Dear Friends,

Welcome to a place for and by founders.


Quick updates:

Ignite Founders Circle is now, more simply yet more powerfully, Ignite Circles. We’re onto Ignite Circle VI on Saturday 03 Feb 2018.

Last year, Ignite Circle V was one of the first ever events in the Areté, Ateneo’s iconic new Innovation + Creativity Hub. This year we have 30+ iconic experiences that turn the heart of innovation and venture capital into living, breathing Participative Performance Art.

We’ve grown so focused (obsessed!) with founders that we recently built an entire tech and transmedia platform just for founders and the people they’re founding stuff with.

The insight: one of the best ways to ignite founders is to ignite, first and foremost, the folks around them who they’re recruiting into their teams; but also their broader ecosystem of partners and collaborators.

We do all that and more via, where our mantra is:

Do what you were born to do in the company of others who are doing what they were born to do.


Our mission remains to startup, scale and sustain transcendent ventures, and do it again and again in partnership with founders.

Everything we do centers on founders – from our investment focus and process, to the core values we nurture and bring to greater fruition in every one of our founders.



We’re very clear about this: to build and invest in transcendent ventures, first and foremost we build up and invest in founders.

We do this through a series of programs designed to enable founders and company to transcend their greatest potential, and in so doing build breakthrough solutions to society’s wicked problems while operating sustainable business models and delivering outsize investment returns.


Monthly to bi-monthly Founders Circles; 100 participants per Circle; every year 1,250 high potential founders turned on to transcendence.

Bi-monthly Founders Exchanges – thematic problem-solving and brainstorming sessions to match founders and ventures with investors, mentors and other key resources.

10% of Founders Circlers and Exchangers go onto Founders Lab and receive funding and other resources to prove product-market fit, user traction, scalable economics and other key milestones.


By 2020, 20 ventures funded via Founders Leap that have the potential to scale as transcendent ventures.


Combined annual revenues of ventures funded via Founders Lab &/or Leap top US$1 Billion by 2025.

By 2025, we should have built the first Filipino Unicorn – the first billion-dollar Filipino startup – to breakthrough with a solution that impacts humanity and matters on a global scale.



There are entrepreneurs, then there are founders.

Founders are seekers and keepers of transcendence. No matter how strategy, business model or vision might iterate, evolve or pivot, founders always go back to that deep well of mission:

It is a question founders ask twice: first, of ourselves as individuals; then, of the ventures we build.

Paradoxically, it is by going beyond our self-interest, beyond fame and fortune, beyond fear and doubt – that we are able to transcend our limits and change the world.



We build and invest in ventures that advance humanity’s capacity for transcendence at the individual, organizational and/or societal level; and do so at sustainable profit and scale.

By transcendence, we mean the fulfillment of one’s greatest potential:

For individuals – the fulfillment of their life’s mission, where their greatest talent and passion meet the world’s deepest need.

For organizations – the fulfillment of their mission, vision, values, strategies and key competencies, which are lived through their employees for the greater benefit of society.

For nations and global society – the fulfillment of the ideals of justice, peace, sustainability and equal dignity and opportunity for all.



We build and invest in sectors directly impacting humanity’s capacity for transcendence:

  • Education + Children;
  • Health + Lifestyle;
  • Livelihood + Careers;
  • Media + Technology.

Ultimately, it is not the sector, but the founder’s commitment to mission, purpose and values that drives transcendent ventures.



In this work for, with, and by founders, we rely fundamentally on the values of two great founders who have guided us so vitally in our own course: St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (aka the Jesuits) and St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei.

To be clear, we are non-sectarian. We neither require religious belief, nor do we impose religion. We embrace founders from all walks who are committed to our universal mission of transcendence, which itself transcends religion.

At the same time, it would be impossible for us to exclude the founders Ignatius and Josemaria, whose example of love and service so centrally shape our desire to love and serve; and indeed, whose example inspires this entire mission to Ignite Founders.



In Ignatius, we rely fundamentally on the values of Discernment  and Magis. To help founders discern – that is, find God’s (or the universe, if you prefer) purpose and design in everything we do. And thus, to do everything with Magis, “more, always more”, which is the spirit of relentless excellence in the service of others that defines everything we do. In sum, we refer to all this as AMDGAd Majorem Dei Gloriam, to give everything in all for the greater glory of God.



In Josemaria, we rely fundamentally on the value of Apostolic Work. To help founders embrace the extraordinary value of work in sanctifying the world – by surrounding them with circles of trust and friendship, to help founders build ventures driven, not by fame and fortune, but first and foremost by service and mission, a burning love and boundless generosity that find special cause in helping people find and then spread wholeness through work.



This is about as extensive as “About Us” gets. We share our mission, vision and values right here in Transcend; our ongoing work in Ventures and Genius; and our day to day adventures of mind, body and spirit in Discern, where we also tell the story of how we got on this journey.

It is a story that unfolds everyday. We hope you will be co-authors with us. Let’s build transcendent ventures rooted in living transcendent lives.


Andre Yap, Ignite Founders Ventures