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Great Changemakers start in their Youth


If you want to change the world and you have started young - join Ashoka, the world's largest network of leading social entrepreneurs.

Ashoka Youth Venture identifies and supports teenagers who have started their own initiatives for addressing social and environmental problems. Becoming an Ashoka Youth Venturer is recognition for you and your work. The selected Youth Venturers are inducted into a global community and gain access to workshops, strategic mentorship, fundraising support, media partnerships, exposure visits and more opportunities to grow themselves and their initiatives.

Applications are for open round the year.

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Who can apply?

A Youth Venture candidate:

  • Is between 12 and 20 years old (as of 31st December of the year in which they are applying)
  • Has an innovative idea for creating positive change
  • Has built a team
  • Has implemented the idea and impacted their communities
  • Has an action plan for greater impact

Successful candidates are those who have, through their initiatives, demonstrated mastery of essential skills for Changemakers - empathy, creative problem solving, teamwork and collaborative leadership. Having adult advisors is an added benefit, but the initiative has to be created, led and managed by teenagers. Please read the profiles of selected Youth Venturers to understand the programme better.


How to Apply?

The selection process is in three stages:

  • Online application submission

If the aspirational Youth Venturer fits the selection criteria, he/she must fill in the Self-nomination form. Teachers, parents or other individuals can also nominate a project/initiative they know through the Nomination form.

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  • Review and Shortlisting

Ashoka team will review and shortlist the candidates. This may also involve telephonic interviews, references and field visits. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the team and informed about the next steps.


  • Selection Panel

Selected candidates will be invited to the Selection Panel, a two-day event in our Bangalore office, where they present their initiative to a panel of leading social entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Upon the Panel's recommendation, candidates would be elected as 'Ashoka Youth Venturers.'


What happens after selection?

Youth Venture is both an award and a fellowship. After being inducted you join us for quarter-yearly workshops of 3-4 days in the first year of induction. You will be connected with a mentor who will guide you in the first year. Your engagements with your mentor are custom designed to suit the needs of your individual changemaker journey. You will get opportunities to participate in many speaking platforms and exposure events. All engagements work in tandem with your school/university schedules.


What about the expenses?

Ashoka covers all programme related expenses including travel, accommodation, and food for the Selection Panel, the workshops and any other engagements that require you to travel or stay outside of your hometown. The team will communicate from time to time the exact details of what is paid directly by Ashoka and what is reimbursed upon production of original bills.


I'd like to know more, who can I talk to?

We'd be happy to hear from you!

Drop an email: Divyadarshan (; Raghav Khemka (

Make a call:  080 4274 5777

Meet in person: 54, 1st Cross, Domlur Layout, Bangalore 560071


For a quick overview of the programme please read the brochure: