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Sustainable footwear start-up to represent PH in global student entrepreneur competition

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Philippines concludes local leg of competition among student entrepreneurs

Bea Battung, founder of local sustainable footwear company Prima Facie, will represent the Philippines for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. From Left to Right: Co-chairperson of EO Philippines SEI/GSEA 2018-2019 Merrick Sua, EO Philippines GSEA 2018-2019 Champion Bea Battung, and Chairperson of EO Philippines SEI/GSEA 2018-2019 Jenny Yang.


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) recently concluded its fifth run of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA); selecting student shoemaker and entrepreneur to represent the country for the Global Finals competition.


Premier student entrepreneur competition

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively own and operate a business. An annual program hosted by the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), GSEA gives young business owners a chance to win capital that could help grow their ventures. More importantly, the global student entrepreneurship competition provides a platform where the students could be connected with key industry players locally and internationally, allowing them to gain valuable insights and learn best practices, which they could apply to their businesses.

“Holding the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards is part of EO Philippines’ commitment to inspire and foster a community of young entrepreneurs in the country” says Jenny Yang, Chairperson of EO Philippines SEI/GSEA 2018-2019. “This year we also introduced the Student Entrepreneur Incubator (SEI) program allowing student entrepreneurs from all over the country to be mentored by members of EO.”

With the SEI, it is the first year for Entrepreneurs’ Organization Philippines to have finalists for GSEA from all over the country. It is also the first time that the finalists were able to showcase their products and services on the side of the competition allowing guests to learn more about their businesses.


Sustainability advocate and student-entrepreneur

Bea Battung, a freshman from the University of the Philippines Diliman, bested over 100 student entrepreneurs who participated in the local leg of the global student competition. Battung showcased her company, Prima Facie, a sustainable footwear company which produces shoes using synthetic and water hyacinth leather.

When Battung and her business partners started Prima Facie in Senior High School, they had a clear vision of promoting local industries, empowering communities while advocating for environmental awareness. Realizing that water hyacinth is one of the top causes of massive flooding in the country as it clogs waterways, Battung and her colleagues saw an opportunity to sustainably address this problem through a social enterprise.

“Ever since I was young, the value of doing good has always been a part of me,” said Battung as she presented her business in front of a panel of entrepreneurs hailing from different industries. “As we envision Prima Facie to scale, we hope to achieve our dream of creating an innovative, locally-made, and sustainable product that could prevent massive flooding due to water hyacinth. Buy a shoe, clean a river.”

Beyond the environmental advocacy, Prima Facie also gives back to the communities which help her in the business as a pair of slippers is donated for every pair of shoes sold.

As the champion of local leg of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, Battung received PhP 200,000.00 in cash prize which she can use to help scale her business. More importantly, she will continue to receive access to mentorship from Entrepreneurs’ Organization network of 160 members in the Philippines, and over 13,000 worldwide. In April 2019, Battung will represent the country as she competes against 50 other student-entrepreneurs for the Global Finals of GSEA which will be held in Macau, China.


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About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization

The Entrepreneurs Organization is a global hub for entrepreneurs with over 160 chapters across 50 countries. For over 20 years, the Philippine chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization has been one of the leading sources of business trends for a variety of enterprises in the country. The organization comprises of business professionals who are leaders in their respective fields.

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