At the business presentation in the PBC Masterclass in Burjuman on January 13, 2024.


Filipinos in UAE pitch businesses to win Dh30,000 from  investors

A total of 14 Filipinos in the UAE pitched their business to investors at the finals of the recent PBC Masterclass held in BurJuman in Dubai.

The top three entrepreneurs will advance to the final round of deliberations on Saturday (January 20), followed by the announcement of the winner who will take home Dh30,000 in business grants from the Philippine Business Council in Dubai as well as the chance to get funding from angel investors.

The business pitches were screened by a group of investor-panelists, including Expat Media Group CEO and owner Mars Yabut De los Santos; Asiyah Vangie Monjardin, owner and Managing Director of Multiline Design and Contracting; and brand building expert JR Papel. The screening was also graced by Philippine Business Council-Dubai Chairman Edwin Duria, Vice Chairman Allan Michael Baustista, and Chairman Emeritus Bobbie Carella.

Jennifer De Leon pitched her business Bersatile, a line of bracelets that promotes “natural stone therapies”. De Leon said Bersatile has a good chance to take off in the UAE market with its unique product, marketing and affordable pricing.

Crisaliz Tanate, the creator of Love in a Jar, pitched her business that offers freshly made Filipino desserts in a jar. Tanate told investors that her product is already selling successfully in the Sari-Sari Store in Dubai, and that winning the Dh30,000 business grant would help her expand her business.

Ephraim Joseph Abong wowed the panelists with his pitch on FreshlyFur, a mobile grooming service for pets in the UAE. Abong plans to launch his business with personalized services, including a pet hotel, home cleaning, fashion accessories and pet photoshoots.

Another entrepreneur who pitched his business is Niel Sangalang, who wants to “redefine Dubai’s soft-serve ice cream experience” with ice cream vending machines that are able to serve a range of flavours, from Vanilla to Middle Eastern twists. Sangalang plans to launch his business, The Summer Chills Co., in the UAE.

Jennifer Dinglasan De Chaves also presented her business idea Nurture Ave Ladies Salon, which will provide bespoke nail care services. De Chaves envisions her business to specialize in manicure and pedicure, nail art and nail extensions.

Apart from competing for the Dh30,000 business grant, the entrepreneurs will graduate from the Philippine Business Council’s PBC Masterclass on Saturday at Radisson Blu Creek. ICA/Expat Media

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