We believe that the best way to tackle social challenges is to identify, support and nurture the people with the best ideas, proven to change society for good.

Ashoka is the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows). Since 1981, we have elected and supported over 3,000 Fellows working across 82 countries.

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Ashoka Fellows are visionaries who have spearheaded worldwide movements in areas including microfinance, open education, citizen journalism, among others.

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Ashoka Ireland [is] enabling social change through raising the ambition and capacity of Irish social entrepreneurs to build a better Ireland.
— Mike Feerick (Ashoka Fellow & Founder, ALISON)


Our purpose is to help innovative social entrepreneurs make Ireland better for everyone by tackling the biggest social challenges. We do this by:

Selecting the very best social entrepreneurs and welcoming them as Ashoka Fellows into the global Fellowship

Supporting them with finance, access to professional services and a network of business leaders, entrepreneurs and partners who are committed to supporting them in building a sustainable and impactful organisation

Scaling their model locally, nationally and globally by providing knowledge, best practices and global networks


Ashoka Ireland generated  €521,260 of financial and strategic support for 13 Ireland-based Ashoka Fellows between September 2014 and September 2015.


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Ashoka is a space for people who want to change the status quo, and become disruptors in social challenges.
— Krystian Fikert (Ashoka Fellow & Founder, MyMind)