Vince Rapisura started his illustrious career in microfinance and social entrepreneurship shortly after completing his education. Over the years, he has worked extensively in these fields in 30 countries, including the Philippines. For his significant contributions, he has received accolades such as being a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012 in the social enterprise category. Moreover, his work has earned him recognition from Price WaterhouseCoopers in 2015, the National Confederation of Cooperatives in 2017, Ateneo de Manila University in 2019, a citation from Pag-IBIG Fund in 2020, and the prestigious Balikat ng Bayan Award from the Social Security System in 2021.
In 2004, Vince founded the Social Enterprise Development Partnerships, Inc. (SEDPI), which quickly became a leading force in financial education, microfinance, and social entrepreneurship. SEDPI has since grown into eight collaborative entities collectively known as the SEDPI Group of Social Enterprises. This group is steadfast in its commitment to poverty alleviation among Filipinos worldwide through its innovative programs – SEDPI KaSosyo, SEDPI KaNegosyo, and Usapang Pera.
The SEDPI KaSosyo program fosters a community of social investors who emphasize human and environmental well-being over mere profit. They invest in nanoenterprises, social enterprises, and development organizations, with the SEDPI Cooperative spearheading the initiative. On the other hand, SEDPI KaNegosyo is dedicated to nurturing nanoenterprises by providing a holistic suite of products and services. This initiative is led by the combined efforts of SEDPI Development Finance, Inc. and the SEDPI Foundation Inc. The flagship financial education program, Usapang Pera, empowers individuals through a vast array of resources, from online training sessions to engaging online talk shows.
In addition to his role as a trailblazing social entrepreneur, Vince is a sought-after speaker in international circles. He has presented his insights at conferences in various countries, including India, Israel, Italy, Myanmar, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, and more.
Known widely as a “financial guro,” Vince penned the book “(L)Earning Wealth: Successful Strategies in Money Management,” demystifying financial concepts for the layperson. His knack for making complex financial principles accessible has also earned him the YouTube Silver Creator Award.
Vince is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Management. He further honed his skills with a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management. Not just limited to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Vince imparts knowledge as a faculty member at the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University, teaching courses in social entrepreneurship and microfinance.