Social entrepreneurship

 

This collection of stories is about social entrepreneurs that Ashoka Switzerland supports. This term describes an individual who conceives of, and relentlessly pursues, a new idea designed to solve societal problems on a very wide scale by changing the systems that undergird the problems. This definition includes two critical components.  

  • First, the entrepreneur must seek to create impact on a wide societal scale; he or she will not rest until the new idea has been broadly adopted at the national and even international level.
  • Second, the entrepreneur must seek systemic change, defined as the fundamental reform of existing societal systems and/or the creation of new ones. -Levinger, Crutchfield and Wells.

We are proud to present all these amazing changemakers to you! Just scroll down the page to find all their stories. And you can visit our general webpage on social entrepreneurship for more information.

The 7 key questions you should ask yourself as a social entrepreneur!

In a constantly fast-changing world, organizations focusing on social impact have no other choice than to re-invent themselves. In fact, as the demand for solutions toward reducing inequalities, diminishing poverty and fostering community spirit grows, the means at our disposal to address such...
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Get to know our Fellows in Switzerland!

In Switzerland, Ashoka nominates one or two social entrepreneurs every year to be part of our fellowship programme. Ashoka fellows are visionaries who develop innovative solutions that fundamentally change how society operates. They find what is not working and address the problem by changing the...
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Meet Nicola Forster -- Ashoka Fellow in Switzerland

Ashoka Switzerland has elected Nicola Forster , founder and president of foraus as a new Fellow. After a long and rigorous selection process , Ashoka saw in Nicola all the qualities of an entrepreneur and innovator. With his election as Fellow, Nicola will now be supported by Ashoka in the...
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Conor Bohan

Transforming the university system in Haiti
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Sasha Kramer

Working to create a better treatment for human waste by using it for soil fertility in Haiti.
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Alejandro Marius

Providing educational opportunities for young people and women in Venezuela.
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Emily Stone

Creating a social business model for indigenous Maya cacao farmers in Belize and Guatemala
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Sebastian Salinas

Fostering entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities of Chile.
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Peter Bloom

Working to provide better telecommunication services in Mexico
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Juan Pablo Larenas

Building a global movement of people and businesses working to solve social and environmental issues in Latin America.
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Carlos Atencio

Providing better and more accessible healthcare for all people in Venezuela.
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Take the first step to be the changemaker you want to be - An imperative to achieving the SDGs

The myriad of innovations and creative solutions brought by social entrepreneurs will definitely be a key part of the solving equation to achieve by 2030 the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as agreed in 2015 by the United Nations to provide a more prosperous, secure and...
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Ashoka Swiss Fellows & Changemakers in #ImpactJournalism 2016

Three of Ashoka Switzerland's social entrepreneurs (2 Fellows and 1 Changemakers) were featured on the #ImpactJournalism website on June 2015. Each year, Sparknews sources, shares and connects innovative projects that are working to create a more sustainable and inclusive world. This international...
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Ashoka Switzerland has been supporting Changemakers through its IMPACT program from 2012 to 2014!

What are the IMPACT programs ? The IMPACT programs aim at identifying socially innovative organizations with strong changemaking potential in a specific field or region, to professionalize them help them to grow and spread their impact. Hence, they contribute to structuring social entrepreneurship...
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Caroline Kant: caring for children suffering from life-threatening diseases

While working at Merck Serono in the research and development (R&D) knowledge management department, Caroline Kant discovered many drugs sitting on the company’s shelves, waiting to be researched on, and which could become part of a much needed solution to treat rare diseases.
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UBS launched International search for trailblazing social innovators

The UBS Social Innovators Program was launched with support from Ashoka in July 2016. It aims at selecting and supporting social entrepreneurs, who deliver innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges at the national and international level. This tailored package of support will...
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Caroline Kant: caring for children suffering from life-threatening diseases

While working at Merck Serono in the research and development (R&D) knowledge management department, Caroline Kant discovered many drugs sitting on the company’s shelves, waiting to be researched on, and which could become part of a much needed solution to treat rare diseases.
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Discover our localized fellows

In addition to Fellows elected in the country, Ashoka in Switzerland is also supporting international Fellows iwth a local presence in Switzerland whether it be replicating their venture, having an office or setting up a foundation. MARY GORDON, ROOTS OF EMPATHY , elected in Canada in 2002 Building...
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