Social Enterprises in the Philippines get a boost from Australia, UNDP, and PhilDev

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Multimedia Reporter

The Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) project held an Impact Boost Camp last January 3 to 7 across various locations in Metro Manila. ISIP is a project co-implemented by PhilDev and UNDP in the Philippines, with support from the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.

Thirty social enterprises (SEs) participated in talks and workshops on topics like impact management, business modeling, and design thinking, which were given by organizations such as Business Call to Action, Paymaya, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The SEs were also able to pitch to investors from Manila Angel Investors Network, ICCP Ventures, xchange, and Vilgro.

“The Impact Boot Camp has shown us that there are a lot of promising social enterprises in the Philippines. Given the right support and access to funding, we believe that these enterprises can scale, grow their businesses and help eradicate poverty in the country,” said Paco Sandejas, Chairman at PhilDev.

Titon Mitra, UNDP’s country representative said they “believe that this will help create a sustainable stream of social enterprises in the country that will collectively contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

ISIP is now currently accepting applicants for the third batch of their Social Impact Accelerator, which will open in March. Participants of the boot camp are highly encouraged to apply.