Ashoka invests in people.


We search the world for leading social entrepreneurs and at the launch stage, provide these entrepreneurs—Ashoka Fellows—with support in their major challenges, from fundraising to hiring, PR to international expansion. When necessary, we provide Fellows with a financial stipend for an average of three years to allow them to focus full time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas.

We also provide our Fellows with a global support network of their peers and partnerships with pro-bono business services and business leaders. Once elected to the Ashoka Fellowship, Fellows benefit from this community for life.

Venture is the mechanism through which Ashoka finds and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Ashoka was founded on the Venture model 30 years ago, and Venture remains the beating heart of Ashoka—the work upon which all of our efforts depend. We are looking for those innovative visionaries who have founded organisations based on new ideas with potential to change things at a systems level.

We believe that the growth of a global citizen sector begins with the work of individual social entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs drive the sector forward, responding to new challenges and changing needs. They are rooted in local communities but think and act globally. Our Fellows are the ultimate role models and the pillars of Ashoka's vision: 'Everyone a Changemaker.'


Read more about our Fellows.