If one were to examine the forensics of significant impact in healthcare, education or the environment, they would often find the fingerprints of Ashoka
— Stuart Davidson, Sonen Capital Partner, Labrador Ventures

At Ashoka, we believe that the best way to tackle social challenges is to identify, support and nurture the people with the best ideas, proven to change society for good.

Ashoka is the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) and Changemakers. Since 1981, we have elected and supported over 3,000 Fellows working across 90 countries.

 
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Ashoka Fellows are visionaries who have spearheaded worldwide movements in areas including micro-finance, open education, citizen journalism, among others.

90% of Fellows see their ideas replicated by government bodies or other organisations.

90% of Fellows see their ideas replicated by government bodies or other organisations.

57% of Fellows change a national policy within just 5 years of their election.

57% of Fellows change a national policy within just 5 years of their election.

83% of Fellows change a system within 10 years of their election.

83% of Fellows change a system within 10 years of their election.

93% of Fellows, even 10 years after their election, are still pursuing their original goals.

93% of Fellows, even 10 years after their election, are still pursuing their original goals.

 


 
 

Ashoka Ireland [is] enabling social change through raising the ambition and capacity of Irish social entrepreneurs to build a better Ireland.
— Mike Feerick (Ashoka Fellow & Founder, ALISON)

ASHOKA IRELAND

Our purpose is to help innovative social entrepreneurs make Ireland better for everyone by tackling the biggest social challenges. We do this by:

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select

Selecting the very best social entrepreneurs and welcoming them into the Global Fellowship as Ashoka Fellows.

support

Supporting them with finance, access to professional services and a network of business leaders, entrepreneurs and partners who are committed to supporting them in building a sustainable and impactful organisation.

scale

Scaling their model locally, nationally and globally by providing knowledge, best practices and global networks.

 
 

Ashoka Ireland generated €531,688 of financial and strategic support for 15 Ireland-based Ashoka Fellows between September 2015 and September 2016.


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Ashoka is a space for people who want to change the status quo, and become disruptors in social challenges.
— Krystian Fikert (Ashoka Fellow & Founder, MyMind)