They are looking for the country’s most promising and tech-savy entrepreneurs.

PLDT SME Nation’s pioneering social media crowd sourcing search for the new generation of entrepreneurs is all set to welcome a new batch of digitally-driven industry game-changers.

#BeThe Boss, in partnership with Rappler, is back for year two as it continues on its mission to recognize excellence in technological innovation and digital integration.

“Our goal is simple and poignant – to demonstrate how digital technology can empower micros, small and medium enterprise and help them grow their business by looking to young and savy entrepreneurs who’ve actually doen it” VP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Mitch Locsin said.

Online nomination are currently ongoing until July 10, 2016 at A panel of judges will short list the nominations and choose the top three finalists for each category. The final phase will be the online public voting which will comprise of 40 percent of the finalists’ score.

This year’s categories are:

  • Best for E-Commerce, E-Commerce champ who knows how to own the internet and its opportunities through an innovative application or an online service.
  • Boss for Social Media, an entrepreneur who knows how to maximize social media platforms and use it for growing an online community.
  • Boss for Social Responsibility is an entrepreneur who goes beyond marketability and profitability by giving back to the community.
  • Boss for Innovative Solutions is for the leader who thinks outside the proverbial box and utilized technology to offer services and ideas that cater to a broad audience.

Last year’s first batch of winners and finalists, narrowed down from over 500 nominations from around the country, flew to Silicon Valley for a unique digital immersion in one of the world’s technological melting pots.

This year’s winners will also get the opportunity to broaden their horizon and globalize business with the Silicon Valley experience.


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