Finding Your Ikigai: Insights from the DOHE Startup Cebu Mixer

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In the vibrant heart of Crossroads Cebu City, entrepreneurial energy filled the air as the Department of Entrepreneurial Hub Enthusiasts (DOHE) hosted a startup mixer at The Playground FROM HERE. More than just a gathering, this event invited attendees to explore their passions and forge meaningful connections. With Thomas Graham, a dynamic social entrepreneur from England, leading the way, participants anticipated an evening of inspiration and self-discovery.

Excitement buzzed as startup owners, investors, academics, and DOHE’s vice president came together for an enriching affair. The atmosphere was relaxed yet charged, setting the stage for a memorable event. Central to Graham’s talk was the Japanese concept of ikigai—the intersection of passion, talent, societal need, and financial viability. Drawing from his experience, including founding the Mad (Make a Difference) course, Graham illuminated the path to finding one’s true purpose.

Using narrative powerfully, Graham took attendees on an immersive journey through an interactive video experience, set against the scenic backdrop of Lobo Batangas. This innovative approach encouraged deep reflection, prompting participants to consider their own aspirations and strengths.

Guided by Graham’s insights, attendees embarked on a soul-searching quest, grappling with four fundamental questions: What do I love? What am I good at? What does the world need? What can I be paid for? Through shared insights and dialogue, individuals peeled back the layers of their ikigai, paving the way for purposeful entrepreneurship.

Behind the scenes, the success of the startup mixer was thanks to dedicated volunteers, including The Company, a leading advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship. Their support ensured seamless execution and broad outreach, reflecting their commitment to nurturing a thriving startup ecosystem.

As the evening drew to a close, attendees were presented with an opportunity to advance their entrepreneurial dreams by joining forces with The Company. Providing more than just workspace, The Company offers a vibrant environment where ideas flourish and collaborations thrive. With newfound inspiration and clarity, attendees bid farewell to the mixer, ready to embark on their entrepreneurial journeys.

The DOHE startup mixer at The Playground sparked personal and professional growth, helping participants uncover their ikigai and chart a path to fulfillment and success. Reflecting on the connections made and lessons learned, it’s clear that when purpose aligns with passion, the possibilities are endless.

Here’s to the next wave of innovation and impact, fueled by the entrepreneurial spirit and the relentless pursuit of purpose. And remember, connecting with The Company isn’t just a decision—it’s a gateway to realizing your entrepreneurial vision and turning dreams into reality.

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