For the month of October, Entrepreneur.com.ph will be featuring businesses that saw the school spirit as a business opportunity. And what venue is there for the school spirit to shine than the annual University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) meet?
Being a student is, more often than not, the best time to start your business. With everyone still willing to support you, whether with their time, finances, or skills, starting a business is a lot easier to start when you are still in school. And oh, add to that your captured market – your classmates.
And that is exactly what John Patrick Azcueta, a student of the Ateneo de Manila University, is doing.
“I wanted a source of money because I, being a gadget lover, wanted to buy lots of tech stuff. With me still being a student, I searched for a way to earn money and this is where it got me,” said Azcueta on what his motivation was for starting the business.
After several sketches, inputs from his teammates in the track and field team, and, of course, his mother, Azcueta came up with a design that is both edgy and simple.
“It’s something that everyone can relate to,” said Azcueta. “Many of my customers loved the simplicity of the design. Some even love the way that it becomes a subtle way to show school spirit without saying it out loud like shirts and jackets. Plus, it’s a great accessory to anything you wear.”
Photos by Marie Joyce Siason
Model: Miguelito Morales