Ashoka is the largest, global network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 fellows in 70 countries putting their system-changing ideas into practice on a global scale.
Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship and now has partners across the world that work with entrepreneurial talent to help solve social problems.
In September 2010, The Arthur Guinness Fund announced a global partnership with Ashoka by investing €3 million in the organisation over a period of three years. These funds have so far helped to support new social entrepreneurial projects around the world, in continued celebration of the philanthropic legacy of founder Arthur Guinness.
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Virgin Unite is the non-profit foundation of Richard Branson's Virgin Group. Their aim is to help revolutionise the way businesses and the social sector work together, uniting people to tackle tough social and environmental problems in an entrepreneurial way.
In September 2011, The Arthur Guinness Fund supported the opening of Virgin Unite's new Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This facility, committed to inspiring and growing social entrepreneurship across the region, welcomes an intake of aspiring young entrepreneurs each year, selected from hundreds of applicants, to participate in a series of practical coaching and mentoring foundation courses.
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In Indonesia and Malaysia, the Arthur Guinness Fund works in partnership with the British Council.
The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation. It uses English language, Arts, Education and Society to bring people together. The British Council has over 7,000 staff working in 191 offices in 110 countries and territories.
Across both Indonesia and Malaysia the Arthur Guinness Fund supports community based competitions that are designed to identify potential, early-stage community enterprises and provide them with capacity building advice, knowledge sharing, mentoring and training opportunities to enable them to effect change in their local society.
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