[Photo caption: ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with Australian Business Leaders and ASEAN BAC members header by Chair Dr. Robert Yap officially launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in Australia.]
Sydney, Australia -- The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network or AMEN has been officially launched in Australia in partnership with Australia-ASEAN Business Council during series of engagements last March 14-16, 2018.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines Chairman Joey Concepcion led the introduction of AMEN as his continuing advocacy and legacy project of the council under his 2017 chairmanship. AMEN was launched last November 2017 with President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.
AMEN will allow start-ups, micro and small entrepreneurs in Australia connect and build international relations with mentors and business experts across ASEAN. The program aims to facilitate the movement of startups between ASEAN countries and Australia.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of NSW Government Hon. Andrew James Constance, MP opened the Australia-ASEAN Business Insights Dinner hosted by the Australia-ASEAN Business Advisory Council and King & Wood Mallesons Law Firm. ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion seated as one of the panelists for the ASEAN-Australia Business and Investment Insights. He is joined by Richard Henfrey (CEO of Blackmores), Martin Tricaud (CEO of HSBC), Brad Chan (CEO of Banna Property Group and Founder of Haymarket HQ) and Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid (President of ASEAN Business Club, Chairman of CB ASEAN Research Institute, Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad and Chairman of ASEAN BAC Malaysia).
The program was promoted during the following meetings: ASEAN-Australia Business Insights Dinner in King & Wood Mallesons, Australian Business Leaders’ Exchange with ASEAN Business Advisory Council in Intercontinental Hotel, and lastly in the ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum held in Sydney Startup Hub.
ASEAN BAC Philippines Chairman Joey Concepcion shared the importance of Mentorship and also Money and Market. He highlighted the change in the entrepreneurship landscape with enterprises turning from offline businesses to online. Concepcion then called on to the partners in ASEAN and Australia. He said, “We are taking baby steps in learning. We are now trying to bring more participation by enjoining others in what we are doing in the hopes that each country will replicate. With this, we are creating a rich pool of mentors across the region and other nearby economies.”
Eleanor Mak, President of Australia-ASEAN Business Council, shared, “We are so pleased with how our program partners so generously and supportively agreed to be part of this pilot program. They are providing access to world-class initiatives for the use of ASEAN entrepreneurs and startups through the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network. This is a strong foundation on which to grow. The opportunity is remarkable.”
Start-ups in Australia will now have access to the pool of mentors and additionally, in programs of incubators and accelerators.
ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) launched with its first non-ASEAN partner, Australia-ASEAN Business Council. AUD$100,000 worth of initiatives was committed by Australian Mentor Organizations for the AMEN program to support ASEAN entrepreneurs.
Concepcion also joined the Women in Business breakfast forum hosted by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy. The forum was co-hosted by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife Madam Ho Ching. The forum highlighted the contribution and inclusion of women in the advancement of businesses in the region.
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also hosted Business Summit’s CEO Forum on Saturday, March 17. Selected prominent business leaders from ASEAN and Australia came together to discuss topics vital to deepening economic integration. Concepcion was one of the selected delegates to represent Philippines.
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, ASEAN BAC Cambodia Council Member Sok Piseth and Concepcion.
In his speech, Prime Minister Turnbull related how ASEAN and Australia share the commitment to stable and secure open markets and free trade. “Open markets do not happen by themselves. They require the support and commitment of governments and business leaders like yourselves.
That’s why I’ve invited you all here today, our business leaders here today, because the success of a resilient and innovative ASEAB region hinges on your contribution. Your participation today will improce our knowledge of opportunities in our markets and how we can secure them,” Prime Minister Turnbull declared.
Business leaders then joined roundtable discussion which focused on the following areas: tourism destination development and aviation, digital transformation in services, advanced manufacturing and industry, agri-food supply chain logistics, future energy supply chains, and infrastructure.
Concepcion with Dr. Robert Kahn the inventor of internet
Mentors coming from big businesses of Southeast Asia met very early this morning at the City of Dreams to discuss the establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Mentors Entrepreneurship Network (AMEN), establish a system to certify a mentors pool that would eventually lead to a mentors’ academy.
The idea of AMEN was initiated by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) chairman Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo and Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship, which had been mentoring Philippine micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for many years.
The session began with a getting-to- know-you among the ASEAN private and public sector delegates, who surprisingly came in big numbers to map out the Manila Declaration that would be presented later today before heads of states and nations attending the ASEAN Leaders Summit.
The Philippines had been implementing its Kapatid or Big Brother mentorship program, a close collaboration and partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry and the Go Negosyo, which Concepcion founded, that has already helped micro small and medium enterprises in 16 regions, 81 provinces, 89 batches and 1780 graduates and 400 certified mentors nationwide.
Through AMEN, it is hoped that the bloc would have an ASEAN Mentors modules, an ASEAN certification program for mentors and an ASEAN Mentors Academy.
Establishing a regional mentorship program is a “history happening” for the bloc to ensure that MSMEs would be better equipped to face the global market challenges, said Merly Cruz of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship.
Henry Widjaja, chairman of Dharma Bhakti Astra Foundation of Indonesia presented to the delegates the mentoring program it implemented to its SMEs imparting in them the core values of compassionate, adaptive, responsible and excellent (CARE) businesses as it undertook six stages in helping the small enterprises. These stages are: leading sector projects; prospecting foster fathers; pilot SME development; mentor addition; establishment of cooperatives and the self-reliance process.
Just like Kapatid program of the Philippines, Indonesia’s mentorship program entailed mentoring; market facilitation and financial facilitation, Widjaja said.