Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an “everyone a changemaker world.”
Ashoka focuses on three strategic priorities to help people understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change, where everyone is called on to be a leader.
- Social Entrepreneurship. Ashoka selects world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.
- Empathy and Young Changemaking. Ashoka is leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they have the power to lead, to contribute — to be in charge.
- Organizing for Changemaking. Living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.
How the program works
The MMH Business Accelerator, currently in its fourth year, is a structured business growth program that consists of 2 phases.
Phase 1 – called the “Pilot Phase” runs for 12 months and involves co-creation and pilot implementation of a high-impact strategic project or initiative to drive growth, impact, and sustainability of participating businesses. The Pilot Phase comes with financial support of Euro 50,000.
Phase 2 – called the “Scale-up Phase” also runs for 12 months and follows the successful implementation of the pilot phase. Businesses that advance to the scale-up phase receive additional financial support of between Euro 100K-200K. Co-creation involving hand-in-hand collaboration between the social entrepreneurs and Boehringer Ingelheim employees who volunteer to contribute their time and expertise to the pilot and scale-up projects is a key component of both phases of the program.