British Council brings young entreps together

TAGBILARAN, Philippines - Over 40 young Filipinos are learning about social innovations and building networks in the I Am A Changemaker Social Enterprise Camp from October 20 to 24, organized by the British Council in the Philippines.

Started in 2009, the camp brings together 41 young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30 years old who are passionate about developing business startups for empowering marginalised communities. 

“Our work aims to stimulate young people’s networks - to inspire and encourage creativity and provide an outlet for ideas,” the organization said in a statement released on Tuesday, October 21.

The camp is also an avenue for young people to exchange ideas and best practices for social entrepreneurship. 

“We believe ideas cannot happen in isolation and collaboration via networks can bring together the right mix of people, skills and experience needed to turn ideas into reality.”

Given the devastation brought by natural disasters in the past year, the ideation camp adopts the theme “Resiliency, Reconstruction, and Recovery” so the participants can focus on social enterprises that help create livelihood for communities affected by disasters.

At the end of the ideation sessions, on Thursday, October 23, the participants will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, including British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad. 

Five winning teams will get seed funds of PHP100,000 (USD 2,300) to implement their ideas. 

The winners will be announced on Friday, October 24.

Past participants to the camp, such as shoe company Habi Footwear and financial literacy group Invest Mindanow, have been able to use the funds to create sustainable social enterprises.

 

The camp is a part of the British Council’s Skills for Social Entrepreneurs (SfSE) program. The British Council operates in 110 countries and territories with almost 80 years of experience. - Rappler.com

*USD 1 = PHP43