Ashoka: Pioneering Social Entrepreneurship


“Ashoka envisions a world where everyone is a change maker: 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.”

Since 1981, Ashoka has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship with a core belief that society’s most pressing needs cannot and will not be solved through government or business intervention but rather through social entrepreneurship. During the past 25 years, Ashoka has provided critical guidance to social entrepreneurs around the world. These men and women, selected as Ashoka Fellows, lead the way in creating solutions for the world’s most urgent problems. Through their ventures, Ashoka Fellows have directly and positively helped change the live of millions around the world.


Bill Drayton, lifelong social entrepreneur and visionary founder of Ashoka is a pioneer within the genre of social entrepreneurship. Listen Mr. Drayton discuss the founding of Ashoka below.

As we progress with SocialEarth, we will feature remarkable stories of different Askoha Fellows. Be on the look out for these.



  • Invests in social entrepreneurs around the world who have innovative, sustainable and replicable solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.
  • Organization Type: Non-Profit
  • Website:
  • Founder(s):Bill Drayton
  • Founded:1980
  • Location:Washinton, DC, United States
  • See complete company list here

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Erik is a perpetually curious social innovator. As a serial entrepreneur, Erik knows a thing or two about change. As a co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to channel his passion for social advocacy into an innovative venue of social awareness for others.

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