Telco, Ashoka Philip­pines unite for Globe Fu­ture Mak­ers pro­gram

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GLOBE Tele­com has part­nered with Ashoka Philip­pines for Globe Fu­ture Mak­ers (GFM) pro­gram, which seeks to build an ecosys­tem of so­cial in­no­va­tors us­ing In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) to ad­dress var­i­ous causes of poverty in the coun­try.

GFM is cur­rently look­ing for in­di­vid­u­als or groups with at least a work­ing pro­to­type of their so­lu­tion to is­sues on health and well-be­ing, learn­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, cli­mate change, and peace and se­cu­rity in re­sponse to UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal No. 9, which calls for in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and in­no­va­tion to find last­ing so­lu­tions to both eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the pro­gram is ex­tended un­til May 21, 2017 and may be ac­cessed via www.globefu- ture­mak­

Globe en­gaged with Ashoka—the largest pro­fes­sional net­work of so­cial in­no­va­tors in the world—as the GFM pro­gram’s im­ple­ment­ing part­ner. By lever­ag­ing Ashoka’s unique ex­per­tise in find­ing and sup­port­ing so­cial in­no­va­tors world­wide, the GFM pro­gram was de­signed with a more nu­anced se­lec­tion process.

The pro­gram also gets ac­cess to Ashoka’s na­tional nom­i­na­tor net­works, re­gional men­tors, and part­ners.

“Globe and Ashoka both have the same goals — to cre­ate pos­i­tive so­ci­etal im­pact by en­abling so­cial in­no­va­tors with dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to drive so­cial de­vel­op­ment in the Philip­pines. We are con­fi­dent that with Ashoka’s more than 30 years of ex­per­tise in the field of so­cial en­trepreneur­ship, they can help us iden­tify star­tups with sys­tems-chang­ing so­lu­tions who can make large-scale im­pact to so­ci­ety. Globe, on the other hand, will pro­vide the best ones with tech­nol­ogy sup­port, men­tor­ship, and net­work that will al­low them to scale and fur­ther make a dif­fer­ence to so­ci­ety,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe senior vice pres­i­dent for Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The top five teams will be pro­vided with ex­pert men­tor­ship from Globe, Ashoka, and Sing­tel Group. On the other hand, the Port­fo­lio De­vel­op­ment team of Kick­start Ven­tures, Inc., Globe Tele­com’s cor­po­rate ven­ture cap­i­tal arm, will fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to rel­e­vant startup work­shops or clin­ics, in­tro­duc­tions to po­ten­tial part­ners, men­tors, ad­vis­ers, and in­vestors via Kick­start’s broad net­work as well as pro­vide free Semaphore web-to-SMS API cred­its.

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