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About Matthew Alberto, Tech & Social Entrepreneurship
Hey there, My name's Matthew Alberto. I was born in Manila, Philippines, near the slums of Santa Ana, but my family moved to Sydney Australia, where I grew up since I was a small kid. As a Filipino-Australian, and having an understanding of social, economic and environmental issues in both the developing and developed nations, I'm passionate about using my skills and passion to make the world a better place.
I've worked for a number of nonprofits and worldchanging organizations, including the United Nations in Bangladesh, charities in Australia and development organizations in the Philippines. But, after working in the nonprofit sector, I was extremely frustrated. I realized that many old ideas were simply not working and I began tapping into my "entrepreneurial spirit" which was often overlooked and undernourished. Not only that, I began to see and meet many other worldchangers who were using business principles to make a positive difference in a sustainable and scalable way.
Since 2011, I have started, built and grown my own social enterprises, which have been specialising in the using innovative digital technologies to get funding for good causes. My social enterprises have been self-sustaining while impactful, and I work full time everyday passionately as a social entrepreneur.
Here are some key achievements:
I've managed hundreds of thousands of dollars of online fundraising for nonprofits.
I've raised $120,000 in seed funding for one of my social enterprise startups.
I've achieved over $100,000 in government grants for my social enterprise.
I've helped raise over $500,000 for individuals who run private fundraisers to help loved ones.
I'm a medallist of the Pride of Australia Medal.
I've been recognized by Anthill Magazine's 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs for 2013 and 2014.
This website is my testament to the idea of social entrepreneurship - the belief that you can do good and do well, that you can transform dreams into reality, as well as use entrepreneurial and business principles in changing the world. I also explore tech entrepreneurship and digital technologies that are making a positive impact. I believe in the power and potential of social entrepreneurs and changemakers, and I want to inspire you to change the world by giving you tips to get you started, use technology and get funding.