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 Guide to the 7 key questions

all social entrepreneurs should ask themselves

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MEET NICOLA FORSTER

Our new fellow elected in 2016

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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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IMPACT Program

Ashoka Switzerland has been support Changemakers in its IMPACT Program from 2012 to 2014

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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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