The cold thunderstorm was sudden and strong, but it wasn’t enough to stop a night of skits, music, beer, and a shared passion for social good and sustainable development.

Photos by Joshua Gantuangco

To spark the beginning of the second batch of MakeSense Academy incubatees, MakeSense hosts Sensenight, a free event for talks, drinks, and creative pitches from its seven new social startups last May 15 at The Social House, Makati.
“We all have a shared goal for inclusivity and sustainability,” said MakeSense Philippine Director, Lea Klein during the opening of the awaited night, where she showed the growth of MakeSense around the Philippines to create chapters in around 12 cities.
Shortly after, the seven Academy incubatees introduced themselves through creative and interesting skits.

IN THE ACADEMY

Trakaro is an app that rates travel destinations based on sustainability. Users will not only see destinations that can help the environment and surrounding culture, but also promote them for more users to see as an alternative to areas that don’t provide sustainability.
ListenHere is an app that’s currently in development to promote Mental Health awareness and provide to those suffering with Mental Health illnesses. The app will connect therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists to patients unable to afford regular clinics.
Husay Co. is a platform for the performing arts industry to book jobs at the right price. The platform helps empower our local performers and elevates their visibility.
Terra Mushrooms, as with their name, provides alternate or an additional source of income to our local farmers.
Gree-ne-las aims to replace non-biodegradable hotel slippers with slippers made from abaca to reduce wastage and promote locally-made materials as well as to sustain the livelihood of their craftsmen.
Likhaya by Virlanie Foundation is a fashion brand that provides livelihood to women in low-income communities. The brand sells beautiful accessories that use locally-sourced materials.
Old Manila Eco Market changes the way we look at sari-sari stores to turn them into refilling stations one barangay at a time. They also hold marketplaces for other sustainable brands to sell.

7 MONTHS

In the next half of the year, MakeSense will provide these social startups with training, allowances, mentorships, office space, as well as connections and a community to further scale their startup.
If you would like to connect with MakeSense and their incubatees, visit their Facebook and Website.
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