the ChangemakerXchange

Originally created in Istanbul by Ashoka and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the ChangemakerXchange is a global collaboration platform for young social entrepreneurs. It gathers some of the world’s most exciting changemakers at summits around the world for the exchange and co-creation of ideas. The ChangemakerXchange now brings together young social entrepreneurs from 25 different countries in Europe, Turkey and North Africa. And yes, it keeps growing!

Our Mission

We identify and connect young
innovators at summits around
the world to build a community of
like minded individuals

(human connection)

We create spaces and opportunities
for the exchange of ideas/resources/
challenges/best case practices/tools
and experiences.

(peer to peer learning)

We facilitate the co-creation
of new ideas and cross border


a network of true changemakers


Founded by Ashoka in 2012 and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung the ChangemakerXchange selects and gathers changemakers, aged 18 to 28, with a proven track record in driving exciting social ventures. Giving them a unique chance to share experiences, learn from each other and create cross-border collaborations the program now unites 100 young innovators across 25 countries with many more summits lined up already.

Social Innovators like Adam, 18, from Dublin, who after being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child himself – felt compelled to change society’s approach to Autism with ASIAM, a user-led awareness raising initiative and one-stop shop providing tools to empower the Autism community. Joining him at a summit in Istanbul was Sonia Ben Ali from France, creator of Urban Refugees. Since her teens she’s been lobbying for innovative programs to serve better the many million refugees worldwide who chose cities over camps as they seek refuge. Or Yeliz Öszöy, who co-founded Turkeys’ first crowdfunding platform, BiAyDa, 24 year old Mouna Boujmal, co-founder of the Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Morocco and Alexander Iscenco from Moldovia, pioneer of the ‘maker movement’ and mastermind behind Dreamups, an open innovation platform to scale crowdsourced ideas with an impact.


100 CHANGEMAKERS reaching 10000s of people

Direct Beneficiaries
People Reached


The power of this network and the potential for collaboration is incredible

— Inigo Blanco, Spain | Participant 2012 —



Matthias Scheffelmeier


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Matthias Scheffelmeier

Nick McGirl

Program Coordinator

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Nick McGirl

Christin Heuer

Summits Organizer & Trainer

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Christin Heuer



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Get in touch with us

You look for news and updates about the ChangemakerXchange program and future summits?

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You have a general question?

 Please e-mail us at You can expect to hear from us within the week.

You want to apply for ChangemakerXchange?

We are sorry, we do currently not accept any applications. Future summits and application periods will be announced on our Facebook page and on this website.

Our full contact details

Ashoka Deutschland gGmbH | Prinzregentenplatz 10, 81675 München, Germany. 


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