Ashoka is an international organization that promotes social entrepreneurship by affiliating individual social entrepreneurs into the Ashoka organization. Their stated mission is “to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers”. Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an “everyone a changemaker world.”


Ashoka supports an “Everyone a Changemaker” world through its programs in more than 90 countries, building and amplifying this global movement in three stages:

  • Identify and support the world’s leading social entrepreneurs

    Ashoka finds and cultivates social entrepreneurs in every corner of the world, whose system-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems. After a rigorous application process, Ashoka invites them into the Ashoka Fellowship – providing early stage financial support and a lifetime membership into an expansive network of peers and partners – enabling them to achieve their vision and have even greater impact. The organization then draws on the insights and patterns of these 3,500+ Ashoka Fellows to understand what the future needs and how to create new solutions for building a better world

  • Accelerate the “Everyone a Changemaker” world

    Ashoka mobilizes a network of organizations to join them in shifting mindsets and reshaping how they learn, work, and live together to catalyze changemaking for the good of society. It partners with schools, universities, corporations, citizen sector organizations, media, and other influencers to co-lead this movement.

  • Equip Everyone to be a Changemaker

    Ashoka inspires and enables changemaking in the public-at-large, and work to give all citizens the confidence and tools to solve problems for the good of all. Specifically, it focuses on preparing the next generation to navigate this rapidly-changing world by ensuring all young people have the critical skills they need.

    Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Programs:

    1. Ashoka Venture and Fellowship

    For more than 35 years, Ashoka has built and nurtured the largest network of leading social entrepreneurs in the world. After a rigorous selection process, they are introduced to a life-long fellowship, where every member is committed to championing new patterns of social good.

    2. Ashoka Support Network

    The Ashoka Support Network (ASN) is a global community of business leaders from a variety of fields who support Ashoka both financially and strategically.

    3. Ashoka Executive in Residence

    The Ashoka Executive in Residence program fosters high-impact collaborations between companies and leading social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) that have the potential to change the dynamics of traditional markets, enhance competitiveness, and create systemic social impact.

    4. Ashoka Changemakers

    Ashoka Changemakers is building a global movement where anyone, anywhere, can take action to solve a social problem in in their community. We work to build this movement by supporting social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy makers, and activists who are changemaking, by delivering ground-breaking analysis, by accelerating intrepreneurship, and creating strong partnerships that will drive the movement forward.
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