Project Pagsulong is a P1Million youth challenge to help alleviate poverty - inviting young Filipinos (18 to 30 years old) to form a team (with 3 to 5 members) and come up with innovative business ideas good enough to stand against proposals from other teams, as well as viable enough to provide real-life solutions for alleviating poverty.

It’s a team project of a lifetime: with cash grants, and pre- and post-project coaching and mentoring from partner institutions and TOSP alumni to see the fruition of their ideas the right way.


What are the Selection Criteria?

  1. Social Impact
    Focuses on a specific business/entrepreneurial need, and addresses a concrete social need/issue
  2. Innovation/Invention
    Demonstrates a new concept, or a variation of an existing idea
  3. Feasibility
    Demonstrates the practicality of the project, and is technologically applicable and executable.
  4. Team Leadership / Management and Community Participation
    Establishes strengths of the team, demonstrates team capability in executing the project, and exhibits how the team mobilizes stakeholders and communities


Winners will be awarded the following cash grants to be used for the implementation for their business idea:

First Prize Php 500,000.00
Second Prize Php 300,000.00
Third Prize Php 200,000.00
People's Choice Php 100,000.00

Voting Mechanics

  1. Go to Entries and click Top 10.
  2. Select the project of your choice and click VOTE.
  3. Once you have voted for a project, you can vote for the same project or another one after 12 hours.
RFM Foundation

The corporate social responsibility arm of the RFM Foods Corporation, focused on improving the quality of life of Filipinos. The foundation is the champion of the annual search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP), which serves as a laboratory of leaders, producing outstanding contributors in the fields of governance, business, the academe, church, and civil society.

PLDT KaAsenso

PLDT’s initiative to empower and enable minigosyantes (from start-ups to the more progressive ones) with the right information and communication tools. PLDT KaAsenso takes a wholistic approach on realizing this vision by not just serving the minigosyos’ CONNECTIVITY needs, but also catering to other key areas like FINANCING, EDUCATION, NETWORKING and EXTRA INCOME. PLDT KaAsenso does this by opening up a micro-business-enabling ecosystem, made possible thru partnerships with esteemed institutions.

PLDT-SMART Foundation

A non-stock, non-profit organization that serves as the social outreach arm of PLDT and SMART. In its pursuit for social, political, and economic development, it provides helpful communication tools and various avenues for progress and empowerment through partnerships and tie-ups with non-government organizations, people's organizations and cooperatives throughout the Philippines.


The convergence of finalists of both national and regional searches of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP). Promoting youth participation in nation-building, their mission is to establish role models that will galvanize the youth into action and help bring about total human development in the nation, promote the common good, and develop and share talents, skills, values, as main avenues for nation-building, learning, leading, and serving for life.

Draftfcb Manila

One of the largest advertising agencies in the Philippines, Draftfcb Manila is known for its “6.5 Seconds That Matter” philosophy, which calls for engaging the consumers with something that matters to them, in the shortest time possible. Their services include, but not limited to, advertising, branding, strategic planning, data strategy and analytics, digital, direct, customer relationship management (CRM), event/sponsorship, retail, and promotion.

Go Negosyo

Go Negosyo is a non-stock, non-profit organization that advocates for a change in MINDSET and ATTITUDE. Through their Caravans, Negosems, multimedia campaigns and books, this Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) advocacy hopes to show entrepreneurial success and to popularize entrepreneurship as an alternative to unemployment and migration. It provides links to their partner entrepreneurs businesses to other business opportunities, entrepreneurship-related training programs, and funding sources.


Formed by the largest and most diverse group of companies that are leaders in their own industries, IdeaSpace helps potential and up-and-coming technology entrepreneurs to develop groundbreaking solutions and transform these solutions into successful commercial products. It offers a program that combines business incubation and acceleration by providing access to resource, business education, and connection with partner companies.

Noralin Sharief-Ador, M.D.

Noralin Sharief-Ador is board chairman of Philippine Muslim Teachers’ College (PMTC) and Mindanao Institute of Healthcare professionals (MIHP). As one of the 1995 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines, she was recognized as a youth leader who would help bring about total human development in the nation, promote the common good and develop and share her talents, skills and values as main avenues for nation-building, learning, leading and serving for life.


Bam Aquino

Bam Aquino is the co-founder of MicroVentures Foundation, a social enterprise that supports underprivileged women in the Philippine countryside through the HaPinoy Program. He is also the President of the TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awards Foundation (the country’s premier award-giving body for youth organizations), and the youngest person to head a government agency as Chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC), the government’s main youth policy-making arm, from 2003 to 2006.

Elma Arboleras

An inventor in her own right, Elma Arboleras created the Utility Model Monitoring System for Vehicles on Roadways (dubbed the iBUS), which won a gold medal in the consumer category at the British Invention Show in October 2011. She is a proprietor of film production outfit EPA Linking Images Production and co-founder of Innovensy, a company that creates innovative solutions using modern technology and showcasing Filipino ingenuity. She is also an awardee of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in 1989.

Cherrie Atilano

Cherrie Atilano is a magna cum laude graduate and valedictorian of her class at the Visayas State University, and one of the 2007 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP). As a young girl she vended food in a farming community. Later, she took on odd jobs to work her way through high school and college. Her experience influenced her decision to work in agriculture to improve the lives of the farmers who remain the poorest in the industrial food chain.

Noel Cabangon

Singer-guitarist Noel Cabangon started his singing career in 1982 in little-known folk houses, bars and underground watering holes. He formed the group Buklod (with Rene Boncocan and Rom Dongeto) and made albums that explored social, political and cultural issues. Currently, he teaches at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and conducts workshops aimed at educating the younger generations about the importance of theater.

Niccolo Cosme

The Lighthouse Studio creative director Niccolo Cosme is a conceptual photographer, visual artist and HIV/AIDS awareness advocate. Initiating The Project Headshot Clinic, which merges online profile photos with advertising to raise awareness about advocacy through social media, he has established his name in the industry through talent, passion and creative imagination.

Ryan Guinaran, M.D

Dr. Ryan Guinaran is the executive director for Doctors for Indigenous Health and Culturally Competent Training, Education, Network, and Governance, Inc. (Diteng Inc.). He was one of Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in 2002. Through Diteng, Dr. Guinaran tries to bridge the gap between cultural beliefs and modern health care professionals by studying how those in the health sector can integrate indigenous cultural practices with modern treatment methods, which in the end will result in a better health system for the entire community.

Atty. Pochoy Labog

Malay vocalist Pochoy Labog became a lawyer after passing the bar examination in 2008. While attending law school and playing gigs with his then-band, Dicta License, Labog enthusiastically participated in the activities of Gawad Kalinga and RockEd, two organizations known for their effort in uplifting the condition and consciousness of the Filipino youth. Labog has worked for the Intellectual Property Department of the ACCRA Law Firm.

Sittie Lao

Assemblywoman Sittie Lao of the Second District, Lanao del Sur Province, Regional Legislative Assembly, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was a 2011 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) awardee. She has distinguished herself in the field of education and social development advocacy. Lao was also one of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Students of Marawi State University (MSU) and won the University Student Leadership Award in MSU in 2011, in addition to the Loren Legarda Leadership Excellence Award in MSU in 2010.

Bryan Lim, M.D.

Bryan Lim is a program consultant of the Asian Institute of Management – Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation and a research associate of the Universal Health Care Study Group, University of the Philippines and National Institutes of Health. A physician at the San Pablo Doctors’ Hospital, Lim is an advocate of universal health care, social work and youth development. He is also a 2005 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) awardee.

Japoy Lizardo

Japoy Lizardo is a StarMagic artist, a taekwondo national athlete, a television host and a tea shop entrepreneur—all rolled into one. A former member of the De La Salle Taekwondo Varsity team and a UAAP gold medalist, he was also awarded athlete of the year by DLSU. He represented the country in various competitions and won several medals as a member of the Philippine National Taekwondo team. He earned a Master’s degree in business administration at the International Academy for Management and Economics and now manages Moon Leaf Tea Shop.

Anna Oposa

At 24, Anna Oposa was named a Pitong Pinoy awardee by Yahoo! Philippines for her environmental efforts. She initiated and co-founded “Save the Philippine Seas” to protect the country’s marine wildlife and other resources. She was also the Philippine Youth Ambassadors to ASEAN and Japan, the Philippine youth leader in the Denso Youth for Earth Action program in Thailand and Japan, co-organizer of the Isko Cleans UP (ICU) movement at the University of the Philippines and one of Human Nature’s Goodness Ambassadors.

Lynn Pinugu

One of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, Lynn Pinugu currently runs Mano Amiga Pilipinas, a non-profit kindergarten school in Taguig City. At the young age of 23, Pinugu is a firm leader who imparts her enthusiasm to her students by teaching them the spirit of volunteerism. It is her personal mission to make quality education accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic background.

Mark Ruiz

Mark Ruiz juggles his time between two organizations that promote social enterprise. He is the founding partner and managing director of MicroVentures, Inc. (MVI), an organization that aims to be the leading partner of microentrepreneurs in the Philippines, and the founding partner and advisory board member of Rags2Riches, where he guides the for-profit social enterprise in its efforts to provide women with fair access to the market and the formal economy.

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is the founding partner and president of Rags2Riches, Inc., an organization that works with the women of Payatas to create and sell eco-ethical fashion accessories out of recycled cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics. A recipient of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS Awards), Fernandez-Ruiz helped bring social justice to the cottage industry, introducing a formal economy and formal links to the markets and factories that supply extra materials.

Noorain Sabdulla, R.N.

Noorain Sabdulla is a nursing graduate from the College of the Immaculate Conception, Cabanatuan City and a program officer at Gawad Kalinga-Ateneo de Manila University concentrating on health and community development. She was one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in 2008 and is currently the Special Projects Committee Head of TOSP Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes (TOSP R3ACH).

Christian Sorongon

Christian Sorongon is the youngest municipal councilor of New Lucena, Iloilo and at 21, is one of the 10 youngest councilors in Philippine political history. He is an active member of various socio and civic groups in Lucena and chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Culture and Special Events. He is also one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in Western Visayas.

Erika Tatad

Erika Tatad is the director of operations and shared services at MicroVentures Inc., an organization for microenterprise and microfinance institutions that runs and manages the HaPinoy Sari-Sari Store program, a full-service microentrepreneur enhancement program that works with sari-sari store owners to improve their businesses and help the community. She is an active volunteer in Gawad Kalinga (GK).

Chris Tiu

After graduating from Ateneo De Manila University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management Engineering and BS Applied Mathematics (major in Mathematical Finance and minor in Chinese Studies), PBA basketball player Chris Tiu has worn several hats: barangay councilor in Makati, TV host for Toink!: Sino Ang Tama? and WattaJob, former team captain for SMART Gilas and now shooting guard for Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.