Ashoka is the one of the largest networks of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries creating large-scale impact through new innovations. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka is an international network that is driving the social sector and offering a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship and has built multi-level stakeholders across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.
In India, Ashoka has a vibrant fellowship of over 350 fellows and elects a new cohort of Fellows every year. Going forward Ashoka India will also select and elect new Fellows from Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and play a unique role in integrating the emerging social sector in South Asia.
Ashoka Fellows remain the core of our community, and their insights show us how the world is moving and what is needed next. Ashoka's mission is to enable an "Everyone a Changemaker" world. This means equipping more people – including young people - with the skillset and a connection to purpose so that they can develop ideas and effectively solve problems as is needed in their family, community, city, workplace, field, industry, country. Working with key partners across sectors, Ashoka India is a dynamic organisation that aims to challenge conventional thinking through its vibrant community of Fellows and young changemakers.