It is no secret that Ashoka believes in the transformative power of an innovative idea in the hands of an entrepreneur. Changing systems for the better requires collaboration between different stakeholders to establish new ways of interacting and learning from one another. "Experiencing Social Entrepreneurship", is a partnership for change that matches J. P. Morgan mentors with Ashoka Social Entrepreneurs.
Ashoka Switzerland and J.P. Morgan launched a mentoring program in January 2016 that brings 51 J.P. Morgan employees and 15 social entrepreneurs from all over the world together to solve a specific challenge the social entrepreneur is facing by sharing their skills and insights during a six-month engagement. On the 21st of November 2016 the final event took place in J.P. Morgan’s Geneva offices, where the mentors presented their results, lessons learned and together, we celebrated the success stories. We are happy to announce the renewal of the program for 2017!
The 15 social entrepreneurs from different fields like education, human rights, health or environment, and representing different countries from Switzerland, the Middle East and Northern Africa have been able to benefit from experienced corporate professionals and their inputs, on order to unfold their organisation’s full potential.
Together the teams refined business plans, drafted brochures for potential donors, worked on budget and impact measurements, and exchanged best practices on communication and marketing strategy, enriching the mutual professional experience.
'I realized I am doing a lot but did not know how to put it in the proper format, or even how to appreciate what I am doing!' Ashoka Fellow Egypt, Participant
The J.P. Morgan mentors were matched with social entrepreneurs to solve a challenge the social entrepreneurs are facing. From June until October, they engaged in a total of 151 calls, shared ideas, insights and skills and supported their social entrepreneur with the best of their abilities. This way, the mentors shared a total of 436 hours of their time and expertise.
'The mentorship is opening my mind to something different, while developing my owns skills and my knowledge I can help a social entrepreneur.' J.P. Morgan Mentor
It has been a great experience and we wish everyone who participated the best of luck in their further journey, be it as a social entrepreneur or a J.P. Morgan mentor. And maybe we will see each other again in 2017.
Social entrepreneurs who participated:
National organisation for the benefit of children with and without disabilities, promoting inclusion.
Not Guilty for Family Development
Not Guilty works to abolish sexual abuse of Egyptian children through training, media and education.
Shamseya - for innovative community healthcare solutions
Innovative healthcare solutions based on participatory research and evidence-based practices.
Safarni offers platforms for children to connect with diversity through simulated travel experiences.
Children of female prisoner`s association
A first-of-its-kind non-governmental organization in Egypt with the aim of saving the female prisoners who have been put behind bars because of poverty-related offenses such as their inability to pay the meager installments for a piece of equipment.
ASDAA' Association for Sophisticating the Deaf
ASDAA' is a NGO special for Deaf and hard of Hearing empowering and supporting them in Education, Health services, Job opportunities and their Human rights
Human Rights, Education
Elie Abou Saab
Jouwar addresses the government’s responsibility to reduce vehicle accidents, instead of blaming accidents on the behaviour of citizens.
atempo creates job opportunities for people with disabilities and learning difficulties by advertising social franchising in the NGO sector.
Education, Civic Participation
Maïa works on four topics: the promotion of girls' education, sexual and reproductive health, vocational training and the development of income-generating activities for women from predominantly rural areas.
Education, Economic Development
Green Hand Organization
GHO is a community based NGO, that works towards conservation of biodiversity, aiming at establishing the first botanical garden in Lebanon for native taxa in a highly interactive and sustainable process.
Civic Participation, Education
VI creates data visualizations to highlight social issues globally, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
GovRight aims to reduce the gap between governments and people by building online tools to engage citizen participation.
Mohammed Abu Amerah
Harra is a non-profit organisation, a communal mobilization movement dedicated to community organization and development of underserved neighbourhoods in Jordan.
Education, Civic Participation, Economic Development
foraus (Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy) generates independent, high quality recommendations for Swiss foreign policy decision makers and the public, thereby bridging the gap between academia and politics.
Impact Skin Health and Appearance – ISHAAC
Patient-centered independent social lab that brings interested creative minds together in a center to address systemic challenges and to promote a life course of Skin Health and Appearance Challenges while inspiring, empowering and establishing active support groups and enhancing psychosocial needs, mental and social well-being of skin patients and the appearance challenged primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.