Ashoka was founded in 1981 by Bill Drayton and is now the largest network of social entrepreneurs. Ashoka was founded in Switzerland in 2007.
Our longest-running program is the Venture process, which selects among the region’s most innovative and system-changing problem solvers to join our Swiss community of 22 social entrepeneurs ("Ashoka Fellows").
Click here to view all of Switzerland's Fellows elected in Switzerland.
42 other changemakers who have not been through the Ashoka Venture selection process have also been supported by the Ashoka Switzerland team through various programs: In 2012, we launched the Impact program, a social impact booster aiming at building Swiss social enterprise leaders’ capacity, and in 2015, we replaced it by the Swiss Changemakers program targeted at more advanced social entrepreneurs willing to spread a more entrepreneurial movement in the social sector in Switzerland. Currently, a dozen of other social entrepreneurs are being selected to join the UBS Social Innovators program.
In parallel, we have long been promoting Co-creation & Changemaker alliances where social entrepreneurs, businesses, and governments can complement each other’s skills and expertise, take on challenges that no one could solve alone, and simultaneously have access to new strategic win-win opportunities.
At our side in these programs is our Ashoka Support Network, composed of 12 Swiss business entrepreneurs.
For more detailed information about Ashoka Switzerland, have a look at our latest brochure.