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QC Women Entrepreneurs Graduate from AWE, Showcasing Business Prowess

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Quezon City celebrated the remarkable achievements of several aspiring women entrepreneurs as they graduated from the esteemed Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). The event, highlighted by a captivating Pitching Competition, was co-hosted by the QC Small Business and Cooperatives Development Promotions Office (SBCDPO), SPARK! Philippines, Go Negosyo,, and the J. Amado Araneta Foundation.

The AWE program provided a platform for the participants to showcase their innovative products and business ideas, infusing creativity and strategic acumen into their presentations. The distinguished panel carefully evaluated each pitch, eventually awarding selected businesses an additional investment of P10,000. Furthermore, these exceptional entrepreneurs were granted the invaluable opportunity to take part in a summit at the esteemed United States Embassy, an experience that promises to bolster their industry knowledge and network.

Beyond the financial incentives, all of the inspiring women who successfully completed the AWE program will also benefit from the comprehensive livelihood program spearheaded by the local government of Quezon City. Through this initiative, the city aims to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, recognizing the crucial role played by women in driving business development and societal progress.


During her poignant address, Mayor Joy Belmonte underscored the fundamental importance of fostering economic empowerment and ensuring financial independence for women. She reaffirmed the city's commitment to nurturing a supportive and conducive environment for female entrepreneurs to thrive, recognizing their invaluable contributions to the local economy and the community at large.

Among the notable personalities in attendance were QC SBCDPO head Ms. Mona Celine Yap, SPARK! Philippines Executive Director Ms. Maica Teves, Go Negosyo Executive Director Ms. Thermina Ann Akram, founder Ms. Leah Rasay, and J. Amado Araneta Foundation Executive Director Ms. Christine Diane Romero. Their presence symbolized the collaborative effort between the public and private sectors in empowering women and fostering a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial landscape in Quezon City.

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