Ashoka is the world’s first and leading association of social entrepreneurs.Ashoka works for a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, by supporting a competitive citizenry that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive. Ashoka works on three levels: First, Ashoka identifies, elects, and supports leading social entrepreneurs financially and professionally. Second, Ashoka brings communities of social entrepreneurs together to help leverage their impact, scale their ideas, and disseminate their practices. Finally, Ashoka helps build the infrastructure and financial systems needed to facilitate the global growth of social innovation. To achieve this, Ashoka builds partnerships and bridges to the business and academic sectors. Today, Ashoka operates in nearly 70 countries and supports well over 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs.