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British Council

Ideation Camp 2017

Overview

Eight social enterprises were awarded seed funding and a year-long mentoring support at the awarding ceremony for the Local Changes: Ideas to Impact, a social innovation camp for changemakers in ARMM. 
 
The week-long camp was aimed at bringing together diverse individuals who are keen to explore their creative side – while offering a space for exchanges for fostering collaboration on ground-breaking social innovation projects through social enterprise.
 
This initiative was also intended to encourage a new generation of leaders to employ social enterprise as a pathway for achieving long-held visions for a better, secure and more prosperous Bangsamoro. Bayan Academy will be providing mentorship for the ideation camp winners.
 
 
Summary of Proceedings
27 November to 2 December 2017
 
Session 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship & Opportunity Seeking, Screening and Seizing
Session 2: Social Enterprise Ideation and Marketing
By John Xavier C. Francia, co-founder and community organiser, Woven Crafts
John Xavier C. Francia
 
After earning a degree in Management, John worked as a researcher and writer for Bayan Academy and Bayan EDGE. Under the tutelage of Dr Eduardo Morato, Jr., he co-authored books such as the Innovations in Enterprise Development, Growth and Evolution.
 
When super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, he was tasked to lead a team of researchers in preparing area development plans for several devastated towns in Samar and Leyte. It was there that he met the famous banig (traditional Filipino mats) weavers of Basey. Wanting to translate theories into action, he became a Jesuit volunteer and spent a year in the community, organising the weavers into associations and helping them earn better living from their craft.
 
He has since returned to Bayan Academy and, with the support of his partners and armed with funding from Bayan EDGE, he set up the social enterprise Woven Crafts. He recently finished his Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship – Social Enterprise Development track – at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Session 3: Social Enterprise Implementation (Operations and Finance)
By Jose Martin Beduya, Executive Consultant, Enterprise Change
Jose Martin Beduya
 
Mr Beduya is the executive consultant mainly to founding entrepreneur-managers, helping them break through bottlenecks typical in the venture life cycle. His practice covers the different stages of the cycle: (a) start-up, (b) scale-up and/or hypergrowth, (c) distress and rightsizing, (d) mid-life and corporate culture change, and (e) exit.
 
Regularly and in support of personal advocacies, he also shares his experience by facilitating seminar-workshops with select audiences interested in capturing entrepreneurial impulses like large corporations and government offices.
 
Session 4: Social Enterprise Planning and Pitching
By Philip Felipe, Executive Director and COO, Bayan Academy
Philip Felipe
 
Presently the Executive Director and COO of Bayan Academy. He leads the implementation of Citi Foundation’s Citi Microenterprise Development Center, training and coaching microentrepreneurs all over the country in partnership with various microfinance institutions, cooperatives, NGOs, schools, LGUs and even churches. He is an accredited Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Management (GEM) or EntrepEskwela trainer and accreditor of trainers. Recently, he served as one of the speakers in the GEM rollout in Haiyan areas benefitting micro and small enterprises in the cities of Tacloban and Borongan. He also leads the implementation of Technopreneurship Program of JP Morgan Foundation all over the country.
 
Mr Felipe has more than 11 years of experience, primarily with NGOs doing development work in the fields of programme or project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, community needs assessment, grassroots and local development and rehabilitation, corporate social responsibility, donor management, curriculum design and development, employment, enterprise development microfinance, training and development, research and consultancy and proposal writing.
 
Mr Felipe is a licensed Environmental Planner and a graduate of Masters in Development Economics and Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines. He also finished his Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam.

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