Why Leading Social Entrepreneurs are Critical Today

In a world defined by change, leading social entrepreneurs define the new roadmaps that allow people to thrive while also providing solutions and demonstrating the how-tos.

Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship more than 40 years ago, and today Ashoka engages the world’s largest and most powerful network of social entrepreneurs by searching for and selecting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs: Ashoka Fellows.

Ashoka Fellows champion new ideas that transform society’s systems -- providing benefits for everyone and improving the lives of millions of people. Ashoka Fellows are the ultimate role models in today’s world.

Ashoka identifies patterns that are emerging from our Fellows—types of solutions, strategies, topic areas, etc.—that often point to areas ripe for major change. These learnings from across our Fellowship guide Ashoka’s work, initiatives and strategies in creating an Everyone a Changemaker world.

Venture: Selecting our Ashoka Fellows

Ashoka envisions a world free of systemic oppression in which everyone has access to resources, self-expression, power and safety. Such a world will only emerge if the structural, institutional, and historical barriers that have led to the marginalization of underrepresented peoples, such as women...
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The Ashoka Fellowship

Ashoka Fellows are the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. They champion innovative new ideas that transform society’s systems, providing benefits for everyone and improving the lives of millions of people.
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I founded Nafisika to create safer communities through the reduction of reoffence among prison inmates. Over the ten years that she have engaged with the prison system in Kenya. The trust has become an essential partner in the delivery of behaviour change and economic empowerment skills training to inmates. Annually, Nafisika’s hyper-empathetic...

Vickie Wambura
Founder Nafisika Trust. Ashoka Fellow since 2013

Ashoka is unlike any other organization I’ve worked with. And this is a good thing. Forget about hierarchies and decision-trees. Forget about caveats and we’ve-never-done-that’s. I have never worked with a more committed group of people whose first response is ‘why not!,’ whose job descriptions say ‘make it happen,’ and who are deeply committed to...

Eric Dawson
Founder of Peace First. Ashoka Fellow since 2007​