DD10: Starting a Social Enterprise in this Pandemic

In this episode of Disrupt Davao Podcast, I’m excited to talk to Doctor Angeli V. Guadalupe M.D., M.S.C, the co-founder of SurePlus Davao that started as a project at first and then launched as a business just last March of 2020.

Other SurePlus co-founders are Jason Occidental and Leizl Salera.

Others are quick to question their reasoning behind launching a business in this pandemic, but you’ll be impressed and inspired after knowing their purpose and the vision they have for our city.

Sureplus is a social enterprise (won YSEALI Seeds) that aims to tackle the problem of food wastes & undernutrition in Davao City by reselling repurposing & reallocating surplus food in order to minimize food wastage & hunger in Davao City.

Through their website and upcoming app, excess food from local farmers, groceries, and restaurants are sold at prices lower than usual. Donations for food subsidies are also gathered then they are directed to specified individuals, families, and charities. Part of our proceeds is also given to our partner charities.

Listen in and learn more about Doc Gel and Sureplus. We discussed:

  • What were some of the challenges they’ve encountered as a new business?
  • What are the changes they’ve made that will stay after this pandemic?
  • As social entrepreneurs, where do they get their support from?
  • What do they identify as Surplus food?
  • As she’s a doctor and entrepreneur, how does she balance and manage her time well? 
  • Great entrepreneurial advice and experience shared especially to those looking to start a social enterprise

How can you best support Sureplus?

  • Shop at their website for surplus foods from farmers and their other store partners here: https://www.sureplus.net/
  • Shop at their physical stores at the YMCA Cup of Grace – Kape ug Kaagi: Art & Start-up Hub – YMCA’s cafe is located in front of Sutherland, near Bangko Sentral.
  • Like and share their Facebook page to your friends.



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