From creating solar power kits for low-income families to paving the way for small-scale farmers to export their goods, social entrepreneurs are helping the society’s marginalized and disadvantaged. Often hailed as change makers, social entrepreneurs are individuals who provide innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges.
AGSB Dean Rodolfo Ang stresses the University’s commitment to nation building, poverty alleviation and inclusive growth.
A social enterprise idea is one thing but succeeding is another. With that in mind, social entrepreneurs gathered at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in Makati City on June 19, 2015 to discuss how a practitioner-oriented curriculum could benefit them.
“Leadership, Innovation, Social Impact, Be Part of the Social Change” served as the pre-launch of AGSB’s newest Masters in Entrepreneurship for Social Enterprise Development (ME SED) track. The new discipline is geared towards helping mission-driven individuals achieve growth through continuous innovation and transformation.
In his welcome remarks, AGSB Dean Rodolfo Ang emphasized the role of social entrepreneurs and how it complements Ateneo’s commitment to nation building, poverty alleviation and inclusive growth.
“We share your passion and hope that we can play a role in helping enable people to help others help themselves.”
“We hope to be of service to you so you can be of service to others,” says Dr. Eduardo Morato.
The main speaker, Dr. Eduardo Morato gave an overview of social entrepreneurship, stating the virtue of a good entrepreneur as one that does not merely provide jobs but creates value.
“Merely providing labor wages is not enough – we have to create value, raise productivity and raise the bar,” he said.
Morato chairs the ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, Inc. and Bayan Academy. He is also the Program Director of Executive Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the Development Academy of the Philippines. He served as course designer for the AGSB ME program as well as the Master in Corporate Entrepreneurship and the ME SED track.
He added that most social entrepreneurs may need help in fostering an entrepreneurial and socially responsible outlook. This is where AGSB’s ME SED course comes in handy.
“That is the spirit of the program. It is a highly practitioner-oriented program. It is not an academic program in a traditional sense,” he said. ME SED aims to help social entrepreneurs attain sustainability and higher efficiencies for their social enterprise.
The program has 3 building blocks/modules: Preparing the enterprise and self-enhancement; Creating and running the enterprise and self-engagement; and Growing the enterprise and self-enlightenment.
The forum serves as the pre-launch of AGSB’s newest Masters in Entrepreneurship for Social Enterprise Development.
Lisa Dacanay, president of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia, gave perspectives on social entrepreneurship.
Morato and Dacanay will serve as mentors to the ME SED students.