Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#SparkUpPH: For the Business-Curious Millennials

Almost all millennials dream of having their own business. That’s not unique anymore. But the game changer here is, what kind of enterprise will you start and can you, realistically, sustain it?

I’ve had two businesses that I wasn’t able to continue. One was an online makeup shop I started with a close friend of mine, while the other one is an online e-commerce site where I buy and sell locally-made products. The latter was a great idea but the problem was that I was doing it on my own since it was a personal passion project; so when things got rough at work, I had to focus on what brings me more income. I won’t say that they have been “failures” because I’ve learned a lot from them. I’ve certainly grown.

#TeamElla's first meeting
And now, I started a new business, Ella Naturals, with some of my friends who has their own field of specialization so we were able to help each other out where the other lack. We have someone who specializes in the paper works and proposals, one who is more of an expert in fund management and very organized, one who is an auditor and a CPA to help us out with the accounting side. What do I do? Well… I manage marketing, of course. I’m not saying that we’ve got it all figured out but we’re off to a good start, at least. Things aren’t perfect and we still encounter A LOT of problems and disagreements along the way. And that’s why meeting other enterprising millennials like us and belonging in a community focusing on motivating young entrepreneurs would be a good place for us to be at.

When I was invited to the launch of Sparkup.PH, I was enthused with the idea of a community and space on the web focused on equipping young entrepreneurs, like my team, on how we can survive the business world. And yep, SparkUp is under Business World. Teehee!

According to Philippine Star Media Group (which Business World is a part of) Executive Vice President, Lucien C. Dy Tioco, “SparkUp will prove to be a useful platform for business-minded millennials and centennials because it will not only serve as a source of business knowledge, but also a community where they can share ideas and inspire each other to turn business concepts into reality.

So they’ve also set daily topics such as:

#MoneyMonday – Tips on money management, with the latest news on saving, investing, and spending;

#TrendingTuesday – Insights on the latest trends and their impact on entrepreneurs and consumers;

#WorkingWednesday – Workplace stories and tips for the Gen Y and Gen Z's work ethics and career outlooks;

#TakeoverThursday – An insider tour of a day in the life of the members of the Sparkommunity;

#FreshFriday – Stories on the lighter side of business.

They also have some SparkUp terminologies you might want to familiarize yourself with:

Sparkfluencers – Young and trending business influencers who have made it to the top. They will write columns and speak live in events to foster learning and inspiration.

Sparktionary – This is a built-in dictionary providing digestible definitions through interactive executions readily available for every reader.

Sparkommunity – What SparkUp calls its readers, the future and current influencers, movers, and shakers in the business community.

It kind of feels like destiny that SparkUp sprouted just in the nick of time when I also just started my own business. Aside from having equally awesome and motivated business partners, I’m glad to finally belong in a community empowering us, the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

To know more about SparkUp, you can visit and follow them on social media at /SparkUpPH.


  1. Great ;)

  2. Looks interesting. Indeed, business is always a great idea. :)

  3. Gelle!!! I just read your comment on my blog. <3 Thank you for dropping and OMG!! I missed doing this!! I missed reading your blogs!!! And grabe! Ang layo na rin talaga ng narating mo from the time I met you! Proud of you and your new business! :)

    I'm sure Elle Naturals will boom talaga! Just checked your website as well. Galiing! :) Keep it up, Gelle!

    Rhea Bue

    1. Thank you Rhea! Hoping the best for your blog too. Congrats on the rebranding. 😊

  4. I had no idea that you had two business already. That is awesome! My husband and I are having our own company since 14 months now and it is going pretty good so far. We really hope we will be able to continue for a llong time as we LOVE what we are doing :)
    Thank you a lot for your last comment on my blog : )
    Sending much love!
    Rosa Larissa Klara
    conscious lifestyle of mine

    1. Thanks Larissa! It's not easy though but hard work and patience does the job. 😊

  5. Looks so fun! Such a great event to go to! You look lovely as always!

    Darriyan xo |

  6. Hi, Gellie! I nominated you for the Liebster award on my blog if you're interested. :)

  7. Yay! So proud of you! It takes a lot of really focus on your own business. I don't think your others were failures. I think people fail by never trying. You tried and you learned, and that's all that matters. I am really excited to follow your journey with your new biz. Also, this Spark thing sounds so neat! I especially love their hashtag topics. That's such a great way to invite discussion every week, and learn from other people's stories. Good luck with it all! We're going to run the world soon, just wait. ;)


    1. Good luck to us new generations of leaders and entrepreneurs! 😊


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