Meet 22-year old student behind Bar Dolci chain

by Aiza Lumbuan, ANC

Posted at Mar 28 2015 12:44 PM | Updated as of Mar 28 2015 08:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Many would think that starting a business at an early age is difficult. Well, there's no question to that.

But for the owner of Bar Dolci, it was his eagerness to start early made it possible.

Nicholai Go came up with the idea when he was about 15 as he felt the need to make a better tasting and healthy ice cream.

To remedy this, he and his mom would make their own gelato and bring it to school for fund raising events. True enough it became a major hit.

After that, Go and his mom went to Italy to train and when they got back, they applied what they've learned, but made it better to suit the Filipino taste palate.

Two years after his business materialized.

Despite his perseverance, Go admitted on ANC's Shop Talk, he struggled when he first started because not a lot of people took him seriously for being young.

Good thing, his parents stood by him, supported and taught him everything he needed to know about becoming an entrepreneur. He also independently studied finance and business with his free time during high school.

Now 22, Go learned how to make his business stand out.

Though still an architecture student at Rhode Island School of Design, he said he knows the ins and outs of his business.

Another challenge he had to face was managing the business while studying abroad because it was quickly growing.

His solution was to hire a strong team that can manage itself. He explained a company's strongest asset is the people and if you don't understand that as a businessman, you will not sustain yourself in the long run.

Currently, Bar Dolci has three branches and continues to discover more flavors through intense research and development.

Since the products are all made from all-natural ingredients, the lifespan is 4 days.

Bar Dolci has about 50 gelato flavors and some of the cool ones that you might want to try this summer are Caramel, Ferrero, Chocnut and White Chocolate Wasabi.

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