makesense Philippines

Are you a social innovator?

Innovators and ideas come in different shapes and sizes. We believe anybody can start the journey to become a social innovator – they just need a map.

They can look like entrepreneurs, students, young professionals, or organization leaders. What we believe makes a citizen an innovator is the curiosity to spot and understand problems in our society, and the grit and determination to create long-term solutions to those problems.

Academy Batch 4 Innovators after their Mission, Vision, and Values Bootcamp where they learned how to establish the internal foundations of their organization.
Academy Batch 2 graduating at their Closing Sensenight, where they shared key learnings and pitched to collaborators in the audience!

Where can you start?

It begins with your great big ideas, and your dream to help your community! No matter where you’re at, you’re welcome at the Makesense Academy.

We’ll give you the right tools and resources needed to build the foundations of their solutions! Regardless of background, gender, and field, you are invited to join a dynamic and diverse community of changemakers in our 100% online and free program. So you can learn and grow, wherever you are.

What is my first step?

Want to solve an issue but don’t know where to start?

Join a hackathon!

Have a team ready to test or prototype solutions?

Sign up for design sprint!

Ready to launch and grow a solution in your community?

Apply to the Academy!

The Academy: Makesense’s 6-month Incubator

There are no shortcuts to success, only great strategies.

With our Academy experts, tailored mentorship, and community-movement approach, we’ll guide you through the mountain so you can create real lasting change that can impact the world without any cost.

Meet the innovators of Academy Batch 3!

AUDEO: Revolutionizing the housing industry & reducing plastic in the Philippines!

CareGo: Achieving vaccine equity through technology, one community at a time.

Hear the stories of our award-winning alumni!

UPROOT Urban Farms of Academy Batch 1 was part of the top 5 winners of Philippine Startup Challenge 2021.
Feastsaver of Academy Batch 4 was part of the top 5 winners of Philippine Startup Challenge 2021, and is the recipient of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Asia-Pacific Innovation Challenge’s People’s Choice Award.
CareGo EMR of Academy Batch 3 was one of the winners of the 2020 TAWID COVID Innovation Challenge hosted by UNDP. The TAWID COVID grants USD 40,000 to its winners.
Greenelas of Academy Batch 2 won the regional pitching competition of the 2019 APEC Financing Opportunities for Women-Led MSMEs. They were also finalists for the MovePH Ambassador for entrepreneurship and social development.

Incentives and Rewards

Access to our Network of Experts and Mentors

To help you solve specific challenges in areas such as community development, business development, scaling impact, and more.

Monthly Allowance

Innovators under the 6-month Academy program receive a monthly allowance of Php 10,000 for a mind free of concern.

Community of Innovators and Ambassadors

The makesense PH community includes 3,000 ambassadors for social impact and 100 social innovators like yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hackathons are 2-day workshops that train aspiring innovators on the skills they need in order to start laying the foundations of their organization or startup. It is here that ideas go from ideas to tangible project plans and designs.

Design Sprints is a midterm program dedicated to supporting innovators in creating their first prototypes of developing their minimum viable products/services. Here, you will be assigned a dedicated coach to check on your progress and give you targeted mentorship coupled with the training workshops you will receive each week.

Yes! The Hackathons are designed to have brainstorming workshops to help you come up with the most exciting and creative project ideas. We recommend that if you’re coming in without a specific idea, you at least prepare what kinds of socio-environmental problems you would like to address.

Absolutely! We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds in our programs. We recommend that you sign up for the Hackathons. It will give you a great first look into the process of social innovation, while also giving you the training to start brainstorming your own ideas.

No, all of makesense’s incubation programs as 100% free. In fact, one of the incentives for completing and excelling in the 6-month Academy program is a monthly allowance of Php 10,000. Learn more about the 6-month Academy program here.

Hackathon 1: Non-profit, non-business ideas is for changemakers who want to turn volunteer-powered projects into formalized organizations. If your goal is to create an entity like UNDP or formalize your student organization so that it can operate outside of the university, then this Hackathon is for you!

Hackathon 2: For-profit ideas is for changemakers who want to develop sellable products or services that address social or environmental issues. If your goal is to create a social enterprise like Rags2Riches which provides low-income mothers with an alternative livelihood through craftsmanship, then this Hackathon is for you!

The makesense Academy supports idea-stage solutions. That means that your solution can still be in its earliest phases of development, and we will provide you the tools and training in order to be market, investor, and community ready.

The Academy also supports non-profit, non-business types of solutions. This is because we believe that volunteer-driven solutions and youth movements are innovations in themselves and deserve the same training and support as their social enterprise counterparts in order for these organizations to continue to grow.

Lastly, the Academy is 100% free. We acknowledge that creating a startup is hard enough as it is, even moreso if the startup is trying to address societal problems. To foster a worry-free environment and to show the belief that we have in our innovators, the programs are not only free, but the 6-month incubation program even grants a 10,000 PHP monthly allowance to its participants.

It’s not a need, but it will be helpful to you as a founder in the long-run. Having teammates as early as now makes the journey less daunting, more exciting, and more manageable as you go through the ups and downs of starting your own social enterprise or organization. If you don’t have a team yet, we recommend you join the Hackathon. If you have a team already, you may opt to apply for the Design Sprint instead.

None for now. We’ll make an announcement when we start doing in-person activities, otherwise it is safe to assume that everything will be done online. With that, the Academy utilizes a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities to be kind to everyone’s time and pace.

We discourage teams from joining other programs while they are part of the 6-month incubation program of the Academy. The Academy requires a big level of commitment that may not be met if teams are participating in other programs. We also want to avoid learnings not being applied or workshops not being attended to because of schedule conflicts with other programs.