When most people think "venture", they think risk-a daring undertaking that has no guarantee of success; venture capital. Much like traditional business ventures, Ashoka’s Venture programme, where we search for and select the leading social entrepreneurs, does involve some level of risk—risk inherent in investing in individuals and their ideas at the launch stage. Rather than measure success with a bottom line, we measure it in the form of social impact and systemic change.
In Ashoka’s case, the investment is often small, and the social change it makes possible is remarkable. Ashoka was first to coin the term"social entrepreneur" nearly thirty years ago. Since then, we have elected nearly 3000 Ashoka Fellows and launched a movement around the world.
Ashoka UK Fellows - Fellows elected in the UK
Ashoka International Fellows - Fellows elected in another country but working in the UK
Ashoka Fellows Global - Visit our Global Website for a Listing of Ashoka Fellows around the world