Invitation to Brownbag Knowledge Sharing Funding Startup Social Enterprises

27 May

Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt)

Brownbag Knowledge Sharing – Funding Startup Social Enterprises

Date: June 5, 2013

Venue: Cabochan Training Room, Dean’s Office – 3rd Floor, John Gokongwei School of Management


Funding a project or a business is a common issue shared by many social enterprises, startups as well as nonprofits. In the past, donor agencies and venture capitalists that have unlimited resources to tap are easily able to provide unrestricted aid and capital opportunities to finance social development projects and launch early-stage enterprise ideas. With the advent of massive social projects and increasing competition among business generators, funders have reached the point of donors’ fatigue and became restrictive on the ways in which money will be spent on priority projects. Among social entrepreneurs, it is even more challenging to launch an idea with the fact that there is no clear available venues to tap resources for a organizations aiming at multiple bottomline. The brownbag session of ACSEnt aims to facilitate a learning session for individuals who are interested to know about various forms of funding opportunities for startup businesses, social enterprises and social mission driven projects.


 10:00 – 10:20: Changing Landscape of Fundraising

10:20 – 11:00: Crowdfunding for Startups – The Spark Project

11:00 – 11:30: Open Discusison


Email to reserve a slot. Register before June 3, 2013. Slots are limited to 20 participants.


ACSENT Hosts (Un)Failing Startups Symposium

4 Apr

The current prominence of the social enterprise sector spurred interest among entrepreneurs and innovators to explore ways in which profit and social objectives can be matched to benefit marginalized sectors. However, one of the greatest challenges that many budding organizations face, whether social enterprises or traditional business entities, is the first stage or commonly known as the start-up phase.

In both business and development worlds, people celebrate the successes of entrepreneurs and social development leaders, highlighting their creative genius, societal impact and stellar experiences that contributed monumental change to the world. Unfortunately, many stories are left untold particularly their challenges and difficulties that more often, many have failed to talk about or tend to ignore.

The (Un)Failing Start-ups Symposium hosted by ACSENT last February 27, 2013 served as a learning event that celebrates entrepreneurs who dared to take the least travelled path and braved the challenge of putting up a start-up. Prominent franchisor Rommel Juan (President, Binalot Fiest Foods), coffee connoisseur Anj Ferreria (Owner, Kaffe Caffee) and startup youth leaders Matt Lapid (Juan Great Leap) and Ivanna Aguilling (Briggy Hall) served as the guest speakers during the event. These experts shared their stories of failure and success and how they achieved at gaining momentum in launching and running an enterprise and how they gave back to society through their social advocacies.

Call for Application: ACSENT Incubator for Social Enterprises

13 Nov


The Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) announces the opening of application to the Social Enterprise Ideation Training Workshop on November 23-24, 2012 at the Cabochan Training Room, 3rd Floor John Gokongwei School of Management, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights Campus.


This training is designed for young professionals who wish to engage in creating social change through business, leaders of non-profit or for-profit organizations who want to diversify into the field of social enterprise, and innovators who are in various stages (concept, design, pilot) of forming a social enterprise. The topics covered in the training include Overview of Social Entrepreneurship; Crafting the Value Proposition; Identifying the Target Beneficiaries and Market; and Defining the Business Model. 


For inquiries, please contact the Training Secretariat c/o Maricar Enriquez at telefax 928-35-03 or 426-6001 local 5520; email; or cellphone number 09062983152. Deadline for submission of completed Application Form and Updated Curriculum Vitae is November 15, 2012. Those interested are encouraged to apply early as the training is intended for a limited number of participants.

Invitation to Ateneo de Manila’s 3rd Social Entrepreneurship Conference

19 Oct

The Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Cordially invites everyone to a Social Enterprise Conference entitled,

“Enabling Social Enterprise: Harnessing Opportunities for Social Impact”

at the Ateneo de Manila University Campus

on November 8 to 9, 2012



Conference Overview

Social enterprises seek to address urgent social problems, such as income poverty, basic needs deprivation, and environmental degradation. Because of the urgency and scale of these problems, social enterprises must always be on the lookout for opportunities to widen and deepen their impact. The 2012 Social Entrepreneurship Conference from November 8 to 9, 2012 will provide various stakeholders in the social enterprise sector a venue to assess existing opportunities as well as seek out new ones to further empower social enterprises.


The 2012 Social Entrepreneurship Conference will discuss four key opportunities available to Philippine social enterprises. These include financing opportunities for social enterprises, the Social Enterprise Bill, technology and social entrepreneurship, and partnership opportunities with government.


These four opportunities will be discussed in four panels over a span of two days. Workshops will be conducted on the first day to provide a venue for smaller groups to discuss the challenges at greater length.


This event is co-presented by the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippine Social Enterprise Network, and the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Consuelo Foundation, the Foundation for a Sustainable Society , Oikocredit and Peace and Equity Foundation.


For details please contact:

Tel. No.: 426-5659
Emails: / /

Future Business Leaders Converge on a Social Change Camp

16 Oct

The face of capitalism is being redefined with the emergence of the social enterprise sector and the increasing energy of young people to engage in business-with-a-mission initiatives.


Last August 30 to September 1, 2012, over a hundred student leaders from various schools in the country converge to attend the Social Change Through Business A Youth Forum (SCBYF) organized by the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) and the Loyola Catalyst held at the Escaler Hall of the Ateneo de Manila University.


The SCBYF is a three-day camp for students and young professionals who are interested in learning about social entrepreneurship and how to develop ideas and business plans that aim to combine business and entrepreneurship skills with a social mission to address current social problems. ACSEnt, in partnership with its student arm, the Loyola Catalyst believe that young people should be engaged in nation-building efforts but must be provided with opportunities and a fertile ground necessary to support their growth and development.


With the theme “Redefining Capitalism: New Models for a New World”, the participants learned about the basic concepts of social entrepreneurship – such as utilizing business tools and maximizing profit-generation to solve community challenges and how this can provide them with opportunities for career option and ways to develop sustainable ideas that will help in community development.


The participants were welcome by Dr. John Paul Vergara, PhD, Vice President of the Loyola Schools and Atty. Jaime Hofilena, Vice President for Social Development during the opening ceremony of the forum. Recognized speakers, leaders, social entrepreneurs and advocates shared their knowledge and expertise to the participants and showed them the various options they can explore in the field.

Student participants from various schools break the ice during Day 1 of the SCBYF


Catalyst volunteers still committed after a day’s work.

During the first day, participants learned about the current situation of the country as well as the basic concepts from Ms. Myra de Leon (Program Officer of the Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship of the Ateneo School of Government) and Mr. Leland dela Cruz (Program Director of the Development Studies of the School of Social Sciences). Social entrepreneurship advocates and practitioners such as Ms. Tieza Mica H. Santos (ACSEnt), Ms. Noreen Bautista (Founder of Jacinto & Lirio and SlashIgnite) and Ms. Kirstin Leigh Lopez (Program Officer of the Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship of the Ateneo School of Government) also talked about ways on how young people can identify problems and generate social enterprise ideas including vision-mission and theory of change formulation. The participants were also graced with the presence of speakers who gave inspirational messages and shared their field experiences such as Ms. Vie Reyes (Bote Central) and Ms. Melissa Yeung (Got Heart Foundation).


Social Entrepreneur and Advocate, Ms. Tieza Santos (Assistant Director of Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship) share her knowledge and insights on how to develop innovative and sustainable ideas for social change.


Ms. Myra de Leon (Program Officer of YLSE – ASoG) gather participants’ ideas on current social issues that require innovative solutions through social entrepreneurship.


In addition, a Social Enterprise Marketplace was also organized to complement the ongoing program where youth-led social enterprises held an exhibit at the Science Education Complex Foyers B and C to showcase their ideas and existing programs. Among who participated in the marketplace were Habi Footwear, A Liter of Light, Got Heart Foundation, Microventures Inc. (Hapinoy), Route +63 and SEDPI.

Microventures Inc. (Hapinoy) showcase their innovative program during the Social Enterprise Marketplace of the SCBYF – Day 1


The second day was also marked with an exciting program with workshop speakers talking about how social entrepreneurs identify goals and sustainability metrics. The participants were also introduced to the basics of marketing and budgeting for social enterprises. In addition, inspirational speakers such as Fr. Javy Alpasa, SJ (Founder of Rags 2 Riches) and Mr. Karl Satinitigan (Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation) shared their career experiences in the field. The end of day two was capped with a planning session of the participants who were tasked to come up with a social enterprise idea to be presented to a panel of judges on the third day.

Fr. Javy Alpasa, SJ, Co-Founder of Rags2Riches and Executive Director of Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan inspires students and shares his insights on why social entrepreneurship is a good career option.


Brainstorming for change. Participants group together to form teams of young changemakers.


Teaming up and making new friends

The last day of the camp was highlighted with a social enterprise idea presentation where eight groups showcased their innovative vision to a panel of judges comprised of Ms. Myra de Leon (YLSE-ASoG), Ms. Tieza Santos (ACSEnt), Mr. Frank Chiu and Mr. Billy Santos (Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation) as well as Mr. Joseph Villarosa (Co-Founder of Inspire Pilipinas). From among the eight team contenders, top three innovative ideas were chosen. The second and third placers proposed an idea of a computer shop enterprise that aims to provide student users with educational software applications and a youth-led music group that aims to use recycled materials as instruments with an offering of a training program for out of school youth respectively. The team that bagged the first place focused on an agricultural product that aims to help coconut farmers develop a coconut-based health chips as an alternative byproduct. The winning teams received certificates and medals with a special gift for the first placer compliments of John Robert Powers.


The SCBYF and Social Enterprise Marketplace gathered over hundreds of students from schools such as Ateneo de Manila, Lyceum of the Philippines, St. Paul QC, Xavier University – Cagayan de Oro, Far Eastern University, St. Jude Catholic School, De La Salle, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas and Philippine Cultural College. Participants from the civil society sector such as the Center for Community Transformation as well as Tulay sa Pag-Unlad Inc. were also present in the forum.


The event was made possible through a collaborative effort and support of the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSoM), Development Studies Program of the School of Social Sciences (SoSS), Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program of the Ateneo School of Government (YLSE – ASoG) including external partner, SlashIgnite. The SCBYF also received generous support from the Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) Foundation, Inc. and John Robert Powers.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Social Entrepreneurship

19 Sep


In Collaboration With






Key words (maximum 3):

Social Entrepreneurship; Hybrid Value-Chain; Inclusive Development


Over the past years, inclusive development in the Philippines has exhibited protracted growth as poverty incidence continues to remain high in paradox with the reported economic advance. Lila Ramos Shahani of the Philippine Daily Inquirer recently reported last December 10, 2011 that “From 2003 to 2009, the economy grew by an average of 4.8 percent. And yet, instead of decreasing with economic growth, the number of poor Filipinos actually burgeoned from 19.8 million to 23.1 million.”

With the growing consensus to achieve higher annual growth rates and to effectively pursue inclusive growth and development among leaders and multi-stakeholder organizations in the country, there is an imperative to develop and implement strategies that promote “hybrid value chain” (HVC) approaches by leveraging social, political and business networks. This fundamental priority to effectively integrate marginalized sectors into the nation’s development agenda can be realized by leveraging social, political and business networks to promote the creation of HVCs, thereby accelerating the trajectory of social, political and economic inclusion among the marginalized. Furthermore, these approaches could serve as a regional case model within Southeast Asia to further promote and scale-up the potential of a region-wide development agenda that caters to millions of marginalized sectors.

Research must answer the following basic questions:

  1. How do social enterprises achieve inclusive growth and development and attain its objectives by maximizing profit and balancing it with social impact?
  2. Enterprises that utilize a Hybrid Value Chain (HVC) model – one that leverages the capabilities and resources of the private, public and citizen sectors – facilitate the creation of products and services to address the needs of low-income population. How can social enterprises maximize this model in order to address perennial social problems at scale?
  3. How can social enterprises benefit from the business, public (government) and civil society sector in pursuing their social and financial objectives and ensure inclusive growth and development within the communities they operate?
  4. What are barriers and enablers that facilitate the integration of the public, private and civil society sectors’ resources and capabilities into the work of social entrepreneurs and how can these be maximized in order to influence programs, policies and other initiatives that will ensure the success of social enterprise work?


  1. Abstracts should be send by the author(s) to the convenor (s) of the panel;
  2. Abstracts should be sent to Tieza Santos, Assistant Director of Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship at /
  3. Please follow the file name format: 7thEUROSEAS_SEAbstract_yourlastname
  4. Please follow the subject line format: 7th EUROSEAS Abstract Social Entrepreneurship [your last name].
  5. The deadline for sending the first round of abstract proposal to the convenor(s) is the 15th November 2012, 5:00PM Manila time.
  6. English is the official language of the Conference;
  7. The text should not exceed 1.500 characters (including spaces). Title of the paper, name of the author(s) and affiliation must be included.


Online registration will be open from January 2013 onwards. Registrations until 30th March, 2013 will benefit from the early registration rates. The final program and the book of abstracts will only include the names and abstracts of those who have registered to the conference by May 15, 2013.


Brown Bag Knowledge Sharing Program for Ateneo Faculty and Staff – Relaunched

24 Jul




Date: July 27, 2011
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Venue: Cabochan Training Room (Rm 307 – Office of the Dean, John Gokongwei School of Management)

“Crowdfunding for Social Enterprise Startups”

by Mr. Patrick Dulay, Founder of The Spark Project and Managing Director of Netlogic Solutions Asia

Topic Description:

As social entrepreneurs continuously invent various ways to launch their products and services, so must they also invent ways in order to generate funds and mobilize resources to support their initiatives. This knowledge sharing series provides industry insight to the emerging crowdfunding approaches to resource and capital mobilization and how technology is bridging funders with emerging innovators like social entrepreneurs.

Program Description:

Social entrepreneurship is gaining much attention among faculty members of the Ateneo community. There have been a number of initiatives from various school units in the areas of research and training, spearheaded by different individuals and program areas. As an academic institution, there is a need to strengthen the skills and deepen the knowledge of the Ateneo faculty in order to enhance their competencies to deliver knowledge products to the students.

The “Brown Bag” Program intends to serve as one of the faculty development programs of ACSEnt to provide Ateneo educators and trainers the necessary knowledge on the emerging social enterprise sector. This aims to build on their knowledge base and deepen their understanding on social entrepreneurship, which is crucial to their work as faculty members.

The program will feature prominent social entrepreneurs, advocates and educators who have a rich field-knowledge experience on the sector and will run on a scheduled Wednesday once a month during lunch or coffee break. The activity will be scheduled for over an hour with the speaker leading a topic and will be followed by an idea-sharing session.

Free slots are limited to 20 participants from the Ateneo Loyola and Professional Schools faculty and staff. Hurry, sign up before July 25, 2012!

Tieza Mica H. Santos
Assistant Director
Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The Search for Inclusive Mobility Challenge

18 Jul

The Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Ateneo School of Government through the support of the Rockefeller Foundation invite all interested parties to join in the competition entitled “Search for Inclusive Mobility” as part of the ongoing joint-project, “Catalyzing New Mobility in Cities: The Case of Metro Manila”. Please refer to the official press release below.



WANTED: Ingenious projects or businesses that move people  (not cars) in Metro Manila.

Take the Inclusive Mobility Challenge by July 30, 2012!

You may win PhP 50,000 to scale up your project or business.


It is a search for innovative projects or businesses that achieve one or more objectives:

• Make it safer and easier for the poor and the vulnerable—including persons with disability, children, and the elderly—to walk, bicycle, or commute in the megacity.

• Cut travel costs and times, make public transport more convenient, and improve the ways that citizens access services (e.g. health, education, business registration, etc.).

• Lessen climate change brought about by motor vehicles.


Challenge entrants may include Philippines-based individuals (who are at least 15 years of age), businesses, organizations, and formal or informal entities (i.e., an association, guild, student group, or village).

Entrants must have an ongoing project or business in Metro Manila that promotes mobility for all people.

The entry can be an innovative business or a software app that eases mobility, a transport system that moves people, goods and services more efficiently, or a project that promotes the use of alternative fuels or renewable energy.

Show us that it can be implemented in the megacity, and you can submit an entry, too.


This project is undertaken by the Inclusive Mobility Project under Ateneo School of Government’s Innovations at the Base of the Pyramid (iBoP) Asia Program with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.


Have any questions about the Inclusive Mobility Challenge?

Please go to the Challenge website or send an email to

You may also call Lorenzo V. Cordova, Jr., EnP, research associate of the Inclusive Mobility project, at 426 6001, locals 4646 and 4639.

Let’s move Metro Manila!



17 Jul


Official Invitation to the Social Change Through Business: A Youth Forum

Social Change Advocates, Changemakers, Nation-builders, Friends,

Peace be with you!


The Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) and its youth arm, Catalyst are organizing the Social Change Through Business: A Youth Forum with the theme “Redefining Capitalism: A New Model for a New World” that will gather the best student leaders from across the country. The event will be held in the Ateneo de Manila University on August 30 – September 1, 2012.


The event aspires to provide a venue for promising young leaders to share their leadership experiences with each other and to discuss key issues pertaining to the Philippine society. Furthermore, the conference will introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship, which invites these young leaders to become catalysts for change in their respective regions. Not only will the students learn from the experiences of the various social entrepreneurs and fellow participants, but they will also have the chance to gain first-hand experience of working for a social enterprise here in the Philippines.


May we invite you to participate in this event and request your support by helping us disseminate this information. Through this, the conference will be able to fulfill its dreams of having the fresh pool of young, empowered and influential social entrepreneurs that will instigate a significant social transformation in the Philippines.


Should you have questions, please feel free to contact our conference team Co-Heads:

Jamil Patrick Fabia and Regine Riguera



Thank you and we look forward to your interest and participation in the national conference.


Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Landline: 4266001 loc 5506

Social Entrepreneurship Stakeholders Convene for Sustainable Communities

13 Jun

By Tieza Mica H. Santos

Ateneo de Manila University, May 23, 2012 | A public forum on social entrepreneurship hosted by the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) was staged at the Ching Tan Hall in partnership with a multi-stakeholder group composed of the Poverty Reduction Through Social Entrepreneurship Coalition (or the PRESENT Coalition), the Philippine Social Enterprise Network (PhilSEN), the Foundation for a Sustainable Society (FSSI), World Fair Trade Organization- Asia (WFTO-Asia), and World Fair Trade Organization-Philippines. The forum focused on the theme, “Building Sustainable Communities Through Social Entrepreneurship.”

Congressman Teddy Casino, Chairman of the Small Business and Enterprise Development Committee of the House of Representatives, was the special guest of the event. Key representatives from the social enterprise sector and civil society sector actively involved in the PRESENT Coalition including Jay Lacsamana, Executive Director of FSSI, Lu Gargarita, Executive Director of PhilSEN and Ramona Ramos, Executive Director of WFTO-Asia were also present at the event.

The forum participants were welcomed by Rodolfo P. Ang, Dean of the John Gokongwei School of Management and Board Member of ACSEnt. Leland Joseph R. Dela Cruz, Director of the Development Studies Program and also a Board member of ACSEnt, served as moderator of the event.

Ms. Lisa Dacanay, ISEA President and Faculty of Ateneo School of Government provides an overview on the conceptual and historical evolution of social entrepreneurship.

The first set of speakers provided a brief conceptual and historical overview of social entrepreneurship and fair trade. Lisa Dacanay, President of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia and faculty member of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), gave an introductory talk on social entrepreneurship, providing an overview of the concept of and historical evolution of the sector. Virginia Sadorra, Executive Director of the Community Crafts Association of the Philippines, gave a presentation on Fair Trade and how Fair Trade and Social Entrepreneurship principles and practices complement each other in supporting communities.

Ms. Betty More of KATAKUS


The second set of speakers presented various social enterprise experiences. The presenters included Reese Fernandez, CEO of Rags2Riches, Richard Rejas, Executive Director of Katilingbanong Pamahandi sa Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (KPMFI), and Betty More of KATAKUS. Each of the speakers highlighted how their social enterprise empowered various marginalized communities.


Cong. Teddy Casiño expresses his support to the Social Enterprise Bill

The last set of speakers spoke about House Bill 6085, a bill on social entrepreneurship introduced by Congressman Erin Tanada. Mr. Earl Parreno, who is part of the research team for the bill, gave a briefing on the salient provisions of the Poverty Reduction Through Social Entrepreneurship Act of 2012. These provisions include various incentives and access to loans for social enterprises. In his speech, Congressman Teddy Casino expressed his support for the Bill which is currently being deliberated on by his committee. The committee is scheduled to hold hearings on the matter including a public forum to be hosted by ISEA, the Ateneo School of Government, and FSSI which will be held at the Institute of Social Order on June 29, 2012.