Ashoka searches the world for leading social entrepreneurs who are tackling the toughest challenges facing society today in areas that include health and wellbeing, education, environment, and employment. In Switzerland, we nominate one or two of these social entrepreneurs every year to be a part of our fellowship.
These social entrepreneurs supported by Ashoka, the “Ashoka Fellows,” are great role models who put into perspective the underlying trends of a world which is increasingly defined by change rather than repetition, and thus offers us an opportunity to prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s challenges. That is why our strategy is now based in part on supporting the most innovative entrepreneurs, and on the other hand identificating and accelerating trends that are ushering in some new paradigms. This is what led us to launch two initiatives (our Skills & Education and Alliances & Co-Creation programs) and it will lead us to develop other thematic initiatives (in areas like health, nutrition, migration, etc.) whenever a critical mass of social entrepreneurs enable us to understand the upheaval that is coming to a sector.