Ashoka's Venture is responsible for the search and selection of leading social entrepreneurs who, once elected, form part of a global network of more than 3,000 social entrepreneurs. Ashoka looks for a specific niche of social entrepreneurs that meet the following criteria:

  • An innovative idea, capable of generating systemic change
  • Potential for high social impact
  • Creativity in Problem Solving
  • Entrepreneurial Quality
  • Ethical Fiber

Through a selection process consisting of research, a series of interviews, and site visits, Venture identifies candidates who can change our society by solving social, economic and environmental problems. 

With our vision of "Everyone a Changemaker" Venture works to create links with organizations and applicants that were not selected as Fellows.  Although not selected, they are also changemakers that can work together to improve their own projects and the projects of Ashoka Fellows to achieve maximum social impact. 

Do you have the characteristics of a leading Social Entrepreneur?

Find it out here.

Know a Social Entrepreneur?

If you have an innovative project that meets Ashoka’s selection criteria or you know of someone who does, you can apply or nominate a candidate here.

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