The Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) is the Ateneo de Manila University’s center committed to foster social transformation and contribute to nation-building by cultivating a vibrant social entrepreneurship sector in the Philippines. As part of the ongoing initiative to contribute to inclusive growth and development, ACSEnt’s fundamental priority is focused on developing an ecosystem comprised of multi-sector partners to support and enhance the creation of programs in research, education and training, advocacy and incubation. Such programs intend to further advance social entrepreneurship in the country and engage leaders, experts, practitioner and advocates who can extend collaborative partnerships with communities and other grassroots sectors, creating mutual socio-economic and environmental benefits that support national development.

ACSEnt was created through the collaborative effort of the four schools of the Ateneo de Manila University: Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSoM), School of Social Sciences – Development Studies Program (SoSS – DSP) and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB). The Center was created to harmonize the efforts of the Ateneo schools in the area of social entrepreneurship. Particularly, the center was created to initiate and support the research, training and incubation of social enterprises in the Philippines as part of Ateneo’s contribution to nation-building.

The Center’s involvement in such activities is a testament of Ateneo’s continuing mission to be an institution that transforms individuals to be men and women for others.