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About #BeTheBoss

As with anything in life, we aim for the best that we can be. We don’t settle for what’s good enough. We work hard, think creatively and push for ideas to make it big in the industry.

In partnership with Rappler, PLDT SME Nation's #BeTheBoss Awards aims to find the country’s next promising entrepreneurs currently running a Micro, Small to Medium Enterprise (MSME). The search is on for business leaders and game-changers who are ready to introduce to the world their fresh big ideas.

The Awards recognizes excellence in tech innovation and digital integration. The goal is to show how digital technology helps businesses grow into what they are now.

Together with a panel of industry leaders, the public will vote for four winners that best represent one of four categories: Boss for E-commerce, Boss for Social Media, Boss for Social Responsibility and Boss for Innovative Solutions.

The winners will be announced live at an awards night to be held on September 9. The competition is open to Philippine-based entrepreneurs 45 years old and younger, who are currently running a business that has been operating for at least 2 years.

Nomination period June 1 to July 10, 2016

Public voting August 1 to 26, 2016

Announcement of winners September 9, 2016

Who's your Boss?

Swipe left and right to see all categories

How to #BetheBoss

Selection Process

The journey to success begins with the first step but true potential begins to show somewhere along the middle. Promise doesn’t mean immediate success, but rather the talent and determination to reach that goal one day.

Nominate here


Nominees will select one of the 4 categories that best suits their company. Each category highlights different ways that entrepreneurs have used digital technology to make it big and grow their business and ideas.


To join the 2016 #BeTheBoss Awards via the online nomination form, choose first the industry you’re in, then choose a sub category defining how you used digital technology to grow your business.

Our Panelists

Eric Alberto

Executive Vice President, PLDT

Laura Verallo de Bertotto

CEO, VMV Hypoallergenics

Luigi Nuñez

President and CEO, Global Beer Zero Inc.

Maria Ressa

CEO & Executive Editor,

Mitch Locsin

Vice President & Head, PLDT Smart SME Nation

Bam Aquino


Chot Reyes

President, Media5