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Changemaker Finance

“It was amazing how Mark Cheng linked his finance experience to the social reality. I was impressed!” 

(Feedback from a participant of the Changemaker Finance Module in May 2020)

Download the Changemaker Finance flyer here!

What is this module all about? 

We invite you to join the 3rd edition of our Changemaker Finance module!

To scale up their impact, social entrepreneurs require access to affordable finance. They must learn how to navigate hybrid financing approaches in order to unlock untapped sources of funding. This module about empowering social entrepreneurs to re-think and develop current and new funding strategies.

During our long experience working with more than 100 social entrepreneurs, we have observed both their challenges and their success stories when it comes to raising social finance. We want to share with you all our best insights and learnings in creating blended financing strategies as well as investment offers that appeal to both commercial and social investors.

We also want to create a co-learning space to empower social entrepreneurs, funders and other key actors around the topic of social finance.

Module Timeline

We offer two Changemaker Finance online workshops in October 2021 & February 2022! 

Please note that the content of these online workshops are identical. We organize two of them to accommodate the needs of the community. 

1- Changemaker Finance 1st Online Workshop 

Join our Changemaker Finance workshop to learn about social funding approaches and structuring investment deals for world-changing ideas. 

Date: October 5th & 7th, 2021

Time: 9. 00 – 12. 00 CET (each day) 

Application deadline for the Changemaker Finance 1st Online Workshop is September 27, 2021

2- Changemaker Finance 2nd Online Workshop

Details will be announced later.

Please stay in touch through Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program monthly Newsletter to register for the 2nd workshop.

  • The workshops will offer an introduction to social finance and the key steps of raising finance, getting an overview of the Social Investment Toolkit. 
  • We will also offer 1:1 consultation calls with the Changemaker Finance team to the Ashoka Fellows joining the workshop 
  • The workshops are offered in partnership with the Ashoka Social Finance team, Ashoka ASN Team and FASE.

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Who Can Apply?

Please check-out this Social Finance Online-Introduction-Seminar prior to your application, to find out if social finance is right for you! 

  • Ashoka Fellows and/or their team members 
  • Ashoka Support Network (ASN) Members* 
  • Ashoka Staff 
  • Ashoka Young Changemakers
  • Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership 
  • Corporate or Instutional Partners of Ashoka 

The content for this module is curated for Ashoka Fellows with a limited number of seats for Ashoka Support Network member, Partners and other Change Leaders.

Dear Ashoka Support Network members, Ashoka Partners and other Key Ecosystem Players:

We would love to welcome up to 15 ASN members, partners or other key ecosystem players who want to join the workshop as advisors and social finance experts that will provide feedback to the Fellows on their strategies for greater social impact – please apply and / or reach out to us, if you have questions!

If you are interested in this content for your organization and your stakeholders, please reach out to us, too. We are happy to co-create ways to open this content to you, too. Find out more about your engagement possibilities here. 

Why You Should Apply?

Participants leave with a deeper understanding of all kinds of possibilities to raise funds and investment. In addition, the online course aims to create a community of peers, investors, advisors and experts to provide support and opportunities to collaborate. 

Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Fellow team members, Ashoka Young Changemakers: This module is for you, if:

  • you want to scale your social venture and need new forms of financing to do so.
  • you want to explore new social funding strategies and analyse your status quo with leading experts of the field.
  • you want to learn more about hybrid finance strategies.

Ashoka Support Network (ASN) members: This module is for you if;

  • you want to learn more about investment possibilities and raise your awareness about social finance and social entrepreneurship in general.
  • you want to connect, network and co-create with leading social entrepreneurs.
  • you want to support Ashoka Fellows in raising finance and understand the right tools for it.

Ashoka Partners, other change leaders: This module is for you, if:

  • you want to establish connections and gain knowledge in the field of social finance
  • you want to connect, network & co-create with leading social entrepreneurs.

Ashoka Staff: This module is for you, if:

  • you want to to feel equipped with knowledge and strategies about social finance to best support your Ashoka Fellows.


Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Fellow team members, Ashoka Young Changemakers, Ashoka Support Network (ASN) member, Ashoka Staff  | Join for free

Part of an affiliated Ashoka Program or Partnership 

  • Hello Europe Social Entrepreneur  | Join for free
  • Steelcase employee or partner, Nestlé CSV Prize Finalist, Catalyst2030 Member - You have access to a group ticket and can participate in any module free of charge until the maximum number of free tickets is reached. 
  • Ashoka Visionary Program Alumna/us - you can participate in any module with a 50% discount at 1,000€ per module (VAT not included). 

Corporate or Institutional Partners of Ashoka | Other Partners | Change Leaders: The fee to participate in a module is:

  • For corporate participants: 2,000€ per person (VAT not included)
  • For non-profit participants: 1,000€ per person (VAT not included)
  • We also offer “group tickets” to participate in any module with a discount. Please reach out to us for more information

In case the fee is prohibitive to your participation, please apply anyway and mention it in the accessibility question and we will get in touch about our stipend. We evaluate stipends on a case by case basis.

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Meet the Module Leads

We are happy to introduce you to 2 of the best (co-) leaders in this area: 

This course is co-created with the partnership of Hogan Lovells.


If you have any questions about the Changemaker Finance module, please reach out to Alex de la Torre