Cooperation Partners

ASHOKA hub in Austria (Austria)

ASHOKA Austria

Acronym: ASHOKA

Ashoka has coined the term “social entrepreneur” 35 years ago and is the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs with over 3,300 members called Fellows in more than 80 countries. By spotting the trends emerging from its community of entrepreneurs and changemakers, Ashoka is able to propose and launch collective approaches to address societal issues at large scale and to spread the vision of “Everyone a Changemaker” in different segments of society. Ashoka is a globally integrated organization with one strategy, one global budget yet over 40 offices, the majority of them being independent legal entities. Ashoka identifies, selects and supports social entrepreneurs who seek to address a societal issue through innovative solutions and have with the potential to change current systems. Its support ranges from seed financing, professional advisory and access to a global network of peers and partners (individual philanthropists, foundations, corporations, impact investors, universities, professional service firms, etc.) as well as specific programs. Ashoka Austria for instance launched thre Visionary Program that introduces leaders from different sector to all relevant aspects of the field of social entrepreneurship, including impact investment & impact assessment. Moreover, Ashoka runs the "Ashoka Acceleration Program" that is a national crowdsourcing and acceleration program for social enterprises working with refugees that created a community of 104 initiatives. Last but not least, Ashoka is actively engaged in "Ashoka Scaling Program" a newly developed transfer program for social enterprises. Ashoka Austria is also linked and participating in international programs: Ashoka Changemakers Platform:, Ashoka Globalizer: as well as Making more health (in cooperation with Boehringer- Ingelheim) providing great potential for Danube region social enterprises to join. Our team supports the work of Ashoka Fellows in Austria, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In coordination with our Ashoka colleagues around the world, our team operates within the local network to improve the framework requirements that social entrepreneurs must face. We create an ecosystem in which Changemakers can flourish: an environment where accessible regulatory framework is in place, in which the work of Changemakers has greater visibility, and which supports their plans for social change with know-how, strategic partnerships, coaching, financial means, ideas and commitment.


Ashoka gemeinnützige GmbH Haus der Philanthropie Schottenring 16, 3. OG 1010 Wien T +43 1 38 40 100
1010 Vienna