Telco, Ashoka Philippines unite for Globe Future Makers program
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- turemakers.com.
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.