment because of the super friendly facilitators. My favorite part was when we were able to pitch business ideas. I did not expect it to be that intense, but what I like about it is that I learned.”
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