The idea to create the Ashoka Visionary Program was born out of our work with Ashoka Fellows – our core business. There we saw a strong need to convey more structured skills and know-how on how to solve societal problems in an entrepreneurial way. The first challenge was to find the concepts, methodologies, and tools that Ashoka had developed in nearly 40 years in working with Social Entrepreneurs everywhere in the Ashoka universe.
We wanted to go beyond our work with Social Entrepreneurs and Ashoka Fellows. We wanted to align with our vision of everyone a changemaker. So we opened this program to decision makers and executives of all sectors with the aim to break down the silos between the public and the private, between the NGO and welfare organizations.
And last but not least, we wanted to walk the talk and create what we always expect from our Fellows and Social Entrepreneurs. To build a social business, a project that is sustainable through independent funding.