By Ina Hernando-Malipot
The death of an uncle due to heat stroke inspired a budding student entrepreneur to invent a sustainable air-cooling equipment which paved the way for her to represent the Philippines in the global arena with her invention next year.
Angel Palma, a student entrepreneur from De La Salle University (DLSU) was recently named the winner of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Philippines finals for her “AirDisc” invention. She will represent the country in the GSEA Global Finals in 2020.
Palma admitted that her discovery of the product was “accidental.” AirDisc is a cooling technology that is not dependent on coolants that are harmful to the environment.
Seeing the product’s potential to revolutionize the air-cooling industry, she pursued the development of “AirDisc.”
What inspired Palma was the death of her uncle due to a heart attack triggered by heat stroke.
“The Philippines is a country where a temperature of more than 30 degree Celsius is a normal occurrence,” she said. “The heat claimed my uncle’s life, and it can claim thousands more. If we have access to air-cooling equipment, we could have prevented the deaths caused by heat,” she added.
For Palma, the entry of “AirDisc” in the market will be a “deciding step for all of us” because “instead of fostering unnecessary competition, stakeholders in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry are encouraged to join me in my mission with this technology.”
By winning the Philippine leg of GSEA, Palma will represent the country in the GSEA Global Finals in Cape Town, South Africa in April, 2020 and will take home a cash prize of USD 3,000.
In the GSEA Global Finals, Palma will be facing more than 50 student-entrepreneurs from around the world and will be receiving intensive mentorship from EO Philippines’ member entrepreneurs.
Held annually, GSEA is the premiere global competition for student entrepreneurs who own and actively operate their own businesses. The global student entrepreneurship competition also provides a platform where they could be connected with key industry players locally and internationally, allowing them to gain valuable insights and learn best practices, which they could apply to their businesses.
“Entrepreneurs’ Organization Philippines is committed to enabling student entrepreneurs to learn, grow, and fully maximize their potentials,” said Ray Roxas-Chua, chairperson of EO Philippines GSEA. “This competition will not only provide them with capital help, but will also give them the opportunity to enhance their skills through personal mentorship, and the platform to widen their local and international connections,” he added.
The EO is an international organization that enables entrepreneurs to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. The organization provides unmatched learning and growth to its members through dynamic peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts.
With more than 14,000 members in 193 chapters and 60 countries around the globe, EO is the premier learning community for the world’s leading entrepreneurs. Since its establishment more than 20 years ago, the EO Philippines Chapter has grown to over 160 members, all leaders, and decision-makers of their various companies.
EO Philippines members, whose average age is 45, run high-growth, industry-leading companies with more than US$1 million in annual revenues, covering various industries such as manufacturing, retail, IT, distribution, real estate, and services.