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Death of uncle due to heat stroke fuelled invention of ‘AirDisc’ by DLSU student

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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.

STUDENT-INVENTOR. Angel Palma of De La Salle University (DLSU) (middle), who invented the ‘AirDisc’, was named as the winner of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Philippines Finals. Photo shows from left are EO Philippines GSEA Committee Member Duane Tan, EO Philippines GSEA chairperson Ray Roxas-Chua, and EO Philippines President Hanky Lee. (EO Phils - GSEA via Ina Hernando-Malipot / MANILA BULLETIN)

STUDENT-INVENTOR – Angel Palma of De La Salle University (DLSU) (middle), who invented the ‘AirDisc’, was named as the winner of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Philippines Finals. The photo shows from left are EO Philippines GSEA Committee Member Duane Tan, EO Philippines GSEA chairperson Ray Roxas-Chua, and EO Philippines President Hanky Lee. (EO Phils – GSEA via Ina Hernando-Malipot / MANILA BULLETIN)

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.

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