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How does Ashoka work?
Research and Selection
We are continually searching for exceptional people with entrepreneurial spirit, individuals who use their ideas to revolutionize a particular sector and in doing so, solve the most pressing problems facing society today. After an intensive screening phase, we nominate candidates who must then undergo a multi-level international selection process.
Ashoka Fellows receive an individual stipend from our international network that covers living expenses for a three-year period. This enables Fellows to concentrate fully on the development of their projects. In addition to this stipend, we give our Fellows access to our network of investors, pro-bono partners and pro-bono consultants. Our Fellowship Program emphasizes scaling and maximizing effectiveness, so the solution can be felt exactly where it’s needed.
Social Business Partnerships
Continuous cooperation and partnerships build bridges between social entrepreneurs and the business sector. Many businesses use this exchange with Ashoka Fellows to gain new access to innovation and to develop sustainable business practices. In this exchange, new products and services arise that can make a difference, have a real social impact and solve the most pressing issues that our society faces today.
An Ecosystem for Changemakers
Social change requires many Changemakers and innovative social entrepreneurs. Through media work, the development of our network and a sustained dialogue with those in the political and financial sectors, and along with our partners in civil society, we are able to build the necessary infrastructure to solve our problems together.
57% of Fellows influence national policy.
75% of Fellows are regarded as leading the way in their field.
89% of our Fellows’ successful solutions are replicated.
91% of Fellows say Ashoka helped them gain new perspectives on their work.
87% of Fellows say Ashoka contributed to an increase in the effectiveness of their work.
How are rats useful in locating land mines? Why is it good to get to know yourself in extreme situations? Read the fascinating, moving and astounding stories of our Ashoka Fellows.
Become a partner
Our partners are the pioneers and enablers of social change. By making much-needed resources available, they support the work of Ashoka and our Fellows. If you would like to become a part of this network, you can learn more about the different possibilities here.
Become a fellow
Are you currently active as a social entrepreneur or do you know someone in your field with a groundbreaking idea? You can read more about the selection criteria and nominate someone here.
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Our Ashoka Fellows
Changemakers from five countries present their workgo to Fellows