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Ashoka: Empowering Social Entrepreneurs to Change the World

For any social entrepreneur looking to amplify their impact and pioneer transformative change, Ashoka is a name that's impossible to overlook. With a mission to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector, Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs committed to solving the world's most pressing problems.

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About Ashoka:

Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka is a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs - individuals with innovative and practical ideas for solving social problems. These individuals, known as Ashoka Fellows, become part of a global fellowship network that fosters a culture of social entrepreneurship and change-making.

Ashoka's Unique Approach:

Ashoka recognizes and supports individual social entrepreneurs, investing in their ideas and capacity to drive social change. This approach is predicated on the belief that the most powerful force for good in the world is a social entrepreneur: A problem solver with the audacity to think out of the box and the persistence to transform their vision into a reality.

Ashoka Fellows:

Ashoka Fellows are the heart of the Ashoka network. These exceptional individuals are selected through a rigorous process that evaluates their innovative solutions, creative problem-solving skills, entrepreneurial quality, and potential for social impact. Once selected, Fellows benefit from a stipend, professional support services, and access to a global network of peers, partners, and resources.

There are more than 3,600 Ashoka Fellows in 93 countries working in education, health, environment, human rights, and other fields. They are a testament to Ashoka's commitment to fostering an "Everyone a Changemaker" world.

Why Should Social Entrepreneurs Consider Ashoka:

If you are a social entrepreneur committed to solving a social problem, becoming an Ashoka Fellow can provide you with invaluable benefits:

Support and Stipend: Ashoka Fellows may receive a stipend for living expenses for an initial period, allowing them to focus full-time on their idea or project.

Network: Being part of a global network of social entrepreneurs opens up collaboration, learning, and growth opportunities.

Credibility and Visibility: Being recognized as an Ashoka Fellow can help social entrepreneurs gain credibility, attract partners, and secure funding.

Professional Services: Fellows can also access professional services and support, including strategic advice, communications support, and more.


Ashoka offers a unique platform for social entrepreneurs ready to tackle significant social challenges and drive systemic change. By recognizing and supporting the work of social entrepreneurs, Ashoka has established itself as a global leader in fostering an "Everyone a Changemaker" world. If you're a social entrepreneur looking to scale your impact, consider applying to become an Ashoka Fellow and be part of this transformative network.

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