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CEE Program

Join the Ashoka Visionary Program in CEE!

The Ashoka Visionary Program is a part-time executive program for decision makers in the private and the public sector dealing with social innovations as well as social entrepreneurs. The program enables participants to gain the skills needed to master both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial challenges and to generate social impact.

The program was prototyped and operated out of the Ashoka Austria office over the past 5 years, now it is implemented as a regional program in CEE.

We aim to connect social entrepreneurs, leaders from NGOs, citizen sector organizations, public sector and business. We want them to share experiences and jointly address their day-to-day challenges with the intention of building enough trust to kick-start new types of collaborations.

Costs & Stipends

The participation fee for the Ashoka Visionary Program is EUR 10.000.

Stipends & scholarships are available for leaders from the foundation-, corporate- and NGO-sector.

Apply until June 15th and receive a stipend.


Apply now

Structure & Content

  • Module 1
    Social Entrepeneurship & Innovation

    21 - 23.10. 2021

    Spotting opportunities in the emerging market of social entrepreneurship for new system-changing ideas, social innovations, and collaborations.

  • Module 2
    Impact & Social Business Modeling

    03 - 04.12.2021

    Applying an impact model and impact- oriented business plan for strategy & organizational development.

  • Module 3
    & Scaling Social

    28 - 29.1.2022

    Developing ways to scale and maximize social impact; under- standing financing approaches to increase readiness and to attract funding and financing.

  • Module 4
    New Leadership

    04 - 05.3.2022

    Understanding leadership styles that leverage the changemaker potential of employees within private companies, public institutions and welfare organizations.

  • Module 5
    System Change

    22 - 23.4.2022

    Mobilizing stakeholders, facilitating impact-oriented collaboration and 'decision making’, and enabling system change.

  • Module 6

    20 - 21.5.2022

    Understanding and leveraging the power of private companies, public institutions and traditional welfare organizations.

  • Module 7
    The Art of Storytelling & Marketing

    24 - 25.6.2022

    Designing, crafting and communicating success stories, leveraging
    the power of mass media, and utilizing social media channels.


Raphaela served as a business consultant until she went on to assist in the creation of the Business School of the University of Vienna (WU Executive Academy). Since 2014 she has been with Ashoka, and has developed the Ashoka Visionary Program.

Raphaela Toncic-Sorinj

Co-Director Ashoka Austria & Director of Visionary Academy

Stefanie is supporting the Visionary team in building up an Alumnae*i strategy. Her vocation lies in maintaining and nurturing institutional networks, in building bridges and connecting people and organizations from diverging sectors.

Stefanie Kirwald

Consultant Alumnae*i Network

Since April 2020, Elodie has been taking care of Finance at Ashoka Austria and Program management of the Visionary Program.

Elodie Ravion

Finance Manager and Visionary Program Manager


Fact Sheet


Applications for 2021/22 are open.

Meet our current participants: participants 2020/21

Target group

Professionals and leaders from all sectors

Minimum requirements:

  • The desire to become a thought leader and changemaker
  • 5 years of work experience


  • Part-time, 9 month (October-June)
  • 15 days of in-class sessions
  • Tailored fieldwork with a social entrepreneur



Course location



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EUR 10,000 excl. VAT

Scholarships and Stipends:

Stipends & scholarships are available for leaders from the foundation-, corporate- and NGO-sector


More information: