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The Ashoka Visionary Program- Empowering a new Generation of Leaders

Frequently asked questions

  • How much work experience is required from the participants?
    The minimum experience required to apply is five years of full-time paid work. On average, our participants will have more work experience than this.
  • What sorts of activities will I be involved in as an executive in residence?
    Participants of the program will be required to work on an assignment defined and agreed upon with the social entrepreneur whom the participant will support.
    The idea is to spend a minimum of 30 days in the organization of the social entrepreneur. However, since participants come from diverse professional backgrounds the degree of involvement can be adjusted to the possibilities of the participant.
  • Do I get to choose my placement?
    We at Ashoka will strive to offer our participants and the participating social entrepreneurs alike the perfect fit for their interests and requirements. Therefore, the placements will be individually selected with participants and social entrepreneurs before the executive in residence program starts.
  • Where will the placements be?
    Placements can be in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Hungary or Slovakia.
  • Is the program full-time?
    No. The program is part-time, with 15 days of in-class sessions over the duration of 9 months.
  • When do the modules take place?
    The modules usually take place on Fridays and Saturdays. However, depending on the availability of the lecturer, some modules might be taught on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • When does the program happen?
    The program runs from October to June. Applications to join the next cohort are open now. Submit your application via
  • What is the program workload?
    The modules will most likely need to be prepared based on a pre-reading list. Post-module work may include the writing of papers and preparation of case studies. The didactical approach is diverse, ranging from interactive case studies to group work and formal presentations.


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