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 55 different countries in Europe, Turkey, the South Caucasus, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia
We identify and connect young
innovators at summits around
the world to build a community of
like minded individuals
We create spaces and opportunities
for the exchange of ideas/resources/
challenges/best case practices/tools
(peer to peer learning)
We facilitate the co-creation
of new ideas and cross border
The 13th ChangemakerXchange summit will bring together 25 of the region’s top young social entrepreneurs who have developed their own innovative solutions in all fields of social change.
It will take place for the first time in Sicily, Italy, in the heart of the Mediterranean and hosted by Ashoka Italy from Wednesday, 14th December 2016 evening until Sunday, 18th December 2016 morning.
Participants must be able to attend all days.
The deadline for applications is midnight GMT on 28th September 2016. Do you think you have got what it takes? Applications are now closed.
Before applying, please read through the step-by-step instructions on how to apply, FAQs, tips and resources here.
Applicants for ChangemakerXchange:
** Must be aged between 18 and 30. Please note a limited number of three places is available for 29- and 30-year-old applicants.
**Should lead, co-lead, have founded or co-founded their own social venture which is up and running and addresses a relevant social problem. We are unable to accept applicants with an idea only or who are volunteering for an organisation.
**Must have a good level of English that enables them to understand, present, and collaborate throughout the summit.
**Should have the skills and know-how to be part of a special community of collaborative young social entrepreneurs and be willing to play an active role within this community.
**Must come from Europe, Turkey, the South Caucasus, the Middle East or North Africa (the Maghreb and Egypt).
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 over 200 young innovators across 55 countries with many more summits lined up already.
Social Innovators like Adam, 19, 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. Others include Markus, who founded Kiron University, offering innovative and open sourced higher education programs for refugees who left their studies unfinished in their home countries, 26 year old Jiezhen from Singapore who founded the Hidden Good to channel social media for social good and bring out the inner-changemaker in the region’s young people and Milena, who was just 22 when she founded the world’s first totally package free supermarket Original Unverpackt
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