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Five Social Enterprises Awarded Php500K Each in BPI Sinag Awards 2018

All the winners are involved in agriculture and upcycling

Five social enterprises that are mainly dedicated to agriculture, upcycling and helping rural communities emerged as winners of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Sinag Awards 2018, which were announced on September 21.These outstanding social enterprises are Carbon Cycle Processing Inc., ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 03, 2018 11:00:00
News and Events

Bacolod Startup Wins Php3.9M for Training Disadvantaged Youth to Become Skilled Workers

Bagosphere bested over 700 applicants from more than 31 countries in the Asia-Pacific region

Bacolod-based social enterprise Bagosphere won the top prize of 100,000 Australian dollars (Php3.9 million) last April 19 in Frontier Innovators, a search for innovative businesses in the Asia-Pacific by the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Bagosphere, together with 14 other ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | May 07, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

Marvin Agustin and 9 Top Entrepreneurs to Mentor Finalists in Search for PH’s Best Social Enterprises

Competition is sponsored by Gina Lopez’s new foundation for uplifting poor communities

Associations, social enterprises, cooperatives, foundations, or non-government organizations have the chance to win Php100,000 in cash and mentorship from some of the country’s top entrepreneurs in a nationwide search for projects that have the most impact in uplifting poor communities.Launched in March, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 17, 2018 10:00:00
Run & Grow

9 Mobile Apps That Are Taking Social Entrepreneurship to the Next Level

You can help charities and nonprofits without breaking the bank

While the idea of social entrepreneurship isn’t new, it has taken a more concrete definition only recently. Twenty years ago, The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur by Charles Leadbeater was published, commenting on how a ragtag group of misfits and dreamers were mobilizing business resources ...

by Parth Misra  | January 30, 2018 12:00:00
Business Ideas

25 Social Entrepreneurs Changing Lives in the Philippines

Meet the social entrepreneurs who are changing the country one life at a time

Social entrepreneurship is a concept that's been around for a while, but its rapid growth the past decade is impossible to ignore.The concept of social value has its roots in charity but it has evolved into a different beast. More than being charitable, ...

by Paolo Chua for  | August 06, 2017 12:00:00
Run & Grow

Messy Bessy: Making social entrepreneurship cool, keeping hearts full

And it all started with a cup of Starbucks coffee

Imagine Metro Manila without Seattle’s famous coffee chain. Messy Bessy founder and CEO Kristina “Krie” Lopez-Reyes remembers it vividly. In fact, she was part of the team that brought the international chain in Philippine waters.“I was the financial analyst. For years under ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 10, 2016 01:00:00
Startup Tips

Even social entrepreneurs need profit to meet their goals

It’s not as easy as you think.

It is very fashionable these days to declare yourself a social entrepreneur, working for the good of society, the environment and a better life. Most social entrepreneurs do not like to talk about making money, but often they still ask for help finding ...

by Martin Zwilling  | June 07, 2016 03:00:00
Business Ideas

How this woman created one business from many talents

Changing the world, one artisan at a time.

 It could have been a giant cinderblock. It certainly would have cost less and would have served the same general purpose. Soon to rise in Varansi, India, is a breathtaking structure to house silk artisans. Designed by celebrity architect David Adjaye, the ...

by Jason Haber  | June 06, 2016 03:00:00
Run & Grow

How I plan to make the world more inclusive for LGBT

The 2016 Ashoka fellow shares his group’s efforts to develop an app that lists all LGBT-friendly agencies, establishments in Asia’s major cities.

It was in 2004 when some of the worst things that could happen to anyone interestingly fell on my lap in one day.Part of the prerequisites for employment in Singapore was for an HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test. When it was my ...

by Laurindo Garcia as told to Elyssa Christine Lopez  | June 04, 2016 05:00:00
News and Events

Kick start your day, June 1: Duterte’s Cabinet 80% complete

Plus, BPI Sinag Business Challenge opens doors to young and social entrepreneurs and Chinese Embassy in Manila kicks off 1st film and food festival.

 After snubbing his proclamation in Congress, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte announced some of his Cabinet members in a televised press conference in Davao City on Tuesday, May 31.Related: Duterte names members of incoming CabinetThe Duterte Cabinet remains incomplete but the names he has ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 01, 2016 08:00:00
Run & Grow

How entrepreneur Marc Ching rescues dogs from torture in Asia

He pretends to be an American dog meat entrepreneur and brings the rescued dogs to the US.

The annual Yulin Festival in China's southern Guangxi province is about to get underway this June. During Yulin, locals celebrate the summer solstice and hot months to come.They do this by eating meat from an animal whose widespread slaughter by the thousands makes ...

by Joan Oleck  | May 28, 2016 05:00:00
Run & Grow

Rafael Alunan III on moving forward, embracing entrepreneurship

Only 5 days after the 2016 election, the senatorial bet and former Cabinet secretary already talks about his entrepreneurial plans.

 “I’m okay, I jumped in with my eyes open. I knew exactly what was I getting into,” said Rafael “Raffy” Alunan III on Saturday, May 14, as he sat down with for an interview.His response pertains to the fact that it ...

by Lynda C. Corpuz  | May 15, 2016 05:00:00
Business Ideas

Head start: Bambike pedals for people, environment, and progress

Know more about this special bicycle, which is a product of social entrepreneurship.

Gifted to heads of state, bought by royalty, and ridden by a Bond girl no less, bicycles made from locally sourced bamboo are touted as the greenest mode of transport to date. Socio-ecological ’trep Bryan McClelland founded the Bambike enterprise, which produces ...

by Cathie Carpio  | May 12, 2015 11:00:00