In reviewing potential candidates for the Ashoka Fellowship, we apply an initial “knockout” test, considering, “is this a new idea?” Four additional criteria are then applied, with an assessment of the social entrepreneur’s creativity, entrepreneurial quality, social impact, and ethical fibre.


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Is this a new idea, solution or approach to a social problem that will change the pattern in a field?

 

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Does the individual approach opportunities and obstacles creatively?

 

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Does the individual have the determination, ingenuity and realism that characterise a world-class entrepreneur?

 

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Is the idea likely to solve a social problem at a national or international level?

 

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Is the individual trustworthy and do they exhibit the highest ethical standards?