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Publication date: 2015
Keywords: social entrepreneurs, social movements

Ashoka is a global network that supports social entrepreneurs (SE): more than 3,000 SE ‘fellows’ in > 70 countries around the world. Ashoka invests in social entrepreneurs by providing personal financial support for 1 to 3 years to ‘leading changemakers’ across the world. Ashoka is thriving for maximum social impact, therefore group entrepreneurship is promoted and relevant infrastructure (access to financial resources, business and academic partnerships) is built. The initiative has several similarities with The Impact Hub in their aim to empower social entrepreneurs, but a markedly different approach with their focus on Ashoka fellows.

Relevance for TRANSIT  

Ashoka nurtures an extensive global network of fellows whose creativity, entrepreneurial quality, and their new idea with a reform level social impact aim at solving various pressing social problems well beyond the local scale. Besides supporting these selected social entrepreneurs and their social innovations, Ashoka – by continuous innovation regarding its organization, programs and even the playing field (see e.g. hybrid value chains) – now aims at catalyzing change and social revolution by equipping people with a set of particular changemaker skills.


Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database

Ashoka Germany

Ashoka Poland

Ashoka Hungary

Ashoka France  


Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth

Ashoka Germany

Ashoka Hungary



Matolay, R.; Weaver, P. and Strasser, T. (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative : Ashoka. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169


Research Coordination: ESSRG - Reka Matolay 

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