Like the oak tree, Ashoka’s growth can be seen in its cross-section. As the rings of an oak treerecord its growth, Ashoka’s beginnings have formed the core of what followed, with each year ex-panding on the impact of the year before it. Here we share with you our top 10 accomplishmentsover our 10 years of growth in Canada.
10. Being entrepreneurial.
Ashoka sits at the intersection of social change and entrepreneurship. We constantly innovate, attractingentrepreneurs committed to social change.
9. Investing approximately $3,000,000 in social entrepreneurs and innovatorssince 2002.
This includes stipends to Fellows, Changemakers awards and seed grants to Youth Venturers and Be a ChangemakerChallenge participants.
8. Connecting Fellows to strategic support.
In the last year, alone, we have connected Fellows with over 550 hours of pro bono strategic support from Blake, Casselsand Graydon LLP, Egon Zehnder International, H+K Strategies, McKinsey & Co., Young Canadians in Finance, our AshokaSupport Network and other senior, entrepreneurial advisors. We have also facilitated Fellow-to-Fellow peer support.
7. Contributing to a social entrepreneurship sector in Canada.
We have contributed to a collaborative ecosystem to support social entrepreneurs in Canada along with partnersfrom all sectors.
6. Enabling changemaking on campuses.
We have built strong partnerships with post-secondary institutions and campus leaders committed to make theircampuses hubs of social entrepreneurship education.
5. Establishing patterns of changemaking among young people.
We have supported young people to launch their own social ventures so they learn from a young age that they canmake change. Over the last ﬁve years, we have done this through Youth Venture and Be a Changemaker Challenges.
4. Launching our ﬁrst Changemakers Competition.
Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning
, we heard from 266 innovators who shared theirsolutions to improve the learning environment and outcomes for Indigenous learners in Canada.
3. Diversifying our Fellowship and our network of changemakers.
Canada is extraordinarily diverse and we are committed to ensuring that all of our programming reﬂects thisrich diversity.
2. Building an amazing team.
We attract the most creative, talented and entrepreneurial team members. This team includes staff, interns,volunteers, funders, program partners, strategic partners, advisors and enthusiasts.
1. Electing 44 outstanding Canadian Ashoka Fellows.