Swiss Changemakers Program

The Swiss Changemakers program was founded by Ashoka in 2015 and is supported by the Trafigura Foundation and UBS. It selects and connects leading Swiss innovators who have a proven track record for driving exciting social ventures in Switzerland and fostering a more entrepreneurial movement within its social sector.

The Swiss Changemakers gathered in four cities in 2015 to share their experiences working with four topics where they are changing the framework that people use to perceive and engage these issues. They were challenged by peers and experts, worked on rethinking their models, and investigated collaborations.

The 2015 Changemakers

#SwissChangemakers in Action

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4 WORKSHOPS on key framework change topics

  1. Impact and Theory of Change
  2. Co-Creation
  3. Hybrid Finance
  4. Storytelling and Changing the Conversation with the Media

6 PUBLIC EVENTS reaching 500+ people across four cities to share vision with a broader audience

  1. Geneva, 02/09/2015
  2. Lausanne, 23/09/2015
  3. Zurich, 27/10/2015
  4. Bern, 24/11/2015
  5. Geneva, 15/12/2015
  6. Zurich, 16/12/2015

19 GUESTS & EXPERTS invited to challenge the changemakers

CHF 15,000 OF HONORS to further build the community and enhance collaborations

MEDIA COVERAGE in TdG, Bilan, Radio Cité Genève, and TagesAnzeiger to widen visibility

ONE COLLABORATION PROJECT officially sponsored between three changemakers: Dan Acher, Christophe Dunand, and Paolo Richter were awarded with a CHF 8,000 co-creation honour to reward their collaboration!


Quotes from the Changemakers

“All in all, I felt encouraged through the program and through the energy and creativity of this group of entrepreneurs to continue my work with confidence.  Thank you for this enriching experience!”

“I got to meet fellow social entrepreneurs and discuss with them. It gave me new perspectives on my work, started new potential collaborations, and created lasting relationships where we can help each other. Some experts gave me some interesting insights and have opened doors for me.“

“The common search for solutions during the Swiss Changemakers program made the search easier and playful – together we found more solutions.”

Video of Changemakers takeaways


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Dear changemakers, the program has now been replaced by the UBS Social Innovators. Please stay tuned on the website and/or follow us on Facebook for updates.