The countdown is on! On October 19th, we are kicking off a new and special edition of the Visionary Program and launching our brand-new report "New Allies: How INGOs and Social Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Transform Global Development".
Join us for an interactive evening filled with learnings, inspiration, joy, and connections with new and old Visionaries, friends, and partners of Ashoka. The event will be held in a unique location near the Danube, with great views over the city!
6pm – Open doors
6:30pm – Start of the event
- Welcome words by moderator Rado Pittner (Ashoka Czechia and Slovakia) and co-hosts Raphaela Toncic-Sorinj (Ashoka Austria) and Thomas Steinbauer (PwC Austria).
- Inspiring keynote by the wonderful Ghanian Ashoka Fellow Regina Honu.
Regina Honu is a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and software developer who harnesses the power of technology to foster social change in West Africa. She is the CEO and Founder of Soronko Academy, the first coding and human-centered design school focused on equipping young women with both technical and soft skills. These skills empower them to secure dignified, fulfilling jobs and help bridge the gender gap in technology. To date, Soronko Academy has trained over 20,000 girls and women, connecting approximately 5,000 of them to job opportunities. Regina has garnered multiple awards for her pivotal role in integrating women and girls into the ICT sector. In 2017, she was named one of BBC’s 100 most inspirational and innovative women.
- Roundtable “New Allies: How International Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Transform Global Development”
How can social entrepreneurs and INGOs collaborate to drive systems change? What barriers do they face when attempting to work together? What are the critical success factors for these partnerships? In our brand-newreport, we've identified 14 actions that INGOs, social entrepreneurs, funders, and intermediaries can take to unlock the potential of these collaborations and foster systemic social innovation.
In this roundtable, together with our partners and co-hosts Gunter Schall (Austrian Development Agency), Elisabeth Schreiber (CARE Austria), and Lukas Wank (Global Responsibility), we will dive deep into the findings of the report and discuss opportunities for collaboration. The discussion will be moderated by Georg Schön (Ashoka), co-author of the report.
- Interviews on stage with participants of the new Visionary Program cohort
You will meet the participants of the new cohort and get inspired by their journeys, projects and personal stories, including selected NGO leaders who are taking part in our challenge to innovate for global development.
8pm – Time for networking with food and drinks!
👋 WHY? This event is for you if you want to dip into the world of social entrepreneurship & changemaking and connect with key players in the social innovation ecosystem and Ashoka network.
⏰WHEN? Thursday, 19 October 2023 at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
📍WHERE? PwC Österreich - Donau-City-Straße 7, 1220 Wien
Please note: Tickets are limited and registration is required. Register here.
About the Visionary Program: The Ashoka Visionary Program is a pioneering, part-time leadership program for social entrepreneurs, as well as professionals and leaders from business, NGOs, philanthropic and public sectors from all over the world. Since 2015, we've been sharing our exclusive know-how from 40+ years of practice and close to 4,000 fellows from across the world.