BagoSphere Secures Investment to Boost Upskilling for Frontline Workers

Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) and BagoSphere cofounders and board members

BagoSphere, a Philippine startup specializing in human capability training and upskilling solutions, has secured equity investment from the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) to develop impactful training programs to foster sustainable communities and advance nation-building efforts.

The new funding will drive BagoSphere’s latest innovative programs, focusing on leadership development and expansion within the Philippines, with plans to explore strategic growth in Southeast Asia over the next two years.

The initiative targets frontline workers in fast-growing industries and aims to enhance the learner community experience, reaching 100,000 members.

Expressing enthusiasm about the investment, Zhihan Lee, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of BagoSphere, said, “This is a testament to the trust we’ve built with NWTF over the years. We see immense opportunities to support frontline workers in various sectors. Despite technological advancements, these roles remain deeply human-centered.”

Lee added, “Many of these workers lack formal education, and our goal is to empower workers from low-income backgrounds in forging a path to the middle class through the help of our programs.”

BagoSphere has trained over 10,000 jobseekers, front-liners, and professionals, underscoring its commitment to empowering individuals and fostering continuous learning and development.

Adrian Ackeret, Partner & Chief Investment Officer at elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization, a long-standing partner of BagoSphere, welcomed NWTF’s investment, validating BagoSphere’s impactful work.

He praised BagoSphere’s approach to empowering entry-level workers and its strong business model for future growth.

For over a decade, BagoSphere has served as NWTF’s strategic talent partner, notably through their Loan Officers Foundation Training program, enhancing communication skills for NWTF’s loan officer trainees. The program helped expand NWTF’s workforce from 2,000 to over 5,000 employees across Luzon and the Visayas.

“We recognize that people are the heart of every business. Progress and development are achieved when individuals have the right mindsets, skills, and capabilities. Our investment with BagoSphere is a testament to our belief in their role in fostering sustainable communities across the country and beyond,” said Suzzette D. Gaston, Executive Director and Co-Founder of NWTF.

NWTF’s investment adds to the robust support BagoSphere has received from various investors, partners, and clients, such as Ateneo Center for Educational Development, Grab Philippines, and elea Foundation, among many others. This collective backing underscores confidence in BagoSphere’s mission and its transformative impact on communities.

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