Youth Venture Programme

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Ashoka’s Youth Venture is an international community of young changemakers, with over 6,000 Venture teams in 23 countries across the globe. The aim of the program is to help create an Everyone A Changemaker World™, a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change. 

Youth Venture was developed from understanding a key insight of Ashoka Fellows in the field of youth development: one of the most effective ways to engage the youth in the process of changemaking is to help them realize and understand their own ability to make positive social change

As part of its global strategy, Youth Venture inspires and supports young people to launch and lead their own “Ventures” – community-benefiting initiatives, clubs, organizations, and businesses. Our Youth Venturers access workshops, adult allies (non-controlling advisors), a global network of like-minded young changemakers, and fundraising tools to establish their own Ventures that solve social problems. 

Youth Venture Programme in India

Youth Venture India is building an ecosystem of support for the youth to be changemakers by connecting the key stakeholders in the society. In addition to identifying, selecting and supporting young changemakers (Youth Venturers), the programme is also building partnerships with educational institutes, youth organizations, and state governments to help build the ecosystem of support.

What do we do?

  • Find - We find the most important social change ideas
  • Support - We support the entrepreneurs behind them to ensure maximum impact
  • Integrate - We integrate new ideas and initiatives by connecting social, business, financial and university leaders to build an “eco-system” of initiatives that solve the fast-growing social needs of the world.

Who are our Youth Venturers?

Young people between 12 and 20 years old who:

  • are leading social change and creating an impact on their communities
  • have credible business plans that will be sustainable
  • exhibit changemaking skills: empathy, creativity, leadership, teamwork
  • have an adult “ally/advisor” willing to support, but not control the venture
  • work with a strong team

Call for applications for the next ‘Youth Venturers’!

Ashoka India invites applications for its Youth Venture programme for young social innovators to be selected as Youth Venturers.

For the application form, click here!

Any questions? Please check our F.A.Q. section first!


क्या आप यंग (१२-२० वर्ष) इन्नोवेटर हैं? क्या आपने कोई प्रोजेक्ट आरम्भ किया है जिससे सामाजिक बदलाव लाया है? अशोका युथ वेंचर प्रोग्राम में अपने जैसे युवा लीडर्स के नेटवर्क का हिस्सा बनने के लिए नीचे दिए गए फॉर्म में अप्लाई कीजिये ! अंतिम तिथि -नवम्बर- २०१६ !

यूथ वेंचर इंडिया नामांकन फॉर्म:


Changemaker Day

The majority of Ashoka’s leading social entrepreneur Fellows started their first change experience before 20, according to two internal surveys. This pattern of early achievement also holds for the business sector: a recent study based on Linkedin data for all professionals (400 million or 66% of total professionals) found that those who signaled they started something noteworthy in their teens are 4 times more likely to be entrepreneurs and 4 times more likely to be a top corporate (C-level) executives.

 The rate of change is accelerating exponentially. The new game is change. These are the facts. When anyone builds a team now, they need everyone on it to be ready to play in this game, i.e. to be a skilled changemaker. A hundred years ago, accelerating change had reached the point that society needed everyone to be literate. Now it needs everyone to be a changemaker. It needs every young person, parent, and educator to grasp this new paradigm for success in growing up – and in life. Young people are practicing having an idea, building a team, and changing the world now to be a valued player at any level tomorrow.

What do we do?

1. Contact- We contact with the top educational institutes of the country who align with our “Everyone a ChangemakerTM” vision.

2. Create- We create an environment where every student practices the Changemaking skills of Empathy, Team Work, Creative Problem Solving and Collaborative Leadership.

3. Build- We build a network of schools which are like-minded and forward-thinking in their ideas and help this community grow through aliasing with Ashoka.

To get a brief insight of Changemaker Day click here 

Call for applications from schools who want to conduct Changemaker Day in their institutes.

Ashoka India invites applications from educational institutions who want to participate in this new game of Changemaking and be a part of this network.

For application form, click here

Have any questions? Please check our F.A.Q section first!

For any further details or query about the program, please reach out to:

Yashveer Singh at

Saurav Roy at