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Shopee concludes university summit for entrepreneurs

E-commerce platform Shopee wraps up its inaugural Shopee University Summit in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), AdSpark, Facebook, and brands such as HP, Messy Bessy, and Globe myBusiness.

Current and aspiring entrepreneurs learned about the e-commerce landscape, understood the importance of marketing tools and strategies, and heard success stories from accomplished online sellers on Shopee.

“With the steady growth of e-commerce, it’s essential that we support our sellers as they transition online,” said Martin Yu, director at Shopee Philippines. “Shopee will amplify our efforts in providing accessible training and seminars to help Filipino entrepreneurs rise up, succeed, and achieve continuous business growth amid the ongoing pandemic.”

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Trade Assistant Secretary Jean Pacheco shared the various initiatives of DTI to help MSMEs go digital. Representatives from different industries including Marty Buragay from Facebook talked about the new purchasing habits and expectations in the new normal, and Joey Flores from digital agency, AdSpark, discussed the significance of an effective ad and the importance of strategic planning. Industry leaders from top brands like HP also shared insights on how e-commerce can help MSMEs grow their businesses.

Pandemic

The pandemic brought about challenges to a majority of Filipino entrepreneurs. For some, it was about learning to shift to an online model overnight or enabling a remote workforce. For others, it was about optimizing their processes or finances to keep the business running. At the Shopee University Summit, HP shared how the existing tools, programs, and platforms can support small business owners in their journey to recovery and, eventually, thrive in the new normal.

“At HP, we are committed to our broader strategy of bringing about digital transformation to the retail experience in collaboration with partners such as Shopee,” said Christian Edmond Reyes, managing director, Philippines and Pakistan, HP Inc. “We look forward to working more closely with and sharing the passion and hard work of many Filipino businesses to build a sustainable, secure, and connected economy.”

Aside from brands and industry experts, two Shopee Marketplace sellers also shared their experience in e-commerce. Jennalyn Indigado, the owner of Small Wonders, said that while her e-commerce journey on Shopee started as an accident, her business grew bigger when she joined Shopee and now ships approximately 800 orders daily. Meanwhile, Nikka Solomon of ClosetByNikka2600, a former banker-turned-online-seller, doubled her orders when she started using Shopee Live to promote her fashion items, especially during big campaigns.