Unlock Manila! Lean StartUp Machine

According to Jojy Azurin, Regional Director for Continental Asia for Freelancer.com, only 71 signups are needed to unlock Manila and bring the Lean StartUp Machine program over. 


Lean StartUp Machine is a workshop that “kicks off with a series of product pitches that help attendees organize into teams. Everyone works on a NEW idea. Each team then develops its problem hypothesis, solution hypothesis and a series of assumptions which are core to the success of the business.”

“Next, each team creates an MVP, or “Minimum Viable Product.” The goal of the MVP test is to “Get Out Of the Building,” speak with real customers and to collect cash or non-cash currency which serves as validation.”

“The process promotes a problem-centric approach to business ideation. By continuously validating and invalidating assumptions, teams are forced to pivot their solution (and even problem) toward a true customer pain; rather than creating a solution and after-the-fact seeking customers with a problem.”

“The event culminates with each team pitching its new solutions and its experience using the process. In this competition the winning team is not selected based on who has the best idea, but instead on which team honors the process and gains the most insights through its pivots.”

Check out the Lean StartUp Machine experience:

Brian Watson – Analyst, Union Square Ventures

Melissa Perri – Project Manager, OpenSky

Source: Lean StartUp Machine


Opportunity: I am a Changemaker

SOURCE: British Council Philippines


Social Enterprise Ideation Camp

Are you up for the challenge?

We’re looking for a new breed of individuals with a passion to transform and challenge the way things have been done through social enterprise.

You can be anybody – an artist, a student, a designer, a public servant, an engineer… etc! The camp is open to social entrepreneurs and to those who are just considering becoming one.

What’s important is your vision to change the world around you.

Get ready for 7 days of learning, inspiration and fun!

What’s on offer?

The Changemaker Camp is dedicated to developing your creative side while offering a space to exchange, foster thinking and collaborate on ideas.

We aim to stimulate young people’s networks – to inspire and encourage creativity and provide an outlet for ideas. We believe that ideas cannot happen in isolation and collaboration via networks can bring together the right mix of people, skills and experiences needed to turn ideas into reality.

The 7 day camp will include training sessions on social enterprise, field visits and case studies of existing social enterprises and talks from social entrepreneurs in the country. The 7 day camp will be facilitated by both local and British trainers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience with young people and social enterprises.

At the end of the camp, participants are given a real world exercise on pitching their ideas to a diverse panel of judges who will decide on the 5 best social enterprise ideas. The top 5 will be given seed funding to turn those ideas into a viable social enterprise.

A total of Php 500,000 is up for grabs!

How do you join?

It’s simple. Filipinos, 18 – 28 years old, can apply as an individual or as part of a 2 member team. Teams may exceed 2 members but the camp will only accept up to 2 representatives from the team.You need to submit a 2 minute video along with a completed application form. The application form is downloadable here. Email your application form to changemaker@britishcouncil.org.ph on or before 16 September 2013 .

 Click here to read the Application FAQs and video instructions

 Download the General Terms and Conditions here

The British Council upholds the value of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. We highly encourage minority groups to apply.

For enquiries, please call or contact:Telephone +63 (2) 555 3000

Email: changemaker@britishcouncil.org.ph