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Digital Business School Empowers SMEs in the Philippines

A multinational technology company has debuted its first-ever “Netpreneur” Training Programme in the Philippines with support from QBO Innovation Hub, the country’s​ first public-private partnership platform for local start-ups, and a regional venture capital firm’s Philippine Fund.

The “Netpreneur” Training Programme is designed to equip entrepreneurs and business leaders with tangible and actionable steps they can take to advance in the digital economy, based on the tech company’s entrepreneurship journey. It is part of the tech company’s wider initiative to promote inclusive development and empower entrepreneurs and businesses both large and small.

The tech company stated in reports that the acceleration of the digital economy because of the global pandemic is creating huge opportunities that may not be immediately recognisable. They are keen to demonstrate to small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs how they can make full use of the digital ecosystem learnings and insights to spot and win these opportunities and to transform their businesses for long-term success in the digital economy.

The programme is designed as a combination of online and offline training modules. The online programme will be conducted via a series of virtual seminars, providing first-hand exposure to e-commerce and digital innovations, access to business leaders, as well as an opportunity to connect with like-minded, leading entrepreneurs in participants’ region, through exercises, interactive lectures, and dynamic discussions.

The sessions will cover China’s digital economic transformation, the tech company’s key learnings from its growth from a fledgeling start-up into a fully digital ecosystem, as well as practical advice to help businesses digitally transform their operations and confidently embrace global business opportunities. The programme will also host optional webinars focusing on industry trends and insights.

Participants who will join the online edition of the Philippine “Netpreneur” Training Programme will acquire:

  • An understanding of the development of the digital economy in China
  • Fundamentals of the role of new technology and digital economy in enabling national development
  • Key insights into the evolution of the tech company’s ecosystem including learnings and best practices through sharing sessions from its senior leaders
  • Insights into the most cutting-edge trends and practices in use within the growing digital economy in China
  • a deeper understanding of business frameworks and strategic patterns, and ways to create an environment to strengthen participants’ capacity to drive innovation and achieve greater results

Participants will be graded and quizzed every week, culminating in a final capstone assignment at the end of the programme. All participants who complete the course will be invited to join the tech company’s global initiatives community, where they will be able to receive access to additional content and activities post-programme such as webinars and newsletters.

Based on the outcome of the online participation and the assignments/project completions, outstanding performers will also be eligible to participate in offline immersion programmes at the company’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China once travel restrictions are lifted.

Meanwhile, the country’s innovation hub’s executive director said that the Philippines’ digital economy has been experiencing massive growth. Especially with the onset of the pandemic, digital transformation has become even more critical to the country’s economic resilience, recovery, and advancement. Small businesses, and especially innovative start-ups, play a key role and need further support. They added that they are thrilled to partner with the tech company as this initiative will empower local entrepreneurial talent and build a more dynamic start-up scene.

Experts say that access and exposure to operational best practices are vital for Filipino entrepreneurs to be competitive in a digital future. More importantly, the real value of this programme lies in how it highlights the role of leadership and vision in growing companies and communities.


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